Easter Basket Ideas – Treats and Toys for Kids: Fun and Edible Gifts for Children’s Baskets – Make Memories

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Every year, parents are faced with buying Easter baskets for their children. Should they go for the pretty ones all made up and wrapped in cellophane? That would be easy enough. But look closely and make sure everything inside the wrap is something the children would enjoy. Mom and Dad would be more likely to get smiles and shrieks of joy if they filled the baskets themselves.

Choosing baskets and what to put in them can be as much fun as watching the kids’ faces when they see them. Think about what each child would like and personalize each basket with a combination of traditional Easter gifts and specific for each kid.

Easter Basket

The basket can be one of many things. Stores carry colorfully woven plastic baskets that are ideal for small children because they’re lightweight and splinter free. Traditional woven straw or reed baskets come in natural or dyed colors.

For parents who don’t want to have items lying around the house that can’t be used more than once a year, they may consider a non-traditional container for Easter gifts. Some ideas for containers include:

  • Canvas totes
  • Backpacks
  • Sand buckets
  • Purses
  • Wagons
  • Plastic storage bins

Plastic Easter Eggs

Plastic eggs are a safe alternative to boiled and dyed Easter eggs because they won’t go bad before the children have a chance to eat them, and they don’t need to be refrigerated. Fill them with a combination of candy, money and small toys. Parents who want to add more of a Christian element to their children’s celebration may want to fill some of the plastic eggs with Bible scripture verses.

Fun Easter Basket Gifts

Look for at least one item that is specific to each child. If the daughter is a soccer nut, Mom may want to add a soccer ball keychain. For the avid reader, a battery operated book light will bring a smile. If the child likes to follow his parents around the garden, get him a small flower pot, a miniature shovel and packet of seeds.

Other items that can go in all the children’s basket include:

  • Inexpensive jewelry
  • Toiletries
  • Small plush animals
  • Handheld electronic games
  • Fast food gift certificates
  • CDs or DVDs
  • Sticker cards or books
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Small photo albums
  • Playing cards
  • Yo-yos
  • Pens, pencils and small stationery
  • Small calendars
  • Small craft supplies
  • Chocolate and other Easter candy

Decorating the Easter Basket

If the basket or container is large, it may be difficult to fill, so don’t hesitate to use the cellophane Easter grass or something else to prop up the gifts for display. Place the large items first then nestle the smaller prizes and eggs around to create the most attractive arrangement. Add a bow, dangle a personalized keychain or add some other finishing touch to the handle.

When celebrating Easter, don’t stress over decorating and filling the perfect basket with presents. The children will enjoy the surprise of looking inside the plastic eggs and making memories with family and friends.