Easter stresses me out.
I never know what to do with the baskets. I dread disappointment in my kids’ eyes on Easter morning. I hope to plan better in future.
I remember Easter mornings, my mom left a trail of jellybeans from my bedroom to my Easter basket in the dining room. It was fun! We try not to let our kids spend Easter weekend in a sugar coma so we like to give other items besides candy. (But we do eat some candy on holidays!)
I have a list of 50+ Easter Basket Ideas other than candy!
Choose a basket set and make a theme or get a few different things your child might enjoy.
Baskets also make great gifts for baby showers or Mother’s Day or even birthdays!
- Board books
- Spring books
- Bible storybooks
- Christian or historical fiction
- science experiment kits
- field trip coupons or giftcards
- activity books
- nature kits
- field guides
- magazine subscriptions like Zoobooks, Discover Kids, NatGeo, Ranger Rick
- those rubberband or paracord bracelets
- Coloring books
- Christian T-shirts
- Cross jewelry
Check out Dayspring and Christianbook.com for ideas!
- yard toys
- beach or pool items
- flip flops
- sundress or T-shirt
- sports items
- play dough with essential oils, natural dyes, magnesium oil
- sensory salt with essential oils and glitter (see these great recipes!)
- healthier treats you feel better about your kids eating
- File folder games or paper crafts
- crayons in pretty shapes (melt down the pieces in a muffin tin)
- Cooking or baking supplies
- Photography books and accessories
- Art supplies
- Gardening tools and seeds
- Bird watching with seed, feeder, binoculars, field guides
- Rocks enthusiast with magnifying glass, rock tumbler, geodes, field guides
I used to stress over Easter baskets WAY too much and buy a bunch of junk at the last minute.
I have yet to figure out a balance that works for our family to keep Easter morning both fun and Christ-centered.
I don’t want to blow a bunch of money on worthless $1 store items and chemical sugary candy we don’t need, but I feel pressure to have that morning excitement from my kids. My husband and I grew up with only the Easter bunny and no Jesus and we’re winging this thing with our family, weaning away from the rabbit and more to the cross.
I don’t want to do away with the baskets altogether. But I know I need to set some guidelines so that I maintain integrity with our worldview.
We’ve not done themed baskets before. But I think this is a fun idea!
Really cute and fun Easter Basket Themes:
Cooking: use a pretty mixing bowl for the basket and include useful tools and a fun cookbook
Crafts: use a fun supplies storage carousel as the basket and fill it with crafty things
Older Kids and Teens: make the basket out of a witty T-shirt and include fun giftcards and cool stuff
Bibliophile: giftcards to a bookstore or Amazon, bookmarks, teas and mugs, giftcards to Teavana or Starbucks, book lights, personal embosser, lovely stationery
So many fun options!
Happy Easter! Have fun.
Don’t stress, even if your entire extended family is coming over for dinner.
It’s a day of worship anyway. Focus on Jesus more than those baskets. Pray and teach the real meaning. It’s so much more than jelly beans and rabbits.
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