With spring comes a sense of renewal, change, shifted energy and newfound peace. Longer, sunnier days lead us to feel happier and more eager to engage with family and friends after a long and dreary winter. In a big sense, Easter is the unofficial start of spring. Whether you’re religious or not, Easter is a holiday that can be celebrated and enjoyed with others. If you’re outfitting Easter baskets for people in your life this year, you can opt for the traditional or non-traditional route. The most important thing is that the basket is personalized and exciting just for them. From the all-to-famous Easter bunny and peep treats to chocolates and pastel-colored everything, the options are endless.
Here is our guide to creating the perfect Easter basket based on age range.
Babies & Toddlers (infant to 4 years old)
There may be nothing more exciting than watching your little one open up a gift from you. Putting together their Easter basket is a fun and enjoyable way to give them multiple gifts in one big package which is even more thrilling for both of you. Consider adding things like mess-free art supplies, age appropriate toys, Easter themed books and plush stuffed animals. If you’re feeling creative you can make their Easter basket from scratch or you can add a few special things to a premade toddler basket to make it special and customized to your child.
Consider using a reusable Easter basket and adding:
- Board books
- An Easter themed sippy cup
- An Easter plush animal such as a chick or bunny
- Toddler appropriate snacks and treats
- Sidewalk chalk
- Coloring book and crayons
- Slippers, hair accessories or an Easter themed t-shirt
Younger School-Aged Children (5 to 7 years old)
School-aged children are filled with imagination, wonder and energy, so it's only fitting to create a basket that fits their active and curious lifestyle. Our traditional kids Easter basket includes items such as an Easter bunny plush, a boomerang, sidewalk chalk, a yoyo, bubbles, a whistle and candy. If you’re hoping to go more personalized on their basket you can include start with a fun Easter tote bag and include items like:
- DIY at-home science kits
- Art sets
- Mad libs
- Easter treats
- Sports balls
School-Aged Children (8 to 10 years old)
Between 8 and 10 years old, kids really begin to pick their main points of interest. From sports to hobbies, they generally know what they love (and what they don’t!). This is a great opportunity to finetune their Easter baskets to match their interests. It’s always a good idea to include staple Easter basket options, like plush Easter bunnies, Peeps, chocolate and treat-filled plastic eggs, but go beyond that a bit and include what they love.
Some of our favorite ideas are:
- Baseball hat or hair accessories
- Sports memorabilia
- DIY science or art kits
- Travel board games or cards
- Surprise toys
- Movie or Show inspired clothing
Pre-teens (11 and 12 years old)
This may feel like the age where your child is slightly outgrowing all things Easter bunny, but don’t fret. They are never too old for Easter treats and surprises. Sure, they may have given a hard pass on the family egg hunt, but don’t count them out when it comes to Easter baskets.
Here are a few of our favorite Easter basket ideas for pre-teens:
- Video games
- Jewelry making kit
- DIY cooking or science kit
- Gardening set
- Puzzle books
- Headphones or earbuds
- Their favorite candy
Teenagers (13 years and older)
The teenage years can be a unique time to navigate as a whole. Just because they are no longer young children does not mean they don’t love and appreciate gifts. At this stage in their development they are looking for practical options versus any type of toy entertainment. They have outgrown toys by the pre-teen years and would much rather be all in on the latest technology trends. Outfitting a teen’s Easter basket is all about adapting to their interests.
Our suggestion is to opt for a snacks and treats basket to satisfy their everstrong sweet tooth. You can compliment this wide snack selection with a fun new electronic device like a pair of headphones or a new cover for their phone or tablet.
Other teen basket ideas include:
- Desk accessories
- Car accessories for those over 16
- Paid subscriptions
- Video games
Like we said, you’re never too old for an Easter basket. Gifting to an adult in your life is fun and exciting. This is your opportunity to be personal with your gift while also ensuring it exudes fun and springtime vibes. Start with a custom Easter tote and build from there.
Our favorite adult basket goodies include:
- Gift cards to their favorite stores or restaurants
- Hand sanitizer
- Framed photos
- Movie tickets
- An Easter themed watch
- Wine or alcohol
- Wine glass
- Bathrobe and spa accessories
Gift giving is a way to leave lasting memories with your loved ones. On holidays like Easter, customized baskets filled with things they love are especially wonderful. Choose to customize their basket as much as possible while also staying close to the theme of Easter and springtime and you’re sure to please.