10+ Non-Traditional Easter Basket Ideas
There are so many things you don’t think about when you become a parent. One of those things for me was Easter. I had never really imagined Easter with my children in the way I had imagined Christmas and birthdays. But when my first Easter as a parent came around, I tried to think of the things that made the holiday special for me as a child.
Sure there was decorating eggs and then hunting for them; there was dressing up in new, formal clothes and going to church; there were chocolate bunnies and Peeps. But what stood out to me most were some of the more interesting things the Easter Bunny had left for me. What made my Easter memories stand out were unconventional presents. This was what I held closely while crafting our own little family traditions. These unconventional baskets have made our Easters fun and creative. I hope some of these ideas help to inspire you for your own family traditions.
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While traditional baskets are really cute, I struggle with what to do with them throughout the year. It seems a waste to buy a basket just for Easter morning and then just throw it away. In our family, we sometimes recycle baskets (leaving them out like hanging stockings for Santa) or more often than not, the Bunny brings a “basket” that is actually something fun or useful.
One year, the Easter Bunny used a big toy dump truck as the basket. The back part of it was filled with goodies. It was a huge hit for years afterward.
Many times, the Bunny has left sand pails as baskets. These are always enjoyed in the summer months when we go to the splash pad.
A shopping cart toy would work great too.
We’ve done a lot of fillers. Candy, of course, which we try to limit in the baskets these days because it seems candy comes at my kids from everywhere. We’ve done fruit snacks and Pokemon cards. We’ve filled eggs with money, stickers and puzzle pieces. Here are some of our favorites along with some fresher ideas.
Sand and water toys. With the warmer temperatures around Easter, it’s easy to start thinking of summer time fun. The Bunny always brings some kind of sand or water toys.
MadLibs. Remember how much fun we all had with MadLibs as kids? They still make them and not only do they have an Easter MadLibs, they have an Easter MadLibs for preschoolers (they fill in the story with stickers! Genius!).
Doh & Putty. The Bunny usually leaves one egg each of Silly Putty (it always comes in an egg shape anyway). The kids have also received Play Doh before, in little tubs, but this year, Play Doh has released these fun Play Doh filled eggs.
Stuffed animals. Always a hit, no matter what. Easter is a great time to nab a super cute, fluffy bunny plush, just cause.
HexBugs. These little guys are small enough to fit inside of eggs. I resisted the HexBugs for a long time because they seemingly did nothing, but my daughter found a cute reindeer one at an after-Christmas clearance and I couldn’t resist grabbing it. She loves it! These little things are super fast and sure the make your kiddo giggle. Word is that the v2 (Version 2) HexBugs can climb, something the originals cannot.
Nanoblocks. If you have seen these micro-LEGO-like bricks, you’re missing out. These things are seriously tiny, but still maintain great quality. They’re an intriguing challenge for any LEGO master and the prices are usually pretty good (save for a few architectural masterpieces, like The White House).
Drones. That’s right, drones. Not the pizza and package delivering drones they talk about on CNBC. Not the attacking drones they talk about on the nightly news. These little micro-drones are made for playing with indoors. They’re like itty-bitty RC helicopters, but better. They’re zippy, able to do stunts and surprisingly tough. We picked up one of these for my 8-year-old’s birthday and she loves it! It’s been one of her number one toys for 3 months now, and it’s still fully functioning. I could not recommend it more highly.
Those are my unique picks for Easter baskets. What will be going in your kiddo’s basket this year?
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