Easter baskets are often better gifts when they have been personalized. During the Easter season, there are dozens of different commercial Easter baskets available at the local stores, but they are often overpriced and filled with random fillers items. Making your own Easter baskets can be a fun way to enjoy the season.
Baskets for Girls
The number of pastel colored Easter items available at stores should make it easy to shop for items to put in any girl’s Easter basket. Many inexpensive baskets can be purchased at one of the “dollar stores.” Traditional Easter baskets have a handle on them, but you might also consider buying a basket that can be later used to hold hair ties, jewelry, beauty items, small toys, or any of the common things that girls tend to collect.
Some of the favorite items to put in a girl’s Easter basket include the following items that can often be found at any discount store, local Wal-Mart, or chain drug store.
-Lip balms or glosses
-Stationery, pencils, markers, gel pens
-chocolates, gum, candies
-small outdoor toys (kite, bubbles, jumprope)
Baskets for Boys
Boys may not appreciate keeping an Easter basket around throughout the year, but there are alternative types of baskets for boys that might be useful. Any type of storage bin can be filled with hay or tissue and wrapped in celophane wrap to create a more “boyish” basket. Some of the items that might be put in a boy’s Easter basket include the following:
-sports items (balls of any type seem to work well)
-jax, checkers, or other games
-outdoor toys (bug collector kits, a kite, bubbles)
-markers, pencils, stamp sets and ink
-chocolate, gum, candies
Baskets for Teens
Creating a teen Easter basket may be slightly more expensive than one for younger children, but most teens will still appreciate an Easter basket filled with some of their favorite things. Consider the teen’s style and favorite brands of beauty items, candy, and hobby items when you shop for items to put in a teen Easter basket. The following items are some general ideas to consider when filling a teen’s Easter basket.
-favorite candies or gum
-favorite health or beauty items (Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, Avon)
-a music CD or itunes gift card
-movie passes or entertainment gift card
-small items that they collect
Baskets for Friends
Easter baskets for friends are even more fun to make when you have a specific theme in mind. If you have a wine lover friend, you might place a nice set of wine glasses and a bottle of their favorite wine in a basket. Friends who love sweets will appreciate an Easter basket filled with chocolates and sweet treats. A friend who loves coffee might like a coffee themed basket with a few mugs, some gourmet coffee, and a pack of fancy cookies. The ideas are limitless for creating Easter baskets for friends, and any can be made with a few of their favorite items, a nice basket, cellophane, and some pastel ribbon or a bow.
Easter baskets can be made to look professionally done with a few basic supplies. You will need to buy some shrink wrap for baskets or colored celophane wrap to cover the baskets with. A ribbon can be tied and curled with the edge of a pair of scissors to add some decoration, or a regular bow in a pastel color can be taped to the outside Easter basket wrap. The type of Easter basket that you choose can also make an impact on the overall look of the Easter basket, so choose a basket that will compliment the theme or the basket recipient’s age or style.