Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Boys

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Your kids may think chocolate eggs are about as good as it gets in Easter basket fare, but once they're eaten, they're gone forever. The trick to filling an inspired boy's Easter basket is to put together an effective blend of guilty pleasures (read chocolate and other sweets), with learning toys and other diversions that will keep entertaining your child for the foreseeable future. Let's take a look outside the basket for a few fun Easter gift ideas.

Easter Basket Ideas For Boys: Containers

Wicker baskets are classic Easter containers for everything from a table centerpiece to a tulip planter. They're so pervasive that you may want to consider something a little more creative. If you're hiding the basket for a basket hunt this year, changing the look of the container may add to the fun by making this Easter basket a little harder to spot. Here are some container ideas you may not have considered:

  • Miniature wagon
  • Miniature grocery cart
  • Miniature wheelbarrow
  • Pail - with its accompanying shovel
  • Themed pillowcase (or towel) tied with raffia ribbon - choose your child's favorite superhero
  • Cowboy hat, hardhat or motorcycle helmet (try an internet search on costumes)
  • A vintage metal lunchbox

Easter Basket Ideas For Boys: Colors and Themes

If you're having trouble coming up with ideas for this year's Easter basket, think of the contents in terms of a color, and work that into your selection of Easter grass, candy and ribbon. It can be pretty inspiring. If plain old licorice sounds kind of bland, go for blueberry flavored blue licorice. Thinking of your options from a different perspective is bound to give you some ideas and get you in the mood.

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Themes are great for this, too. Filling a basket with candy items from the grocery store is okay, but a bit predictable. Turn that basket into an homage to Spiderman or Harry Potter, and you'll not only serve up the requisite goodies, but put together a fun Easter basket and have a great time doing it. This can be easier than it sounds if you use stickers, books, graphic novels (comic books) and coloring books to reinforce your theme. Give it a try this year.

Easter Basket Ideas For Boys: Healthy Sweets and Treats

Providing the right sweets as Easter basket filler is always challenging for parents. There are so many options, and too many of them are full of sugar and fat. The trick is to come up with good-for-you choices that help balance out those chocolate bunnies and buttercream filled eggs. Here are a few nutritious possibilities you might want to include.

  • Raisins
  • Wheat crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Dried cherries (or blueberries)
  • Peanuts in the shell (Make sure your child isn't allergic.)
  • Popcorn balls
  • Animal crackers (whole grain)
  • Dried veggie chips
  • Low sodium pretzels

The items on this list probably won't be the first goodies consumed, but after a day or so the novelty of all that candy will start to wear off and other types of snacks will begin to look more appealing.

Easter Basket Ideas For Boys: Games and Toys

If you're cutting back on sugary sweets in your kids' Easter baskets this year, they'll be less likely to notice the omission if you fill the void with some great games, toys and other fun stuff. These fun basket fillers work well for boys:

  • Baseball cards
  • Model miniatures
  • Action figures
  • Bubbles - This one is a perennial favorite
  • Miniature Rubik's cube or other handheld dexterity or puzzle game
  • Mini gardening tools with seeds or a windowsill greenhouse
  • Ant farm
  • Multicolored modeling clay
  • Crayons
  • Yo-yo
  • Penlight or small flashlight
  • Deck of cards
  • Book of magic tricks
  • Frisbee
  • Slinky
  • Books or graphic novels

You can see from the list that an effective selection will follow your kid's specific interests. The most flexible item listed is a selection of summer reading books. From dinosaur adventures to the wizarding world, there's nothing like a good book to help a child develop his imagination and appreciate the value of a well written story.

Easter Basket Ideas For Boys: Putting it All Together

There are lots of items here, but putting them together into an appealing basket takes some forethought. We love the idea of using some sort of Easter grass. It's in keeping with the theme of a basket even when you opt to use another container. There should be a few egg shaped items in the mix you choose, too. They could be made of candy or be of the plastic variety that contain a small surprise like a ring or other toy.

Another nice touch is to wrap the container in tinted cellophane. You'll find a nice selection in the plastic wrap aisle of your market. It's easy to use and makes an Easter basket look super special. The final item on the list is ribbon: Ribbons in spring colors shout Easter, so don't skimp. Even though it may look a bit girly, adding a cheerful ribbon to your boy's basket (yellow, green or blue are neutral colors) will help pull everything together -- and he'll definitely love demolishing it.

Last Updated: March 15, 2012
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About Sara Elliot Sara Elliott is a freelance copywriter and dedicated blogger. Her popular gardening, cooking and crafting blog, The Herb Gardener, was cited by The Wall Street Journal for its fun and frugal tips. Sara has a degree in English, and you can find her health, crafting, and lifestyle pieces on sites like DiscoveryHealth.com, HowStuffWorks.com, Savvi.com and TLC.com.

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