DIY Personalized Easter Baskets For Kids

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Easter is a day of celebrating new starts, hope and springtime, but it’s also is a day of sugary sweets. Traditional, store-bought Easter baskets are usually stuffed with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and artificial flavoring, leaving many children bouncing off the walls and clutching their sore stomachs by day’s end. While kids definitely like to find a chocolate bunny in their Easter basket, you can easily tailor the contents to the recipient, creating an Easter basket that will delight with more than sugary goodness. You don’t need to spend a lot of money assembling personalized Easter baskets for kids either, just look for items that please your targeted age group, and are special to your child personally.

The Easter Basket

Children generally aren’t too concerned about the actual basket containing their Easter goodies; they focus on the contents. There is no need to spend a lot of money on fancy baskets for kids, even if you want to personalize them with the child’s initials or name. You can find a good selection of baskets at any craft store, or even many dollar stores. Brightly colored baskets with a deep base and large handle are perfect for holding lots of Easter surprises, and easy for little hands to carry. Reuse your basket from year to year to make it part of the holiday tradition and save money on personalizing it. Pick up foam or wooden letters from the craft store, and paint or glitter them to spell out your child’s name or initials. Simply cover the letters in glue, then sprinkle with the glitter of your choice to create glamorous, shimmering letters. Glue the letters to the basket, or tie them to the basket handle with ribbon.

Easter Basket Grass & Stuffing

Plastic, shredded “grass” is available in a wide range of colors at this time of year, and always suitable for using as the basket base. Plastic grass can be messy though, and is dangerous if your pet cat decides to snack on a bite. If you prefer to avoid plastic, an easy solution is using paper from your shredder. Raffia or tulle can also be another option. Once you have your basket ready to fill, it’s time for fun. The contents of your Easter basket will depend on the age of your child, and probably their gender as well. Personalized Easter baskets should be tailored to your child in appearance and theme, highlighting their favorite candy, snacks, movie or game.

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Easter Baskets For Young Children

If you have the pleasure of assembling a personalized Easter basket for toddler through kindergarten age children, your options are nearly endless. Make sure to select only child-safe items for the basket, nothing that can be a choking hazard or other safety issue. Along with a large chocolate bunny, keep the little ones busy with:

  • Large crayons
  • Finger paint sets
  • Play-Doh
  • Plastic animal figures
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Fizzy bath colors or paints
  • Board books
  • Small stuffed animals
  • DVDs or videos
  • Stickers
  • Craft kits
  • Action figures or dolls

Just remember to choose items that are specific to your child. Their personalized Easter basket should be filled with age appropriate materials that they have shown interest in, whether it be a movie, game, television show, candy or snack food.

Easter Baskets For Elementary School Age Children

Far more mature than the preschool set, yet still definitely a child at heart, your elementary age children will love more “grown up “ items in their baskets. Many children start favoring more gender specific items at this age, along with a variety of items loved by boys and girls alike. Along with the de rigueur chocolate bunny, fill their basket with a selection of fun treasures.

Easter basket ideas for Girls and Boys:

  • Books
  • DVD’s or videos
  • Craft kits
  • Inexpensive MP3 player
  • Science/experiment kits
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Electronic, hand-held games
  • Tee shirts, socks, belts
  • Colorful watches
  • Glow-in-the-dark objects

For girls, add in a few of the following:

  • Barrettes or other hair jewelry
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Inexpensive jewelry
  • Dolls or other toys

For boys, choose:

  • Action figures
  • Gloves or knit hats
  • Model kits
  • Lego kits
  • Hot wheels or Matchbox cars

If your little girl loves action figures or racecars, throw them in her Easter Basket. If your little boy loves crafting, art supplies or accessories, be sure to include them in his basket. Personalized Easter baskets don’t have to conform to any set rules, and should be filled with your child’s favorite things.

Easter Baskets For Teenagers

Your preteen or teenage child loves to receive a basket of goodies just as much as ever, but might pretend not to care. Don’t be fooled by a show of nonchalance or “I’m too old for that stuff.” At this age, little trinkets mean less and tastes do get more expensive, so go for a couple of more big-ticket gifts, while lowering the overall amount of items in the basket.

Both girls and boys will love:

  • Gift cards for iTunes
  • Movie tickets
  • Electronic games
  • Aluminum water bottles
  • Books or DVD’s
  • Interesting or funny items
  • Tee shirts
  • Curio string lights
  • Room décor
  • Gift cards for favorite teen clothing stores
  • Toiletry/grooming kits
  • Inexpensive digital camera
  • iPod Shuffle or other MP3 player
  • Accessories for MP3 players
  • Colorful watches

For your preteen or teen girl, add:

  • Gift card to Sephora
  • Jewelry
  • Funky socks or accessories
  • Hair clips or ornaments
  • Books on fashion or personal style

Choose a couple of the following for a boy:

  • Knit hat
  • Sports-related items
  • Wallet or keychain
  • Dog tag or boy-appealing jewelry
  • Video game

How To Assemble An Easter Basket For Kids

Once you have the contents of your personalized Easter basket assembled, it’s time to put it all together. Start by filling the basket around 2/3 full of grass or other filler. Then set your tallest items in the center. Position other items around the centerpiece, working down from largest to the smallest gifts. Wiggle each item into the grass filler to help hold it in place.

Once you have all the gifts in place, step back and look at your basket with a critical eye. Is it balanced and arranged in a pleasing fashion? Reposition anything that looks out of balance, then eye the basket again. Once you are pleased with your creation, scatter a little bit of candy around the edges of the basket. Chocolate eggs, jellybeans, gum, taffy and Peeps are all popular choices.

If you are going to be traveling with your basket, or shipping it via post, you will need to wrap a large sheet of plastic around the entire assembled basket to keep everything in place. Fasten with staples, and attach a large bow to the center. If your basket is being given to your own child at home, you probably don’t need to wrap the basket as long as everything is well positioned.

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Last Updated: April 4, 2012
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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