Make Your Kids The Best Easter Basket Ever This Year!
When I was growing up, my parents always put together a totally unique basket for me each year. There was a period when I just wanted a store-bought Easter basket that was pre-packaged with goodies. So, one year that is exactly what my parents got me. Talk about a disappointment.
Pictured: Classic Easter Bunny Gift Basket
Not only did I get less Easter candy and other loot in my basket that year, but the assortment left something to be desired. So, while those pre-arranged Easter baskets look great on the store shelf, they are not nearly as satisfying as one that is put together with a little extra attention and care.
I suggest you join me in sticking with made from scratch Easter baskets this year. To help you make the transition, I will give you a checklist of sorts so that you do not forget a thing!
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Components of Your Easter Basket
The Easter Grass
Plastic Easter Eggs
Marshmallow Rabbits and Eggs
Easter Stuffed Animals
Basket Bows, Ribbons or Cellophane
Finding The Perfect Easter Basket
The first thing you need to buy to create the ultimate Easter basket is the actual basket. You can either go with a round or a square shaped basket. Or, you would even choose something other than an actual basket to serve as the basket.
For example, if your kid is into LEGO toys, you could use one of the LEGO Square Stacking Baskets as the “Easter basket” and fill it with all the Easter goodies and some LEGO toys.
That being said, if this is your first Easter making a basket from scratch, you might want to stick with what you know first and get a traditional basket. Just get the shape that you think will work best with what you plan on putting in the basket. Personally, I prefer the square-shaped baskets as you can get more in them.
To get you started, I suggest using one of the following basket types:
Prefer A Plush Easter Basket?
If you are not really a big fan of the plastic or bamboo Easter baskets, then I want to bring your attention to plush Easter baskets. Now, some of these are kind of small as they are designed for Easter Egg hunts, but there are some larger ones. I think these are great too because you can actually keep them and put toys in them or even re-use them as a Halloween bag/basket later in the year.
There is a huge assortment of these available (Elmo, Spiderman, etc.), but I will just show you some of my favorites. If you want to see them all, click HERE for the entire selection at Amazon.
Disney’s Cars Plush Easter Basket–Rust-eze McQueenStar Wars Yoda Plush Easter BasketScooby Doo Plush Easter Basket By Warner BrothersDisney Princess Plush Easter Basket – Snow White Rapunzel BelleSpongeBob Squarepants Plush Easter BasketSports Easter Basket, Large Plush Basket and Easter Eggs, Football
Fill The Bottom With Easter Grass
Even though it can leave quite the mess around the house, you simply cannot forget the colored Easter grass. Whenever my mom bought a basket that was too deep, she would first fill the bottom with a piece of that foam square stuff that you can get from the fake flower department at Wal-Mart. However, I suggest you try to find a basket that is not too deep or just put the larger stuff in the bottom of the basket so that it does not really matter how deep it is.
If you want to go old school with your Easter basket grass, you can do the traditional green. Personally, I am more of a fan of the pastel colored Easter grass. You can do a mixture of the different colors or just go with one that matches the color of the basket that you have decided on.
Add In Some Plastic Easter Eggs
You can’t have an Easter basket without some of those plastic Easter eggs. When I was younger, my mom and dad used to fill them with jelly beans. Then, when I got a little older, it was mini Reese’s cups and some of those Sweet-Tarts chicks and ducks Easter candy that they put in there.
Of course, you do not have to put candy in the plastic eggs. You can put little toys, or even money in the eggs. And if you are having an Easter egg hunt in the yard, don’t forget that the big prize goes in the gold Easter eggs!
If you’re don’t have any plastic eggs at home for the Easter basket you’re making, I have found some great options for you. I really love the polka-dot ones!
Iridescent Plastic Easter Eggs (12) Party Supplies12 Medium Plastic Easter Eggs (Assorted Colors)Jumbo Plastic Printed Bright Easter Eggs (12)Metallic Golden Easter Eggs : package of 1018 Easter Fillable Eggs – Polka Dot DesignSports Ball Plastic Easter Eggs – Set of 8
Every Easter Basket Needs A Chocolate Bunny
It seems like no Easter basket is complete without a chocolate bunny. When I was growing up, my brothers and I always got a Russell Stover’s milk chocolate bunny in our basket. The bunny has a little candy bow tie. And the funny thing is that every year, we each ate the candy bow tie and left the chocolate bunny – but we still got the same bunny the next year! It is just a tradition that you get the chocolate bunny with the basket!
If you want to keep with Easter tradition, I have found some good chocolate Easter bunny options for you. My vote is for the Reese’s peanut butter and chocolate Easter bunny. Sounds heavenly, right? The Godiva one is pretty good too!
Godiva Solid Milk Chocolate Easter BunnyDove Silky Smooth Solid Bunny, Milk Chocolate, 4.5-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 4)Reese’s Easter Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bunny, 5-Ounce Packages (Pack of 4)Hershey’s Easter Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny, Snapsy, 2-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)Cadbury Easter Bunny Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny 3 OzClassic White Chocolate Easter Bunny
Marshmallow Rabbits and Eggs – My Absolute Favorite Easter Candy of All Time!
My one weakness when it comes to Easter candy is the marshmallow chocolates – specifically the marshmallow bunnies and eggs. I have a serious Easter candy addiction to them because they are so freaking delicious!
When I lived in Southern California, I got attached to the See’s Candies marshmallow eggs, which you can order online on Amazon. But, when I can get those, I have my two stand-ins – the Brach’s marshmallow rabbits and the Hershey’s marshmallow eggs. If you have not tried any of these, I highly suggest you check them out now!
Easter Jelly Beans, Anyone?
Personally, I am not a big fan of jelly beans at Easter or any other time of year. That being said, a lot of people really love them. And, they do represent a cheap and easy way to fill up some of those plastic Easter eggs. Well, if you want to add some of your basket, you do have options other than just plain jelly beans. I have selected what appears to be the best Easter jelly bean options – including a sugar free jelly bean bag for Easter.
- Russell Stover Sugar Free Jelly Beans, 7-Ounce Bags (Pack of 4)
- Sweetart Easter Jelly Beans 14oz.
- Jelly Belly Kids Mix Easter Jelly Beans, 6.9 Oz Bag, 2 Bags
- Wonka Nerds Jelly Beans Easter, 13.0-ounce (3 Pack)
- Jolly Rancher Easter Fruit Smoothie Jelly Beans, 14-ounce Bag
Choose A Cute Stuffed Animal – Easter Themed Stuffed Animal
When I was growing up, my Easter basket always had a stuffed animal of some sort in it. Since I was a big fan of Snoopy, it was often a little Snoopy or Woodstock. But if I were to get one today – I would totally want a Hello Kitty! I’ve picked out some of my favorites for you to choose from below.
- Ty Beanie Babies Hello Kitty Pink Bunny Suit
- Webkinz Duck
- Gund Easter Fuzzy Bunny Chocolate 18″ Plush
- Licensed 2 Play Domo Bunny 9″ Plush, Medium
- Disney – 1999 Mini Bean Bag Winnie the Pooh Easter Bunny Pooh 8″
Think you might need more options? Click here to see the entire Spring Easter plush toys collection.
Easter Toys for the Basket
Sometimes, my parents would include a small toy in the Easter basket for my brothers and I. However, if we got a toy then we usually did not get a stuffed animal. As I got a little older a little pickier about the types of Easter candy that I would eat, there was less candy and both a toy and a stuffed animal. So, decide how much room you have in the basket before buying any of these toys.
Keep in mind that you can get standard toys like little Hot Wheels cars or little decks of playing cards too. These are just some Eater themed toys that I like.
- Easter Eggs – Hide ‘Em and Hatch ‘Em Eggs – Watch Them Hatch Like Magic Three Different Pets!
- LEGO Seasonal Set Bunny and Chick Bagged (40031)
- Fisher-Price Little People Easter Eggs
- Barbie Easter Doll
- Fisher Price Little People Wheelies
Top Off The Basket With Easter Ribbons or Easter Bow
Once you have assembled the Easter basket, it is time to put on the finishing touches. Unless you are using one of the plush Easter baskets, you will want to add a nice bow or ribbon to the top of the basket. I have found some great options for you. My favorite is the HipGirl Boutique ribbon with the brightly colored Easter eggs on it. You can also find other options that include bunnies and springs designs.
- Venus Ribbon 7/8-Inch Lil’ Bunnies Grosgrain Ribbon, 5-Yard, White/Mutli
- Offray Purple Easter Ribbon Set, 4 Spools of Ribbon, 3 Different Designs, 7/8″ Wide and 2 1/2″ Wide, 16 Yards Total
- Blue Easter Bunny Holiday Ribbon 2.5″ Wide X 20 Yards
- HipGirl Boutique 5yd 7/8″ Easter Egg Grosgrain Ribbon–White
- Pink Easter Bunny Holiday Ribbon 2.5″ Wide X 20 Yards
Prefer Easter Basket Cellophane To Bows or Ribbons?
If you are not very good at making your own bows (like me) or just prefer to put the basket in cellophane like the stores do, you can easily do that. In fact, I have found some themed Easter basket cellophane designed just for this purpose! How cool is that? Check out the cool pieces below.
- 2pk Pink Easter Bunny Basket Bags/Cellophane
- Blue Cellophane Basket Bags SALE
- Easter Basket Egg Print Bags
- Red Cellophane Basket Bags SALE
- Easter Cello Basket Bags – Egg Cellophane