When you think of Easter baskets, you probably think of young toddlers running out to see what the Easter Bunny has left for them. You may have visions of tiny toys and plastic eggs filled with jellybeans. There’s magic in those grass-filled baskets, and it’s not wasted on toddlers who will marvel at every single surprise they discover Easter morning.
BUT WHAT ABOUT TEENS?
When I was growing up, my mom made it a point to never take away the magic we felt on holidays when we were younger. Well into our adult years, we received a stocking full of small gifts at Christmas, a bunch of pink and red covered chocolate treats at Valentine’s Day, and an Easter basket full of trinkets and goodies at Easter. And now in my own house, I am continuing the tradition.
Thing is, it’s much more difficult to find fun things to give teens at Easter when the majority of seasonal treats are geared towards kids under the age of 10. This year is even harder as we work to steer clear of all things sugary – i.e. anything that is traditional to give at Easter.
So with a little help from other parents and some searching on my own, I have put together my own list of things, edible and not, a teenager might want to discover in their basket Easter morning.
EASTER BASKET IDEAS FOR TEENS
My boys are 12 and 14 years old, and I can honestly say that they are not into the same basket goodies that they used to be in to.
Back in the day, I would purchase a basket that best represented each of their personalities, be it their favorite superhero, sport of the moment, or simply color. I didn’t like to purchase the traditional Easter basket as they are rendered useless after the 24 hour holiday period. My Easter basket choices are reusable – perfect for collecting LEGO toys, crayons, Matchbox cars, etc.
NOW, I look for either a gym bag, backpack, or plastic bin that can be reused for something organization-related.
We always add candy to the basket BUT now it is more in tune with what they like as opposed to what’s on the shelves at the store. My older one LOVES Hershey milk chocolate nuggets, which makes it super easy for us. One bag of minis and we’re good to go.
My little one is a Snickers or a cookie kid, so we decide on which is best at the time and we can check that item off our list.
I am finally desensitizing myself from the fact that the boys do not want toys. They are too old for them. They want gift cards. Tweens look forward to gaming gift cards, and teens add clothing store gift cards to the list. Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts gift cards are a great option as well.
Such as Cards Against Humanity, UNO, or other card games are great additions to Easter baskets for teens. It will keep them away from electronics and they may just pick up on a new card game they love that they can teach you.
My Easter basket budget is not HUGE, but I like to add something fashion-related to it. Whether it is Rip N Dip socks or t-shirt, Champion or Adidas baseball cap, or in the case of my little one – the perfect baseball sleeve.
For both boys and girls, I would recommend body spray, hair products, and skincare. I was happily surprised that my boys like bath bombs and face masks, so I jumped on the opportunity to get them something that I love as well!
What other items would you recommend as Easter basket ideas for teens? I’d love to know!