Easter gift baskets are usually all about bunnies, eggs, and loads of chocolates and candy, which is great of course. But every now and then we might fill the urge to come up with more unique Easter basket ideas.
If you are feeling this urge right now, keep on reading - you are in the right place!
How can you make an Easter gift basket a little different?
Let's start with the first item on the list- the basket. That's Easter's default gift concept, right?
So.... how about making it all about the BASKET this time?
Instead of looking for a cheap basket to fill in with a variety of items, put the emphasis on the basket itself this time. Choose an up-scale practical container that can be used even after Easter is over.
You can choose a newspaper basket, a nice serving dish, a tool box, a picnic basket, a tote bag or many other useful containers.
For children choose playful containers such as a mini grocery cart,plastic play bucket, wagon, girl's purse, boy's backpack, pencil case etc.
In this case, the basket filler is secondary to the "basket" itself. You can fill your container with the traditional assortment of chocolates and candy (with a strong preference to bunny and egg shaped items of course).
Or you can go to the nearest dollar store and get inexpensive items to match the concept of your container. For example - fill in a child's container with crayons, coloring book, scissors, stickers and other crafty items. Fill in a girl's purse with hair accessories, pretend makeup and nail polish. For adults fill in a tool box with inexpensive working tools and accessories, fill in a newspaper basket with an assortment of the latest magazines or fill in a serving dish with kitchen utensils (see the next Easter basket idea for inspiration....).
Add an Easter spirit to these gift basket ideas with these Easter decorating tips.
Eggs are one of Easter's symbols right? Then why not take it to the extreme with an egg theme gift basket?
Fill in a gift basket with everything to do with eggs:
|Egg scrambler/ whisk|
|Small bowl - to beat eggs in (can also serve as the container)|
|Frying pan (can also serve as the container)|
|sand clock/timer - for timing soft boiled egg cooking|
|Egg spoons - designed specifically to remove egg content from its shell through a small hole (but any teaspoon will do).|
|Egg piercer - makes a small hole in egg shell to prevent it from cracking when boiled.|
|Egg topper/ cracker- toppers remove the top part of egg shell and crackers do the shell breaking so your hands don't get dirty.|
|Egg separator - an essential kitchen utensil that separates yolk from egg white.|
|Egg slicer - cuts eggs into thin even slices.|
|Egg/pancake rings - for the perfect omelet shape.|
|Egg tray - to store eggs in.|
|Microwave omelet maker - to make the perfectly folded omelet in your microwave.|
|Egg cooking instruction magnet - I never remember how many minutes it takes to boil an egg and I suspect I'm not the one... Print out this tiny egg making quick guide and stick a magnet at the back or it for your recipient fridge door.|
|Egg recipes - write down some of your favorite egg recipes or print out some from the web (here's a nice option) and add them to your Easter gift basket. Alternatively you can include an egg related cook book in it.|
|Hen - for a final humoristic touch, get a hen plush toy or make one yourself. Place it on top of your gift basket as if it is hatching your gift items.|
If you happen to give your Easter gift basket ahead of time, take advantage of the timing and put together an egg decorating gift basket - a classic Easter basket idea. Here are ideas for items to include in it:
|Egg blower and needle|
|Egg dye (or food coloring tabs)|
|Egg cups or egg tray - to keep eggs steady while decorating.|
|Stickers - wiggly eyes stickers are my favorite.|
|Permanent color markers|
|Egg dipper/holder - you can buy specially made ones, make one yourself by bending a wire or even include a soap bubbles blower instead.|
|Felt in different colors|
|Wipes - to clean up the mess.|
|Small disposable bowls - for egg color dipping. One for each color.|
|Vinegar - helps egg dye stick onto eggs.|
|Rubber bands - placed on eggs before dying for a stencil like affect.|
|Crayons - if used on a warm egg, they will melt and create a special affect.|
Get a pair of bunny slippers and turn each one of them into a gift basket. Fill it in with bunny shaped items- chocolates, cookies, plush toys, stickers etc. Add some egg shaped items too to balance it off.
Try to give these slippers gift baskets to members of the same family to that someone can use them! (or you can keep the second one and reveal it later).
A really cool Easter basket idea (although it does not involve a real basket): Buy a large pot with a beautiful plant inside (a fruit bearing plat would be perfect). Cover the soil with shredded crumbled green paper to visualize grass, and stick jelly beans, small Easter eggs and bunny chocolates in between shredded pieces. Place a couple of children figurines on the "grass" and wrap it all with cellophane paper. Your master piece will look like a miniature Easter egg hunt scene!
No matter which gift basket you come up with, you can always add an Easter feeling to it with these decorating ideas:
Looking for other Easter basket ideas that do not involve bunnies, eggs and chocolate?