With the rising concern of the obesity issue with children, parents may want to explore alternatives to the traditional candy-filled Easter basket. These age-appropriate ideas are sure to please both parent and child.
Easter Baskets for Babies
Babies able to eat finger foods might enjoy a canister of Gerber Fruit and Veggie Puffs. Currently available in seven flavors, these treats will have little ones practicing fine motor skills as they eat them. For play, fill the basket with fun balls or blocks. Fisher-Price Roll-a-Rounds and Peek-a-Blocks are two popular options. For a cuddly gift, consider Gund’s Easter Lamb Comfy Cozy Blanket.
Easter Baskets for Toddlers
Toddlers are all about being on the go and using their imagination. An Easter basket filled with a dress up costume, such as a pirate, a princess, or a chef will channel children’s pretend play. For the hands-on child, an Easter basket decked out with a various colors of Play Doh and tools to shape the dough would be a sure fire hit. Other ideas would be a basket filled with play food, a bucket filled with sand toys, or a basket filled with bath toys and essentials. Also, consider character-themed baskets, such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Dora the Explorer.
Easter Baskets for Kids
Stuffed animals are often popular for this age group. Bestever Funny Feet Stuffed Animals have cute bunnies and chicks in various sizes that would be perfect for an Easter basket. For the curious mind, Chinaberry’s Chrysanthemum Eggling and Springtime Pet Plants are an educational and delightful possibility. Children become young botanists as they grow their own wacky plant. An art Easter basket filled with paints, modeling clay, paper, scissors, and colored pencils will stimulate creativity and provide hours of entertainment.
Easter Baskets for Teens
Consider the teen’s distinct personality when choosing an Easter gift basket. For teen girls interested in makeup, perhaps a manicure basket complete with nail kit and nail polishes would be the perfect fit. For the athletic teen, individual servings of sports drinks, wrist bands, and other athletic gear is appropriate. Youth with a keen interested in music and technology might appreciate MP3 or a computer accessory gift basket.
Christian Easter Gift Baskets
Parents may wish to focus on the religious aspect of Easter. A religious-themed Easter basket may include a children’s Bible, children’s story books, or children’s Christian jewelry. Veggie Tales is a Christian cartoon which has a plentiful selection of toys and DVDs to go with it. Biblequest has also put out a line of Easter action figures that includes Jesus with tomb and angel, two Roman guards, Peter and John, and two witnesses.
These Easter gift basket ideas provide parents with an option to traditional Easter baskets. Rather than sugar-laden sweets consider one of the above basket themes. Children will likely enjoy these gifts just as much as candy-filled ones.