EASTER BASKET ALTERNATIVE
Written by on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

 

Do you have an older child that you still enjoy gifting with a few goodies on Easter?  The typical Easter basket is perfect to fill for younger children, but seems kind of silly for older children.   I still “gift” my grown children on Easter (mostly with useful necessities), which made me realize that I should put them inside a “useful” container too!  The container I choose every year is part of the gift and I try to find something I know they can use.  In the photo below, you’ll see I used small, self-closing storage containers, which I kept closed by tying a ribbon around it (in a bow) and adding a coordinated “TO” tag I printed on my computer.  I chose that container because they were going in the mail and it is durable.

And if it looks like I spent a lot of money on these gifts… thank you!  But, I didn’t. 

My secret for keeping costs down:  THEMES!  Once I have a theme in mind for any gift, I keep it in mind and think about when I might find future bargains to coordinate with that theme.  For example:  I purchased the HP printer for $19 at a Thanksgiving weekend sale & the remaining office supplies (some for only 10 cents) at the final mark down of the Back-to-School supplies.  I entered a contest to win the Vera Bradley Duffel Bag & did! 🙂  My secret is that I try to win or grab a HUGE bargain on a “statement” item (like the printer, Vera bag, etc.) to include or use as the Easter Basket “container” because once I’ve accomplished that, it’s easy to find inexpensive things to go in it (at discount stores).  And you’ll be much more adept at spotting the bargain items you need if you have a gift Theme in mind.   And if you can’t come up with a “theme”, use a special event coming up in their life (vacation, moving out, new job, etc.) or their favorite color(s), sports team, hobby, down-time activity,etc. as a theme… so many possibilities, so have fun!

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Of course, I continue to use Easter grass in between the little gifts inside to create a touch of nostalgia from their youth.  This is a great idea for those of you who want to send an Easter basket to an adult child who lives in another state (possibly away at college) or a soldier serving overseas.  They’ll LOVE this updated adult version and your thoughtfulness too!  And here’s some more fun “themed” Easter Basket useful “container” ideas…

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CONTAINER: Basket / THEME: Personal Care

s_eco basket

CONTAINER: Reusable Shopping Bag / THEME: Eco-Friendly

s_guy basket 2

CONTAINER: Cooler / THEME: BBQ

s_office basket 2

CONTAINER: Waste Basket / THEME: Home Office

s_vera basket 2

CONTAINER: Travel Duffel Bag / THEME: Travel

CHECK OUT… my other Easter and Spring ideas by clicking on those categories (see HOME page) to enjoy previous posts under those topics!

Enjoy the Creativity!

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