If you have an older child that you still enjoy creating an Easter basket for, it’s thrifty to utilize a “useful” container as the basket. Last year, I used a self-closing storage container (http://seasonalhome.wordpress.com/2010/02/16/easter-basket-alternative/), but this year I chose an inexpensive insulated cooler. It’s large, lead-free and closes up (with velcro tabs) for easy storage when not in use. The cost was $10 (Walgreens). And as you can see, the side pockets create great places to tuck some of the goodies.
[I filled up the excess room, in the bottom of the cooler, with a medium-sized FLAT RATE box from the post office. That way, you only have to place a few small gifts inside]