In my family, it’s actually tradition to do an Easter egg hunt instead of single Easter baskets. The kids run around and find little chocolate eggs, bunnies, and small toys that are hidden around the house. These get placed inside their Easter baskets so they eventually do get filled.
But, I know that’s not the case everywhere. There’s a lot great ideas online for cool baskets so I thought I’d put together some ideas of my own.
Why would you want to have a themed Easter basket for kids rather than just some toys and treats? Well first of all, it’s all about the impact. Having a themed basket ties everything together and makes the gift even more unique. Second, you can make your kids feel special if you choose a thoughtful theme that reflects their personality.
How to Surprise Kids With a Themed Easter Basket
Instead of just setting up the Easter basket in an obvious place it’s a lot more fun to have the Easter Bunny hide it somewhere inside or out. If you have multiple children, put their names on their baskets so there’s no confusion.
What I’m planning to do with my kids this year is to have a scavenger hunt. Tuck clues inside some of those plastic eggs. Make sure you color code if you have multiple kids! The clues can lead kids to their filled Easter basket.
Soccer themed Easter basket
I like this theme because Easter is usually around the time where spring sports like soccer start back up. You can grab something pre-filled (like the one pictured above) or add some cool toys and treats to it yourself.
What to put in a soccer themed Easter basket:
- Customizable mini soccer ball
- Everything soccer book
- Collapsible soccer ball shaped water bottle
- Soccer activity book
- Mini finger soccer game
- Soccer ball shaped chocolates
And don’t forget a soccer themed basket to put it all in!
LEGO themed Easter basket for kids
LEGO is popular with kids of almost all ages. What’s nice is there’s almost an infinite number of little sets that you can include inside a gift basket, including Easter themed ones. I really like the LEGO Big Toy Bucket (pictured above) as a reusable Easter basket idea too.
What to put in a LEGO themed Easter basket:
- Easter themed LEGO sets
- Brick themed candies
- LEGO Minifigure sticker book
- Minifigure blind bags
- LEGO early readers books
For the actual Easter basket, I recommend the Big Toy Bucket or a Cinch Bucket.
Outdoor play themed kids Easter basket
For us, Easter is usually the start of real spring. That means being able to play outside after spending all winter cooped up! Giving kids an Easter basket filled with toys that will encourage outdoor play can help them have even more fun enjoying some fresh air outdoors.
What to put in an outdoor play themed Easter basket:
- Bug nets for catching butterflies
- Bubbles (get good ones once kids are past the spilling stage)
- Sidewalk chalk
- A cute skipping rope
- Kid-sized sunglasses
- Cute binoculars made for kids
- A new pair of rubber boots
For the basket, consider something they can use while playing outside like a new pail.
Gardening Easter basket for kids
If your family likes to garden (or your kids just like to play in the dirt) a gardening themed Easter basket is super fun. If you want to make things easy on yourself just pick up a gardening set like the one pictured above. You can put it all inside the gardening bag! Or use some of these ideas instead (or both!)
What to put in a gardening themed Easter basket:
- Kids gardening set with seeds
- A cute educational book on gardening
- Child-sized gardening gloves
- A gardening tool set
- Garden themed early readers
- Mini watering cans
- An adorable kid-sized gardening apron
- Their very own seeds to plant
Slime themed Easter basket ideas for kids
All the kids everywhere are slime obsessed. You can make it into a cool Easter basket idea by adding some slime themed products or slime making kits. For an easy Easter basket alternative, consider picking up a larger craft kit and hiding that instead of your child’s Easter basket.
What to put in a slime themed Easter basket:
- Slime filled Easter eggs
- Glow in the dark slime making kit
- Slime blind box
- A book that teaches them how to make slime
- Neon bouncy slime
If you want something really unique to put this stuff in (instead of a traditional Easter basket) then give kids their own slime mixing bowl. Trust me, you’ll appreciate it too.
These were just a few themed easter basket ideas for kids. We’ll be adding some more to this post later so be sure to check back!