Easter Baskets on a Budget - Quicken Loans Zing BlogEaster Sunday is April 8, and if you have youngsters in your life, making them a basket is a great way to celebrate the season of new life. Baskets are fun to make and should be filled with items that reflect what your child/teen/adult (ahem) likes, as well as the symbols of the holiday.

It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to make an Easter basket; in fact, you can make them on any budget, from dollar store items to personalized Bibles and everything in between.

Best Places for Easter Basket Goodies

  • Depending on where you live, you may have a dollar store in your area where cool, affordable basket goodies can be found, such as green Army men, a princess Wand or a bunny ears headband.
  • At Target, you can find themed baskets and candy, and hit up the $1 bins for affordable seasonal trinkets like stretchy rubber bunnies and wind-up chicks.
  • For a large candy selection close to home, visit one of your local pharmacies, especially chains like Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.
  • For religious items, you may have a nearby store that sells Bibles, rosaries, crosses and more.  If you don’t have a store near you, visit online sites like Catholic Family Gifts or Family Christian Stores for gifts that capture the real reason for the season. If you order late, you can print a picture of the item and place it in the basket acknowledging that it’s on the way.

7 Items That Make the Best Easter Baskets

  • Candy: It doesn’t matter how old you are, candy is going to make you smile every time. Think chocolate bunnies, chocolate marshmallow eggs, jelly beans, Easter Pez dispensers, gummy candy and lollipops are always appropriate. Hershey’s candy-coated eggs and dark chocolate Peepsters are my favorites (if anyone wants to send some to me).
  • Toys: No basket is complete without some type of toy to play with, no matter how old you are. Mini action figures or cars, princess-themed items, a springtime Barbie doll, Play-Doh, Silly Putty, Puzzles, portable games, pro sports cards, and wind-up toys are basket-worthy. To encourage outdoor fun after Easter brunch, include bouncy balls, sidewalk chalk, bubbles and fun-shaped bubble wands!
  • Crafts: If your basket recipient likes art of any kind, include their favorite items. If they like to draw, buy some colored pencils, markers or crayons. Foam crafts are easy to make, come in a variety of shapes and often come pre-glittered. Spring-themed or Easter stickers are also cool because they are ageless, I still put stickers on my greeting cards!
  • Accessories: If you are making a basket for a young girl, consider purchasing a brightly colored headband or inexpensive flower jewelry. Other girly favorites are lip gloss/balm, nail polish and decorative nail decals and anything sparkly. For boys, baseball caps are always in style (you can also fill them with candy), t-shirts, temporary tattoos and a cool pair of sunglasses.
  • Books: Classic stories like Peter Rabbit (Happy 110th Birthday, by the way!), pat the bunny and Peter Cottontail should be at the top of the list for fun books to include in your basket. Don’t forget about coloring books, especially if you’re tossing in a package of crayons! For older kids, pick up a word search pad or Sudoku book.
  • Stuffed Animals: Who doesn’t love a little cuddly something in their basket? Colorful bunnies, chicks, ducks, a baby lamb or even a plush Audubon bird make great additions and can often be found with sound effects! You can even buy stuffed animals that can be personalized with your recipient’s name.
  • Religious Gifts: Last, but not least, if you are celebrating Easter, you are celebrating the heart of the Christian faith, so it makes sense to include religious items in your basket. For younger kids, a coloring book of Bible stories is appropriate, or an illustrated Children’s Bible that they can grow up with is a beautiful gift. For older kids, you might include a prayer card, an inspirational bookmark they can use daily, or a candy-colored rosary in a pouch with their initial on it.

Hopefully these tips have given you some ideas to make an awesome basket of your own. You might even have a theme already in mind…sports, music, candy-only, the possibilities are endless!

Happy Easter!


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