When you think of Easter baskets, you probably think of young toddlers running out to see what the Easter Bunny has left for them. You may have visions of tiny toys and plastic eggs filled with jellybeans. There’s magic in those grass filled baskets, and it’s not wasted on toddlers who will marvel at every single surprise they discover Easter morning.

But what about the teenagers?

When I was growing up, my mom made it a point to never take away the magic we felt at holidays when we were younger. Well into our adult years, we received a stocking full of small gifts at Christmas, a bunch of pink and red covered chocolate treats at Valentine’s Day, and an Easter basket full of trinkets and goodies at Easter. And now in my own house, I am continuing the tradition.

Thing is, however, it is much more difficult to find fun things to give teens at Easter when the majority of seasonal treats are geared towards kids under the age of 10. This year is even harder as we work to steer clear of all things sugary – i.e. anything that is traditional to give at Easter.

So with a little help from other parents and some searching on my own, I have put together my own list of things, edible and not, a teenager might want to discover in their basket Easter morning.

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Happy Easter!

1. CDs
2. DVDs
3. Gift cards to their favorite store
4. Nostalgic kid toys (wind-up cars, Lego men, yoyos)
5. Pez dispenser
6. Gum
7. Themed baskets (nail spa, music list, hair, etc)
8. Movie tickets
9. Family coupons (for a later curfew, get out of chores free, etc)
10. Gas card
11. Nail polish
12. Lip gloss
13. Magazine (cars, beauty, or whatever their interest)
14. Poster of their favorite actor/band
15. iTunes gift card
16. Sunglasses
17. Perfume or cologne
18. Toothbrush
19. Water bottle
20. Travel coffee mug
21. A book ;-)
22. Phone accessories
23. Ear buds
24. Comic book
25. Disposable camera
26. Hair accessories
27. Flip flops
28. Beach towel
29. Sketch pad
30. Journal
31. Socks
32. Gel pens
33. Smelly pens
34. Glitter glue
35. Sharpies
36. Kite
37. Small package of cookies
38. Snapple
39. Crackers
40. Subway gift card
41. Keychain
42. Hat
43. Chapstick
44. Lotion
45. Flower seeds
46. Video game
47. Jewelry
48. Wallet
49. Purse
50. Dollar coins

What else?

Does the Easter Bunny still visit your teenager? What kind of treats do they give your teen?

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  1. Val King

    I have 3 daughters. I give them a new bikini and sun screen in their baskets.

    March 26th, 2013 3:10 pm

  2. The.Village

    I bet they love that!

    March 26th, 2013 3:19 pm

  3. M

    CDs? When was this list made?

    March 26th, 2013 4:47 pm

  4. The.Village

    Hey, some of us have old school kids who appreciate holding their music in their hands. :-)

    March 26th, 2013 5:45 pm

  5. M

    Um, where does your kid hold their iPod or phone? :@)

    March 26th, 2013 7:15 pm

  6. M

    The death of the album and rise of digital age of music albeit less tangible is also less resource rich and the result of progress in technology. I for one am glad the cd and tapes don’t end up in the landfill as much as before.

    March 26th, 2013 7:20 pm

  7. The.Village

    Well, tapes might be holding on to life by a string… I don’t even think they make tape decks anymore. But CDs are still an easy way to transport music to your car (for those of us who drive older cars that don’t even know what an MP3 player is).

    March 26th, 2013 9:02 pm

  8. Tisa

    My three teenage boys still appreciate the Easter basket and Christmas stockings full of goodies. The Easter bunny always gives them a book, a chocolate bunny to honor their dad’s ceremony of biting the head off first thing (sigh), gum, and maybe an iTunes card. I don’t spend too much and it makes the morning fun while carrying on a tradition they loved as little kids.

    March 27th, 2013 7:51 am

  9. The.Village

    Perfect. As the mom of a family of readers, I especially love the book idea!

    March 27th, 2013 8:03 am

  10. Mary Bishop

    I give my 11 year old daughter a “Mom and Me” gift certificate with a specific $ amount that can be used for an adventure for the 2 of us. We have done lunch and ice skating in the past, the pottery studio another year, and I will find out soon what will happen in 2013!

    March 27th, 2013 2:27 pm

  11. The.Village

    That’s a really valuable gift. I’m sure she’ll remember it long after she’s a kid. I know these little things from my childhood have stuck with me all these years!

    March 27th, 2013 2:40 pm

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  13. Mark

    Wow..Awesome list,I have saved it for my boy and I am gonna share this list with him and hoping that He can make something too good and bring his creativity in the Easter Basket.

    March 31st, 2014 1:15 am

  14. Holly

    Baseball cap
    beach cover up
    sports tix
    Starbucks card
    tix to amusement park
    swim suits

    April 4th, 2014 12:01 pm

  15. DonnaK

    Nail polish, nail decals, pool rafts/floaties, swim goggles, snorkel sets, Summer pjs, Summer bracelets, braided sports necklaces, tote bags/string bags, barrettes & fancy bobby pins, sleeping bags, Chia pets. (Now that I look at my own list, Easter basket contents seem to be the beginning of our longing for the warmer weather! :) Thanks for all the other great ideas too!

    April 8th, 2014 10:50 am

  16. Michelle

    Thanks for all the great ideas! Highly appreciated :)

    April 9th, 2014 4:20 am

  17. Jessica

    Great ideas! Thanks so much! Loved the coupon for chores idea. One thing I’m putting also that I didn’t see is Dr . Pepper, we don’t have sodas in the house and that’s his favorite

    April 11th, 2014 8:02 pm

  18. Stacey Marmolejo

    For musically-inclined teens, consider accessories for their instrument.

    For example, if your teen plays guitar or bass guitar consider a new guitar strap, packet of strings or picks, or a new clip on guitar tuner, like the SpeedPro guitar tuner that comes with a 3 year guarantee.

    Drummers like new sticks, a drum key or new drum heads.

    If you’re buying but don’t know anything about the accessories, Amazon is a great place to shop. They have a liberal return policy.

    April 12th, 2014 5:43 pm

  19. Jessica D.

    Because Easter is supposed to be about Christ, my children all receive new Sunday clothes. I do fill their baskets with goodies as well, but they know not to expect anything else other than a new dress/tie to wear to church.

    April 16th, 2014 12:59 pm

  20. angelina barnett

    these are some great ideas.i always do coupons those were some i never thought of before. my kids are older and last year i didnt get them a basket figured they had outgrown them and my daughter asked wheres my basket so this year its back to peeps and jelly beans lol

    April 16th, 2014 4:24 pm

  21. Kayla

    I am a teenager and I have to say this is a great list. Pairing up gifts for your teens sport or hobbies is a great thing to do too. For example, I’m a horseback rider and participate in eventing/hunter jumper. My mom has gotten me in previous years: saddle pads, grooming supplies, horse treats, etc. So, if your child is interested in, let’s say, basketball; you could get her/him a new ball, basketball shorts/socks (any type of attire really). Also, kids LOVE candy. I’m 15 years old and still love little kids toys because they help me reminisce on my child hood.

    Ear buds are a great idea as well, and phone cases.

    April 18th, 2014 5:43 am

  22. Carolyn

    We live in SoCal, so I give beach towels and flip-flops. :)

    April 18th, 2014 8:11 am

  23. Linda

    Today, the Friday before Easter, I went to See’s and bought the requisite TALL CHOCOLATE BUNNY! And then I went over to Village Art Supply, in Montgomery Village, and bought some wonderful watercolor pencils, paper and a totally cool VW Bus toiletry bag that can also be used for art supplies or whatever! The gal at the counter – ( the owner?) – was SO helpful with ideas. I absolutely love this store for teen gift ideas! And it’s local !

    April 18th, 2014 7:16 pm

  24. Samantha

    Great ideas. Here is one more. The TickleMe Plant Paintable Easter Egg found on line or Amazon, will provide a 6 inch egg to paint and grow a tickleme plant inside of it. TickleMe Plants will close their leaves and lower their branches when tickled.
    A great gift for the scientist, artist, nature or fun lover.

    February 28th, 2015 8:00 am

  25. Carrie

    I have teen boys and this is a great list. They are into the products for their face to keep clear complexions these days, so handmade soaps are nice, too.

    March 9th, 2015 5:26 pm

  26. Michelle

    I have purchased hand-held electronic games….they like for car rides, etc. Thank you for the list and the other great ideas!

    March 22nd, 2015 7:13 am

  27. Mary

    Theater passes are always a hit!

    March 28th, 2015 6:42 pm

  28. Adrian

    I’m 13 years old and I would love everything one that list

    March 29th, 2015 2:00 pm

  29. Sally

    My teen daughter will get a couple Lush bath bombs (they have egg and bunny shapes), candle, a favorite lipstick, shirt from
    Urban Outfitters, and an art book. Avoiding candy right now.
    College age son getting green tea kit kats, granola mix snacks, coffee, foreign candy. Youngest will get kawaii items like squishes and japanese candy. I love coming up with their favorites.

    March 30th, 2015 12:58 pm

  30. Jen

    Just found this site called Wishbone. It’s a place where couselors nominate underpriviledged kids to obtain money to go to special afterschool and summer programs that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford to go to. You buy a gift card and the recipient picks a student that they would like to donate to. I think in the spirit of the holiday, this is a fanatastic way to teach your kids how to pay it forward.


    March 31st, 2015 7:28 am

  31. Sharondalyn

    My kids are 12 (boy) and 10(girl), and they love receiving goodies on Easter morning. I still do a hunt with plastic eggs filled with everything from jelly beans to dollar bills. In their baskets I put beanie babies, Lego figures, their favorite chips, candy, gum and beverage as well as 3DS games, Xbox live membership or baseball equipment/tennis balls.

    But I love all the holidays and everyday I am alive.

    April 1st, 2015 11:44 am

  32. Nicole

    My girls are 12 and 10. They both believe still, so this is always hard.
    This year, I think I’m going to put sunblock, goggles, eos, keychains, maybe a wristlet, jammies and then a chocolate bunny and some of their favorite candy… idk,, so undecided!

    April 3rd, 2015 9:43 am

  33. SH

    My 4 boys aged 11, 12, 13 & 14 still insist I hide eggs!

    April 7th, 2015 1:08 pm

  34. Gioia

    Nail polish and Lip gloss inside an Easter egg :-)

    June 10th, 2015 5:34 am

  35. Tamila

    I have found a nice easy custom idea for teens. With the advent of texting I find the kids like short and sweet messages. For Easter I have done favorite scriptures on keytags that the kids can carry around easily. With the ability to make the backgrounds whatever you wish you can design it to suit the teen. Not too pricey either so you can add these to the basket with your words to live by for the kids or even get a gift card and let them make their own. Even though they are teens its nice to celebrate with them and show you care with little tokens I find.
    The site is Share-ITtags.com if you want to look in to it.

    February 19th, 2016 1:00 pm

  36. Erin

    This was a great list and very helpful! Every Easter I do not give baskets but I give their gifts in something they can use. This year I have decided for the little ones I will get an umbrella and open it and fill it with their goodies. The bigger ones I’m think a cute fashionable tote they can use in their rooms!
    I have done little wagons, sand buckets and went with a whole water theme, a little suit case, back packs, and other things a long that line! Love holidays and being creative! This will be the first year I buy for teens as we have 3 teen girls in our home.. along with our 9 and 7 year old!

    March 1st, 2016 1:54 pm

  37. Crissi Langwell

    I love the umbrella idea! I never know what to do with the Easter basket the rest of the year, so I’ve been trying to find new ideas. This one is awesome!

    March 1st, 2016 3:30 pm

  38. Dawn

    I set my teenage son up with fishing gear and such

    March 6th, 2016 5:09 am

  39. trisha wilson

    tackle box for boys filled with fishing stuff and gummy worms and fish, etc

    March 13th, 2016 6:50 am

  40. Mom

    As practicing Christians we try to keep the holiday fun and focused on the greatest gift: Jesus.
    Along with a chocolate bunny, candy filled eggs and new summer pajamas, I pick up faith-focused books at the Christian Book Store, add encouraging and inspiring scripture cards, stickers, etc. and maybe Christ-honoring jewelry, journals or art work. We also do a family “reveal” by opening a special egg announcing the charity we made an Easter Donation to. Finally, we invite anyone we hear of, without a place to go, to join us for Easter dinner. Makes for a wonderfully meaningful celebration.

    March 22nd, 2016 5:41 pm

  41. Mom of 3 Boys

    I have 3 boys, 5, 12, and 16. My oldest loves jelly beans (well they all do), so I make sure to get plenty of those (a couple bags of Belly Flops from Jelly Belly do the trick and are a little more budget friendly since they love Jelly Belly). Also beef jerky, chips, old fashioned sodas and candies (I find at Cracker Barrell), they are in scouts so I have also done fire starters, compasses, smaller camping gadgets, etc. I think the older two would be pretty sad if they didn’t have a basket with at least a few treats (jelly beans) in it ;)

    March 24th, 2016 6:55 am

  42. lISA

    What?? sports tickets?? Gift cards?? video games??
    Easter= chocolate and Church.

    March 25th, 2016 12:38 pm

  43. Von

    My kids are 16 and 19. My husband is insisting that I still make them Easter baskets. So here I am searching for ideas so I can go buy some things the day before Easter. Thanks for the great ideas! I will buy some good snacks and some See’s candy. I think I will buy some pajamas and some ear buds but I am not spending money on gift cards. It’s not their birthday!

    March 26th, 2016 6:55 am

  44. karen

    Our daughter is 14 and will be finially making her First Holy Communion on April 24th and in her Easter basket,she got her under shirt,rubberpants and tights that she has to wear with her communion dress.

    April 6th, 2016 6:35 am

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