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, it’s 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.
NOTE: Is 50 not enough? Be sure to check out my new list, 100+ things for your teenager’s Easter basket!
1. Phone accessories
2. New headphones
3. Gift cards to their favorite store
4. Nostalgic kid toys (wind-up cars, Lego men, yoyos)
5. Cool stationary
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
17. Perfume or cologne
19. Water bottle
20. Travel coffee mug
21. A book 😉
22. Umbrella and matching rainboots
23. New shoes
24. Comic book
25. Retro Polaroid camera
26. Hair accessories
27. Flip flops
28. Beach towel
29. Sketch pad
32. Gel pens
33. Smelly pens
34. Glitter glue
37. Small package of cookies
40. Subway gift card
45. Flower seeds
46. Video game
50. Dollar coins
Does the Easter Bunny still visit your teenager? What kind of treats do they give your teen?
Crissi Langwell is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, and lives in Sonoma County with her husband, blended family of three teenagers and a ridiculous teenage dog. Find her at crissilangwell.com.