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I love to give our kids Easter baskets that aren’t baskets.  (You see, we leave the “basket” and the Easter Bunny fills it for us…  we can even see the Easter Bunny tracks in our house!)


When my brother and I were younger, my Mom and Dad would sometimes have our “Baskets” be something other than ‘baskets’ and we have done that with our own kids.
(Here I am with my mom… and my doll.) 
lessons from mom
It is fun & much more practical and our kids love it!   (Think about it – if their Easter gifts come in a suitcase… they can use it over and over.  The “basket” becomes the gift, too!)

Below is a great list for you! 

1- Back packs (book-bags).
Last year, each of our kids got a new backpack for Easter.  It was filled with all of the Easter goodies, plus, now they had a new backpack for school.  (And on sale, since the “rush” of buying back-packs is over and you can get some GREAT deals this time of year!)

2- Luggage/tote.  
Use suitcases or “travel bags” for Easter Baskets

3- Lunch Box:
 A fun new lunch box or thermal tote or bag filled with Easter goodies would make a great basket!

4- Lego Storage box or Car storage box:
Fill one of these with some new Legos and candy or matchbox cars & Easter goodies!

5- Purse:
51tmDRPhYPLWhat could be more fun that a great new “dress-up” purse (for a little girl) or a great REAL purse/pocketbook for a teen?  Fill it with make-up, nail polish, necklaces…

5- Mixing bowls
(For the “chef”) in your family filled with an apron, chef hat and fun things for the kitchen (or pretend kitchen!)

6. Bat bag or any sport bag
Fill this with sports things! I know our sons would love this!

Think out of the box… I mean Basket!  Make an Easter Basket that is not a Basket. Get creative!  Let the “basket” be something that they can use– let it be part of the gift!
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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Great ideas! I love the idea of using a thermal tote! I actually have one on hand that I’m sure a special someone will love!!

    Visiting from The Better Mom

  2. What a great idea. My mom used to give the boys in the family buckets with candy because they could always use another one to play in the sand.
    Thanks for sharing with us at “In and Out of the Kitchen Link Up Party’

  3. We are having sand buckets full of stuff for our summer vacation to Florida for our baskets this year!

  4. These are some great ideas! I made one from a tackle box and gave my grandson a fishing pole with it!

  5. I have a grown son and will continue to share Easter with him until he is married. He was soon to be moving out (22 yrs old) when Easter came around last year so I bought a bright green colander and filled it with dollar bills as Easter grass, beef jerky, coffee, coffee mug, a few treats he likes and movie theatre gift card. He loved it

  6. Last year I bought baseball caps filled them with goodies put them in Easter wrapping and they were a hit!! The boys loved them!!