Easter baskets are a simple concept for young children- candy, small spring time toys, and Easter eggs. With teenagers, this concept becomes a little more complicated (just like everything else). Teenagers tend to be hard to shop for, so give them what they really want and impress them with one of these creative theme baskets this Easter.
Treat your teenager to the one thing they crave most- freedom! Gift cards are a teenager’s best friend. Get your kid a wide assortment of small gift cards to all their favorite places. For example: $5 to Starbucks, $5 to Dairy Queen, $10 to Hot Topic, $10 to Pizza Hut, and $15 for gas. Your teenager will appreciate your knowledge of his favorite places, and you acknowledging his freedom to buy what he wants for himself. Every time your child goes to use one of the gift cards, he will be reminded just how much you care about him. With a wide variety and a good amount of small gift cards, this will be the gift that keeps giving- your child will be thanking you for months. Hide the gift cards inside large plastic Easter eggs for a creative, decorative basket display. Large Easter eggs can be found on Amazon.
Indulge the movie-lover in all of us by treating your teenager to a movie themed Easter basket. Inside a large popcorn bin (available on Amazon), include several bags of microwave popcorn, your child’s favorite movie-munching candies, a gift card to a local movie theater, and a few new release DVDs your child will enjoy. Your teenager will be prepared for a hot date to the movies or a movie night in with friends.
When your kids were small, they probably made you a “coupon book” at some point, with vouchers for hugs, hated chores, and quality time. Now is your turn to return the favor! Create “coupons” for your teenager that they will appreciate more than any gift. On pastel index cards, write out 10 specific goods or services they can cash in their voucher for. Clever examples include “one hour added to curfew for the night”, “borrowing Dad’s car for a night”, or “getting to pick the movie”. To sneak in some bonding time, include redeemable vouchers for lunch at their favorite restaurant with mom, or a baseball game with dad. Your teenager will be thankful for the thoughtful gifts, and will be quick to redeem their coupons.