Easter’s coming, but you’re sad because you miss the good old days. Oh, how you loved shopping for Easter baskets, the colored grass, the candy, all the little trinkets. Arranging it all perfectly and hiding it the night before. On Easter morning, how wonderful it was … the anticipation on their little faces as they set out on that yearly quest for hidden treasure. And then came the best part … the delight in your children’s eyes when they finally located said cache.
But, alas, those days are gone. Your children are in their teens now … too old anymore for that kid’s stuff, right? But are they too old for gifts? Negative! And you never tire of giving them, either. So there’s no reason to stop doing the Easter basket thing. If you’re looking for a compromise between the kids’ stuff you miss and the adults they’re growing into, here are some ideas for that middle ground.
First, let’s talk about this whole ‘basket’ thing. The basket only makes them think of the Easter Bunny, and that’s what you’re trying to avoid. So, my first idea is to chuck the woven Easter basket altogether and opt for something more age appropriate. A tin, a metal basket, or a decorated box might be a better way to go.
Next, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this … but since I’m already writing … think about what they spend most of their free time doing, and you’ve got your answer for one or two bigger items. Video games, computer accessories, small items of clothing, journals … these are all great items to display in the center of a basket for teens. An excellent choice for Easter would be an inspirational book or even an e-reader that already includes a download of a devotional that’s perfect for the season.
Just like for Christmas stockings, personal care items make great basket stuffers that you can arrange around a central item. Shampoos, razors, hair care items and beauty accessories are perfect for teens, especially if they usually purchase these things themselves.
And, of course, candy is a given. Nobody outgrows the peeps, chocolate eggs, coconut nests, and jelly beans that have become staples of the day’s celebrations. Of course, if you don’t want your teens consuming all that sugar, there are always alternatives to candy … granola bars, trail mixes, nuts.
There’s no need to have empty basket syndrome this Easter just because your little ones aren’t so little anymore. Update your approach, and you could be preserving your idea of what an Easter celebration should be well into empty nest syndrome!