When we think of Easter baskets, most of us visualize stuffed bunnies with bow ties, marshmallow Peeps, rabbit shaped chocolates and bright colored eggs. But the celebration of Easter, from the consumerist perspective, isn’t just for little kids. We don’t have to leave our teens out of the mix when we’re filling up baskets for their younger siblings — they deserve a little fun, too. And if you’re asking yourself, “What can I put in their baskets? They’re not babies anymore!” the answer is actually pretty simple. Easter basket ideas for teens begin with getting to know what they like. No, you might not want to give them coloring books and crayons, or blowing bubbles and wind-up baby chicks, but there are alternatives.
Does your teen have a hobby? Most teens have some kind of hobby. Whether it’s making YouTube videos, playing video games, collecting things, drawing, singing, dancing, reading, making bead bracelets -you name it- find something that caters to their hobbies and interests. It could be a new sketchbook, a new controller for their gaming sessions, or a subscription to a magazine.
Teens are well known for idolizing bands, celebrities, movies, or characters in books. Whovians (Doctor Who fans) might like a trinket related to the show, and finding these items might not be as hard as you think. A great place to shop is Etsy, where you can find fan-inspired handmade items to put in your teens Easter basket. Whether it’s a T-shirt, a necklace, or a movie collection, your teen would probably love a gift based off their interests.
Don’t Forget Music
These days kids are usually hooked up to some type of device that plays music. Learn what they like and what type of music they listen to. You could fill your teen’s Easter basket with an iTunes gift card, CDs, a new iPod, or even an accessory like ear buds.
Yes, you could give them candy. Few teenagers would complain about candy. It’s one of the carryovers from childhood that doesn’t go away as quickly as the others. But, you could also give them other types of food. My teens love beef jerky, but it never lasted very long. Food is another item that you could purchase in the form of a gift card from their favorite place to eat.
Why Bother With Easter Baskets For Teens?
Teens want validation. When you make an effort to take an interest in their interests, it means something to them. It means you are listening to them and it means you care. More than anything, this is what they really want. Even if they think Easter baskets are silly and they are too old (or…ahem…mature), the fact that you show them validation is a gift that impacts them in a positive way. And just to be cute, give them a stuffed bunny. No matter how old they get, they’ll always be our babies.