When children are young, they are so easy to please when it comes to gifts like an Easter basket. Once they hit those awkward teen years, well, their appreciation for flimsy wicker baskets filled with Pez dispensers and massive chocolate rabbits can wane. Still, parents often want to give their children (even the semi-grown ones) an Easter gift. The smart thing to do is to present them with baskets they can use long after the holiday is over. Need some ideas? As the proud Mom of two teens and a former gift basket designer, I’ve got a few that you can use.
Cosmetic or nail case: She’s got more makeup than you do. Make her Easter basket a plastic makeup case. Once she’s finished noshing on sugar-free candy, she’ll have something she can use every day. I suggest using a calligraphy pen in a bright color to write her name on the lid.
The gym bag: He needs a new one anyone-football practice begins in a few months. Unzip the bag and fill it with some teen-approved goodies like a new football, basketball or a pair of pom-poms. It’s a gift that he or she can use throughout the summer.
The beach towel: Roll up a soft, new beach towel and secure it with twine. The center should be loose enough to hold a few items. Fill the center with some Easter goodies, a pair of flip flops and even some sunscreen.
The tackle or toolbox: Whether he loves tinkering on cars or fishing for the big one, you can’t go wrong with a utility box. For the fisherman, load it with rubber worms and gummy worms. For the guy or gal who loves cars, include some tools like a socket wrench set.
The tote or purse: Does she love purses? A purse or tote makes the perfect Easter basket. Line it with bright tissue and start stuffing. For the best results, choose a bag that sits well and holds a few items.
Ball caps: In the spring and summer, you can’t have enough ball caps. Flip the cap upside down and fill it with goodies like an iTunes card and some candy. What a fun way to celebrate the holiday and show your team spirit.
Teens love these ideas. They are so much cooler than the standard plastic, cloth and wicker baskets. Happy Easter!