The number of teenage nieces and nephews that I possess is truly overwhelming at times. Teens aren’t known for being the easiest people to get along with, and though none of the ones I’m related to are particularly troublesome, I’ll confess that I find them overwhelming at times.
The Problems of Easter Baskets for Teenagers
Buying gifts for teenagers is particularly difficult, since they’re past the age when you can just assume that they’ll put up with whatever you find for them. Easter baskets are the hardest of all.
Easter is a holiday that tends to be associated with pastel colors and adorable baby animals, neither of which are things that the teenagers in my family have much patience for. I can’t really blame them-I wouldn’t exactly be overjoyed to receive a stuffed animal as a present, either.
So what should you get a teenager for Easter? To a large extent, it depends on the teenager. The first step to picking out a gift should be, as always, thinking of the person in question and what he or she likes. I personally am of the opinion that books and DVDs are excellent things to put in an Easter basket. They’re thoughtful, personal gifts, but they’re not so large or expensive that they become impractical. Gift cards also work well.
Candy can be enjoyed by all ages, but in this day and age many of us are health-conscious enough that we balk at the idea of an entire basket stuffed with chocolate. There’s nothing wrong with switching it up, though-have you considered mixing some granola bars in with the chocolate?
If you really want to go the extra mile, you might consider not giving a conventional Easter basket at all. Is there some other fun container you can fill with goodies for the teen in your life? One of my nieces was particularly delighted when we gave her a new purse stuffed with treats one year, but that isn’t the only way to go about it. The only limit is your creativity.
The most important thing about putting together an Easter basket a teen will love is showing that you had him or her in mind while doing it. As long as you put some thought into it, your teen is guaranteed to love the result.