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Easter Basket Ideas for Boys

Updated on March 7, 2014

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After a long, cold winter, kids (and adults) all look forward to the coming of spring. Easter is not only a religious holiday, but a celebration of sun and colorful crocuses just beginning to venture out into the fresh air.

We look forward to longer, warmer days, but your child is looking forward to a basket full of loot! This year, skip the Peeps and check out these other great ideas for Easter baskets for boys.

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For Younger Kids

Little boys tend to be much easier to shop for than their older counterparts, so make the most of this time!

  • Little cars or trucks. Chuck Trucks, for instance, are chunky, safe, and fun. You can get one or a full set.
  • Sidewalk chalk. If the snow is off the driveway or sidewalk, this will be a great Easter day activity. Send the kids out while you are preparing for guests or spend some time after church drawing.
  • Kites. This is a favorite for those windy spring days. Today, there are so many designs to choose from that you are sure to find one to suit your boys’ preferences.
  • Jump ropes. Burn off some of that Easter candy-fueled energy.
  • Water squirters, if it is warm enough to play outside.
  • Bouncy balls or sponge balls, like Nerf (These make for great Easter baby gifts too).
  • Magnets for the fridge. Numbers and letters are always a great idea, but you can add zoo, sea, or farm animals for endless playtime fun.
  • Temporary tattoos.
  • Fun instruments, like a harmonica, maracas, or a recorder.
  • Coloring books, crayons, and finger paints – and paper to use them with.
  • Play-dough or silly putty. If you are feeling a little stressed by the holiday, take a minute and play with this. It’s therapeutic!
  • Flashlight or nightlight. You can be practical and fun.
  • Plastic dinosaurs, animals, or army men.

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For Older Boys

This is a challenging age group for which to buy Easter gifts. Here are some ideas that should appeal to the older boys in your life:

  • Baseball and glove.
  • Frisbees.
  • Book of magic tricks; Klutz is a good one to consider because they come with needed supplies for your wizard.
  • Nerf gun or water shooters.
  • Backyard bug catcher or butterfly garden for kids who like science and exploring.
  • Walky-talkies. This is good for those in-between kids who still like to play but are too cool to admit it.
  • New ear buds for their iPod, phone, or other device.
  • Homemade trail mix.
  • Easter cookies - who could resist?
  • Plastic eggs filled with money. And candy. Or both!
  • Small gift card to a favorite store or to iTunes.
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys Kit. As if they do not have enough ideas on their own…
  • A survival kit, including a pocket knife (if your child is old enough), a space blanket, a poncho, a flint and striker, and other odds and ends. Put it in a waterproof box for his next adventure.
  • Kitchen science experiment kit.


Little Things or Big Thing?

Many parents are skipping the basket altogether and choosing an alternative approach for Easter. Instead of buying several items, for instance, why not buy one bigger item?

If your child loves video games, for instance, you can buy him one that he’s had his eye on. This way, he gets what he really wants and you have cut your shopping time – and stress - dramatically.


Easter Candy

And what about candy? It has become an Easter tradition to fill our candy baskets with chocolate bunnies, caramel-filled eggs, marshmallow candies, and jelly beans. Candy is perfectly fine for an Easter treat – in moderation! Many parents are limiting candy to a few well-chosen favorites so their children are not eating sugar all day. Instead, they provide healthy snacks, such as trail mix, nuts, pretzels, raisins, string cheese, or half-size homemade treats.

The best part of giving Easter baskets is that you can customize them for your recipients and for your budget. The little boys in your life are sure to appreciate their basket-full of loot this year!


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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a great hub packed full of fabulous ideas! Lots of us have trouble trying to think up something unique and interesting that will please the boys in our lives and it seems we never resolve that issue -- what to get for him, regardless of how old he gets! This is very helpful for people with boys are their Easter list and Easter will be here (March 31, 2013) before you know it!

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      Janice S 5 years ago

      Cute ideas! I personally like activity baskets with just a little bit of candy - no need to overindulge his sweet tooth.

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      jkvkdailey4 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for the awesome ideas! I'm taking the first 6 items listed for young boys and adding it to a basket with some Easter Candy - my 5 year old will love it!!