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Easter Baskets

Updated on February 13, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

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Creating unusual, unique, and beautiful Easter baskets for loved ones is not as difficult as you might think. It does take some time and planning so start early for the best results. While traditionally Easter baskets are filled with candy and perhaps a toy or two there is no reason why that has to be so. Easter baskets should be filled with things that the recipient loves.

The first thing to do is to decide what you are going to put in it. Don’t plan on filling up the basket so much that it looks overcrowded and random. The most beautiful Easter gift baskets are often simple and appealing.

Consider the following themes:

  • LUSH Bath products basket with several favorite LUSH bath bombs and bubble bars
  • Foodie basket with unique spices, herbs, and gourmet salts
  • Tea or coffee lovers’ basket with coffee beans, tea, a small French Coffee Press, and maybe a beautiful vintage cup from eBay
  • What about a basket with a book by a favorite author, a book mark or two, and a dozen homemade chocolate chip cookies?
  • A gardener’s basket might have some seeds, gloves, a new trowel, and other items for gardening.

You can even do a traditional basket with candy. Just do something to make it special and out of the ordinary. As you can see the possibilities are endless.

Start with the Container

If you are putting together an Easter basket you don’t have to necessarily use a basket as a container. Consider using a container that matches your theme. Some containers that work beautifully as Easter baskets are:

  • Antique sand pails
  • Planters and terra cotta pots
  • Mixing bowls
  • Small Wagon
  • Makeup accessory case
  • Jewelry box
  • Berry baskets
  • Tackle or tool box

The possibilities are endless. You can, of course, use a traditional basket as well.

Easter Basket Filler

Next you will want to consider the filler. Usually this is cheap, garishly colored plastic shreds but it doesn’t have to be.

  • One great idea is to line a basket with plastic and then fill with potting soil. Sprinkle grass seed over the potting soil and keep it damp and in a sunny place. In a few weeks you will have a beautiful basket with real grass. This is especially beautiful for a gardener’s basket, although can be used for anything.
  • If you have a shredder then you can use upcycle your junk mail and create “green” filler. It will usually be quite colorful due to the variety of colors in the junk mail and advertisements. This works especially well for office supplies and craft baskets.
  • You can also use evergreen twigs. Rosemary is aromatic and beautiful, for example.
  • The Spanish moss you get at craft stores makes a natural filler.
  • What about skeins of colorful yarn for the knitter or even wool roving for someone who spins?

Arranging the Contents

Once you have your Easter basket put together you can spend some time arranging the gifts that you are putting in it. Getting a nice combination of large and small items (as well as items of different shapes, colors and textures) will add to the visual appeal. Again, don’t over-fill the container.

Presentation

Presentation is everything. You can use cellophane to wrap around the basket or you can use tulle from the fabric store. Tulle is inexpensive, comes in a number of colors, and is super simple to wrap and tie.

After you have wrapped the basket in the tulle use a rubber band or string at the top to secure it. Now, get some beautiful wire edged ribbon to cover the rubber band and make a bow with streamers coming down the basket.

Add a homemade tag or beautiful card. You can find vintage Easter postcards at almost any antique mall or store for less than $3. These make beautiful tags. Just scan them with your scanner and print on heavy paper. That way the antique is protected but you still have the beauty of the card.

Use your imagination, consider who you are buying for and have fun with it. Making a unique Easter basket is easy and it will be remembered for a long time.

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    • lender3212000 profile image

      lender3212000 8 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Excellent hub! Always fun getting some new ideas for Easter.

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      Becky 8 years ago

      Fishing lures in a minnow basket make a good gift for a fisherman.

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      I love the idea of using a shredder and your junk mail to create filler for the basket. And I would never have thought of creating a basket filled with bath products as an Easter basket, but it's a great idea.

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 8 years ago

      Very good suggestions.

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      Hello, hello, 8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a lovely hug.

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