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Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Updated on March 13, 2011

Want to surprise someone you love this year with a special Easter basket? While the people you love are sure to enjoy any basket you share with them, there's nothing quite like a gift of a homemade basket that you've assembled just for that special someone in your life.

Homemade Baskets: A Personal Touch

Pre-assembled baskets can be very nice, but they often lack the personal touch of a basket you put together yourself. You don't have to literally make all – or even any -- of the items that go in the basket yourself. You also don't have to spend a fortune to create meaningful gift baskets that are sure to be treasured. The idea is to hand pick items that will really show that your gift is one that is truly personal.

Select items to include in your custom Easter baskets with the likes and preferences of the recipients in mind. For example, if you have a friend or family member who adores dark chocolate, forego the traditional milk chocolate Easter bunny and add in a few bars of decadent, high quality dark chocolate in his or her favorite brand.

What to Include in Homemade Easter Baskets

When deciding what to include in your homemade Easter baskets, really think about the types of items the recipients enjoy, but might not purchase for themselves. Everyone loves getting a gift of small indulgences that they love, yet don't often seek out on their own. Keep in mind that not everyone likes the same types of things, so select items for each Easter basket you create with care.

Suggested Gift Basket Items

  • Sweet Treats – chocolate, jelly beans, muffins, cookies, lollipops
  • Gourmet Goodies – cheese, nuts, crackers, dried fruit, wine, popcorn
  • Easter Eggs - boiled decorated eggs, marshallow eggs, chocolate eggs
  • Personal Care Items – bath gel, bubble bath, manicure set, scented lotion, suntan products
  • Entertainment – books, movies, magazines, puzzles
  • Hobby Supplies – paint, yarn, crochet hooks, etc.
  • Stuffed Animals –Easter or spring themed stuffed animals
  • Toys – small games, coloring books, figurine

Bargain Shopping

Creating Easter baskets for the people you love doesn't have to cost a fortune, particularly if you plan ahead. You can often find baskets at dollar stores, yard sales, and thrift shops. Make a point of stocking up on these types of items throughout the year when you find bargains. If it's too late to bargain hunt for baskets this year, do the best you can right now and then start stockpiling for next year as you come across bargains.


Often the best gifts are those that cost very little, yet demonstrate a great deal of thoughtfulness.


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    gr8archer45 8 years ago from Pakistan

    aww this is such a cute idea!! It will instill a more personal & loving gesture when you prepare something special by urself. The receiver feels honoured & extra loved too..:)