The Easter Bunny may not enjoy the same fame as Santa Clause, but that doesn’t mean he (or she?) is any less important. Kids wake up on Easter morning to search for eggs and find their Easter baskets beautifully displayed. Then, they spend the next few weeks eagerly playing Easter, looking for baskets, random eggs and toys because hey — it’s fun. As much as we enjoy watching the ritual, however, that doesn’t mean we always have time to put together the perfect Easter morning, let alone come up with the ultimate Easter baskets for our kids.
Over the years we’ve learned that ultimate Easter baskets for kids should contain a few key elements. These include:
- The Basket – This should be a basket, pail or even a big Rice Krispie treat that can hold all the goodies you’re giving your little bunny.
- Filler Paper – Unless you’re using a very small vessel, you’ll need some filler paper for the bottom of the basket. Crinkled strips of colored paper are often used for Easter baskets but these days you can also find edible grass. (Do we have Willy Wonka to thank for that?)
- Toys – Most Easter baskets include some small, cheap toys. Stuffed animals that fit the Easter theme are a popular choice, but you can also use small games, DIY kits, play dough or anything you can find at the dollar store.
- Candy – You’ll want to also include plenty of Easter candy in your basket. We recommend a good mix of both chocolate and sweets. Jelly beans and milk chocolate bunnies are always popular choices.
- Wrapping – Once you’ve filled the basket, wrap it in some see-through plastic wrapping “paper” and add a matching ribbon along with a name tag if you have multiple children to give baskets to.
If the above sounds like a lot of work, don’t worry! There are plenty of pre-made Easter baskets for kids available to order online. These baskets include all or some of the above key elements and often offer a great deal versus buying everything yourself.
To help you find the best Easter basket for your favorite kids, we’ve put together some of the best options on the internet below. There’s something for everyone, from babies to teenagers and beyond, so there’s no excuse for turning away the Easter Bunny this year.
1. Harry & David Easter Gift Basket
Want to look as though you spent a long time putting together the perfect Easter basket without actually lifting a finger? Okay, so you’ll have to click through to purchase this completely adorable basket, but considering it comes with personalization, a sweet plushie, an egg-shaped lollipop and a few other yummy goodies, we think the end result is well worth those mini finger Olympics.
2. Wondertreats Water Blaster Easter Basket
OUTDOOR FUN ON A BUDGET
The weather is getting nicer so why not give the kid in your life just another excuse to take the fun outdoors? This water-play-based basket still has some candies but is more toy-focused, which parents whose kids react to too many sweets will probably appreciate. We appreciate that the bundle also includes spinners and launchers, which means even if the weather is a little shoddy on the day of, your littles can still play with their new gifts.
3. JOYIN My First Easter Egg Basket
GOOD FOR INFANTS
While babies may not be able to eat chocolate or jelly beans, they can still enjoy Easter basket fun. The JOYIN My First Easter Egg Basket features a six-piece plus playset displayed in a plush Easter basket. A chick, bunny, frog and sheep are included along with two toy eggs. The creators of this toy have left plenty of additional room, however, so that you can add your own personal touches to the basket, too. (Goldfish packets and yogurt treats, perhaps?)
4. Etsy Pre-filled Easter Baskets for Kids
If you’ve got a tight schedule but still appreciate the homemade feel of an Easter basket for kids, Etsy has plenty of options to choose from. These popular baskets are one of the site’s bestsellers and can be color customized for the kid in question. Each basket is stuffed with 15 popular, licensed retail toys targeted at kids aged four to nine, and comes with a Happy Easter sticker from the Bunny himself.
5. Heart & Holly Easter Care Package
The Heart & Holly Easter Care Package has so many pieces the recipient won’t know where to start. Forty-five toys and pieces of candy are included, from Airheads and Peeps to emoji stickers and Easter tattoos. It’s worth noting, however, that this care package doesn’t include a traditional basket. Instead, it arrives in a care package box, making this a great choice for kids or grandchildren who may be away at college over the holiday.
6. Premade Easter Tin
FOR ALL AGES
If it’s just candy you seek then this sweet, reusable tin has you covered. The Easter-themed bucket comes stuffed with a variety of chocolates, candies and other goodies, which makes it a universal, all-ages gift. All of the edibles within are also brand-name products, which has helped bolster this pack to a 4.5-star review on Amazon.
7. M&C Gifts Star Wars Easter Gift Basket
With the resurgence in popularity of Star Wars thanks to the most recent trilogy and The Mandalorian, you probably know a few kids and adults who would love a Star Wars-themed Easter basket. Luckily, the M&C Gifts Star Wars Easter Gift Basket exists to take the hassle out of creating such a gift. The basket, which is a fun, lightsaber bucket, includes a Mandalorian book and stickers, a Chewbacca plush, a keychain and a pencil box as well as a variety of delicious Easter candy. (We’re eyeing that solid chocolate bunny and the jelly beans.)
8. Godiva Enchanted Easter Chocolate Gift Basket
Who says Easter baskets are just for kids anyhow? Whether you want to gift a gorgeous basket to another family or even to an older chocoholic kid, you can’t go wrong with a giant basket full of Godiva chocolates. This limited-edition pack includes a solid milk chocolate bunny, an 18-piece Easter egg gift box, a 19-piece assorted spring gift box and a few other delicious nibbles to keep all chocolate lovers incredibly satiated and happy.
9. L.O.L. Surprise! Prefilled Easter Basket Gift Set
PRETTY AND PINK
This stuffed L.O.L. Easter basket for kids includes all kinds of activities to keep younger kids happy and occupied, like a puzzle, stickers and a jumbo chalk set. It also includes a candy offering and it’s all wrapped up in a reusable tote bag, but our favorite part is how the basket is more affordable than some of the L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls themselves.
10. Super Mario Prefilled Easter Basket
Budding gamers (or really any Mario fan) will appreciate this colorful and brimming Easter basket for kids, which is loaded up with Mario goodies. There are traditional Easter jelly beans for a food component, plus chalk, an on-theme coin bank, a paddle ball and a flying disc so the youngin’ in your life has plenty of outlets to get all of that Easter energy out before bedtime.
11. Williams Sonoma & Pottery Barn Kids Beatrix Potter Large Filled Easter Basket
If it’s someone’s special Easter or you happen to have a big Peter Rabbit fan in your life, now is the time to gift them this limited-edition Easter basket for kids. The hefty offering features an adorable Peter Rabbit plushie, along with a selection of seasonal cookies and confections (for a total of four pounds of food alone). Meanwhile, the basket liner is also on-theme and can be personalized at an additional cost, creating the ultimate Peter Rabbit keepsake.
12. Alder Creek Two Best Friends Easter Gift Basket
FAVE UNIVERSAL PICK
This bright and cheery basket is perfect for pretty much any kid thanks to the included stuffies, candies, stickers and reusable water tumbler, which comes in pretty striped colors. We particularly like how there are candies in every flavor, as well as how this basket seems generous without breaking that $50 price point.