Growing up, a new book and bathing suit were staples in our Easter baskets year in and year out. Now that we have our own families, we carry on this tradition by gifting our own children a book and bathing suit in their baskets, carrying on a cherished part of our childhood to theirs. If you’re wondering what to put in your child’s baskets this year, we’ve got you covered! We’re keeping Easter Basket Essentials easy, simple and minimalistic – because it’s not about the quantity of a basket’s contents; it’s about the meaning behind it.
We should add, we also don’t think Easter baskets need to stop once we’re no longer kids! Each year, we love showering our favorite hostesses or a special family member or friend with a sophisticated and intentional Easter basket that shows our love and appreciation.
So, no matter the age of your basket’s recipient, we’ve got you covered with our go-to items that create a meaningful, purposeful Easter basket.
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Easter Basket Essentials
Our best advice is to keep it simple and to choose just a few quality items that speak to the recipient’s personality and interests. As we evolve and mature, we increasingly realize the value of minimalism, focusing instead on the functionality and thoughtfulness of a gift rather than the quantity. So, go for meaning over purely to “fill” the basket. And, as you’ll see below, a lot of the items we like to include are bursting with excitement for the coming summer days or are all about embracing intentional pieces that show care and love.
Easter Basket Essentials For Kids
Maybe it’s our Floridian roots, but we firmly believe an Easter Basket isn’t complete until it holds a new bathing suit! With the temperatures rising and school in its last couple of months, including a new suit is a way of welcoming in the coming carefree summer months that will be here before you know it. We’ve started to include beach towels too in each kid’s favorite color or design, which complements the bathing suits’ fun-in-the-sun vibe.
With our new suits we received as children, we always were gifted a book, as well. This is another opportunity to speak to each child’s individual personality and interests, and there are so many options out there! If you’re not sure what to get, we recommend choosing an Easter-themed book that can be then crafted into part of your family’s Easter tradition of reading it every year.
Scroll down to see some more Kids’ Easter Basket Essential ideas!
Shop Kids’ Easter Basket Essentials
These items are simple and practical, yet thoughtful and customized all the same. Simplify your child’s Easter Basket by going with a “less is more” mentality, and really focusing on just a few items that’ll mean a lot. Furthermore, select items that lead your child to the future, such as bathing suits being reminiscent of fun summer times yet to be had and books to be shared for Easters yet to come.
Easter Basket Essentials for Adults
Think functionality, right down to the basket itself.
One of our favorite Hostful Hacks is choosing unconventional “gift wrap” that never has to be thrown away. Select a basket that can be used in a variety of ways by its recipient and then a textile, such as tea towels, that serves as “filler” where tissue paper would normally be nestled. Not only is this method eco-friendly, but it adds an extra layer of purpose and intention when gifting to loved ones.
Adult Easter Baskets: The Contents
When it comes to choosing the items inside the baskets, choose sophistication and purposeful designs that will enrich the recipient’s life. We love going with any of the following: candles with a matchbox, kitchen essentials, textiles (to take the place of tissue paper!), inspirational hosting books and/or a small plant in a decorative vessel.
Of course, not all of this will fit into your Easter basket depending on its size, or you might not want to go “all out” when it comes to choosing the contents of the basket, so pick and choose pieces that might speak to your loved one.
Here’s some inspiration below!
Candle & Matchbox: Give the gift of enticing fragrances and ease of use with a candle and matchbox pairing. We love our Amber Bergamot and Citrus Cedarleaf Jar Candles for their refreshing scents, while a small matchbox is an inexpensive way to show thoughtfulness in your gift basket.
Books that Inspire a Creative Lifestyle: Whether your loved one enjoys spending time in the kitchen or prefers interior design, gifting a book that offers high-quality images and inspirational ideas is an Easter basket component that elevates the overall gift, encouraging its recipient to get creative.
Touchable Textiles: Including items such as a throw blanket or tea towels offers visual interest through texture. Fill your Easter basket with whatever textile you choose and treat it like you would tissue paper by allowing it to be nestled into your basket.
Kitchen Essentials: Offer functionality and style with simple kitchen essentials that you know everyone needs! We personally always opt for salad servers, measuring spoons, and wooden utensils such as a rolling pin or whisk.
Sometimes, the best part of a gift are the smaller additions. Consider accentual items that speak to a specific interest of your loved ones. For example, these tea tongs are the perfect little surprise that would delight any tea drinker in your life.
Vessels for Greenery: Consider placing a small plant in your adult Easter basket for added visual interest and a cheer. An easy way to do this is to head to your local grocery store and snag an herb plant from the floral or product department. Then, replant into a decorative planter for a natural component to your Easter basket ensemble.
A Way to Help This Easter
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