Easter Basket Ideas for Teenagers

Updated on April 11, 2019
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Marissa is the writer of ThePracticalMommy and the blog Mommy Knows What's Best. She is a stay-at-home mom to four and was a teacher.

Easter Basket Ideas for Teens

Do you have a teenager? When putting together an Easter basket for a teenager, most parents probably would just fill it with candy and send them on their way.

Do you really want to capture their attention, though? Giving them a basket full of goodies that they would find cool and actually use might make them think twice about rolling their eyes at you (okay—at least for one day!).

Below is a list of small items and gifts that teenagers would likely love to see in an Easter basket. Leave me a comment below if you have some other ideas that I can add to the list!

The Easter Basket for a Teenager

Just like I would for younger children, I like to create functional and practical baskets for teens. Who wants something that will only be thrown away? I would start with a small to medium sized plastic or woven basket that later can be used as a storage container for electronic devices, DVDs, or other teenage-approved items.

The container for the basket, whatever you choose, could match the teenager’s room or just be a funky patterned storage container, like the black and white striped basket I bought in the picture down below. I found this basket Target a few years ago, but you can find them anywhere.

Before you choose your basket, you first must decide with what you're going to fill it. Below you'll find a lot of Easter basket-filling ideas that are sure to make your teen happy.

Try a Different Kind of Basket This Year That Can Be Reused or Repurposed!

I got this fun one at Target for $7! It's the perfect size for an Easter basket.
I got this fun one at Target for $7! It's the perfect size for an Easter basket. | Source

Things a Teenager Would Love to See in a Basket!

Here are some ideas for goodies and gifts to fill those baskets for teenagers. Be sure to leave me a comment below if you have some other ideas!

  • Gift Cards: Amazon, iTunes, Xbox, etc.
  • Cell Phone Covers: Smartphones these days can be pricey. A cute, fun, or flashy phone case could be just the thing to protect the phone and your wallet! Find a cover, like a rubber one with rounded edges to absorb shock, that will save the day.
  • Tickets to Movies, Sporting Events, or Concerts: Will you go with them or let them take a friend? Keep that in mind when you're ordering the tickets.
  • Video Game or Accessory: This is a no-brainer for most teens. Make sure you're buying for the right video game console.
  • Blu-Rays or DVDs: Perhaps it's time to update the collection from SpongeBob and Phineas and Ferb.
  • Popular Teen Novels: Oh, there are so many to choose from! You could go the normal route of vampires and werewolves, but there are a plethora of great young adult novels out there.
  • Small Sports Gear: Things like a baseball glove or a mouth guard are small and great for a basket. Plus, it wouldn't hurt to protect those teeth, would it?
  • Small Gaming System: A handheld gaming device like the Nintendo Switch.
  • iPod: A must if you are going to buy an iTunes gift card, of course.
  • Reusable Water Bottle: Save the environment from all of that plastic, and get your teen to drink more water! It's a win-win! Insulated stainless steel bottles are great because they can keep drinks cold or warm for hours.
  • Gum: Help them to freshen their breath with some sugar free gum, but remind them that they still need to brush twice a day!
  • Gifts From Popular TV Shows/Movies (Glee, etc.): T-Shirts, hats, notebooks, pencils, posters. You can find something that's themed, I'm sure...
  • Photo Frames: They can use these to decorate their rooms. It can rest on top of the mound of clothes in the corner, but golly it'll make the room look nice!
  • Sunglasses: Teens might prefer designer sunglasses, but there are plenty that look just as stylish.
  • Homemade Coupons: Think along the lines of "1 extra hour past curfew," "extra time with computer/video games," "extra time on phone," and so on—simple and perfect.

Fire 7 Tablet  (7" display, 8 GB) - Black - (Previous Generation - 7th)
Fire 7 Tablet (7" display, 8 GB) - Black - (Previous Generation - 7th)

Have a teen who likes to play games, read, and watch movies? An Amazon Fire Tablet is perfect! With Amazon Prime, there are so many free things available. We have several of these for my family, and we love them.


For Teenaged Drivers (Yikes!)

If you’re the lucky parent of a teenaged driver, here are some ideas:

  • Roadside emergency kit
  • Membership to a roadside assistance service
  • Key chains

For Teen Girls

Buying for a girl? Here are some ideas that will fit in a basket:

  • Nail polish
  • Small clutch
  • Perfume
  • Hair products
  • Jewelry
  • Unique nail art

For Teen Boys

And for the young gentlemen, these will fit in an Easter basket:

  • Sports memorabilia
  • Hair products
  • Cologne
  • Wallet
  • Graphic t-shirts

For the Artistic Teen

For a creative teen:

  • Personalized pens/pencils
  • Craft kits
  • Gift card to craft store
  • Instamax Camera
  • Decorative flash drive (for storing pictures, writing samples, etc)

Candy for Easter Baskets for Teens

You know your kiddos would love some candy too. If you’re going to add the sugar, try these:

  • Pop Rocks
  • Airheads
  • Fun Dip
  • Personalized M&Ms
  • Gummy Bears
  • Candy Jewelry
  • BeanBoozled (Jelly Belly mixed flavors for the brave)
  • Pez Candy

BeanBoozled is So Much Fun!

Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Jelly Beans Spinner Gift Box, 5th Edition, 3.5-oz
Jelly Belly BeanBoozled Jelly Beans Spinner Gift Box, 5th Edition, 3.5-oz

BeanBoozled is a lot of fun! We played this when my teenage niece brought it to my mother-in-law's house. You spin to pick a jelly bean and have to guess what the flavor is.


You Can Do It! Teens Are Easy to Buy For... Maybe...

This isn't so bad, right? Of course, it all depends on your budget and your teen (and sometimes the full moon), but it is possible. Who knows? Maybe you’ll actually catch a glimpse of the smile that used to be on their face in their younger years.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Long Story Short:

1. Grab a small or medium sized functional, decorative plastic or woven basket.

2. Fill it with teenage-appropriate/approved items. (See list above for details and ideas)

3. Hopefully experience one less eye-roll.

4. Enjoy lots of smiles.

Questions & Answers

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        3 years ago

        Great ideas will use these great ideas .thanks

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        3 years ago from United States

        I absolutely LOVE that idea! Thanks for sharing!

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        3 years ago

        From the time we received out first basket until the last one our parents gave to us, they always made the basket something we would use when we grew up...For several years, it was pots and pans until we had a complete set. It moved on to waste baskets and hampers, desk caddies, serving bowls, mixing bowls etc. It was sort of like our hope chest.

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        Thelma Alberts 

        4 years ago from Germany and Philippines

        Wonderful ideas! Thanks for reminding me what to put in the Easter basket of my son and his wife. Happy weekend!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        4 years ago from California

        Yup! Love this! I might add eos lip balm to the girls' side--my girls still love it

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        Patricia Scott 

        4 years ago from sunny Florida

        Yes ....great variety. Many of these I include in the basket which is whatever works for my bigboyman that year. The little man of course kids all kinds of other items like matchbox cars and trains of all sizes and shapes.

        Well done....pinned shared and voted up++++

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago from United States

        PaulWFitzpatrick , the thought had crossed my mind to make this a mini business, but I haven't gone through with it yet. :) Thanks for reading!

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago from United States

        Lor's Stories , small toys that kids enjoy make great additions for Easter baskets. Thanks for reading, and thanks for sharing your ideas for an adult basket. :)

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago from United States

        pooja2109 , glad you like the ideas!

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        Paul W. Fitzpatrick 

        6 years ago from Reading, MA

        Wow! You should make this a business! Maybe you do, I haven't really looked around your bio. Just saw the feature and clicked. Now how do I make this my wife's idea???? Great piece!

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        Lor's Stories 

        6 years ago from Central New Jersey

        My twee niece grew out of Easter eggs and bunnies but the one thing which she loved as a child were Polly pockets. They drove us crazy. We had to open the dolls right away so a few years we all bought her Polly pockets and stuck them in her Easter basket .

        I still like a basket. But for adults I'd suggest spring bulbs and seeds for the garden. A basket with a bunny brings back fond memories

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        Pooja S 

        6 years ago from Toronto

        Nice ideas....

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        6 years ago from United States

        FlourishAnyway , thanks! Glad you like it. :)

      • FlourishAnyway profile image


        6 years ago from USA

        Great hub chock full of ideas. No eye rolls for you ... LOL. Thanks!

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        partypail, thanks so much! I'm glad you liked the ideas and my sense of humor. :)

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        7 years ago from www.partypail.com

        These are all really wonderful ideas! It is great how you thought of ideas based on personality and interests making the baskets more personal.I loved hearing your sense of humor in this hub, it was fun to read and useful!

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        Got it, cclitgirl! It's linked. :)

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        7 years ago from Western NC

        I really do just love this hub. It's "History of the Easter Bunny". I hope you like it. :)

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        Yay! Let me know what it is and I'll link that here as well! :D

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        7 years ago from Western NC

        Oh, and by the way, I HAVE to link to this hub in my next hub. :D

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        ktrapp, gifts cards for fast food, Starbucks and gas are awesome ideas for teens! Thanks for sharing! I bet your teens would love those gifts. :)

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        Sinea, I know I liked getting art supplies as a kid, especially the Crayola colored pencils that turned into watercolors when water was applied. I'm glad you too like that idea! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        cclitgirl, I'm really glad you like the suggestions! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

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        Kristin Trapp 

        7 years ago from Illinois

        I know I have struggled a bit deciding what to put in my teenagers' Easter baskets (yes, they still get one and probably will until they tell me to stop). For some reason they both told me just before Valentine's day that they really don't need iTunes cards anymore. I'm not sure why not, but I know they now watch movies using other methods, so no longer buy them. Gift cards to fast food, Starbucks, movies, and for gas are also appreciated by teenagers that can drive. I love your idea of creating homemade coupons, plus it's more personal.

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        Sinea Pies 

        7 years ago from Northeastern United States

        Art supplies is a great idea! As a teen, I would have loved it. Voted up and useful.

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        Cynthia Calhoun 

        7 years ago from Western NC

        I HAVE to bookmark this! I have some teenagers in the family and I never can figure out what in the world to get them. I only think of those expensive things like iPods or video games - these are awesome suggestions!! :)

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        PurvisBobbi44, I'm glad you found this hub useful! Thanks for reading and commenting. :)

      • PurvisBobbi44 profile image


        7 years ago from Florida


        You sound like a great Mother, and I voted up--useful and awesome.This is very helpful for me, especially, as I have nieces, of all ages. Thank you so much from an aunt who is not with it, as my nephew told me.



      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        7 years ago from United States

        Well thank you, Sunshine! :)

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        7 years ago from Orlando, FL

        This hub is superb! Lots of great gift ideas! Thank you!:)

      • ThePracticalMommy profile imageAUTHOR


        8 years ago from United States

        Mitch, what wonderful ideas! Thank you very much for your comment. God bless!

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        Mitch Alan 

        8 years ago from South Jersey

        Also a personal, hand written note explaining why you are glad God gave them to you...they won't admit it outwardly (in most cases) in front of the rest of the family, but they will appreciate it...

        For the younger kiddos (and the older, too) Ressurection Eggs are a fun way to explain the true meaning and wonder of Easter...

        Thumbs Up, Useful and Funny...nice job!


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