Easter Basket Ideas for Teenagers
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!
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 PS Vita or the Nintendo 3DS.
- 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.
For Teen Girls
Buying for a girl? Here are some ideas that will fit in a basket:
- Nail polish
- Small clutch
- Hair products
- Unique nail art
For Teen Boys
And for the young gentlemen, these will fit in an Easter basket:
- Sports memorabilia
- Hair products
- Graphic t-shirts
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 the Artistic Teen
For a creative teen:
- Personalized pens/pencils
- Craft kits
- Gift card to craft store
- Disposable 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
- Fun Dip
- Personalized M&Ms
- Gummy Bears
- Candy Jewelry
- BeanBoozled (Jelly Belly mixed flavors for the brave)
- Pez Candy
BeanBoozled is So Much Fun!
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.
© 2011 Marissa