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An Easter Basket for Dudes
It has recently been brought to my attention that guys are not feeling too enthusiastic about the Easter holiday season. The dudes in my life have explained that Easter is simply not a manly holiday. There are too many pretty pastel items. Bunnies and baby chicks are just not that masculine. I have even been told it is not possible to create a manly Easter basket! Well, I consider that a challenge.
While venturing into many stores this March, I discovered there are indeed manly Easter options at each store. Yes, there may not be a wide selection, but these items do exist! You need not spend a lot of money making your own manly Easter basket. Oh, no! Target, Walmart, and dollar stores will certainly hook you up with many practical dude-tacular items!
Handsome Easter Baskets
You might not think you'll be able to find the perfect masculine Easter basket or bucket, but you are wrong! You can even buy some that are already filled with manly dude items, such as a football and manly candy (whatever that is!) at Walmart.
If you want to create your own manly Easter basket from scratch, there are baskets shaped like footballs, baskets that have a camouflage pattern, and even blue camouflage buckets available. These items are totally guy-friendly! If you don't want to go too over the top with manliness, you can simply buy a blue or green Easter basket; they are sold just about anywhere.
While on a quest to find the perfect Easter items for the guy in my life, I found a nice assortment of plastic eggs I would like to call "Bro Eggs." For the sporty dude, there are plenty of plastic eggs painted to look like footballs, basketballs, baseballs, and more at Walmart. Is your man a hunter? Perhaps he would enjoy some camouflage plastic eggs that are available at practically all stores. Is your dude a nerd? Maybe you would like to purchase some R2-D2 Star Wars eggs from the Dollar Tree.
You can fill up these eggs with chocolates and jelly beans. Just don't get the pastel colored jelly beans. I've been told that is a big no-no!
Sure, it might be tough to find bunnies that guys like, but it can be done. The key is not getting a pink or purple stuffed rabbit for a guy. Instead, you want to get something kind of boring like a grey or brown bunny. You know what else you can purchase? Bunnies with footballs, baseballs, and basketballs! Yes, these rabbits are available at Walmart.
Your guy might pretend he is not interested in a bunny playing football, but secretly, he probably still loves stuffed animals. If not, he will at least appreciate the sentiment. Don't be surprised if you don't see him snuggling up to that stuffed rabbit when he thinks no one is looking.
Most guys, unless they are overly healthy or on a diet, really like candy. It is tough to go wrong with this. Buy them some Reese's peanut butter eggs or Starburst jelly beans, and you are pretty much set. However, you can even go all out to make this a mantastic moment, too.
You can buy chocolates in the shape of tools, sports equipment, and all sorts of other items. At Target, you can get a blue Star Wars plastic egg filled with M&M's. What guy doesn't enjoy some M&M's from time to time? In general, you can't go wrong with candy!
Amp Up the Manliness
If you feel especially challenged to prove Easter can be a masculine holiday, you might opt to really amp up the manliness. You can include several items that dudes are bound to enjoy. Some things you can put in his Easter basket to make the most masculine basket ever include:
- A new tool set
- Power tools
- Sports related items
- Football jersey
- Gift card for Sports Authority, iTunes, Games Workshop, etc.
- Video games
- DVDs (especially dude favorites like Die Hard, Rocky, and Rambo)
- Aftershave and/or cologne
- Shaving set
- Baseball hat
- And other manly stuff!
Once you've gathered all these guytastic items, it is time to create your Easter basket or bucket. Make sure to add some finishing touches, such as adding fake grass that is either green or blue. The more realistic the grass, the happier your dude will be. If he enjoys mowing the lawn, that is even better!
When adding an Easter card or a bow, make sure not to wimp out. We've come too far now! It is probably best not to even tie a bow on the basket at all. If you do, I recommend a dark blue or perhaps brown bow. Easter cards should be hilarious, not sappy. You probably want to avoid anything that plays music. It just isn't manly enough!
Once you've combined all these items, your guy is bound to appreciate all the effort that went into making the perfect man-friendly Easter basket. If not, just boil some eggs next year and make him some egg salad. That will teach him to complain about an awesome manly Easter basket!
If All Else Fails, You Can Always Just Bake Brownies...
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© 2013 Jeannie Marie
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 20, 2013:
Vellur - Thanks so much! I am happy you liked it.
Glimmer Twin Fan - A bag of Easter candy will usually do the trick, too. :-) I can't really imagine giving someone a basket that promotes violence for Easter, but hey, I guess if someone is trying to encourage their son to join the military that sort of makes sense. For me, I would rather go with the sports theme or a toolbox theme. Thanks for your comment!
Claudia Mitchell on March 20, 2013:
Ha! These were some good ideas. I usually just give my husband an unopened bag of Easter candy. Thank you for not including a basket that I saw for sale one year at the store. It was one of those over the top huge baskets filled with tanks and toy guns and other things like that. It may have been manly, but it was so definitely not in the spirit of Easter. Really turned me off!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 19, 2013:
Cool ideas, creatively awesome!! thank you for sharing.
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 12, 2013:
Nicole Winter - Hahaha... manly bunnies don't need eyes! He actually does have eyes, but I photographed him at a weird angle. Thanks for checking out my hub!
KathyH - The cutesy pastel stuff just doesn't work for guys. I am happy you enjoyed my hub. Thanks!
randomcreative - The baked brownies work if all else fails in pretty much any situation. :-) I thought it was so funny to find all these manly Easter items. I just had to make this hub. Thanks so much for your comment!
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 12, 2013:
I don't think that my husband would ever complain if I "just" baked brownies for Easter. :) Most of the time he's plenty happy when I pick up seasonal candy on sale for him. The "manly" themed items like the sports eggs are too funny! There are so many great Easter ideas out there for guys.
KathyH from Waukesha, Wisconsin on March 12, 2013:
This is great! I have always lived in a home filled with guys, and the cutesy pastel stuff just doesn't cut it for Easter! :) What GREAT tips!
Nicole A. Winter from Chicago, IL on March 12, 2013:
Oh, this is fantastic! I love the suggestions here, very manly and fun for the little dude in your life. I have to ask, though, the bunny you've pictured... was he not wearing protective headgear when he was playing football? It looks like he's suffered some sort of traumatic head tragedy, is he eyeless?
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 10, 2013:
No problem at all. It never occurred to me until this year that Easter is just "too feminine" for manly guys. Hehe.
drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 10, 2013:
Never thought about Easter baskets for guys before. Jeannie, thanks for expanding my manliness gifts horizon.
Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on March 10, 2013:
Thanks, Bill! My friend and I went on an obsessed quest to find the perfect dude items a few nights ago. :-)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 10, 2013:
I was laughing when I saw the title of this hub, and then I was howling when I saw the subtitle "dude candy." You crack me up, Jeannie!