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4 Things To Pack in the Perfect Easter Basket

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Stumped about what to put in an Easter basket?  Here are the four categories to keep in mind that will make choosing items for your child’s Easter basket easy.  Plus, I have an easy tutorial for a sweet and thoughtful treat to place inside.


Every Easter morning as a kid, I would wake up and rush to the living room.  On top of the coffee table would be a HUGE Easter basket wrapped in pink cellophane and filled with LOTS of candy.

I dug inside and pulled out a gigantic white chocolate bunny, a bag of jellybeans, chocolate eggs filled with caramel… my mouth waters just thinking about it.

I want my kids to experience the same magic of Easter morning.  While I love candy, I also aim for balance. If that is your goal as well, keep these four categories in mind when crafting your Easter basket.


Something to read

Our entire family loves reading, so a present without a book is very rare in our house.

My daughter currently loves watching “Dear Dumb Diary” on Netflix.  I felt now was an appropriate time to introduce her to The Dork Diaries which is very similar to Diary of a Wimpy Kid but features a girl in the lead.

If you’re stumped on what to select, visit my book recommendations Pinterest board for a variety of awesome books for kids.

Something to wear

Keep this simple and small.  My daughter loves barrettes and headbands so I bought her a few blingy headbands.

Other options to include are:

  • sunglasses
  • flip-flops
  • hat
  • swimming goggles
  • hair ties
  • lip balm

Something Sweet

Oh, candy!  For this, I’m keeping it easy by filling a small favor bag with Starburst® Original Jellybeans.Starburst-jellybeans  These jellybeans add the perfect amount of bright color.  You can also choose Starburst® Strawberry Jellybeans if you have someone in your home who only likes the pink ones!

I found these during my last visit to Walmart.Starburst-Jellybeans-Walmart

If you would like to add a little chocolate to the Easter basket, try the

  • DOVE® Milk Chocolate Easter Bunny,
  • DOVE® Solid Milk Chocolate Bunny,
  • Easter M&M’s® Milk Chocolate, or the
  • Easter Mixed Brand Chocolates that includes SNICKERS®, DOVE®, M&M’s®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, 3 Musketeers®.

Something Homemade

My daughter oozes creativity and thoughtfulness.  She makes my husband and me cards, places them on our bed and runs off before we discover them.

I like to make sure that each time I give her a present, it shows that same amount of thoughtfulness.

This M&M’s® Easter Sundae cake in a jar will do just that!  M&M-mason-jar-brownieLayers of brownie bites, M&M’s® Easter Sundae from Walmart and homemade cream cheese frosting make the perfect spoonful of Easter love.

You’ll need:

  • Small Mason Jars
  • M&M’s® Easter Sundae
  • 4 oz Cream cheese
  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • 1.5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Prepared Brownie Bites (found in bakery section)

First, prepare the cream cheese frosting by creaming together the cream cheese and butter in a mixer.  Once mixed, add the powdered sugar a little at a time and whip until incorporated.  Pour in vanilla and mix until combined.

Now, flatten one brownie bite to form the first layer on the bottom of the mason jar.  Top with a spoonful of cream cheese frosting.  Add as many M&M’s® Easter Sundae as you desire.

Repeat the layers to fill the rest of the jar.

One perfect cake.  Now, to decorate the top.  Get ready for some hand lettering!

Decorating the Top of the Mason Jar

Don’t worry if you think you are horrible at hand lettering!  I’m going to teach you a trick I learned at a recent hand lettering workshop.

First, remove the lid from the mason jar and trace a circle around the outside of the lid on white card stock. Trace also the inside of the mason jar lid to create a guide when lettering.

Write your chosen phrase in your best cursive handwriting –  giving yourself a little more room between letters than usual.


Now, for some “faux-ligraphy.”

To make it pop, add a slightly curved line to each downslope – meaning you will thicken each line you wrote while moving the marker down.


Erase all of your pencil guidelines.Labels-mason-jars

Once complete place on top of the mason jar lid and screw on the cap.  Jars-craft-Easter

I found these bright blue mason jar caps in the canning section.  They are so eye-popping.  I love them!

The Easter Basket

Fill your easter basket of choice with Easter grass and arrange all four items inside.4-items-Easter-basket

This basket is simple yet I know that my daughter will be excited to dig into it on Easter morning!

Want more Easter Basket ideas?  Click HERE for more ways to surprise your kids this season.

JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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  1. I love giving presents, and just like Christmas stockings, Easter baskets are so much fun to personalize. I lazily shop for months, picking up a small thing here and there to fill up the basket/stocking. Santa or the Bunny bring one big present, and then several small ones. This year the Bunny is bringing new swim gear for both kids. I have some small Lego and jewelry sets to fill eggs, and then there’ll be some candy. We’ll also hide a few eggs with candy, because hello, FUN!

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