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5 Unique Easter basket ideas

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Beyond wicker and plastic eggs

Forget the traditional wicker baskets and the tired plastic Easter eggs filled with jelly beans. These five Easter basket themes will have your kids putting the big Bunny on a pedestal right up there with Old Saint Nick.

Film lover's basket

Beyond wicker and plastic eggs

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Have a mini movie buff in the family? Use a big popcorn bowl as a basket and fill it up with movie-sized boxes of candy, packets of microwave popcorn, a movie theater gift card and a newly released age-appropriate movie, such as The Nut Job, which is due for DVD and Blu-ray release on April 15, just in time for Easter.

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Bookworm basket

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For the budding book lover in your family, stock a basket with age-appropriate classics as well as some current titles. Don't forget a few fun bookmarks as well as blank notebooks and pens for those who are inspired enough after reading to do a little writing of their own. If your kid likes word games as much as reading, include some crossword puzzle or word search books, too.


Sports basket

Beyond wicker and plastic eggs

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Fill a big plastic tub with all sorts of sports-themed toys, such as a soccer ball, outdoor bowling set, baseball and glove and the like. If your Easter Bunny is really feeling generous, include a gift certificate for sports classes, such as karate lessons, private golf lessons or a season on a T-ball team.


Little baker

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Encourage your child's interest in baking with his or her own set of utensils, such as a rolling pin, cupcake tins and measuring cups and spoons, as well as spatulas in fun colors, cookbooks and even a certificate for a few cooking classes at a local kid-centric cooking school.

Easter basket alternatives: Fill it with more than just candy >>


Beach bag

If your family is headed to the shore this summer for your vacation, get a head start on the beach toys by giving your kids a beach-themed Easter basket. For the "basket," use a large beach tote in a material such as mesh or woven plastic that will allow excess sand to fall through the holes, and then fill it with a big character towel, plastic beach toys, plastic refillable water bottle, Boogie Board, floaties, flip-flops, sunglasses and even a new bathing suit. Don't forget the sunscreen. Your child will be geared up for your vacay before school even lets out for summer.

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Beyond wicker and plastic eggs

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Remember that a basket doesn't have to be chock full of sugary candy, chocolate and marshmallow bunnies to make your kids smile on Easter morning. With a unique basket geared toward their individual interests, they will never even miss the sweet stuff.

This post was sponsored by "The Nut Job."

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