25 Easter Basket Ideas for Kids of All Ages

by Jessica Hickam
Mar 8, 2018 at 6:50 p.m. ET

Have the premade Easter baskets started popping up at your local grocery store/Target/what have you? Probably. Some are filled with chocolate only. Others are stuffed with cheap toys and dolls you know kids will tire of fast — and many are arbitrarily (and obnoxiously) gender-specific. Take our advice: Ditch these baskets. Instead, make your own tailored to exactly what your kids — be they tots or tweens or teens — actually want and like. Oh, and what you can actually afford. 

From the unique and the trendy to the fun and functional, your kids definitely won't expect the Easter Bunny to be this cool. Plus, these legit Easter basket gifts will look really nice next to all that fake (or hey, if you're ambitious, real) grass and those tie-dyed eggs. 

So read ahead and shop on. We've organized this basket gift guide by age — from younger kids up to teens.

A version of this article was originally published in April 2017.

1/23 :Kinetic Sand

Play-Doh ain't got nothing on this fun, weird, squishy kinetic sand. 

Kinetic sand, $15 at UncommonGoods

2/23 :Shower Squids

These are as good for bathroom organization as they are for basket-stuffing. 

Shower squids, $33 at UncommonGoods

3 /23: Hexbug Nano Nitro 5-Pack

3/23 :Hexbug Nano Nitro 5-Pack

These little critters are a kid's dream come true. 

Hexbug Nano Nitro five-pack, $17 at Amazon

4/23 :Unique Legos

These are probably even small enough to fit inside Easter eggs. 

Lego minifigures, $14 – $22 at Amazon

5/23 :Custom-Made Toy

Turn your kid's drawing into a custom-made plush toy with this weird and wonderful gift. 

Plush toy from child's drawing, $70 at PlishplushShop/Etsy

6/23 :Colored Bath Drops

This Easter, don't just dye your eggs; dye your bath water!

Crayola Color Bath Dropz, $7 at Amazon

7/23 :Hatchimals

Hatch your own buddy this Easter with this trendy toy. 

Hatchimals Penguala, $74 at Amazon

8/23 :DIY Kaleidoscope

Playing with the color spectrum doesn't have to be limited to egg-dyeing this Easter. 

Make Your Own Kaleidoscope Set, $40 at UncommonGoods

9 /23: Next-Level Rubik's Cube

9/23 :Next-Level Rubik's Cube

Gift your kids the next-gen Rubik's Cube for a new twist on the classic.

The Cube, $8 at Amazon

10/23 :Desktop Drum Set

Give your music-lover kid the gift of music without quite so much noise as a full-size drum set — but just as much fun.

Westminster desktop drum set, $13 at Amazon

11/23 :Scratch Map

The travelers in your life will appreciate showing off their adventures with this gift. 

Scratch map, $26 – $40 at UncommonGoods

12/23 :Bacon Bandages

You can never have too much bacon in your life. 

Accoutrements bacon strips bandages, $8 at Amazon

13/23 :Nail Art Kit

Give your tweens the gift of fun and wacky nails for Easter. 

Kiss Products Salon Secrets Nail Starter Kit, $10 at Walmart

14/23 :Polaroid Camera

Forget Instagram; analog is where it's at.

Polaroid 300 instant camera, $60 at Target

15/23 :Box of Questions

This game is perfect for sleepovers.

Melissa & Doug Slumber Party Box of Questions, $16 at Amazon

16/23 :Gel Pens

Does any kid dislike gel pens? No, we didn't think so.

Top-quality gel pens, $10 at Amazon

17/23 :Game of Phones

This unique card game will keep teens busy with friends for hours. 

Game of Phones, $20 at UncommonGoods

18/23 :Portable Charger

This portable charger likely means more phone time. Do with that information what you will.

Anker PowerCore 13000, $30 at Anker

19/23 :Yoga Joes

They're hilarious; they're random; and they're great for the yogi kid in your life. 

Yoga Joes, $25 at Brogamats

20 /23: 'Carve the Mark' by Veronica Roth

20/23 :'Carve the Mark' by Veronica Roth

This is the first book Roth has written outside her bestselling Divergent series world. 

Carve the Mark, $15 at Barnes & Noble

21 /23: Stainless Steel Water Bottle

21/23 :Stainless Steel Water Bottle

This trendy water bottle comes in a million different colors. 

S'well vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle, $45 at Amazon

22 /23: Laptop & Phone Stickers

22/23 :Laptop & Phone Stickers

Along with some actual sweets, your teen will appreciate these sweet stickers. 

iDecoz dessert reusable vinyl decal sticker sheet, $9 at Amazon

23 /23: If You Love It, Pin It!

23/23 :If You Love It, Pin It!

Don't let the chance to spread the Easter cheer slip by — pin this gift guide for later.