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29 Frugal Easter Basket Ideas for Grown Kids

Need frugal Easter basket ideas for your grown kids?

When my kids were little, I easily found small, inexpensive items to fill their Easter baskets, but now that I have to fill baskets for my grown kids, it’s hard!

No longer will the cheap little plastic toys suffice. Nor will children’s books or jelly beans.

Don’t get me wrong; my kids appreciate much and would be thankful for anything, but I know them, and I know what they like.

Just because our kids get older doesn’t mean we don’t want to see those joyful expressions on their faces when they look inside their Easter baskets, right?

Or maybe you don’t give baskets still. I considered stopping at a certain age, but they’re just so much fun.

We have our own family traditions – wake up, prayer and Thanksgiving because He has Risen!, and then Easter baskets.

**Updated March 2024

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Family Easter Traditions

For lunch, my husband roasts a leg of lamb and we have homemade gyros, fresh asparagus, and new potatoes.

Later in the day, we all watch Jesus Christ Superstar together. It’s an old one, I know, but we love the soundtrack. Besides, it’s our tradition!

As my kids got older (20-somethings), I began to look for new basket ideas.

So much of what they like costs way too much money to fill a basket with. I wanted smaller, inexpensive items that they’d still love.

While I was at it, I decided finding alternative ‘baskets’ for them could be helpful, too. I based mine on my kids preferences, but maybe these will give you ideas to use for your own grown-up kids.

Alternative Easter Baskets:

Tackle Box

Organizing Basket

-Mixing bowl

-Shower Caddy

Items to fill those baskets:

Fishing lures

-Fishing weights

-Wash clothes

-Dish towels

-Kitchen utensils

-Loofah

-Shower gel

-Shampoo

-Toothbrush

-Toothpaste

E.L.F. Makeup (my daughter loves this brand!)

-Nail polish

-Sketch pencils

Artist Grade Colored Pencils – these are a little pricey, but you can get a smaller set or a lesser quality and be just fine. I chose these for two of my children because they’re amazing artists.

-Acrylic paints

-Paintbrushes

-Christian Bookmarks

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-Lip balm

-“With God, All Things are Possible” Themed socks

-Favorite candies such as these Easter assortments

-Gum

-Movie from the $5 or less bin at Walmart

-Small denomination gift cards – McDonald’s, iTunes, local movies (depending on how much you want to spend overall)

Mix and match items, add a few things specifically for your grown kids’ personalities. No matter how old they get they’ll always appreciate a basket full of useful (and not so useful) goodies.

Have smaller kids still? They’ll have so much fun with this garden Easter egg hunt!

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9 Comments

  1. I used to always do movie baskets for my kids that are now grown. Great ideas here. I am going to have to try a few.

  2. What a great idea! Both my kids are adults and I’d love to use some of these gifting ideas to make them something fun!

  3. Hey Julie, these are great ideas, especially the alternative ‘baskets’! I have a 20 and 17-year old and so very much appreciate your suggestions. And it’s been too long since we’ve watched Jesus Christ Superstar! Thanks for the reminder.

    Have a great day.

    Lynn

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