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.
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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. My two oldest live outside of the home – one has his own apartment and the other is away at college – but they come to celebrate with us.
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 and a teenager), 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.
Items to fill those baskets:
–E.L.F. Makeup (my 15 year old daughter loves this brand!)
–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.
-Themed socks – my kids loved these (I divided the set up between them) Set of 5 Harry Potter- themed socks
-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.