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When Easter comes around, everyone gets excited about Easter baskets. At about 12, most kids decide that they are too old for Easter Baskets, but as parents we still want to celebrate this tradition of spring. Here is a list of some alternatives for Easter Baskets for those hard-to-please teenagers.
Our kids were too old for baskets and egg hunts. However, we went to doing a basket per person. I thought it might be fun for the adults that were in their 80s, 70s, on down to get an Easter basket too. What we do is, you come with one and leave with one. We also do the Chinese exchange and the 3rd time it is dead. That keeps it lively.
Then we do an egg hunt for everyone, even the seniors. You hunt for just your own egg. If you find someone else's you ignore it and go on looking for yours. These two things have really become a tradition. We have been doing the baskets for 8 years, and the egg hunt the since 2009. Teenagers can still get baskets and they still can hunt for their egg. The baskets have no set price, or items, you just bring one you leave with one. We love it.
By Diane L. from Great Falls, MT
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I have two teenage girls and not sure what to do for easter. They are not real big into candy. Any ideas would be wounderful. Thanks.
A magazine subscription is good!
(I'm diabetic so am not big on candy!)
Or the equipment to mosaic or paint an egg.....
Or a voucher for a treat....(A DAY OUT OF YOUR CHOICE)
happy easter x
Here's a few suggestions: Gift cards for video rentals. If they have specific chores around the house you might make up "coupons" for you to do their chore when they turn in the coupon or you'll cook their favorite meal that night for dinner.
When my girls were teenagers I colored blown out eggs, and rolled up little paper notes with clues and put one in each egg.
They could break one egg every 10 or 15 minutes. The clue inside each egg told them where to find a surprise. (nail polish, lip gloss, nylons, note pads, blush, dusting powder, bubble bath, etc.)
The fun wasn't the gift, but the hunt.
Some of the clues I used were:
I'm on top of the salt.-----(in the water softener)
Behind a reflection-----(behind a wall mirror)
I whirl things dry----(in the dryer)
Under your undies ---(in the underwear drawer)
I give you light---(taped inside a lamp or lamp shade)
Under a runner ---(under a rug)
Sometimes deciphering the clues took longer than finding the surprise.
My girls loved this tradition, and still talk about it 20 years later.
Remember to wash the eggs well after blowing. You don't want any gunk on the notes.
ps. add more cute clues, I would like to read them. LOL
How about a beach supplies basket-new beach towel, flip-flops, sunscreen, lip protectant, snacks or soda, magazine or book, frisbee...Put it all in a tote instead of aa Easter basket. Put in a little candy if you can't resist.
For the person looking for stuff for her children that isn't candy for Easter. I have found they love getting books, erasers, stuffed animals and figurines. My older daughters still have all the figurines they got in their Easter basket.
By Jane Squires
try buying a season pass to Universal Studios or Magic Mountain. Even gift certificates to the Mall are great. A gift card to the AMC theater is fun too.
What about a basket filled with bath gels or salts, a nice bath puff, some perfume, perhaps little make up samples, nail polish, and other body care stuff. It would be like having your own spa in a basket. Or if they aren't into that kind of stuff, you could give them clothes, or a gift certificate to use at their favorite clothing store. Teen girls seem to really love clothing!
Some other things you might not have thought about: pretty nail files, nail polish, pretty pencils for school, dental floss, disposable razors, sample size lotions, purse size address book, fast food gift certificate booklets, nail polish remover pads.
MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET PLASTIC EGGS AND WRITE AMOUNT OF MONEY ON SOME OF THEM AND THE REST PUT SOME LITTLE THINGS OF NAIL POLISH IN THEM OR RINGS AND PUT THEM ALL OVER THE YARD OR HIDE THEM IN YOUR HOUSE AN LET THEM FIND IT AND IF THEY GET THE ONES WITH MONEY ON IT THE GIVE THEM THE AMONT OF MONEY THE FOUND
how about gift certificates to wendy's,mcdonald,burger king, etc...or a certificate for a movie rental or to a special sote they like to shop at or you could do a certificate to several places and put the certificates inside easter eggs
Walmart Gift cards are the best! Our Walmart allows you to use them at their gas station and get 2 to 3 cents off the regular gas price. What driving teen wouldn't appreciate gas money that goes farther!
I took a cardboard six pack of soda bottles, take out three bottles and fill the empty slots with easter grass, put magazines, lipgloss, candy, earrings, gift cards etc and tied a big bow on it