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50+ Easter Basket Ideas Tweens & Teens Will Think Are Bussin’

That’s what the kids are calling it, right?

Written by Deirdre Kaye
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Easter basket ideas for tweens and teens can include everything from snacks to gift cards.
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OK, so your 12-year-old no longer believes in the Easter Bunny. And, honestly, they've been a bit obnoxious about it, haven't they? Bet they still want that goodie-filled Easter basket, though. If they have younger siblings who still believe in Peter Cottontail, it's especially important to keep them happy and in on the Easter basket tradition. But what do you get a metal-mouthed tween who can't have candy? Or, worse, a Doja Cat-obsessed teen who scoffs at Fruit of the Loom? The baskets of your youth were full of underwear, socks, and junk food — but it's a whole new world out there now. You need fresh Easter basket ideas for tweens and teens to avoid an endless litany of eye-rolls.

If you want them to laugh at your Easter jokes or join in on your little's Easter games, you'll need to appease those "big kids." Tweens and teens want more than candy and Hanes. In search of even more basket-building inspo? Here are some other ideas to appeal to the (adolescent) masses.


If your kid has suddenly begun to leave an odiferous trail everywhere they go, now is your chance to give them a nudge toward the shower. Load their basket up with a deodorant stick (or break down and buy body spray or perfume) and maybe invest in a loofah (or six). If your tween or teen has already mastered the basics, get them whatever trendy products "all the other kids" are using.


Time for a spa night at your house? Tweens and teens love a chance to practice self-care. The only difference in what you get your 11-year-old versus your 16-year-old? Price! While your tween will be happy with some wild-colored, $1 nail polish, your teen might want a better brand or more specific, trendy colors. Makeup palettes are the same way. Let your tween experiment with all the cheap stuff while helping your teen invest in some nicer makeup (albeit in smaller quantities).

  • Nail polish
  • Makeup palettes
  • Makeup brushes
  • Bath bombs
  • Face masks/sheet masks
  • Eye masks
  • Temporary hair color
  • Mani/pedi kit
  • Journal


You have to find room for some snacks in that basket, right? If your teen just got their braces off, load them up with gummy candy (sorry for the lingering sugar high come Monday morning, teachers). Five Below carries a whole line of Kraft Heinz gummies that look like actual brands and foods your kids already love, like ketchup, pickles, and mac and cheese. Sound kinda gross? That Oscar Meyer hot dog gummy looks like a hot dog but will have a delightful fruity taste. (If your tween loves looking for ways to feel grown-up, treat them to some Nutella or the more expensive chocolate you keep stashed out of reach. You can go the route of typical Easter jelly beans, but it's also an occasion to do something just a little more special.

  • Quirky Gummies
  • Takis
  • Sour stuff
  • Granola bars
  • Nutella & Go!
  • Goldfish
  • Favorite chocolates
  • Starbucks treats
  • Peeps (a true classic)
  • Jelly Belly jellybeans
  • Starburst
  • Pringles
  • Beef jerky
  • Doritos
  • Trail mix

Fun Stuff

Looking for even more random crap to toss in their baskets? Take note: Anything you could stick in a stocking (or just under it) is fair game for an Easter basket for tweens and teens. Airpods are atrociously expensive. The cases: Not so much. And you can pick up fun phone cases at your closest Five Below. While an Easter basket can be 75% the same for all your kids, it's fun to do a little spin to personalize each one. That might mean loading up your athlete with new stickers for their Hydro Flask or getting that cool, matte black studded Starbucks tumbler for your "baby bat." If you have a future “kitchen witch” in your midst, try a Dash mini waffle maker or the stuff to DIY their own lollipops, like molds, sticks, and an easy-to-use LorAnn’s hard candy mix.

  • Airpod case
  • Phone case
  • Charger cords
  • Fidgets
  • Scrunchies
  • Croc charms
  • Starbucks cups
  • Hydro Flask stickers
  • Basketball
  • Board games
  • Beach towel
  • PJs
  • Pens/markers
  • Books


To be clear, no one's saying you have to spend $200 on a hammock and a freestanding frame. But you can pick up a portable nylon hammock for about $20-40, depending on where you shop. A replacement for that dinged-up Hydro Flask is also a solid option. If your teen just got their license, a little help with gas will surely be appreciated. And the majority of the tween and teen kids polled for this article's input responded the same way: bring on the gift cards. So, when in doubt, load their basket up with a gift card smorgasbord, and you'll be good to go.

  • Hydro Flask
  • Gas cards
  • Gift cards (Starbucks, Target, Apple, or any of their favorite stores)
  • Headphones
  • Hammock
  • DVD/BluRay
  • Video games
  • Sunglasses

More Easter Basket Ideas

The fun doesn’t have to end just because they’re getting older. If your tween still plays with dolls, scoop up that new 21st Birthday Bratz doll that you remember from your doll-playing days. Or pair a Rainbow High doll with the new Rainbow High chapter books. Miniatures are also super popular right now! You could get them the craft supplies to make their own or replace their Easter basket “eggs” with a couple of Miniverse Make It Mini Food surprise balls. Guys, they’re literally the perfect size for doll hands... and just super cute to sit on a shelf or windowsill.

  • Bunny shaped soap
  • Easter-themed Squishmallows like bunnies, ducks, or chicks
  • Lip gloss
  • Silly putty
  • Play-Doh
  • Chalk
  • Scented pencils or markers
  • Tiny succulents
  • Doodle or notepads
  • Colorful barrettes or clips
  • Small/simple puzzles
  • Mini Etch A Sketch
  • Glow sticks
  • Bubbles
  • Playing cards
  • Tiny Rubik's Cube
  • A set of costume jewelry
  • Sleeping masks
  • Colorful shoelaces
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Stamp presses
  • Erasers
  • Korean face masks
  • Magnets

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