Looking for some good Christian-themed Easter basket items? Here are 35+ gift ideas for Easter baskets that celebrate Resurrection Sunday and point to Christ!
By Will Odom, Contributing Writer (and Erin’s hubby!)
I grew up with Easter baskets and the Easter bunny.
I don’t recall ever really believing that a giant bunny actually delivered baskets to our house, but my parents did fill a basket full of small toys and treats for my sister and me each year.
We had family Easter egg hunts, and some of my best memories with my cousins involve scrambling to find eggs and the queen’s nest (aka the “golden egg”). We still laugh and tell those stories when we are together.
However, more importantly, my parents always focused on the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ during this time.
At an early age I learned about Passover and the blood shed by the lamb. I learned that Christ was the fulfillment of that Passover lamb.
I know for some that the term “Easter” can be questionable, but whether you use the term Easter or Resurrection Sunday, it is a time for Christians to focus on the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Whether or not you fill a basket, there are some items that can help your child understand the Resurrection story. If you do fill a basket, then these may be some good suggestions to put inside that focus on the sacrifice of Christ.
Many of the items from our spiritual Christmas list could fit into a basket as well and foster spiritual growth, including DVDs, devotional books, music CDs, and Bibles. Erin also created a post last year on 7 Ideas for a Resurrection-Focused Easter Basket.
There are several books that speak of the resurrection or other aspects of Easter. There are many others than those listed here, but these are some that our children have enjoyed.
- Legend of the Easter Egg
- Beginner’s Bible: Come Celebrate Easter
- The Easter Story
- The Parable of the Lily
- The Tale of Three Trees
- God Gave Us Easter
- The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story or The Real Easter Eggs
- The Easter Story
- The Legend of the Easter Robin
- One Spring Lamb
- A Royal Easter Story
At times, seeing the stories animated can help children understand the stories. There are other DVDs in these series that may not deal with Easter, but they are excellent as well.
- A Very Veggie Easter
- An Easter Carol
- Read and Share Bible DVD
- What’s in the Bible: Volume 10-Jesus is the Good News
- Life of Jesus and other Bible Stories
- Theo: God’s Love
- Superbook The Last Supper or He is Risen
Hands-on activities and crafts are a great way to let your child discover the resurrection story.
- Magic Color Scratch Cross
- Foam Cross
- Necklace Kit
- Bracelet Kit
- Story Wheel
- Color Wonder Life of Jesus
- Jesus Loves Me Stickers or Faith Stickers
- Sticker Cross Mosaic
- Devotional Jounal (for older kids)
This carton of eggs tells the resurrection story from beginning to end. Kids love opening each egg to find the small token inside that connects to the story.
We try to stay away from candy as much as possible, but a few little treats are a welcome addition to any basket.
- Chocolate Lambs
- DIY chocolate lamb mold
- Plastic eggs (we fill with coordinating candy with the colors of the salvation bracelet.)
Also check out our post on 10 allergen-free treats for Easter!
If your kids are like ours, they don’t really need more toys. However, there are few things I would put in a basket to remind them of the purpose of Easter for us as Christians.
- “Jesus Loves Me” Lamb
- Springtime Legos
- Melissa & Doug New Testament Puzzle
- Last Supper and Resurrection Flannel Pieces
While trying to teach our kids about finances, they have been saving money in their tithe jar. A little wallet like this one by ATime4Everything would be perfect for them to take their tithe to church.
Although not technically spiritual, one of my favorites is the plantable seed shapes. My kids love planting these and watching them grow, and it is also a great way to talk about spring and rebirth and new life.
Of course there are many other items without a spiritual significance that would go in a basket as well: play-doh (or gluten-free skwooshi activity dough), art supplies, sidewalk chalk, small lego sets, bubbles, and the list could go on and on.
Does your family give Easter baskets? What are you putting in your child’s basket this year?
See all of our previous gift guides HERE!