***This post originally appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of Traverse Bay Family Magazine.  It has been reprinted with permission.***


I am a gift giver.  It’s one of my love languages.   I really dislike having a ton of clutter and toys all over the house and yard though.   In order to cut down on junk, I’ve come up with a few ideas for outdoor themed Easter baskets.

outdoor themed easter baskets

Outdoor Play

  • galoshes
  • raincoats
  • umbrellas

A rain gear Easter basket is much anticipated by my little ones. Each year they have gotten a raincoat & galoshes. A new umbrella, a rain hat, a water-resistant backpack or other similar gear has been included at times. Try Kidorable for cute options–check Zulily for great prices!

Summer Fun

  • chalk
  • jump ropes
  • balls
  • bubbles
  • Sand toys
  • inflatable toys
  • goggles
  • swimsuits

In previous years, grandparents have provided an Easter basket full of summer fun. Figure out what your kids need for summer/beach season & add those to their Easter basket! If you haven’t been on spring break yet, items for your trip could be handy, too!

Sporting Gear

  • bike helmet
  • knee & elbow pads
  • basket
  • bell
  • tassels/streamers

In order to promote physical activity, a sporting goods themed basket is great, especially for older kids. Include basics to try a new sport like soccer, basketball, baseball, rollerblading, skateboarding or whatever they may enjoy!


  • seed packets
  • gloves
  • tools & bag
  • plants/bulbs
  • watering can
  • flower pots (to start seeds)

Kids love to do what you do, so get them kid-sized tools & everything they need to grow something of their own. A frugal option if you save your own seeds. You could even include a certificate for a gardening date if you wanted!


Need more ideas?  Check out 10 Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas10 Clutter Free Easter Basket Ideas, and this cheap & easy DIY Catholic Saint Holy Card Easter basket stuffer.


Do you full Easter baskets for your kids?

Jen S.

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