Easter is just around the corner. While activities and Easter baskets are typically catered to young children, older folks love a good reason to celebrate spring as well. However, one problem with the concept of “adult Easter baskets” is many people assemble them with adult vices in mind, such as alcohol.
If you’d like to put a smile on a friend or family member’s face this Sunday, here are a few healthy and vice-free items for an exciting grown up Easter basket that will get your adult loved ones hopping for spring!
1. Garden Supplies
One of the best ways to celebrate this time of year is to focus our celebrations on the spring season and the warming days. If your loved one has even the tiniest bit of green thumb, consider putting something related to gardening in the basket such as seeds (especially carrot seeds!), flowers, herbs, gardening gloves or gardening tools.
2. Warm Weather Reminders
Since the warming weather is indeed something to celebrate, also consider stuffing the basket with an item that will remind your loved one of the fast-approaching sunny days to come. Consider items like sunglasses, flip-flops, sunhats, parasols, bottle of sunscreen, and SPF lip balm or tinted moisturizer.
Find a way to give the gift of music in your grown-up basket. This could be through an iTunes gift card, a Spotify membership, concert tickets, an old-fashioned mix-tape CD or even a small instrument. If you’ve got a movie buff, you can throw in movie tickets, a DVD/Bluray of their favorite movie or, if you want to be creative, share with them your Netflix password inside an Easter egg! Your options for entertainment materials are virtually endless, so go ahead and decide whichever option you feel your loved one will enjoy most.
Consider buying, making or thrifting a clothing item for your loved one that you know they will like. When it’s time to put together the basket, you can attempt to fold it into a bunny shape as demonstrated here.
5. Bath and Body Products
Everyone loves a great bath and body product, but the trick is picking the kind you know your loved one will enjoy. Perhaps he would prefer a nice aftershave or she would like a cosmetic product from a natural beauty company. Picking something based on how well you know them will also show how much thought you’ve put into getting them something they’ll actually use and love.
Few people dislike the obvious choice of candy, so you don’t necessarily have to forgo it. However, if you’d like to keep your Easter treats healthy, consider this: there’s a healthier version of almost every type of Easter candy staple available these days. Try stopping by your local co-op or natural food store or even shopping online to find versions of your favorite candies that are organic, vegan, made with dark chocolate and whole foods, low on sugar, gluten-free, and healthy in other ways.
For those who don’t have a sweet tooth, other types of treats can work instead, such as nuts, crackers, jerky or whatever else they like. Also consider including homemade baked goods that can be individually wrapped and enhance the overall aesthetic of the basket. Think carrot cake brownies, sugar cookies decorated with a spring theme or Easter Egg Treats made with Rice Krispies.
Easter baskets no longer just have to be for the kiddos. This year, feel free to join in on the fun and do it your way—nice and sober!