The REAL Meaning of the Easter Basket {& Best Ways to Fill One}


With Easter right around the corner, I started thinking about what I would put in my son’s Easter basket. As a Christian, I know we celebrate Easter for the remembrance of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the grave after his crucifixion. There are other traditions associated with Easter for this purpose as well, but I was particularly intrigued by the Easter basket.

I couldn’t help but wonder, “Why do we even have these baskets, and where does this idea come from? Is this even important and if so, why?”

We’ve all been giving Easter baskets, or receiving them, for years – but do we understand where or why this is a tradition in the first place? For most of us, I’m guessing probably not. So, I thought it would be neat to explore the origin of the Easter basket.

Origin of the Easter Basket

Per Sciencing, “Easter is the culmination of a long Christian season of celebration and reverence. For 40 days prior to Easter, many Christians choose something to go without for Lent. Food, such as meat, eggs, or dairy, is usually chosen for this fasting period. The large feast typically served on Easter celebrates the end of this fast and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In early Christian times, the Easter feast was served in the churches. Food was brought to churches in large baskets and blessed by the clergy before being served. Easter baskets filled with treats originated from this tradition of bringing baskets to church on Easter.”

So originally, Easter baskets were used to carry the food for a large feast, which symbolized the end of the fasting period for Lent. I don’t know about you, but I know I could not get away with giving my son, Silas, a basket of food every Easter, nor would I want to. I can (and do) give him food every day, multiple times a day, every year.

He doesn’t need a basket of food from me. He needs to understand the point of sacrifice, which is exactly what Lent is about. Our kids don’t necessarily need to be fasting, and I don’t think many younger kids would understand the concept just yet. I do think children can understand somewhat that Jesus died so we could live, and that was his sacrifice.

Creating an Intentional Easter Basket in Today’s World

I think when it comes to Easter baskets, we should be intentional with what we put in them, remaining true to its meaning while also including items that will truly help them create, learn and have fun. Here’s a list of ideas that are appropriate for kids of all ages, and can be tailored to your child’s preference.

Ideas for Items to Include in an Easter Basket:

It’s not necessary to purchase all these items or feel like you have to fill it up to the brim. Pick 3-4 little things, 1-2 items books or gifts that remind us of the Easter story and resurrection, and 1-2 candy brands. That way your kids are still getting to enjoy the celebration, but are not getting caught up in all the “stuff” and forget the true meaning of Easter. 

Favorite Places to Find Easter Items:

Walmart makes this experience completely easy and painless (and of course affordable). You can literally get everything you need in one stop. They have so many different things to choose from, I was in there for over an hour trying to decide what to get Silas! Here are some examples of what they have in store. I’m sure Target and the Dollar Tree/Store are also great places to shop for Easter baskets.

The Final Product:

I can’t wait to give Silas his Easter basket! It’s a great mix of items that stay true to the meaning of Easter, while also providing him with fun and creative toys to play with and learn from in the days ahead.

Intentional Easter Basket | Columbia SC Moms Blog

What are you filling your child’s Easter basket with? What ideas would you add to the list?


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Amanda and her family live in West Columbia. Her husband works in graphic and web design, and rides in a Christian Motorcycle Club. She has two degrees, one as a cosmetologist (although she doesn’t practice) and an Associate of Art. For the past two years, she has been a stay-at-home mom taking care of their only son. Before that she was a nanny for two kiddos and learned ways to beat the boredom of staying at home. She and her son travel all over the state, going on little adventures, earning her the label “the stay at home mom who’s never home” by her husband. Their favorite thing to do is visit the zoo, because it’s right there in their neighborhood. They also enjoy playdates with other moms from their church, Midtown. Amanda loves thrift shopping, using her creativity and is obsessed with DIY projects.


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