This Easter, Think Outside the Basket. Here Are 15 Clever Alternatives.

Easter baskets are such a fun tradition, and we love how in recent years people have found more and more creative ideas for candy alternatives to put in them. But what about those baskets themselves? They’re cute, but what do you do with them the other eleven months of the year? Rather than just stick them in storage, why not find things you can keep using after the Easter season has ended? HGTV recently put together a list of great Easter basket alternatives, and it inspired us to search for some, too! Here’s what we found.

  1. Umbrella Basket

  2. Easter means spring is here, and with it April showers! Make your baskets out of umbrellas for a reusable basket that’s seasonal and fun. Plus, you can open it up for larger items like books that let you go beyond candy to fill it.


  3. Rain Boot Basket

  4. Already have enough umbrellas? Try galoshes instead! Kids grow so quickly you can make this one a yearly tradition.


  5. Beach Towel and Noodle Basket

  6. Another great reusable idea? This one made out of a beach towel and noodle that will have your kids looking forward to summer days at the pool!


  7. Stuffed Animal Basket

  8. DIY Easter baskets are also a great way to get more use out of other things around the house. One adorable idea? Transforming an old and otherwise-forgotten stuffed animal!


  9. Flower Pot

  10. Plant some seeds for a love of gardening by not only using a flower pot as a basket, but filling it with seeds and tools to start a small vegetable or flower plot.


  11. Plastic Egg Bouquet

  12. This festive bouquet is perfect for the tween, teen or even adult in your life. Fill the plastic eggs with their favorite candies, coins, cash or gift cards.


  13. Soda Pop Pack

  14. Another idea for older gift recipients? Grab a six-pack of her favorite soda, take out three or four, and fill those slots with Easter grass, candy, trinkets, or whatever else you’d like to give.


  15. Lunch Tote

  16. Instead of waiting until the start of the next school year to buy new lunch bags for everybody, grab some now and let them double as an Easter basket!


  17. Easter Bonnet

  18. Bring back the Easter bonnet tradition and make an alternative basket all at the same time.


  19. Travel Bags

  20. Who says a basket has to be a basket at all? Especially if you’re traveling for Easter, these travel-sized bags let you put together themed kits however you want.


  21. Edible Terrarium

  22. Turn all those Easter candies into a terrarium with a mason jar. These ones use chocolate rocks, edible grass, candy eggs and marshmallow bunnies, but you can get really creative and use your favorites instead!


  23. Candy Wafer Basket

  24. What could be better than a basket you can eat?! This one is made out of crispy chocolate wafers, fondant, and chocolate, then stuffed with edible Easter grass and your favorite candies.


  25. Rice Cereal Bowl

  26. Another edible and impressive basket idea? This one that’s like a giant Rice Krispies treat!


  27. Stenciled Tote Bag

  28. This adorable tote bag combines an Easter basket and those little purses every little girl used to get to go with her Easter dress. Plus, it’s cute and durable enough to use for many springs and summers to come.


  29. Feathered Chick Bucket

  30. This adorable basket-alternative needs only a few inexpensive materials you can get at any hardware or craft store, and it’ll be something you can treasure and reuse from Easter to Easter.

So much fun! We love that you can change them up every year for variety and to make them really personalized for each individual child. Which ones will you try this year? Grab even more inspiration from HGTV’s list and tell us which basket alternative is your favorite!