These ideas are a smart way to support small businesses, too.

By Kelsey Ogletree
April 07, 2020
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It may feel strange to think about Easter Sunday without extended family gatherings, massive Easter egg hunts and in-person church services, but putting together special Easter baskets for the ones you’re quarantined with is a sweet way to celebrate at home. If you want to show your spouse, significant other, parents or maybe even your grown kids who are stuck inside with you how much you care, consider these ideas for an exceptional adult Easter basket.

Say it with a card.

During a time when the little things take on a lot more meaning than they used to, consider adding a thoughtful note to an Easter basket. Make your own or order a handmade one online to help support a small business. We love Happy Cooking Cards’ Easter collection, which features hand-painted cards of festive treats like chocolate nests and hot cross buns—plus a recipe inside. You can frame them or add them to a recipe box after the holiday.

Support your local distilleries, breweries and wineries.

Many are offering DIY packages for pick up that include all the ingredients for creating craft cocktails at home (liquor may or may not be included, depending on your state’s liquor laws), or offering options for mixers online, such as Ol’ Major Bacon Bourbon’s Bacon Bloody Mary mix. “Grabbing one of these and arranging in an Easter basket can provide beautiful presentation and a fun evening of mixology—and help keep the doors open at your favorite spots,” says Christie Altendorf, senior event planner with D’Amico Catering in Minneapolis. You could also try a DIY beer-making kit, such as this Unicorn IPA kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop, which is available nationwide. And single-serving drinks in pretty packaging, such as Jam Cellars’ California Candy Dry Rosé or Luna Bay Booch hard kombucha, are another great addition to baskets that you can pick up at most liquor stores or through an online delivery service.

Go for more than rabbit food

While comfort food is definitely having a moment, healthy snacks can be a great way to fill an Easter basket and maintain balance. Altendorf suggests whipping up a batch of homemade granola, sweet and spicy glazed nuts, protein bites or mini banana oat muffins. Leftover containers that you already have at home, such as mason jars, can work well for storage, and a little bit of ribbon or baker’s twine will complete the look. Or, consider adding little jars of goodness that can be used at breakfast or brunch post-basket opening, like this mini whipped honey set from Savannah Bee Co.

Splurge on chocolate.

That said, you can’t go wrong with a little indulgence on Easter, too. If the candy aisles in your local supermarket are picked over, try ordering a brand you haven’t tried before online—such as the woman-owned Seattle Chocolate (whose new spring bars are so pretty, they double as art) or the L.A.-based Compartès Chocolatier (we’re swooning over this edible chocolate basket packed with truffles, chocolate-dipped fruit and double-dipped Oreos).

Fill a basket with blooms

You can pick up beautiful bouquets at supermarkets or order one for delivery online (or if you’re lucky enough to live in a region where spring is already in full bloom, pick some from your backyard). Or, try filling Easter baskets with fresh house plants, succulents, herbs and vegetable seeds. “With a little extra time this spring, homes and gardens alike will soon be blooming beautifully,” says Altendorf. If your basket recipient would rather focus on creating something from produce that’s already grown, tuck in this fun fermented vegetable kit from Farm Steady, which comes with ingredients for DIY pickles, sauerkraut and other tangy veggies.

Give a little comfort.

Many of us are in serious nesting mode, trying to make our homes as comfortable and cozy as possible right now. Why not sweeten up an Easter basket with creature comforts like calming candles (DW Home’s new spring scents, like Grapefruit Citrus or Peony Petals, are sure to make any room smell like spring) or a baking kit filled with gourmet Guittard chocolate chips and cocoa to fuel future baking adventures together?

Try a gift that keeps on giving.

Easter happens once a year, but you can keep the thoughtfulness going beyond this Sunday with a subscription gift that transcends the Easter basket. For example, a subscription to Partners Coffee, which ships nationwide, ensures the recipient will never run out of fresh-roasted beans (that are customized to their brew method and taste preferences). A bonus? If you’re all under the same room, you’ll get to enjoy a cup, too.