Skip to Content

10 Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids Inspired by Books

If you are looking for a new spin on an Easter basket, I’ve put together 10 Creative Easter Basket Ideas that are inspired by books!  There are baskets for both genders and all ages and you can find everything on Amazon, woot!

You can also check out my post with 17 STEM Easter Basket Stuffers , 15 CRAZY,  Cool, Unique Easter Basket Stuffers or  Easter Basket ideas for babies


This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you anything)!  Get more information in my full disclosure.

Car Easter Basket for Toddler

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go Easter Basket

Little kids LOVE Cars and Trucks and Things that Go! You can’t go wrong with this Creative Easter Basket Idea for boys or girls. 
In case you have one of these books already I’m sharing a few of my favorite car books (and I’ve read a ton!) I know all of the proper names of trucks, just in case you are wondering. haha!
1. Cars and Trucks and Things that Go: A classic book for kids! Richard Scarry’s books are the best, so many things to look at and so many silly things! (Hot dog car! Crayon Car!!)
2. My Truck is Stuck: My kids love this book, it has such a cute story and fun rhymes. It is great to read aloud!
3. Priddy Books: Trucks! Priddy books are my favorite, they have such great pictures and my babies love them!
4. Max the Cement Mixer Play-do Play-doh is an Easter Classic and this set looks super fun!
5. Transportation Easter Basket This tin basket is seriously adorable
6. Pull back construction trucks  My mother-in-law bought this exact set for my son and they are the cutest. They are pull back cars and there are a ton of them and they are super fun! The little dump trucks dump and the parts move (they are tiny!) Probably better for 3 years old or older because of tiny parts.

7. First 100 Trucks and things that go! Another Priddy book (I told you I love them!) that is all those awesome construction pictures in sticker form. Nice thick pages that are durable and fun to stick things on. We have several Priddy sticker books and we love them.


Fablehaven Easter Basket

This book is a great book for older elementary age kids or a read-aloud for younger. Full of magical, mythical creatures and a great storyline. Here is a basket filled with Fablehaven goods!
  1. Fablehaven We love this series by Brandon Mull! If you haven’t read it yet your kids will love it! And if your kids have already read it, you could go with the sequel DragonWatch.
  2. Fairy garden This book is bursting with fairies, you could include a fairy garden kit so your child could make the fairies near your home more comfortable!
  3. The Journal of Secrets This gorgeous leather-bound journal can be your child’s very own Journal of Secrets like the one Kendra finds!
  4. Keys Include a magical looking key, your child will have to read Fablehaven to find out what it is for!
  5. Metal Organizing Basket – This basket looks cool and could be easily re-used after Easter (woohoo!)
  6. Chocolate Milk Although the milk in Fablehaven isn’t chocolate it is an important part of the story and a fun addition to the basket!
Gymnastics Gift Ideas

Creative Easter Basket Ideas: Gymnastics Easter Basket

I love inspiring biographies and these books by Olympic Gymnasts Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez would be perfect for your gymnast. Another amazing choice for younger gymnast’s Easter Baskets are the Perfect Balance Gymnastics Series written by a former collegiate gymnast. Buy whichever book would most suit the gymnast in your house and make an Easter basket your gymnast will love! You can also get other gymnastics gifts ideas from my 30 Gymnastics Gifts your Gymnast will FLIP over

  1. Courage to Soar by Simone Biles
  2. I got this by Laurie Hernandez
  3. Perfect Balance Gymnastics Series 
  4. Water Bottle every gymnast needs a good water bottle and this one is colorful and says GYMNAST on it (not pictured above)
  5. Gymnastics Draw String Bag A fun little bag that says, “Eat, Sleep Gymnastics” and will hold essentials for gymnastics class.
  6. Herringbone coral fabric bin (for basket, not as pictured) 
  7. USA Leotard Your gymnast (of any age) will love this USA leotard!

Angelina Ballerina Easter Basket

I’m pretty sure every little girl wants to be a ballerina at some point in their life. Make their dreams come true with this Angelina Ballerina basket!

  1. Angelina Ballerina a classic! Your little one will love reading about the twirling, whirling ballerina mouse!
  2. Ballet Slippers These are affordable and beautiful little ballet shoes.
  3. Adorable Mouse Ballerina Doll – Even though this isn’t an official Angelina doll, your little one will love this look-a-like! 
  4. Tutu Easter Basket This TUTU Easter basket is customizable and will really make this Creative Easter Basket Ideas perfection!
  5. Nina Ballerina magnet kit This is the cutest little Melissa & Doug magnet set. Your ballerina can dress up Nina in lots of different costumes!
  6. Tutu There are lots of different colors of this tutu that is highly rated on Amazon!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

Every kid should read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and this candy-filled tale is perfect for an Easter basket book idea.

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. Candy! Of course you need to add Everlasting Gobstoppers!
  3. Oompa Loompa These Funko Dorbs are awesome!
  4. Willy Wonka Here is a Willy Wonka one too.
  5. Collapsible Pail These fun, colorful and FOLDABLE pails would be perfect for this basket! 

Book Easter Basket for TweenMy Side of the Mountain or Hatchet Easter Basket

This creative Easter basket idea is a great fit for boys and girls. I read this book out loud to my son and daughter one summer and we still talk about it. Every kid dreams about being independent and this book is all about adventure and growing up. My Side of the Mountain is better for younger kids, Hatchet for the older kids.  If you are looking for other Camping Gift Ideas, Check out this post with Camping Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids.

  1. My Side of the Mountain
  2. Hatchet 
  3. Maple Candy In the book Sam Gribley makes all of his own food as he lives on his on his side of the mountain. Some fun candy made of maple would be a good addition to the basket.
  4. Wooden Crate  This would be the perfect Easter basket base for this nature book. 
  5. Beef Jerky 
  6. Pocket Knife/Multi-Tool:  If they are old enough, a pocket knife would perfect with either of these books.
  7. Compass: Another fun thing to add to this Easter basket. This one comes with its own carrying case.


Dinosaur Easter Basket Ideas

This Easter basket is based on one of our favorite dinosaur books, the Dinosaur Atlas!
1. Dinosaur Atlas – This book has great information, beautiful pictures, and FLAPS. Lots of good stuff in here for kids who love dinosaurs.  
2. Little Kids First Big Book of Dinos  This is another great option for younger dino lovers. 

3. Both of my boys have these awesome Velociraptor claws. They are made of foam so they don’t hurt! This is important because as a mom we get poked in the eyes enough. We don’t need to add velociraptor claws that can actually wound.

4. Dinosaur Toob A bunch of little dinos!

5. We used these most amazing hatching eggs for Halloween handouts. They were the hit of my son’s kindergarten class. You put them in water, they hatch out a dino that then grows in water. All sifferent types. Now this is a LOT of eggs (40) but they are inexpensive.

6. Chocolate dino egg

7. Fabric Dinosaur Bin– Easter basket now, dinosaur storage later….WIN WIN!  If you want more awesome dinosaur gift ideas, checkout my post full of the best Dino gift ideas here


The Velveteen Rabbit Easter Basket

Why not an adorable bunny basket based on one of these classic bunny books?! The first three are for your littles, the last is for a bigger kid!

  1. Runaway Bunny 
  2. Knuffle Bunny
  3. The Velveteen Rabbit
  4. Watership Down  This is one of those books I vividly remember reading in middle school. For older readers, but a great book!
  5. Chocolate Bunny because…of course!
  6. Bunny Basket Isn’t this adorable??
  7. Windup hopping Bunny These are a fun and classic toy that kids still love!
  8. Bunny Ear Toss 
  9. Stuffed Bunny I’m ordering this one for my baby. Doesn’t it look so soft and cuddly?

If you Give a Dog a Donut Creative Easter Basket Idea

All of the Laura Numeroff books are fun, fun FUN! This one lends itself particularly well to an Easter Basket!
2. Stuffed Bulldog This looks a lot like the dog in this book and is super soft!
3. Donut Pillow Super fun and cute! You could also go with a smaller donut squishy toy
4. Baseball bat I always like to include an outdoor activity in my kids’ Easter baskets. This story has some baseball in it. 😉 
6. Apple Juice (because it goes perfect with donuts, at least according to dogs.)

Harry Potter Easter Basket Ideas

Another book that every child needs to read (in my opinion!) Harry Potter! If your child hasn’t read it yet creating an Easter Basket around this book would be so much fun!
  1. Harry Potter
  2. Wand and glasses set
  3. Mischief Managed Cup 
  4. Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak This works kind of like a green screen to make your kid invisible just like Harry!
  5. Chocolate Frog, Bernie Botts Every Flavor Beans and Gummy Candy Slugs three-pack SO much fun!

I love to encourage reading, and sometimes it is fun to shake things up with a unique and Creative Easter Basket for kids! I hope you enjoyed these Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids and found something that inspires you. 

If you are looking for Easter Basket Ideas for babies, check out some fun ideas from this post

You can also find more Creative Gift Ideas for Kids who Love to Read here. 

Happy (Easter) Gifting!
Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Lori | Choosing Wisdom

Thursday 8th of March 2018

Wow! This is quite the list of ideas! You've got something for everyone here.

Thanks for sharing on #WanderingWednesday with Choosing Wisdom! 💕

Michele @ Confessions of Parenting

Thursday 8th of March 2018

These are such great ideas; will need to refer back to this when I am ready to help the Easter bunny :) Thanks for linking up! #wanderingwednesday

The Gifty Girl

Thursday 8th of March 2018

Thank you so much Michele!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.