Christ-Centered Easter Baskets

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March 21, 2013 by FHElessons

Note:  New basket filler ideas with corresponding scripture eggs have been added at the end of the post.

Easter is one of those holidays that is supposed to be all about Jesus Christ but frequently ends up being about candy and gifts.  I would love to be able to spend Easter weekend immersed in glorious remembrance of and gratitude for Jesus’ Atonement and Resurrection.  And, as a mother,  I would love to be able to convey that beautiful Spirit to my children – to teach them the true reason that we celebrate Easter, to help them develop a testimony of Jesus Christ and love Him for the gifts He has given us.  That would be the ideal, wouldn’t it?  No baskets or chicks or bunnies, just worship of our Savior!

But then there’s the problem of how much kids enjoy Easter baskets and egg hunts and the Easter bunny.  When I was a kid, I remember being so excited about Easter that I couldn’t sleep the night before.  So, I didn’t want my kids to miss out on the fun or hate Easter because all their friends got Easter baskets and they didn’t.  And, to tell the truth, I never even considered forgoing secular Easter celebrations when my kids were little.  I enjoyed preparing baskets, dying eggs, and taking pictures of them in their new Easter clothes.

Christ centered Easter basket with printable scripture eggs

Now that 3 of my 4 kids are in college, I still make Easter baskets for them every year.  (In fact, my own mother still makes an Easter basket for me as well!)  But, I have been thinking more and more about how to put the focus of our Easter celebrations back where it is supposed to be.  One thing we have done for a number of years to help remind us of the reason for the season is our Passover Inspired Easter dinner which consists of foods that symbolize Christ and the Easter story.  You can read about it HERE.  If done right, it should generate a discussion of the true meaning of Easter as you sit around your dinner table.

What else could we do?  Fortunately, my sister recently did a round-up on her blog (RemarkableHome.net) of Easter ideas that put the focus on Jesus Christ!  Wasn’t that awesome of her to round up so many ideas?  If you’re interested, you can find it HERE.  One of those ideas was THIS Christ-centered Easter basket.  To make this basket, Detail Oriented Diva created a tag for each toy or gift with a cute little saying such as “Thirst after Jesus” (for a water bottle) or “Clothe Yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ” (for the Easter dress).  I loved the idea of an Easter basket where all the gifts remind the recipient about Jesus.  What a simple way to steer the focus of the holiday back to Christ!

I decided to make that idea happen for my Easter baskets this year.  Since I already had several things purchased, I had to be a little bit creative to add a meaning to some of the things I already had.  I also wanted my tags to include a full scripture, preferably one that was specifically related to or part of the Easter story.  I’m hoping that as my kids remove each item from their basket, they will read the scripture that is attached and thus read most of the Easter story as they open their basket.  At least the scriptures attached to their gifts will remind them of Christ and of why we are celebrating this day.

If you would like to make Christ-centered Easter baskets this year, you’re welcome to use my ideas.  I’ve even made you free printables to make it easy!

Instructions for Printable Scripture Eggs:

  • Click on the page of eggs to open the image.
  • Right click on the image and select “Save Picture As” to save it to your computer.
  • Print each page on colored cardstock so that you will have an array of colored paper eggs in your basket.  There are usually 6 eggs per page, so printing one sheet will allow you to make 6 identical baskets.
  • Cut out the scripture eggs, attach one to its corresponding item, and place in Easter basket.

 

 

Here are the things I included:

Plastic Eggs

a scripture to go with plastic eggs in a Christ centered Easter basket

I always throw a few plastic eggs filled with treats into my baskets.  The egg has long been a symbol of Easter because breaking open the egg symbolizes Christ breaking the bands of death.  The empty shell of the egg can also remind us of the empty tomb that remained after Christ’s resurrection.  I wanted to include two scriptures to remind my kids of both concepts:

Matthew 28:6 – He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Mosiah 15:8-9 – And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death; giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men—Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death.

 

Click on the image below to download it:

plastic eggs

plastic eggs 2

 

Chocolate Eggs

a scripture to go with chocolate eggs as part of a Christ centered Easter basket

Another reason the egg is a symbol of Easter is to remind us of new life.  Because of Christ’s resurrection, we all can have a new life after death.

Romans 6:4 – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

chocolate eggs

 

Chocolate Lamb

chocolate lamb in a Christ centered Easter basket

These little lambs are made by Lindt, and they were perfect for this scripture from the Book of Mormon:

1 Nephi 11:32-33 – And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me again, saying: Look! And I looked and beheld the Lamb of God, that he was taken by the people; yea, the Son of the everlasting God was judged of the world; and I saw and bear record.  And I, Nephi, saw that he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins of the world.

chocolate lamb

 

Music

a gift of music in a Christ centered Easter basket

For my son who is a missionary, I included some new CDs of church music.  For my daughter who loves to sing and is learning to play the piano, I included a book of sheet music.  For this gift, I couldn’t decided between two different scriptures, so there are 2 choices:

1 Corinthians 13:1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

D&C 136:28 – If thou art merry, praise the Lord with singing, with music, with dancing, and with a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.

OK – so neither of these has anything to do with the Easter story.  But I already had these gifts, so I had to find a scripture to go with them!

music 2 ways

 

Chocolate Fish

a scripture to go with any fish candy as part of a Christ centered Easter basket

I had already purchased these chocolate fish, just because I thought they would be funny instead of a chocolate bunny.  But, of course, they fit in perfectly as a symbol of Jesus!  You could also use Swedish Fish or any other fish shaped candy or gift.  Here’s the scripture:

Matthew 4:19 – And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

chocolate fish

 

Peach Rings

a scripture to go with any fruity candy for a Christ centered Easter basket

My missionary son has a companion who loves peach rings, so I decided to include them in his basket.  For this scripture, you could use any fruit flavored or fruit shaped candy or you could even use some delicious fresh fruit.  One year my mom put mangoes in my basket, and I loved it!  Dried fruit would be another good option.

1 Nephi 8:10-12 – And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.  And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted.  Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.  And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit….And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!  Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?  And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.

Since this scripture was so long, I could only fit 2 eggs per page, so you’ll have to print more if you have more than 2 baskets to put together.

fruit rings

 

Jelly Belly Candies

a scripture to go with jelly belly candies in a Christ centered Easter basket

I always like to include jelly beans in my Easter baskets, and the best tasting jelly beans are made by Jelly Belly!  For this scripture, I used the “belly” portion of the candy name to go with a scripture about how Christ will spend 3 days in the tomb just as Jonah spent 3 days in the belly of the whale.  Jesus gives this scripture when the Pharisees ask Him to give them a sign.

Matthew 12:40 – For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

jelly belly candy

 

Spices

spices in a Christ centered Easter basket

My college-aged kids appreciate any gift that they would otherwise have to buy for themselves, so I included a jar of spices in their baskets.  You could also use any kind of spicy snack (garlic pretzels, spicy chips, chili mangoes, etc).

Mark 16:1-6 – AND when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.  And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.  And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?  And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.  And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.  And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

spices

 

Popcorn

a scripture to go with popcorn in a Christ centered Easter basket

I had already purchased these cute popcorn cones at Costco, so I had to find a scripture to go with them.  You could use any kind of popcorn (bags of already popped kettle corn, pouches of microwave popcorn, Cracker Jacks, etc) for this gift.

John 12:23-27 – And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?  Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

popcorn

 

Breadsticks

breadsticks as part of a Christ centered Easter basket

Have you ever had these little packs of Nutella and breadsticks?  They are so yummy!  I was trying to get my baskets made ahead of time, so I needed food that wouldn’t spoil, but if you were making your baskets the night before Easter, you could use some fresh bread in place of the breadsticks.  I saw some packages of Naan at the grocery store that looked good that I would have liked to have used.  You could also just get a pack of seasoned breadsticks if you wanted something less sugary.

John 21:12-14 – Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine.  And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou?  knowing that it was the Lord.  Jesus then cometh, and taketh bread, and giveth them, and fish likewise.  This is now the third time that Jesus shewed himself to his disciples, after that he was risen from the dead.

breadsticks

 

Hair Accessories

hair ornaments with a scripture as part of a Christ centered Easter basket

What I actually put in my daughter’s basket was the chalk pastels you see below with some instructions on how to do hair chalking.  She loves to color her hair and dress in colorful and different ways, so I know she’ll love the idea of chalking her hair, but you could use any kind of hair ornament, hair bands, or hair accessories for this gift.  For boys you could even use hair gel or a hair dryer.

hair products as part of a Christ centered Easter basket

I couldn’t decide between 2 scriptures for this gift either, so I used both of them.  I liked this one because it was about the Easter story:

John 12:3-7 – Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

And I thought my daughter would like this one because it describes how much God loves us:

Matthew 10:29-31 – Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?  and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

hair chalk or hair accessory

 

In case you missed it above, here are the instructions again:

  • Click on the page of eggs to open the image.
  • Right click on the image and select “Save Picture As” to save it to your computer.
  • Print each page on colored cardstock so that you will have an array of colored paper eggs in your basket.  There are usually 6 eggs per page, so printing one sheet will allow you to make 6 identical baskets.
  • Cut out the scripture eggs, attach one to its corresponding item, and place in Easter basket.

I hope your kids, whether young or old, enjoy your Christ-centered Easter baskets this year.  Actually, my sisters and I go in together to create Easter baskets for our parents every year as well, so you could use this idea to create baskets for anyone of any age.  If you would like to find your own scriptures to go with whatever gifts you have chosen for your baskets, here is a printable of blank eggs.  Just print it out and write in the scriptures by hand.

blank Easter eggs - add your own scripture to correspond to Easter basket items for a Christ centered Easter basket

May your Easter be filled with remembrance of Jesus Christ and with gratitude for His gifts to us of the Atonement and the Resurrection!  Without His sacrifice, we would be unable to return again to live with our Heavenly Father.  But because of Him, we can live again, be with our families eternally, and live with the God we love.  Happy, Happy Easter!

Christ centered Easter basket with free printables

Want to read more?  Check out this article in this month’s Ensign on different Easter traditions that focus on the Savior: Christ Centered Easter Traditions.

 

Need more ideas for basket fillers?  My awesome sister who blogs over at Remarkable Home has created a few more for you:

flip flops or footweargoggles or eyewearjournals or sketch padsmoney

Here’s another option to use with money.  It’s not a comforting scripture like the one above, but it is from the Easter story:

money from easter story

Another one of my sisters called this morning to suggest a scripture to go with chick shaped peeps (or any chick shaped candy).  I did the eggs two ways.  The first scripture is from the Bible, and I’m pretty sure Christ said it during Passion week, which makes it an Easter scripture in my mind.  However, it’s not a very happy scripture.  So the second one is from the Book of Mormon and has a happier message. 

peeps or chickspeeps or chicks2

 

And one more: I used this one with beach towels, but you could use it with any item made of cloth.

beach towel

 

Also, as requested by one commenter, I have combined the scripture eggs so that there is just one of each per page.  If you are making just 1 basket or if you don’t have any colored cardstock and don’t mind using your colored printer ink, you can print the pages below in place of the black and white ones above.  Enjoy!

fish, bread, eggs, lamb, footwear, gogglesjelly bellies, journals, money, popcorn, hair accplastic eggs, spices, music, fruit

money from easter, chicks 2 ways, towel 2 ways

23 thoughts on “Christ-Centered Easter Baskets

  1. Fabulous! I will add this to my roundup! These are so great! I need to get on to making my baskets. Next week!!!

  2. FHElessons says:

    As per request, here are the places I got my candy: The Jelly Bellies came from Dollar Tree. The chocolate fish, Ferrar Roche eggs, and Nutella breadsticks were from Walmart. The chocolate lambs came from Smiths, but I’ve also seen them at Target. Popcornopolis cones were at Costco. Enjoy!

  3. jeana says:

    I wish I knew how to put just one of each scripture in an egg. because I don’t need 6 of each.. That way I would only have to print out a couple of pages instead of the whole bunch.of oages,

  4. Diana Carter says:

    Thank you so much…great idea for my kids who are at college and far from home…Thank you thank you!!!!

  5. Kristina says:

    This is totally what I was looking for! I had been trying to decide how to make our Easter baskets less about the Easter Bunny, and more about Christ. Thank you so much! :)

  6. Natalie K. says:

    Your basket looks great and I love your very clever scripture egg labels! Awesome job!

  7. FHElessons says:

    Thank you, everyone, for you kind comments. Have a happy Easter!

  8. Christi says:

    This is really wonderful! Thank you so much for putting this together and sharing. I’m using this for my kids at home, and sending an Easter package to my daughter at school. They’ll love it.

  9. Molly says:

    These ideas are so great! I love it all! After reading Emily’s blog, I thought up my own Christ-Centered Easter basket already, so I’ll take pictures when it’s all put together for you. But, I’m happy to have my baskets for the next couple years all figured out. The ideas are different but all focus on the Savior. I love it! Thank you for all the time, thought, prayer, and effort to create and share. You’re fabulous!

  10. nancy says:

    I love your website and the information I am able to gleam from it. My 12 year old daughter and her friend came to me one day and asked if they could publish a website to teach people about being LDS. The site is LOL 4 LDS – lessons of life for LDS http://lol.worldxn.net/introduction/

    They have done a wonderful job! I am trying to help get the word out. I was hoping that you would take a look at it and possibly add a link to your page. We would be happy to put a link on her page to your site if that is okay with you. Thank you in advance.

    I didn’t see a contact link. I didn’t know how else to contact you.

    Nancy

  11. Sherri says:

    Although I am not a member of the LDS community I absolutely love the ideas brought forth here. I will be sharing the Easter basket idea with my pastor and our outreach ministry. Again thank you for sharing your creativity. Peace and Blessing to You!

  12. FHElessons says:

    Thank you so much, everyone! I’m so glad you like them!

  13. Lesa says:

    Great for a sharing time idea as well!!! Thanks from a Primary President :)

  14. Love these ideas! I have to give a talk in Sacrament tomorrow and was struggling on an Easter sub-topic. My husband suggested “Keeping Christ in Easter”, and I immediately thought of your blog post. (a friend linked me to it via FB the other day). So, thank you for helping in preparing my talk!

  15. Karen Burbank says:

    I wanted to give something to my Young Women for Easter to help them remember that our thoughts should be centered on our Savior this day, but also make it kind of fun. I am using some of your egg thoughts and each girl will get something different. It will be fun to see them share these with each other.

  16. FHElessons says:

    Oh – I’m so glad you were all able to use them! It’s fun to hear about what everyone did with the ideas and printables and also to hear about how everyone is centering their Easter around Christ!

  17. steph says:

    When I printed them they were fuzzy and I could not read them. What am I doing wrong? Love the idea for my missionary.

    • FHElessons says:

      Hmmm… Did you click on the image to open it first or just print directly from my blog post? I think you need to click on it to open it first because the image embedded directly in the post is very small. If it’s still fuzzy when printing after opening, try clicking on it again to enlarge it before you print. Lastly, I would suggest clicking on it to open it, then right clicking on it and select “save picture as” to download it to your computer. Then use whatever program you have for printing jpg’s and be sure to select full 8.5″ x 11″ size. Hopefully that should work for you! Let me know.

  18. scrapper312 says:

    This is so great thanks for sharing! I will use it.

  19. Jessica says:

    Lots of great ideas!

  20. Melony says:

    Hi I just found your idea via Pinterest. Absolutely love this for my missionary and doing a little Easter presentation with my grandkids. But, I can’t get them to download… Is there anyway you could email me the colored copies of the multiple scriptures per page?? I think then I could print them. Thank you in advance, if you have a problem, please just let me know! Thank you so much for you creativity and your willingness to share with others!!
    Melony

  21. Wendy says:

    I am using these ideas to send to my Missionary in his Easter Package. You have saved me hours of precious time, and I am so grateful! Love and blessings to you!

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