Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas from a Local Expert

Bryce Gruber

It's not too late to make Easter as adorable as ever.

Sat on your haunches a little too long this year, belated bunny? That's okay, it's not too late to whip up an adorable, thoughtful Easter basket (or a few) for family and friends with these expert tips from Felicia Parker, the founder of Any Occasion Baskets in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can, of course, just order one of her baskets for same day delivery in her Nevada-specific delivery range though.

Not sure what to get the woman in your life? Go for self-care essentials this year.

"A beauty or spa-themed Easter basket is a great gift for women because it offers rest and relaxation," Felicia says of this easy-to-make basket idea that is especially relevant after the year most Americans have had. "Most women enjoy gifts where they can feel pampered and a spa basket does just that. A gift with a nice bath bomb or bath salts, luxurious body butter, a creamy and rich body wash, candles and a nice bottle of wine works wonders."

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Bath & Body Works

This idea is relatively easy to complete within a budget, too, if you head to wallet-friendly favorites like your local Bath & Body Works. The store is currently loaded with hoppy-feeling soaps, candles, hand sanitizers, lotions, and other goodies that offers a distinctly Easter-meets-spring vibe without breaking the bank. Try throwing together one of the brand's hand soaps (from $7.50), a sanitizer spray (from $6.50), and a hand cream (from $6.50), for a thoughtful, quick package they'll actually use.

When in doubt? Go for bunny snacks.

Not sure what the family members on your list really want in their baskets this year? That's okay. If you have just one basket to bring or drop off at a loved one's home this year, sweet treats and food as as timelessly useful as they come. "Food baskets are a hit because it’s a foolproof gift most times," Felicia says. "It can be customized to most people and takes the guesswork out of gifting brain blocks. Try going for Easter-specific designs," she says, adding that, "They're always popular because they offer a sense of nostalgia and magic!"

Try sending family and friends a taste of spring with freshly-basked goods from Bake Me A Wish!, an American-based online gourmet goods retailer that offers a wide selection of cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats that can be shipped overnight directly to their doors (which is ideal if your list of spring chicks is spread around the country). Better yet, most of the e-bakery's options can be personalized.

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Bake Me A Wish! The Springtime Basket, $52.00 here

This colorful Springtime Basket is described on the brand's website as, "A tisket, a tasket, what a beautiful basket! We fill this elegant container with our delicious flower cookies and all new springtime brownies! Spring brownies include raspberry and chocolate with elegant embellishments. Wrapped beautifully together with a satin ribbon. Includes a greeting card you can personalize."

Looking to impress some little ones? Use boots as your 'basket.'

Check out these absolutely adorable no-sugar basket ideas like rain boots filled with toys, art gear, bubble wands. You can see a detailed tutorial on how to make them here.

No matter how you cut it, it's not too late to make Easter special for loved ones. "Seeing what the Easter bunny brings a little boy or girl is just as exciting as Christmas for most," Felicia says. "The joy it brings makes the Easter basket a forever-popular gift. Whether it's eggs stuffed with candy and coloring books for kids, or a Sunday brunch basket for adults, the idea is to keep it simple, make it personal, and create an experience."

Any Occasion Baskets, Parker's Las Vegas company, also offers a wide variety of corporate gifts and partners with a local vendor, Gluten Free Mamas, to create exciting, tasty gluten-free options for gift basket recipients with dietary restrictions. They also offer Las Vegas-local Popcorn Girl treats, a sweet and salty popular gourmet popcorn option with locations in Summerlin, Henderson, and North Las Vegas.

What are your plans for Easter this year? We'd love to hear your input in the comments section below!

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Bryce Gruber covers women's lifestyle content and news ranging from shopping to travel, beauty to parenting, wellness and delicious eating. Find her at @brycegruber on social media, and across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at TheLuxurySpot.com, Readers' Digest, Bravo, Parents.com, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children.

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