May the Eggs Be Ever in Your Favor

At some point a few years back, I eagerly took up the task of putting together Easter baskets for our three nephews – now between the ages of 10 and 16. Every year I also made up a challenge to go along with the baskets. You don’t just handed gifts in THIS family… no sirs! You gotta earn them. I’ve done everything from scavenger hunts to trivia.

This year, we set up an arena all around the yard in true Hunger Games fashion. Well except for the part where they had to fight to the death…

Station 1: Shoot a basket through the hoop
Station 2: Climb a tree and retrieve the ribbon with your name
Station 3: Shoot an arrow through a target
Station 4: Locate your colored item hidden somewhere in the yard
Station 5: Hit a croquet ball through the goal in less than 2 shots
Station 6: Create a lasso out of rope and throw it around a metal hook

Once they completed every station, they could claim their “cornucopias” – which in this case were some colorful baskets from Dollar Tree filled with goodies. Yeah, you can just call me Effie Trinket 😉

I’ve been doing this for years so here are some of my ideas for what to put in Easter baskets for teenage boys, besides candy:

  • mechanical pencils
  • iTunes gift card (or any gift card, really)
  • socks
  • soda cans/bottles
  • packs of gum
  • individual bags of chips or popcorn
  • fresh fruit
  • iPod headphones
  • small sports equipment
  • packs of playing cards
  • handheld puzzles

 Do you have any unique Easter gift ideas or traditions?

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  1. Sharon

     /  April 10, 2012

    Andrew: I’m famous!


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