Does any one have any ides on easter for older girls?

Liz - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 224 moms have responded )

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Does any one have any ides on what to get girls ages 7, 11,13 and 17 for easter? They have out grown the whole easter basket thing and i have no idea on what to do or what to get them....HELP!!!!!

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Thora - posted on 03/29/2010

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My boys are 30, 28, and 26, they still love the easter baskets. When they are home I prepare a small basket for each with their favorite items, also for the wives. As far as eggs go, If they planned to make time to color them when they were in high school, I would do it. The boys were disappointed when we didn't have the eggs, so after that the youngest made sure the eggs were done until he started college!

LINDA - posted on 03/29/2010

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We stopped doing Easter Baskets and did a treasure hunt. We made up one bag of treats/goodies for each of our 5 kids, my husband would make up 5-8 clues for each child, the kids would be corralled in one area and we would hide the clues. It took them anywhere between 10-20 minutes and they had a great time searching the house and the yard. Some of the clues were really challenging especially for the older ones. They still talk about it and they are in their 30's. Great fun

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Hi there,

I took my friend's 3 girls (one 8, one 11, and one 16) and 3 of their friends (one friend each) to a nail salon and they all got a manicure and funky polish with stickers etc put on. I dropped them off and gave them all a copy of a teen magazine and then sat on the bench OUTSIDE the nail shop. They giggled, laughed, and talked up a storm. The cool thing was that each age group was happy and they all felt really grown up but in a cute way and it was an amazing grily afternoon. Given their spreadin age I think your girls would likely enjoy it as well. I got a deal because of the six girls so all in all I only spent 100$ plus tip but it was worth every penny. I would have spent at least that much if not more when you consider chocolate, a piece of clothing or CD etc. This way each had a friend and all had a great time.

Hope this helps

Tania

Katherine - posted on 03/29/2010

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This is the easter baskets I grew up with: Do a more traditional Eastern European Easter basket: with their names on their eggs and more intricut designs (name recognition never gets old), pascka bread, kielbasa, and hrutka. Just look up:

How to Put Together a Traditional Byzantine/Greek Catholic Easter Basket



Or you can put favorite items in their basket: tickets to a show, movie or upcoming circus. Hard boiled eggs are always good!!! We always use to leave one egg uncooked but colored. Everyone would have to choose the eggs from the basket (without spinning them to tell if it was hard boiled) and play the "who got the strongest egg game" by hitting the together.



Happy Easter---- Kat

Lesley - posted on 03/29/2010

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I don't think having an egg hunt and gifts precludes my children from knowing Jesus or celebrating his life.

Lesley - posted on 03/29/2010

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We do the same thing Karen. We call it the Great Canadian Easter Hunt. It's a full on treasure hunt with clues and codes hidden in eggs. The whole extended family is involved and we all contribute one small thing to each child's basket at the end. Every year it gets more complex as they get older. They look forward to it every year and I don't think they'll ever outgrow it. My Godson is 17 and he sure hasn't.

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I am a book lover, so I am also a book gifter. If you know of a topic or series they love you can add one or two to a cute gift bag instead of a basket. If they enjoy shopping or picking out their own books you could get them a bookmark and a small gift card to a local book store.



P.S. I still haven't outgrown my Easter basket; and I'm 32! :)

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Easter celebrates the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For sure, digging in and learning more about the holiday with your kids might be a fun alternative to easter eggs baskets/hunt, etc. I am still buying my 10 year old son candy though think it is time to get down to the real business of what Easter really is and forget the gifts and know Jesus more.

Karen - posted on 03/29/2010

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As our two children grew, we made the focus on the hunt for the basket. Think "DaVinci Code" here! Sometimes they have to solve Morse Code or solve riddles, sometimes they need to get on the internet and research a clue. We send them all over the house and neighborhood, one clue leading to another. The final one leads them to their prize. The prize usually isn't much, a couple of dvds or video games, but that's okay. They have come to really enjoy the search, and expect us to challenge them with tough puzzles. It is really so much fun!

Lesley - posted on 03/29/2010

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My kids are 10 and 8 (boy and girl respectively) and, in addition to the traditional chocolates, they get things to welcome in the spring. This year my son is getting a lacrosse stick, and my daughter is getting roller blades. In the past, they've gotten craft items, skipping ropes, bubbles, soccer balls, bike accessories, sidewalk chalk, baseball gloves, etc. Easter really signifies that winter is finally coming to an end and these gifts get them really excited.

Julie - posted on 03/29/2010

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Let the older kids make cup cakes and help color the eggs. This eats up at least an afternoon!!!

Nicole - posted on 03/29/2010

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hmmm personally I have NEVER outgrown the easter basket thing!! My favorite Easter was when I was 14 and my mom let my aunt get me my first makeup!! instead of toys and kiddie trinkets like my little cousins got, I got teenage stuff like the makeup. My kids are 7 and 8 and I make my baskets depending on their likes and what's new, such as new DVD's, new things for hairstyling, earrings, and so on for my daughter and whatever is neat for my son. It's more about the fun, and memory building and time together than the things you get. so just follow your heart and make the day special according to whats in you. Be blessed!!

Linda - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughters are 18, 24 and 26 and they still love to hunt for Easter stuff. Last year we visited my middle one on the East coast and involved her boyfriend and their friend in the hunt on Easter Morning....they had a grand time. Sometimes I don't think they ever get too old. However if the hunt is a no go how about getting them each some sort of basket and filling it with some chocolate and spa stuff like face masks, foot cream, face wash, etc. I have also given small plants to my girls when they were younger. Gives them something to take care of and a lot cheaper than a real pet!!!

Jocelyn - posted on 03/29/2010

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I've never been a big fan of Easter baskets filled with candy so I get my girls bathing suits, summer hats, flip flops, etc. and put it all in a big basket or tote. Of course some candy, but that's not the main focus.

Susan - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter is 21 and a college student but she still gets an Easter "basket". Actually it is an Easter gift bag that I fill with some candy, cosmetics, movie DVD's, I-Pod gift card, jewelry, restaurant gift cards, flip-flops, camisoles,etc. Anything that I can think of that she would like. Each year is different depending on her interests. I enjoy shopping for these little things and she delights and getting them.

Trish - posted on 03/29/2010

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Reading everyones' replies I feel like such a drag, but I'm not one for the retail idea of Christian holidays. Since my girls, now 14, 17, & 21, stopped believing in the Easter Bunny a long time ago, I just get them their favorite candy and a few of their favorite craft things and put it all in the same basket that they got every year. They look forward to those little gifts and treasure them more.

Lyle - posted on 03/29/2010

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pretty pencils, erasers, pencil cases - that they can take to school or use at home. A good set of colouring pencils - with block of paper(if one of them likes art) or patterned paper - maybe introduce them to scrapbooking. I like activity based gifts - it gives them an idea of a potential hobby

Pat - posted on 03/29/2010

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You can do use cap, over-nite bag, etc. and put favs of theirs in it with a bit of Easter stuff. Even a cute trash can is cute.

Alisha - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have to say that the best part of easter for me was finding our baskets. My mom would hide them and as we got older they were age appropriate hair supples huge plus and cheap. Dont go Christmas crazy for easter lol....simple stuff like hair and nail supplies or perfume or something go well for boys and girls. My mom would buy me and my sister hair stuff and perfume and my brothers axe sets and stuff....dont stress!!

Kathy - posted on 03/29/2010

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Sheila, I'm 33 years old and if my mom did a basket for me I'd never turn the chocolate down!! Even if I were on a diet chocolate keeps a long time....

Sheila - posted on 03/29/2010

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who says they r too old for eggs i have a 20yr old still at home still wanting eggs

Georgia - posted on 03/29/2010

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How old is she? I think it is so important not to lose sight of what the true meaning of Easter is. Does she still believe in the Easter Bunny? Besides going to a church outing w/ children her age that would be fun for the both of you...I think having a Mom & Daughter time would be nice?? Take her for a Pedicure and a picnic or a movie that she has been wanting to see? I have a Boy so, my life is way different!! I am looking fwd to that day, I would love to have a lil princess that I could dress up in those Beautiful dresses that I see at Kohl's....What about going to get your pics together?? That would be something also to remember?? I hope that will help & best wishes for a Wonderful Easter!!

Donna - posted on 03/29/2010

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when my girls got older. i still did the easter basket but instead i would put in a new pair of summer flip flops, something colorful for their hair inexpensive or a flowery shirt that is a sign of spring and the coming summer plus their favorite candy

Kimberly - posted on 03/29/2010

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I gave done the treasure hunt its great. Also Clue/leave clue cards for them to find the prize/gift at the end.

Vanessa - posted on 03/29/2010

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instead of candy, put in books,tikets to movies or plays, nail polish, hairbrushes stuff they can use. good luck

Melissa - posted on 03/29/2010

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Clothes, nail polish/make up, hair ties, gift cards. You could do a theme like a purse filled with stuff. Hope this helps. Have a great Easter.

Maria - posted on 03/29/2010

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What I usually do is fill up an easter basket or a cool beach tote (wrapped like an easter basket) with all summer things...bathing suits, towel, flip flops, sunglasses, sunblock, teen magazine, etc. They look forward to it every year and also have a little something to look forward to that summer is coming!

Claudia - posted on 03/29/2010

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hair accessories, lip gloss, nail polish, movie tickets or a gift card to thier favorite store.

Nickia - posted on 03/29/2010

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do a treasure hunt!!! make clue cards and put them whereever you normally put eggs. end it with a big basket of eggs. it will keep them busy and having fun. probaly longer than an egg hunt and it will make them think!

Maria - posted on 03/29/2010

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What I usually do is fill up an easter basket or a cool beach tote (wrapped like an easter basket) with all summer things...bathing suits, towel, flip flops, sunglasses, sunblock, teen magazine, etc. They look forward to it every year and also have a little something to look forward to that summer is coming!

Brandy - posted on 03/29/2010

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Everyone has given great advise! My daughter is 15.5 and son is 11.5. I will usually get them there favorite easter candy (reeses eggs) and then a couple other things they like. Such as socks, dvd, cd, etc. A small toy for the youngest is always popular but I never spend over 25 on each since it is Easter and a "candy" morning by tradition. Hope this helps!

Teri - posted on 03/29/2010

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I have had easter egg hunts for my kids for years. They always got a kite, and little things they would need, daughter got makeup, note books, pens, new underwear. They enjoyed the hunts and I wouldn't make them easy. Money in a egg is also good. teri

Nora Jane - posted on 03/29/2010

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Yes! i have a 9 year old daughter and she and i still do the easter egg hunt with family - she also still gets a basket with candy and i always include a NEW bathing suit for the swimming season. Later we go to a movie...does that help?

Diana - posted on 03/29/2010

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what I used to do with my kids was instead of just hiding their items I would put a note/riddle out on the table for each of them...this riddle would have clues to where the next note is hidden...ie..."if you go to this place of mystery and adventure you will find your next step to your secret treasure" (for my kids this would of been in their bedroom under their mattress or in the bed frame)...it does take a while to make up the notes (I used to do anywhere from 5-10 different riddles for each of them). You make them personal for each child and it makes them feel more special too as it shows them how well you know them. These notes would eventually lead them to their basket\goodies all in one place. The older the kids are the more places there are to hide them too...you send them outside..pretty much anywhere you can hide a piece of paper. It is soooo worth it...my son loved the riddles more than the gifts themselves. He loved it so much that I would have to hide riddles during the day just so he could solve them.



As for items for these ages....what age doesn't like a kite, tennis racket & balls, bubbles, frisbee, skipping rope, chalk..even a fishing pole...anything that will get them outside playing and getting exercise. Good luck and happy hunting.

Vicki - posted on 03/29/2010

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what about colored socks, tune cards, lip gloss, small jewelry. And the one that mine really like is that I put change in the eggs that we hunt w/ a few having bills in them. $2 bills always tickle them.

Christina - posted on 03/29/2010

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All these suggestions are great, and are giving me some real inspiration, i was just going to give a bit of cash to my cousins (aged 11 & 12) but i definately think i will attempt some of these suggetions instead!! But i also just want to say, i am 22 and i will never forget the easter me and my cousin (aged 10 & 11 ish) got real bunnies for easter!! When my daughter is old enough to look after one i am definately going to get her one for easter. Obviously you would have to make sure you have the adequate space and equiment to home a bunny, luckily we were able to keep them both at Grannies house in her big garden, do you know i think the lived for around 6 years too!! Someone picked a good bunny for us!!x

Dianne - posted on 03/29/2010

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Yes! My girls loved getting new pajama's for the winter, so when they got older, every easter the tradition was new jim jams and an elegant bunny, they are 21 & 23 this year, and have asked is this still going to happen this year........LOL It was a great way to get them new pj's for winter, and they were just as happy.

Kristi - posted on 03/28/2010

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My daughter (11 y.o.) still gets an Easter basket for fun, it's just the contents that have changed. Little lip glosses and mini nail polish & stuff are always fun, along with a favorite book, some pencils & pens for school, maybe a DVD, some hair accessories or jewelry, stickers, socks, etc... along with some candy of course. :-) Also some healthier basket-stuffers I've put in her basket have been things like juice boxes, those little snack packs of cheesy or peanut butter cracker sandwiches or "Handi-Snax", fruit snacks, granola bars, etc. The basket at this point is just the container her Easter presents come in. :-)

Kay - posted on 03/28/2010

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I give my grand children aged 7,9,and 12 PJ's and a book instead of easter eggs. They all agree that they get enough eggs.

Maria - posted on 03/28/2010

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All you have to do is make a basket of what they like or what they need. It does not have to expensive. My little girls (3 yrs old) will receive a pack of colorful panties, custom jewery, a small choc. candy, bubbles or even a blouse and shorts........ movie passes....... dvd.....

Bryony - posted on 03/28/2010

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When my sister and I got to our preteen and teenage years my mother converted the easter bunny to fancy underwear. Such a special thing for a girl to have lovely undies and our skin certainly didnt need the extra chocolate as there was always plenty of that around from grandparents & other family. And what girl doesn't love lingerie?

June - posted on 03/28/2010

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I have a 12 year old, the easter bunny plans on getting her, a music cd, maybe a computer game, an outfit, a card/poem to tell her how much she means and we alwasy have an egg hunt and she loves it. she did ask for a football not sure what thats about but we'll see. lol

Donna - posted on 03/28/2010

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When I got to the age that I thought I was to old for an Easter basket my mom proved me wrong. First off you probably know that an Easter basket doesn't nessesarly have to look like an Easter Basket. A caboodle or anything that the girls can store something in make great easter baskets. Of course candy is always good but depending on age I remember my mom put me a pretty necklace and earing set, some pretty notebooks and pens and pencils that were pretty. A new shirt is a good thing or maybe some trendy braclets and make up.

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