The Art of the Easter Basket

Thoughtful finds for the young and the young at heart

When I was growing up, my mom injected every holiday with a sense of wonder and an appreciation for beauty and details. She was (and still is, for her grandchildren) a true master of the Easter basket. The main thing I remember about her curations were the beautiful little hollow eggs made entirely out of sugar, filled with tiny spring creatures also made of sugar, that she found for us. They were different every year, and they weren’t for eating: They were for marveling at. Called panoramic eggs, the sweet little dioramas still exist (proof here). Here are several other ideas for your basket that I believe Mom would give a thumbs-up for thoughtfulness.


I love this gorgeous rainbow of butterfly gummies from Williams-Sonoma that mimic spring pollinators. $26; 


Every basket needs something plush, and these handmade bunnies from Hibiscus Linens in Alabama are heirlooms in the making. $22;

Chocolate Bar

Is there anything more charmingly festive than this artful Sugarfina chocolate bar studded with jelly beans? $10; 


Nod to spring bees with a bottle of Southern honey from Alabama’s Stone Hollow Farmstead. $15;


These meticulously detailed and lifelike wooden birds’ eggs by Moon Picnic offer a lasting lesson in natural wonder for little ones. $64;


Games, like this art-worthy quilt puzzle depicting a design by the Texas artisan Maura Ambrose, always make for a good gift idea, whether you’re eight or eighty. $25;

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