In a time when budgets constrain big gifts, you can make a simple, inexpensive but appreciated Easter basket for your child's teacher. Teachers get loads of candy--and sometimes just throw the candy away or give it away. Why not fill a basket with goodies that your child's teacher actually will use? This project centers around any basket you have, as long as it has sturdy handles.
Select a woven basket from around your house or purchase one from a second-hand goods store. Make sure the basket has a sturdy handle and that the woven strips are intact. Natural-fiber woven baskets are ideal for this project, but you can use any cute basket you have on hand.
Fill your basket with your choice of gift packing filler. Avoid the typical plastic Easter grass and try brown crinkle-cut filler, advises the Homemade Gift Baskets website. Crinkle-cut filler is made of paper and gives a more subtle, natural feel to the gift basket. Green, yellow, pink and white also work well.
Place your goodies in the basket. This is where you and your children can get creative. A "coffee break" Easter basket for a teacher is a great alternative to a candy-filled one. Select a box of chocolaty tea, a package of hot chocolate, a bag of coffee, some chocolate-dipped biscotti, or other coffee-related items. Also, consider making a chocolate coffee spoon. This is a homemade project that will make the gift more special--and your children can help. See the Resources Section for the recipe. Make the gift basket feel more like an Easter basket by focusing on pastel colors.