Personalized Easter Basket
To most, Easter is a Christian holiday that has picked up secular traditions; much like Christmas. The truth is the Easter holiday takes its name from the fertility goddess Eostre and a pagan ritual. Eostre is often depicted carrying a basket of eggs. Easter baskets signify new life, rebirth and renewal. The pagan tradition involved taking baskets of early seedlings to temples to increase the chance of a good harvest.
The Catholic religion also practices a similar custom. This tradition involves taking the Easter food to church to be blessed by the priest. The basket tradition, which grew more popular in Europe, was brought to the United States by Germans in the 18th century. It was the Germans who then introduced the Easter Bunny.
Modern Easter baskets come in all shapes and sizes. Tradition can be followed or thrown out the window when it comes to the basket or the goodies inside it. They are made of all types of materials depending on taste. Baskets can be found in the traditional straw, but if you are looking for something different you can easily find them in wood, plastic, velvet, plush, paper mache, and even crocheted. Baskets are an easy way to let someone know you are thinking about them this time of year. They are easy to put together and not terribly time consuming.
There are different ways to personalize an Easter basket. Personalizing a basket can be done by directly tying the basket to the receiver by what is included. For example, you may be making a basket for a movie buff. Including microwave popcorn, snow caps and theater tickets would be a way to personalize this basket specifically for the receiver. Taking the time to organize your thoughts and get a little creative will make a real impact on the recipient. The Basket Shop specializes in creating specialized baskets. You choose the theme or give them an idea of what you are looking for and they run with it. http://www.the-basket-shop.com/
You can also personalize a basket by adding the recipients name. This is very common and popular for kids. There are several online companies that do this in creative ways. A great site is Personalized Presents. They have a wide variety to choose from with some that are extremely creative. http://www.personalizedpresents.com/ Some other companies that offer this service are Williams-Sonoma and Personalized Creations. Buying one of these without your child’s knowledge would be a great surprise on Easter morning. They will surely get a kick out of the Easter Bunny adding their name to their basket.
Whatever you decide to do to personalize your Easter basket, the thought and time you put in will be appreciated; even if the Easter Bunny gets all the credit.
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