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Personalized Easter Baskets

The Easter holiday takes its name from the fertility goddess Eostre, who is 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 comparable tradition of 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.

Today’s Easter basket can vary as widely as the people who give and receive them. There are no rules when it comes to the basket or the goodies inside it. Baskets come in all shapes and sizes. 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 assemble and not terribly time consuming.

Personalization can be thought of in two different ways. The first is personalizing a basket by tying it directly 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 second way you can personalize a basket, which is very common for kids, if to have your child’s name added to his or her basket. There are several online companies that do this in creative ways. My favorite is Personalized Presents. They have a wide variety to choose from with some that are extremely creative. 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.

However you decide 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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