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Fun and Sneaky Ideas for Hiding Easter Baskets

Hands down, my very favorite part of Easter is the hunt for our Easter baskets. I know I should really say it’s the part where we go to church or gather with friends and family for a special meal. I really do love that part too.

I promise.

But when I was a kid, I loved searching for my Easter basket. And now that I’m a mom, I love hiding them!

From scavenger hunts to clues to just general fun and clever ideas around the house, you'll love these sneaky ideas for hiding Easter baskets. These creative ideas for fun places to hide Easter baskets (or eggs) will make the hunt just as much fun as the find. #Easter #Easteregghunt #scavengerhunt #kids #Easterbasket #easterbunny #fun

Fun and Sneaky Ideas for Hiding Easter Baskets

There are several options when it comes to where (and how) to hide Easter baskets. Let’s go over them – shall we?

Make it Obvious

This probably goes without saying, but when your kids are little, they might need quite a bit of help finding their baskets. You might put it somewhere that feels right out in the open – and they’ll still have trouble finding it.

I’ve always loved this picture of Miles when he was 2 years old – hunting for his Easter basket under the couch – while it’s sitting right next to him.

Obvious Easter Basket Hiding Spot

And, looking back, I can remember a few years in college when my mom would just leave the Easter baskets on the dining room table with a note that said, “You’re far too old to still be getting an Easter basket. Please get a job and move out of my house.”

Okay – kidding about that. Sort of.

But my point is that there may be years when your kids are very young or very old when hiding the baskets doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

But all those years in between? That’s when you get to have some fun and be creative!

Think Obscure

There comes a point when your kids are old enough to not be frustrated by super obscure hiding spots, and I have to say that I’m really looking forward to that stage in our lives.

When I was growing up, there were years when it would take my brother and I nearly an hour to find our Easter baskets.

Thinking back, I’m sure this was extremely intentional by my parents. We would spend an hour trying to find our Easter baskets, while they enjoyed 60 kid-free minutes sipping coffee and reading the paper.

They were brilliant.

Some possible hiding spots include the shower, the washing machine, the neighbor’s house, in the (cold) oven, the dishwasher, the garage, outside in the playhouse, in the deep freezer, beneath their own beds, behind the toilet, in the trunk of the car… let your imagination run wild here.

One year my brother and I found our baskets in my dad’s old dump truck out by the barn.

Easter Baskets in the Dump Truck

Another year they were (wrapped in plastic) in the dumpster.

Don’t even ask why I grew up in a home with a dumpster and a dump truck on the property.

Eventually, my mom created a competition out of it, and whoever found their basket first won a prize. Pretty sure I won every single year.

Use Riddles and Clues

After we spent most of the morning looking our Easter baskets at home, we’d head to my grandma and grandpa’s house – where the Easter bunny usually hid a second basket for us.

Yes, we were spoiled.

My grandparents’ Easter bunny liked to use riddles and clues to help us find the basket. When we walked in the door, my grandma would greet us with a piece of paper, which would say something like…

Ready to get started? Let’s go! You’ll find your first clue in the shoes that we wear in the snow.

Which would lead us to our first clue, which would say something like…

Nice work. Let’s look for clue number 2 – which can be found in the place that you go poo.

And so on and so on until we were finally led to our baskets.

This could also take a very, very long time.

Again – time that my parents and grandparents spent eating coffee cake, drinking coffee and having adult conversation. Genius.

Whip up a Treasure Map

Our neighbors do this every year, and I think my kids are finally old enough. The “Easter bunny” whips up a quick treasure map and leaves it on the table for Easter morning.

When the kids come downstairs, they’ll use the map to find candy-filled eggs along the path towards their Easter basket. The map could look something like this…

Easter Basket Treasure Hunt

Although hopefully yours looks better than mine because when Even Steven saw this, his response was:

“So – they’re going to go to the green tree, find an egg, then find some flowers and then find a giant pink bunny?”

Even Steven

I’ll work on my map – but you get the idea. Right?

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39 Comments

  1. We did have fun hiding those baskets – and I’m pretty sure that the reason you came first most years was because we gave you hints when your brother wasn’t looking so you wouldn’t cry. He was always such a good sport. Call me.

  2. I love the idea of clues. That sounds fun!

  3. I’m almost 43 (with siblings of 35 and 36) and my parents STILL hides Easter eggs filled with money for us (and our spouses)! It is SUPER fun and frustrating! Everybody looks for 2 eggs of specific colors, no one is allowed to tell where they find someone else’s egg, though we do taunt – “I found Michael’s eggs”. My Dad was the creative hider though, he passed away in February so the egg hunt may lose some of its luster this year.

  4. Jane Luther says:

    Great ideas- will you make a map and some clues for your children so they can live the dream on Easter? Thanks Anna- my job will be easy

    Love,
    your MIL

  5. Tip: Keep track of where you hide the eggs. Finding a rotten egg in the dining room light in June is just that-rotten! Chris likes to hide the baskets up on the roof so they have to get a ladder to claim their basket! Must be we took lessons from your parents.

  6. Every year we have an Easter egg hunt. At one point in our lives, there were no children involved-all adults. It was down and dirty-pushing, shoving and stealing. The eggs had the typical candy and coins, but for the adult version we added pepcid, and condoms. One Easter my sister and I were both pregnant so the family was nice enough to put the eggs in the garage so we didn’t have to bend down to get them. I, being the prepared girl scout, brought BBQ thongs to be able to grab eggs on the ground. Now, we have lots of kiddos in the picture so we do our best to exhibit proper manners, but there is still a slight push or shove for an egg when the kids aren’t looking!

  7. Oh, and this year my daughter, who is almost 5, has decided that Easter eggs are made by bunnies pooping them. Yes. She has drawn several pictures to illustrate this idea. She will even squat to demonstrate the technique. She won’t eat “breakfast eggs” but loves Easter eggs. Apparently the idea of a chicken “pooping” an egg is less offensive than a bunny doing it. I’ve got these pictures all ready for the scrapbook!

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