Ultimate Summer Fun: Activities, Recipes & Summer Gift Basket Ideas

Gift basket ideas for summer

Summer gift baskets are an excellent way to celebrate warmer weather, a break from school and outdoor activities.

Getting your grandchild a summer gift basket is a great idea. Not only can they be fun, but they'll be excited to receive it. There are several summer gift basket ideas and you can put pretty much anything you want into the basket. You can just pick the theme then put items in that you know your grandchild will love! With that being said, here are 5 ideas for gift baskets this summer!

1. Activity Basket

Summer Activity Gift Basket Ideas
The first summer gift basket idea for kids is an activity basket. You can make this basket as big or as small as you want! These baskets generally have items that are great for fun summer activities. For instance, some of the most common items are things like chalk, things to play in the sand with, little snacks they can have after a long day of playing, and bubbles. Remember, these are just a few of the items that could be included and there are countless others that can go into these baskets. Most of the time, they are great for getting the kids outside and active.

2. Game Night Basket

Summer Game Gift Basket Ideas
The next basket idea is one for a family game night. These include all kinds of fun games for the family and some snacks that you guys can enjoy while playing. Some of the games that could be included are: Uno, Clue, Trouble, and Yahtzee. As for the snacks, there are tons of different types you can put in. For instance, you could put in: Skittles, M&Ms, and several candy bars. These baskets are great for bringing the family together and letting everyone have a fantastic time.

3. Chocolate Basket

Summer Treats Gift Baskets
These types of baskets are great because you can stuff them with all the chocolate snacks that your grandchild loves! You can make this a large basket or a small one, depending on how you want it. Since this is mainly the chocolate snacks that your grandchild loves, you can put pretty much anything in it. Some ideas for chocolate that you can include are: candy bars(like kit-kats, 3 muskateers, or milky ways), snacks that are chocolate(like cookies or snack cakes), and even chocolate that comes in fun designs(like rabbits or cars).

4. Candy Basket

Summer Candy Gift Baskets
If your grandchild isn't a big chocolate fan, then this is a great alternative. These baskets are full of candy that isn't chocolate and the possibilities are endless. Just like the chocolate basket, you can make the basket whatever size you want. Some of the things that could be included are: twizzlers, fun dips, various sour candies, skittles, or swedish fish. You could even change it up by putting all of the same candies in or putting several different varieties. Regardless of what you decide, your grandchild should love this basket!

5. Movie Night Basket

Summer Movie Gift Basket Ideas
The final summer gift basket idea for kids is one for a fun family movie night! You could put in a movie or 2 that your grandchild has been wanting to see, as well as candies and popcorn! This will surely bring the family together and everyone will enjoy and appreciate the family time they get to spend together.

These are just 5 summer gift basket ideas and there are many more. If you can think of it, you can make it into a gift basket! As long as you use themes and items your grandchild loves, they'll be happy with the basket you give them! These are sure to be a big hit this summer!

What is the Summer Solstice?

Summer Gift Basket Activites

Summer Solstice is the first day of summer.  So what exactly is the summer solstice and how do people celebrate?  Below are some Summer Solstice fun facts:

  • As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.
  • Summer Solstice and Winter solstice are the most common names. However, these can be ambiguous since seasons of the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere are opposites, and the summer solstice of one hemisphere is the winter solstice of the other.
  • Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the first day of summer otherwise known as the Summer Solstice, Midsummer (see Shakespeare), St. John's Day, or the Wiccan Litha.
  • Summer weddings were, and still are, popular during this time.
  • It is overseas that Midsummer is truly recognized. If you visit Stonehenge, in the English country of Wiltshire, the English heritage has it opened for Solstice celebrations.
  • Sweden celebrates Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day from June 19 to June 25. Sweden is more traditional in their festival. They raise and dance around the Maypole and have a great feast.
  • France has the "Fête de la Saint-Jean" or the Feast of St John. Taking place on June 24, towns build large bonfires to celebrate Saint John the Baptist.

Fun Summer Activities

Summer is here, that means the kids are ready for fun!  Here are some great homemade recipes that the kids can help make.

Ultimate Bubble Mixture

Gift basket ideas for summer

  • 2 cups Joy® dish detergent
  • 6 cups water
  • 3/4 cups Karo® syrup

Combine all ingredients and let settle for 4 hours. Store covered in refrigerator to extend suds life. Warm to room temperature before using.

Rainbow Crayons


Summer activity gift baskets

  • Broken crayon pieces
  • Muffin Tin
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Remove paper from broken crayons and place pieces in a muffin tin.
  3. Place tin in preheated oven until crayons are melted.
    *Do not move pan too much when removing, or colors will become muddy*
  4. 4. When slightly cooled, place in freezer until crayon becomes easy to remove.
  5. 5. Enjoy some rainbow coloring fun!

Finger Paints

Crafty gift baskets for summer

  • 1/2 Cup boiling water.
  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 6 Tablespoons Cold Water

Dissolve starch in cold water in a cup. Add this mixture to boiling water, stirring occasionally. Heat until it thickens and becomes glossy. Color water with food coloring. Store in air tight container. Use freezer paper as paper to paint on.

When you have finished you DIY summer crafts the Summer Beach Fun Cookie Pail is a great way to wrap of the day.

Summer Cookie Gift Baskets

Summer Fruit Recipes

Fruit Salad

Summer fruit salad recipes

Fruit salad is such a "must have" for any summer gathering!  You could make a fruit salad to go along with your patriotic cookies for the big fourth of July celebration. Take advantage of the abundant summer fruits by creating a delicious summer fruit salad.   Below we combine a variety of delicious fruits with some rhubarb sauce for a scrumptious summer treat.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 cups thinly sliced rhubarb
  • 15 seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/2 orange, sectioned
  • 10 fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 apple, cored and diced
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • 1 plum, pitted and sliced
  • 15 pitted Bing cherries
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries


  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the rhubarb, turn heat to low, cover, and simmer until rhubarb is soft, 10 to 15 minutes. Mash and chill in the refrigerator, about one hour.
  2. To serve, mix the grapes, orange, strawberries, apple, peach, plum, cherries, and blueberries with 2/3 cup of the rhubarb sauce. Stir gently, but thoroughly to coat. Refrigerate for at least two hours to allow the flavors to blend.

More Summer Fruit Salad Recipe Ideas:

Fruit Trifle

Summer Berry Trifle Recipe

This creamy and refreshing dessert looks as good as it tastes!  Use a trifle bowl or a 4 quart clear mixing bowl to layer berries, cake and creamy pudding.

This recipe works great for a Sunday brunch, family reunion or just for patriotic desserts - everyone will be amazed so be ready to share the recipe!


  • 1 package (3.4-ounce) instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries), washed and hulled, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 to 36 ladyfingers


  1. To make the fillings, prepare the pudding according to the package directions and Let it chill.
  2. Slice strawberries then toss all of the berries with the lemon juice and the 1/4 cup of sugar. Set aside for 30 minutes to allow the berries to release their juices.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the cream, vanilla extract, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  4. To make the layers, set a layer of ladyfingers (around 7 or 8) on the bottom of a large, clear serving bowl. Top with the berries with half of the pudding.
  5. Add another layer of ladyfingers, another third of the berries and juice, and the rest of the pudding. Add a final layer of ladyfingers and berries. Top with the whipped cream and a berry garnish.
  6. Refrigerate until you're ready to serve. Serves 8 to 10.

Cool Summer Treats For Kids

Inviting kids into the kitchen to make their own snacks and meals can spark a lifelong interest in cooking! A fun child birthday gift is an apron and some kid-sized cooking utensils made just for them!

Summer gift basket ideas for kids

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

It would be hard to find a kid that didn't love ice pops! Making your own is easy. You can purchase ice pop molds, or make your own in small paper cups or even ice cube trays.


  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries


In a large pitcher, stir together the lemonade concentrate and water. Place strawberries into the container of a blender, and puree until smooth. Pour in some of the lemonade if necessary to help with blending. Stir strawberry puree into the lemonade. Pour into molds, and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

More Ice Pop Recipes

Summer Fruit Kabobs

Summer gift basket ideas for children

For your next trip to the beach, pack these easy to make fruit kabobs into your cooler for something healthy to munch on. Kids love "building" their very own fruit creation! Summer is a great time to find healthy, organic fruit at your local farmer's market.

What You Need:

  • Assorted fruit pieces of your choice (choose from the following): watermelon, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew
  • Deli Turkey, cubed
  • Cheddar Cheese, cubed
  • Wooden Skewers

Alternate fruits, meats and cheeses on the wooden skewers and enjoy!

Fancy Fun Fruit Kabobs with Philly Hot Fudge Sauce

Banana Split Brownie Pizza

Gourmet desserts are sure to impress, and here's one that's easy to make and looks great! Kids will love cutting up this "pizza" and serving a slice to each family member.


  • 1 (20-ounce) box fudge brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries sliced
  • Marshmallows
  • Maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • Coconut
  • Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
  • Whipped cream
  • Mint, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Foil line and Grease a 15-inch pizza pan.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to directions on box. Pour onto prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until done. Remove from oven and cool.
  3. Beat cream cheese while adding pineapple and sugar together in a bowl.
  4. Spread mixture over brownie crust.
  5. Arrange banana, strawberry slices, marshmallows, and cherries over cream cheese mixture.
  6. Sprinkle with nuts and coconut.
  7. Drizzle with chocolate syrup. Add whipped cream on top and mint for garnish. To serve, slice as you would a pizza and enjoy!

Smoothie Recipes Galore!

Children's summer gift baskets

Throw in some yogurt, fruit, juices and more to create a delicious and refreshing drink that will keep your energy up for all those fun summer activities! Head out to the garden or local farmer's market and fill up your fruit basket, then click the links below for great smoothie recipes.

Dirt Dessert

Kid friendly gift basket ideas

What would summer be without a little dirt? This delicious snack looks dirty, but is oh so good!


  • Oreo Cookies (Crushed Regular, Double Stuff or Chocolate Covered Oreos)
  • Chocolate pudding (make it ahead of time)
  • Cool Whip
  • Gummy Worms


    1. In a dish or your choice (plastic cups, or even a small, clean sand pail) layer crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate pudding, and Cool Whip.
    2. Top with crushed cookies and place gummy worms on the top!

Alternative: If you want sand instead of dirt use any vanilla sandwich cookie, vanilla pudding and Cool Whip. Add gummy whales or eels or chocolate sea shells for a beach theme!

After making these delicious recipes check out this delicious Summer Gift Basket. 

Best Summer Gift Baskets

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