May Day Baskets to Surprise Friends, Family + Neighbors!


Growing up, I loved celebrating May Day. I would work on my baskets the week before May 1st, carefully coloring in and picking out the perfect treats. The idea is to leave a little basket of candy, flowers, and a small note on someone’s porch anonymously.

I believe the full May Day basket tradition is to leave the basket on your sweetie’s porch and run away…if they caught you, they needed to kiss you! Regardless, these sweet little baskets are a great way to get your kids involved in a fun activity and spread some cheer. This tradition is fun for all ages. Children and adults alike can make and drop baskets for their friends and loved ones!

Making Your Own May Day Baskets

The process couldn’t be more easy.  First, you’ll need something to put your goodies in.  Some ideas include:

  • small gift bags
  • a small vase
  • clear mason jars
  • small cellphone sweets bags
  • a paper cone (the kind a snow cone would come in)
  • or a paper basket template like the one below! Feel free to print out and use for your convenience.

>> May Day Basket Printable <<<

Next, you’ll need to fill your basket. The ideas are endless!  Here are a few popular basket fillers:

  • baked goods
  • candy and/or chocolate (any leftover Easter candy?  Throw that in!)
  • stickers
  • fruit snacks
  • coloring pages
  • flowers or packs of seeds
  • tissue paper flowers (these were always a must in my baskets!)
  • coffee gift card
  • note cards
  • new markers, crayons, or paintbrushes
  • small toys (like the kind you can find at Bullseye’s Playground at Target)

Distribute your baskets on May 1st!

This year, my kids and I are planning to make a day of delivering May Day baskets to our friends, family, and neighbors.  Other ideas for deliveries include your postal worker, the UPS/Fed-Ex delivery driver, the grocery store clerk, etc.


Happy May Day!


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Becky is the owner and founder of Rochester Mom. Born and raised in Rochester, she considers herself a Minnesota girl through and through. A Harry Potter lover with a bad case of wanderlust, she’s always looking for the next big adventure. This has served her well while looking for new and exciting resources in the Rochester area. Wife to AJ and mama to Evie and Theo, as a family they enjoy all that Rochester has to offer. When not pursuing a crazy idea, you can find Becky baking an elaborate cake, canning her garden produce, or pretending to be a photographer with her iPhone. For more snapshots of Becky's life, follow her on Instagram.


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