Ever heard of May baskets? People leave a paper basket or cone with spring flowers and sweets on each other’s doorsteps, usually anonymously.

This tradition was popular through the 19th and 20th centuries, especially with children. The custom was to knock on the door, yell “May basket!,” and then run. If the recipient caught the giver, he or she was entitled to a kiss. A kiss may not be happening this year, but the practice is still good fun. More than ever a fun tradition that brings smiles to faces which is needed.

The idea isn’t to be fancy or expensive, it is to use what you have on hand to craft a small token. Cover a tin can with construction paper and fill with flowers with a side bag of cookies, take a free downloadable coloring page and make it into a paper cone filled with popcorn or candy, make some delicious cake pops and leave a couple on the porch, ring the doorbell and run. Make sure to attach a tag that says Happy May Day.

If this sounds like good fun then here are a few Scout suggestions to get you started.

Sweet Whimsy Shop 

Has fantastic tutorials for all kinds of cake pops on her website.

The Small Creative

So many adorable  free coloring page downloads which can easily be turned into a cone basket to be colored later…love a good multi-task. Also, don’t miss her stunning murals.

Back in the Day Bakery

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies and thanks to this Back in the Day recipe you can have bakery quality cookies fresh from your own oven. Bonus if you deliver them hot!

Savannah Rae’s

If you prefer savory to sweet, a little popcorn goes a long way. Plus you can fool your friends with some funky flavors such as dill pickle, Oreo cheesecake or cheddar bacon from Savannah Rae’s.