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Easter Egg Non Food Filler Ideas

Do you get tired of filling all those baskets with candy? If so, here are dozens of other fun and frugal items you can use to fill up those Easter Eggs! I know my kids love it when I come up with new and clever ideas. Here are some fun ideas I’ve found for this year that I wanted to share with you!


30 things to hide in Easter Eggs besides candy:

  • Chuck E. Cheese coins
  • Hair Bands/Hair Bows
  • Play-doh Eggs (purchase at stores like Target and Walmart)
  • Crayons
  • Seeds to grow flowers in the Spring

mini nail polish for easter egg filler

  • Erasers
  • Stickers
  • Chapstick
  • Mini nail polish
  • LEGOS
  • Earrings/rings/bracelets
  • Coupons for “fun” things to do together
  • Little plastic dinosaurs and/or chicks

healthy snacks for easter eggs

  • Goldfish
  • Fruit snacks and yogurt covered raisins
  • Tattoos/stickers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Balloons
  • Mini glow sticks
  • Small container of bubbles

Small toys, cars, and glow sticks for Easter Eggs

  • Money/lottery tickets
  • Plastic army men
  • Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars
  • Squinkies
  • Silly Putty

Bubbles, Earings, and bows as Easter Egg Filler

  • Mini carrots
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Fun shoelaces
  • Rainbow Loom loops
  • Directions to the prize egg

As you can see, there are dozens of fun ideas if you want to avoid giving candy treats this Spring. Regardless what you fill those baskets with, the memories count most, so get out and enjoy! Happy Easter!


What do you add to your Easter Eggs?

Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Mrs. Waller

    Thank you! I have 100 eggs to fill this week for my church and my kid has a nut allergy, so we usually stay away from candy. Such a creative list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cynthia

    Character bandaids

  3. Sarah C

    Susan B Anthony gold $1, target has a gold coin gift card (purchase in store can add as little as $5), some Eos are clearance at target $0.88, fake nails for girls, different size and color Google eyes, mini deck of cards, dice (do these for my students w directions/list to math games to use with them), shopkins, sweet frog certificates

    • Sarah C

      Oh and we have dancers so they always get Bobby bins, hair nets and sock bun donuts (dollar tree ๐Ÿ˜)

  4. Sherry

    I have some inexpensive gifts for our hunt that won’t fit in the eggs.. whistles, cards, bathtub toys, etc., so I’m going to put pieces of paper in some with numbers on them.. the numbers will coordinate to the larger prizes that will be wrapped and numbered in the prize bag. I will also have some coins in a few.

    • Kristin

      That is such a great idea!! May have to borrow it for our family hunt this year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jessica

      Just saw this! My aunt used to do the same thing and it is one of my favorite memories as a child

  5. Managua

    How about some ideas for adult egg hunt????

    • kimber

      Beer. In really big eggs ๐Ÿ˜†

      • Grey

        LOL!!!!

      • Yoli

        Beer filled egg, yumm! Lol. Hi Managua! I would love to get a coupon for a free 2hr baby sitting day (from a trusted friend or family member of course). I need a nap haha. Maybe that can be an adult egg idea for a mom, or just coupons to redeem for small favors. Maybe a panty/thong, nail polish, lipstick, small eye shadows, socks, costume jewelry, and I’m at a blank ๐Ÿ˜. If the egg is big enough to fit a gift card then maybe a $5 DD card. Hth a little.

    • Amy

      My mom has a barn and for years we did the adult version with mini alcohol bottles hidden all through it haha. They don’t fit in eggs though

    • dblD-amber

      My hubby puts sexy gstrings in my eggs. Lol

    • Anny Mous

      I’m thinking more size than budget, maybe just a few of these are mixed with cheap items. Or what about filling the eggs with plastic coins and letting them redeem the coins for prizes (like an arcade)

      Generic: Money, lottery tickets, candy (nostaglic candy, gum or decent chocolate)
      Depending on the group….
      small stress balls, mini-Rubik’s cubes, novelty office items like decorative paper clips or funny flash drives, small bottles of nail polish, mini nail files, inexpensive but not tacky jewelry, small multi-tool, ear buds, phone charging cable, flashlight keychain, hand sanitizer,

  6. Erika

    Love this list! We always include a book in our kids Easter baskets. Chalk is also a fun addition along with blind bags (my kids are beyond obsessed with blind bags ๐Ÿ˜‰)

    • Jsturner1

      Blind bags?

      • Amy

        Little collectible toys inside foil bags-you don’t know which character your getting until you open the bag. Shopkins, Legos, teenymates are just a few that I know of.

    • Ashley

      Mine are obsessed with those too!! And now they make so many different ones!

      • Yoli

        Where can I find these blind bags? I have never heard of them. My kids will also love them, sounds exciting. Thanks!

        • Marcy

          toys R us, or target even walmart has these

  7. Amy

    Love the seed idea! The kids in my family are really big into gardening. We try to avoid candy just so we don’t have to worry about melting or grossness if it gets warm out. I feel like we spend the whole year hunting for small enough items to fit in eggs. We try to make it fair and each kid gets their own color and can only find those eggs. That way everyone gets the same amount and you can hide them in varying degrees of difficulty based on the ages of the kids. We also do a golden egg that $20 bill in it and hide that really really well. It’s free for all (even adults) to find. We rotate who hides it every year, the person who hides it puts their own money in it and of nobody finds it they keep it!

  8. Hilary

    My daughter has a few of the real Lokai bracelets. I found someone on Ebay selling them for $2.00 each in all kinds of different colors I have never seen. They look like Lokai, but I’m sure they’re not authentic, and I’m not asking. I’m putting them in eggs for a hunt around our house.

    • Erica

      Can find these at Michaels too for one or two dollars

      • Hilary

        Good to know, thanks! The ones I bought have the Lokai tags and everything. Bootleg bracelets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • JA

          My daughter got her bracelet at Five Below. We call it the FiveBelow-kai.

          • Susie

            Hahaha! Love that name!

  9. Sheri

    Homemade coupons with activities that are free or on the cheaper side ๐Ÿ™‚ For example, one trip to the park or zoo, your choice of dinner; free pass for one day of chores, one special day with Mom or Dad – kid chooses the activities, etc.

  10. Jessica

    My aunt used to put little pieces of paper that coordinated to larger prizes inside the eggs. We then would open all of our eggs take all of our pieces of numbered paper and go to the ‘store’ to see what we won. It was so much fun and made it a double surprise from searching for the eggs to seeing what the prizes were later! Some of the prizes were bubbles, yo-yos, coloring books and larger candy items!

  11. Le

    We just have clues in eggs and all the clues lead to their Easter basket ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s fun and interactive and I don’t have too many little toys all over.

    • Amanda

      Love this idea!

  12. mary mac

    For fun we have the older kids hunt at night (since most want to sleep in anyway) and I usually spray paint the plastic eggs with glow in the dark paint. Then hide them at night, we stuff them using notes for things like gc etc. Then at the end we have them play “dirty santa” so whoever has the most eggs gets to take something from the next person etc. That way if they think they have a good gift like a $5 Starbucks gc (free with coke points) then someone can still take it. It has livened up the event. BTW I was sharing this with a lady who worked at Baskin Robbins, she gave me a free ice cream coupon and the Little Ceaser Pizza guy gave me a free pizza coupon. They are going in the eggs this year! The adults even got in on it with Coffee pods and the adult golden egg had a Home Depot GC since all of adults were renovating something at the time.

  13. alienna21

    Shopkins and Thomas mini trains will be in mine this year, in addition to coins, a few dollar bills, Legos, character bandaids, and hair accessories.

  14. Erika

    Jsturner1, blind bags are little bags with a mini figurine or stickers inside, usually character themed like My Little Pony, Shopkins, Lalaloopsey, Minecraft, Lego. You can’t see what’s inside so it’s a surprise every time. They’re around $2 each and my kids just love them! They got hooked on them from watching kids toys videos on YouTube.

  15. Seren

    We did $1 scratch off lottery tickets last year, the kids loved them, even the younger ones…

  16. Vicki

    I purchased off of Ebay some of the Shopkins from the McDonald’s promotion that my daughter is missing & will be putting those inside the slighly bigger, jumbo eggs.

  17. Sarah

    I’m thinking about doing some of those Crayola bath color tabs this year. We typically do pairs of socks. One sock per egg so our toddler has to match them. Also, puzzle pieces; 24 eggs – 24 piece puzzle; one piece in each egg. After all, at this age, we seem to be obsessed with surprise eggs!

  18. Laura

    I would love to hear more ideas for toddlers. Most toys that would fit in eggs are too small for my 15 month old. I don’t want to fill every egg with cheerios or yogurt melts. LOL.

    • Vicki

      Laura – When my daughter was that age, I filled eggs with Fisher-Price Little People. Some will fit in normal Jumbo eggs, or some in those rounded Bunny jumbo eggs / chicken jumbo eggs you might buy at Dollar Tree.

      • Laura

        Great idea. Thank you!

  19. MonmySpendsLess

    Great ideas! I’ll be using a few. Last year the Easter Bunny left coupons for junk foods that Mom won’t normally buy (like Pop Tarts, Doritos and Lucky Charms) and he also divided a mini-set of Legos (including instructions) between 4-5 eggs…

  20. Becky

    My sister in law used to fill some of the eggs with ‘coupons’ the kids could keep and ‘cash in’ later for things like an extra bedtime story, picking the dinner entree, a trip to the park, staying up 20 minutes past bedtime, skipping chores for a day, choosing the movie or game on family night, etc.

  21. Michelle

    I always go to our bank and get some $2 bills. The kids think they’re awesome!!

  22. Holly

    SHOPKINS! I will use Michael’s coupons to get the best deals on them!

  23. nana

    shopkins are cheaper at Five Below than Michael’s by far!!

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