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Easter Egg Hunts - Adult Easter Eggs

Updated on December 19, 2010

Easter egg hunts for your adult children


Can Easter eggs hunts be fun for adults? They can if you use the right kind of Easter eggs! Once my children were grown and married, and before the grandkids began arriving, I had a spell of “empty nest syndrome.” Holidays like Christmas, Halloween, and Easter just weren’t the same without kids to join in the fun. After all, what’s Easter without Easter eggs and Easter egg hunts?


The first Easter that all the kids had moved out of the house and gotten married, I really wanted to host an Easter egg hunt after our traditional Easter Sunday dinner. I mentioned the idea to my daughters and their husbands, but they weren’t the least bit interested. Easter egg hunts were just for kids, they all proclaimed. Even so, I was determined to have a successful Easter egg hunt…but how?


I decided to offer the “kids” something they couldn’t refuse – cold hard cash. They always needed money, so I used it as an incentive. No, I didn’t exactly pay them to hunt Easter eggs. Instead, I filled the eggs with goodies that would provide an incentive to make my young adult guests eager to join in the hunt.


I bought several dozen plastic Easter eggs – the kind that come apart. I filled several of them with money. Some held one-dollar bills, some held two-dollar bills, some held five-dollar bills, and the prize egg held a twenty. Some of the Easter eggs were filled with the kids’ favorite candies.


I also placed small gift certificates in some of the Easter eggs. These came from local restaurants, fast food places, music stores, and video game stores. The certificates ranged from $5 to $10 each. Other items you might use include small fishing lures, costume jewelry, memory cards, phone cards, guitar strings, lipstick, bath beads, eye shadow, and lotions. You know your family better than I do, so you can customize the contents of the Easter eggs to match your children’s interests and hobbies.


My jaded egg hunters turned into excited children as soon as they learned what the Easter eggs held! Hubby and I had a blast watching them scurrying around the yard, leaving no proverbial stone unturned in their quest. We had hidden the eggs really well, so the hunters had to look hard for the treasures.


In previous years, I had always made large Easter baskets for my daughters, even after they had emerged from childhood. I usually placed cosmetics, perfumes, clothing, jewelry, and bath products in their Easter baskets. These kinds of items can get pretty expensive, especially when you have to buy three of everything – for three daughters. My adult Easter egg hunt was actually less expensive than the Easter baskets, and I didn’t have to do nearly as much shopping.


Of course, after the grands were born and grew old enough to hunt Easter eggs, we did away with the adult Easter egg hunt. We’ll never forget the fun we had, though, the year I coerced the big kids into an adult Easter egg hunt! Give it a try!

Easter egg hunts can be fun for adults and teenagers, too!
Easter egg hunts can be fun for adults and teenagers, too!


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      Jaqi 9 months ago

      My sister and I did this for our adult kids but a little cheaper and with a twist. We put $20 in one egg for each kid and spouse and hid them. Their names were on them. If they found someone else's egg, they could rehide it, which made it very interesting and hilarious. Funnier and much more entertaining than the kids' hunt.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Thelma!

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      habee, it is a great idea! I´ll try it in my home country where I have a lot of relatives with children. They will be delighted. Thanks for sharing. Great Hub!!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Give it a try, Sandy!

      HH, thanks as always!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Dallas, thanks a whole bunch!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea, James! Thanks!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Rhonda, your teens would love it!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Anne, you're very welcome!

      Goldie, I used to have one of those eggs. Hmmm...wonder what happened to it?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Ah, great memories, Drbj!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A great idea and well written hub.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Sounds great. I never had an adult Easter egg hunt before.

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Innovative and clever. Thanks for sharing... Flag up.

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I really enjoyed this Hub. We've done similar things during our own Easter egg hunts for the homeless. They really enjoyed it and we did pretty much similar to what you did. One twist, though. Along with the prize in each egg was one verse from the Bible. Thanks, Habee cuz even though Easter has always been billed as a Pagan Holiday by some, it provides an excellent way to reach out to others in a fun and positive way!

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      Rhonda Musch 7 years ago from The Emerald Coast

      Wow sounds great. I really enjoyed reading this hub. My kids are teenagers now. I might just have to give this one a try. Thanks for this truly interesting hub. Merry Christmas.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      What a great idea to use the basket with different adult goodies - fun! For myself, I do love the Faberge eggs and have three replicas that I cherish. Thank you!

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      msannec 7 years ago from Mississippi (The Delta)

      This sounds like an awesome idea, thanks for sharing!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      I did the same thing, habee, as my children grew older but since this was back in the day my most expensive egg held $5. Other eggs held 25 or 50 cents or $1 bills.

      And just like your children, mine were as excited about the money as they had been about genuine or candy-filled eggs.

      Thanks for the memory.