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Ideas for Easter Eggs - Candy-Free Fillers

Updated on March 28, 2014
Ideas for Easter Eggs - Candy-Free Fillers
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As any parent will tell you, by the time Easter rolls around, there has been enough candy floating around the house to last a lifetime. While kids love Easter egg hunts, parents dread the big basket of candy that usually comes with them.

Here in our house we still have Halloween candy in our cupboard, and it's almost Easter!

The perfect alternative is to fill eggs with non-candy fillers. Children love the unique treats and parents will thank you. Don't forget to tailor the eggs to the ages of the children. If you have really young ones, some of these suggestions may not work because they could pose a choking hazard.

Here are 20 great ideas that aren't candy.

Easter Egg Fillers
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What to put in Easter eggs that isn't candy

Filler Ideas
 
Filler Ideas
 
Money
Who doesn't love getting some change? Any amount will work.
Legos
Buy a small box or figure and break it up so you can stuff a few eggs. Legos are always a hit.
Decorative Erasers
Found in the holiday section of almost any dollar store, these cute themed erasers fit well in most plastic eggs and kids can use them in school.
Toy Jewelry
Little rings, bracelets and necklaces always put a smile on a girl's face.
Themed Socks
Whenever holidays come around, there are inexpensive themed kids socks for sale. They are always a hit, especially with younger children.
Seed Packets
Since it's springtime you may want to encourage your little gardener to get out and plant some pretty flowers.
Hair Ribbons
Girls love lots of frilly hair clips and ribbons, and smaller ones usually fit well in the eggs.
Keychains
Fun keychains are found almost everywhere, and kids love to hang them on their backpacks.
Small Toy Cars
Boys, and a lot of girls too, can never have enough toy cars.
Mini Hand Sanitizers
These are all the rage around my daughter's school. They even sell little holders that clip on to backpacks. These sanitizers come in all different fragrances and colors.
Nail Polish
My daughter is 10 years old and still loves mini nail polish sets. Buy a set of 5 and you have 5 eggs filled. They are inexpensive and come in fun colors.
Marbles
This can be a tricky one if you are going to have an egg hunt with lots of young children, but if your kids are older, and like marbles, they make a great egg filler.
Lip Balm
Coming in every flavor imaginable, they usually come in multi-packs.
Stickers
Kids of all ages always enjoy stickers and there are themes for absolutely any occasion.
Mini Stuffed Animals
No child can resist a cute little stuffed bunny or chick, and they fit perfectly in small eggs.
Mini Pencil Sharpeners
Perfect for school, these can be found in all sorts of shapes and characters.
Gift Cards
You'll need larger eggs for these to fit, but kids love getting gift cards that they can spend on whatever they want.
Ear Buds
My daughter is always misplacing her ear buds, so I keep a couple of extra pairs tucked away. Buy a bright colorful pair to brighten up a music player.
Mini Music Player*
These little gems are an extra special egg stuffer for a special occasion.
Real Jewelry*
For that special someone or occasion, jewelry makes a great gift.

Where do you have your Easter egg hunts?

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* The final two suggestions can be quite expensive and, depending on what you normally give out at Easter, should be reserved for a special occasion.

The most important rule when hiding those extra special eggs is, don't forget where you hide them!

Ideas for Easter Eggs
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Fun places to hide Easter eggs
Public Parks
Public Gardens
Neighborhood
Beach
Forest
Public Playgrounds
Farm Field
Banks of a Local Stream

Easter egg hunt ideas for families

Churches usually have egg hunts, but many families like to have their own as well. Easter egg hunts can be done practically anywhere.

Growing up near Washington, DC, my brother and I were lucky enough to have ours around the U.S. Capitol building. They don't let people do that anymore, but with a little preplanning, there are loads of fun and interesting areas where you can have an egg hunt.

These days, my in-laws have an annual egg hunt at their neighborhood club house. The cousins all get a color assigned to them and they run around the area picking up all of their surprises.

The house and backyard are always a good alternative, but sometimes it is fun to change things up a bit. Depending on where you live, the list on the upper right can get you started with a few ideas.

Of course it helps if Easter falls later in the year, when the weather tends to be nicer.

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    • faythef profile image

      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Very useful article....with great ideas..voting up and sharing

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Now these are great! Fun for kids...and us adults :o)

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      Jo 4 years ago from Isle of Wight UK

      A much more novel ideas than regular sweets, I actually hadn't thought of this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Okay, I understand where you are coming from with this candy-free thing, but I need chocolate. :)

      Great suggestions but still, where is the chocolate?

      I hope you are well my friend; have a great week.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Awesome and love all the suggestions to put in Easter eggs and am pinning this one for sure. Also, voted way up and shared, too!

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great ideas and really nice photos! I have a hub on paper mache Easter eggs and I'm going to link yours for suggestions on non-candy fillers!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      GlimmerTwinFan,

      thanks for these cool ideas for easter eggs.

      i shall use these ideas for easter thanks again

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for all of the support faythef! I appreciate it.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Jools99 - I think everyone of every age loves to get an Easter egg with something special in it! Thanks for reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks TheUnlearner - I agree. I am so tired of all the candy in our house by this time of the year that I really don't want to fill anything with candy. I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Bill - My problem is that when I am stuffing the Easter eggs I eat a chocolate then put one in the egg. Not a good thing to do. Seems like there is more to choose from every year in the Easter candy section too! Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I really appreciate it Janine! I bet your girls gets lots of candy too. I am always amazed at how much is floating around the house from Halloween to Easter. I just need to take a stand and throw it all out! Thanks for reading!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Natashalh! I'm going to have to check your hub out. I love all kinds of Easter crafts.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      torrilynn - Glad you found the hub useful. Thanks so much for reading and the nice comments.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Glimmer twin. Great ideas. We'll try some of these out on our grandson in a few weeks. He gets more than enough candy so these are some great alternatives. Very creative. Voting up, sharing, etc....

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it Bill. Your grandson will be surprised and love these treats. Sometimes the small gifts are the hardest ones to think of and with candy staring us in the face in every store it is always an easy option. Enjoy the time with your grandson and many thanks for all of your support.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Glim, timely! Wonderful Easter Egg ideas. Thanks for sharing! Passing around!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

      What a brilliant and creative idea, love it! Love your photos, the turquoise car looks so cute and never thought of colorful plastic eggs to fill. Brilliant suggestions, homemade lip balm, gloss and cream blush would also work well in the small containers. Would love to do a hunt, your in-laws one sounds really good! Lovely hub layout, great hub, all the votes, share and pinned.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for these great ideas.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      What a great idea! I like the layout of this hub. I think I have not seen like this before. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Michelle - Thanks so much for the comments and support. I'm getting ready for Easter here at our house so this hub seemed to fit.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Those are fantastic ideas! When I was a kid, I loved getting candy, but it was a nice surprise when we got non-candy things, too. They last longer! I'm going to share this.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Many thanks for all of your support Suzie! One of your homemade lip balms would be an awesome gift! I'm in a spring kind of mood.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub which I for one will be saving for when the grandchildren come to stay.

      Thank you for sharing and I wish you a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for reading Martin!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Very interesting and useful hub with some creative ideas, Voting up and sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you so much Thelma. My daughter loves getting little trinkets and I like that it is not more candy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments Kathryn. I think kids come to expect candy and really do appreciate a change of pace. That being said, they also love a chocolate bunny!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Lovely ideas for Easter! I think these are really great, kids do get fed up of the usual so something different will give them a great surprise, happy Easter!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Eddy - I bet you have loads of fun with grandchildren on Easter. It's always a joy to see them opening up their eggs! Thanks for reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks for the support livingsta! I am glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love the money idea! Lots of creative alternatives to candy. Shared and voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Nell - I'm so glad you liked the hub. I think you are right about kids getting tired of the same thing and I get tired of all the candy in the house because I end up eating a lot of hit!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I love these interesting ideas. A lot of variation will certainly make it a very lovable hunt which kids will definitely enjoy.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks jenbeach! I'd love to get Easter eggs with money in them too. Those are my daughters' favorites.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi rajan - Glad you found the hub interesting and I appreciate the kind comments.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Some great ideas here. I'm all for replacing candy whenever possible!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Melovy. I am with you. There is too much candy in our house right now.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      What a great post! I am sharing this one as I know how useful tips such as this are when filling eggs. Voted way up.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      This is awesome! I love the idea of filling Easter eggs with non-candy stuff.. I really love the idea of seed packets, they are perfect :) Thank you for sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you teaches! I appreciate it. Depending on the ages, it can be hard to think of things that aren't candy, especially as kids get older.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate the comments Jamie. It's fun how much kids love to get seed packets and see what grows over the summer.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Glimmer Twin Fan

      It is so much fun to fill the eggs with everything but candy. And the kids love the little surprises. I reuse them too as I am sure lots of us do after Easter in long over.

      This is a great list of ideas. Pinning and voting up.

      Sending you many Angels this afternoon. :) ps

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much. I also save those eggs from year to year. It just does not make sense to buy new ones every year. I always appreciate your comments pstraubie! Enjoy your day.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Great ideas. We have a bunch of kids who are gluten and dairy free so, any idea that doesn't include food is very appreciated.

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      Rogene Robbins 4 years ago

      Some great ideas there! I love the idea of non-food treats for but I run out of ideas.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks tirelesstraveler. There are so many reasons for non-candy fillers. I'm glad you mentioned this one. Thanks for reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Rogene Robbins - Sometimes it's hard coming up with different ideas for things like this. And of course all I ever see at the stores around here is candy. Thanks for reading my hub.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such great ideas for Easter Egg fillers in those plastic eggs instead of candy. Also enjoyed your suggestions for fun places to hide Easter eggs. Up and useful votes. May you have a very Happy Easter this year!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Peggy W. I appreciate the support. I hope you have a Happy Easter too!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I don't do this anymore but I use to love it, and you have some great ideas. Makes me wish I did.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Jackie. My daughter is fast approaching the age where she won't do this anymore and I'll miss it. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I did this with our kids and grandkids they didn't need anymore sweets. Very useful hub with great ideas. Voted up

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much for the comments moonlake. In my mind there is just too much sugar around Easter. Glad your family liked their Easter treats.

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      jasmine 3 years ago

      love the money idea

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you jasmine. I like the money idea too. I think it's my daughter's favorite.

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