Easter is right around the corner, and you’re in charge of filling the Easter eggs for a neighborhood hunt, a local event, or your own children’s Easter baskets! Lucky you! But what do you put inside those nuggets of plastic goodness? Well, my friend, this post is the ULTIMATE list of EGG-cellent Easter egg filler ideas so you can get them filled and get on with the fun (and sugar coma!)
Easter Egg Filler Ideas
It’s the Olympic sport of childhood: The Easter Egg Hunt. For approximately 2 minutes it’s an all-out prison rules battle royale where only the fastest snatchers survive. It begins with a countdown, and likely ends with a few tears (how dare my older sibling get more eggs than me!).
The egg hunt is a fun tradition that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. But they’re so small! What can you put in them besides a teeny little candy or some jelly beans?
While candy is the #1 item you’ll find in those plastic eggs, there’s so much more you can do with these eggs. If youand if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Candy is an easy holiday option, and it’s relatively cheap as well.
Quick Note: Due to their small size, many Easter egg fillers are very small and might post a choke hazard to the smallest humans. Make sure to take note and only fill your eggs with the safest options. Save those tears for the battleground, and not the post-hunt consumption.
Plastic Easter Eggs
So let’s talk about the eggs themselves. I prefer buying classic sized plastic Easter eggs for the majority of the hunt, and a few special JUMBO plastic Easter eggs for the BIG prizes. These larger eggs are a game-changer for hunts. Make sure you have one special egg per family member (or a dozen or so for a neighborhood or city-wide event) and include some killer prizes in these.
We usually fill these eggs with cash, gift certificates, gift cards, or a larger toy. These are also great for those adult egg hunts where you’re giving out some awesome incentives for participants or clients.
Finally, make sure and have a bag designated as your Easter egg bag so you can reuse these year after year. If you get some decent quality eggs, you can reuse them year after year.
What Can I Fill Easter Eggs With Besides Candy?
Dude, the possibilities are endless for filling Easter eggs. As long as it comes in a miniature size, you’re golden!
And don’t feel tied down to stuffing those eggs with candy this year. Sugar doesn’t have to be the focus of the holiday. Toys, snacks, and even a puzzle divided up amongst the eggs can really up your Easter game this year. (No more holiday struggle bus for you!)
Oh, and final note before we get to the lists: I did not receive compensation from any of these brands. They just happen to be ones I know and love.
Candy-Filled Easter Eggs
If you’re all about a sweet, sugary Easter, these candy-filled Easter eggs are sure to please. They’ll also likely give you and your children a massive sugar high for at least 5-7 days. It’s the Easter gift that keeps on giving!
- Bubble Gum. A tried and true Easter egg filler, gum (especially classic gum balls or individually wrapped bubble gum) is the happy little snack that provides a good 3 minutes of flavor.
- Candy Bracelet. Candy bracelets are the perfect size to stuff inside an Easter egg. Sugar, but make it fashion.
- Classic Hard Candy. Root beer barrels, toffee, salt water taffy, and more. If it’s good enough for you grandpa’s pocket, it’s good enough for an Easter egg.
- Jelly Bellys. Whether you like to snack on one flavor, or you’re cool with playing the “what flavor am I getting this time” game, Jelly Bellys can’t be beat.
- Mike & Ikes. They’re the classic chewy candy that are simply begging to be found by an egg hunter.
- Nerds. Those tiny Nerds boxes are ideal for Easter eggs. They also make for the perfect portion for little (and big!) humans alike.
- Ring Pop. It’s a ring of flavor you can lick! *Ring Pop*
- Sour Patch Kids. A fantastic representation of adolescents in candy form!
- Starburst Jelly Beans. It doesn’t quite feel like Easter without these. And those grape-flavored ones? Sweet cheese, they’re heaven.
- Sweedish Fish. That happy little red fish will happily sacrifice himself for your Easter happiness this year, I’m sure of it.
Chocolate Easter Egg Filler Ideas
These guys are the tried-and-true, most delicious and traditional chocolatey goodness for your Easter baskets or Easter egg hunt.
- Butterfinger NestEggs. Butterfinger in Easter egg form? Ummm OKAY! These guys are each individually wrapped so you can sleep soundly knowing you don’t have unwrapped chocolate sitting in eggs overnight on the lawn.
- Cadbury Creme Egg. These guys are so darn good, and if you have big enough plastic eggs, you can likely make them fit inside. Either that, or just hide a bunch of these around the house for a creamy, chocolatey hunt!
- Cadbury Mini Eggs. It isn’t Easter without these mini eggs. They’re a simple milk chocolate egg covered in a candy shell. Simple and oh-so addictive. A few of these in a plastic egg makes for a top-notch find.
- Chocolate Bunny. It’s classic. It’s chocolate. And it’s definitely going in my eggs this year.
- Hershey’s Kisses. These guys are perfect for all occasions, including Easter. Stick two to three in each egg, and you’re all set!
- Mini Candy Bars. Any candy bar will do here. Snickers, Twix, and Milky Way are some of our favorites to find during the hunt.
- Easter M&M’s. Can you really say, “no” when a candy is spring themed? I know I can’t (#basic), so these guys find their way into my cart year after year.
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs. I honestly live for these each year. So. Much. Peanut. Butter.
- Tootsie Rolls. I cannot remember a year as a child when my Easter eggs did not contain Tootsie Rolls. These are a MUST HAVE.
- Whoppers Robin Eggs. If you’re a fan of Whoppers, you probably know the malted milk chocolate goodness of these eggs.
Snack Easter Egg Filler Ideas
As if that wasn’t enough, let’s talk about non-sugary snack items. Here are some tasty suggestions for filling Easter eggs (or baskets!) this year.
- Cereal. I mean, it’s a daily go-to in our household. Why not make the Easter egg hunt a hunt for breakfast as well?
- Crackers. Any flavor. Any variety. Go nuts here.
- Fruit Snacks/Dried Fruit. Don’t even worry about taking them out of their individual bags! Easiest stuffer ever.
- Goldfish. Everybody’s favorite afternoon snack is now everyone’s favorite egg filler as well.
- Grahams. Annie’s bunny grahams are perfectly themed for this event!
- Mini Granola Bar. Pair ’em up with the dried fruit and cereal for a whole meal. Why cook when you can have your little humans hunt for their food?
- Mini Protein Bar. Same awesome option as a granola bar.
- Pretzels. Skip the sticks and choose the tiny twists for your hunt this year.
- Raisins. These are perfectly sized for eggs and an awesome alternative to sugary snacks.
- Trail Mix. All the good stuff wrapped into one. Toss it in a couple eggs, and you’re ready for an Easter hike.
Keep in mind that many of these snacks might not lend themselves well to chilling in plastic eggs overnight, so you might have to stuff these day-of.
Toy-Filled Easter Eggs
If you have allergies in your family, or you’re looking to decrease the amount of sugar your family consumes, you can fill your Easter eggs with all sorts of goodies besides food. Trinkets, money, and toys make for awesome fillers.
- Army Men. Divide up these Bucket O’ Soldiers among all the eggs, then have an Easter battle in the yard!
- Bouncy Balls. Annoying? Yes. Perfect size for eggs? Also yes.
- Finger Puppets. The perfect toys for Easter egg hunts with your littlest humans.
- Finger Skateboards. These are still cool. Right? If not, bring that trend back!
- Gems or Jewels. How about an entire pirate themed Easter egg hunt where the eggs are full of gems? BRB. Doing this right now.
- Jacks. A classic game that never goes out of style.
- Jelly Bracelets. These are super cheap and come with a TON of bracelets so you can stuff 5-10 in each egg. SCORE!
- Legos. Enough said.
- Marbles. Another classic toy that makes for a fun Easter filler.
- Mini Bubbles. A must-have spring gift.
- Mini Play-Doh. Your kids will be screaming with delight to snatch up all the eggs with these in them!
- Plastic Figurines. Dinosaurs? Polly Pocket? Pick your kid’s favorite and into the eggs they go!
- Shaped Crayons. Check out these adorable dinosaur crayons. You, I mean *your kids* definitely need these!
- Sidewalk Chalk.
- Silly Putty. A classic never dies.
- Slinky. Dude, a classic never dies.
- Snap Bracelets. Once again, a classic never dies.
- Stamps. Fun for paper and hands alike!
- Stickers. Snag these ADORABLE puffy stickers and stick 5-10 in each egg!
- Sticky Hands. Grabs everything in sight!
- Temporary Tattoos.
- Tops. Simple, yet effective.
- Toy Cars. Likely to make some kids very “hoppy” on Easter.
- Water Balloons. Bring on the battle.
- Yo-Yos. Perfect size. Hours of fun (and tangles).
Practical Easter Egg Stuffer Ideas
- Band-Aids. Your kids already put these all over every single bump and bruise anyway, so why not stuff those eggs with them?
- Bath Bombs. These are *totally* for the kids. Yup. Not for you at all.
- Chapstick. Honestly, who can resist these tiny lip balms? Look at them! So stinkin’ cute!
- Coins. What kid big or small (or adult-sized) doesn’t love getting some extra coin in their eggs?
- Earrings. Snag some for pierced ears, or fill your eggs with clip-ons or stickers for fun for all ages!
- Erasers. Dude. Duuuuude. Did you know you can get adorable shaped erasers? They are the perfect size for eggs, and are beyond adorable.
- Nail Polish. Might as well start looking fabulous now with the coming summer!
- Paper Money. A major win for the pre-teens, teens, and adults alike during your hunt.
- Pocket Hand Sanitizer. You can never, ever go wrong with a bit of hand sanitizer. Bonus points if it smells amazing.
- Ponytail Holders. Much like socks, these are always going missing, so best to use the holiday as an excuse to stock up again.
- Puzzle Pieces. Some folks are even turning their hunt into an fun activity where you snatch all the eggs full of puzzle pieces to put together after the hunt. A full day of activities where your kids are occupied and not constantly bugging you? WIN!
- Rings. Whether they be real or fake, all ages can get in on this ring hunt!
- Scrunchies. Another staple to have on hand at all times.
- Tiny Flashlights. Get ’em with a clip and you can stick them to hiking backpacks and more!
- Washi Tape. Listen, we can always find an excuse to use this stuff, right?
Easter Egg Stuffer Ideas
Phew! You still with me? You sure? We just wrapped up 70 AWESOME Easter egg stuffer ideas that you can mix and match to make your egg hunt successful, fun, and *fingers crossed* tear free!
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Kimberly Anne says
This is such a great long list. I’ve stuck to coins and candy in the past – for my grandkids. This adds a lot of variety.