40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers!

posted on March 13, 2013 by  |  posted under Easter/Spring, Fun With Kids  |  51 Comments

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40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

When it comes to the Easter Bunny, do we all think of plastic eggs and chocolate?  Peeps?

Okay,  I am a HUGE fan of chocolate and I don’t have anything against my kids having candy.
HOWEVER, I totally get that sometimes it’s great to have some non-candy options available!

Sometimes, I do want to scale back on the amount of candy my kids are eating- let’s be honest, the sugar CAN get a wee bit out of control on special occasions like this!

SO, today I am sharing a list of

40 small non-candy gifts that can fit inside of a plastic egg!

40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

Some of the items are pictured, and some are not- so read through the list if you want to get all of the ideas!

40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers


  1. Cheerios
  2. Small Figurine
  3. Mini Pretzels
  4. Money
  5. Glow Sticks (these will fit- you have to twist them and you may need a piece of tape to keep the egg from popping open, but it can be done!.. they will make your eggs glow in the dark- so fun for a night time hunt!)
  6. Hair clips
  7. Marbles
  8. Erasers
  9. Stick-on Tattoos
  10. Finger Puppets
  11. Fruit Snacks
  12. Lego


40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers


  1. Raisins
  2. Chuckie Cheese Tokens
  3. Interlocking Rings (fun for babies/toddlers)
  4. Small Toy Car
  5. Magnetic Letters
  6. Fish Crackers
  7. Squinkees
  8. Bracelets
  9. Bouncy Ball
  10. Bubbles
  11. Jacks
  12. Lip Balm


40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers


  1. Colorful Shoe Laces
  2. Balloon
  3. Nuts
  4. Beads & string (to make a bracelet)
  5. Nail Stickers
  6. Ring
  7. Fun/colorful bandaids
  8. Glow in the dark stars
  9. Sponge Capsules (the ones you put in water to dissolve the capsule and a sponge shape “grows” out of it)
  10. Stickers (hopefully your Easter Bunny has something a little less Christmas-y on hand 😉
  11. Popcorn
  12. Mini Nail polish
  13. Play Dough
  14. Keychain
  15. Earrings (pierced/clip-on/stick-on)
  16. Seriously, go look at the dollar store- you will find lots of fun/surprising tiny items!


I hope this list has helped open your mind to all of the non-candy options out there!

Our bunny tends to bring sweet treats as well as fun non-candy treats.  He/she has also been known to include some fun spring items in the basket (that don’t fit into a plastic egg) like sidewalk chalk, skipping ropes, larger containers of bubbles, or a new pair of rubber boots!

40 Egg-cellent Non-Candy Easter Egg Fillers

Heather Lynne

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    1. March 13th, 2013 at 10:55 am
      Alison says:
      Heather...I LOVE this post...and all the pics = LOVE:) I needed some non-candy ideas for my squirts this year. This is on of my favs!
      Thank you!!
      • March 13th, 2013 at 11:22 am
        Aimee says:
        Oops, sorry, I didn't mean to respond to the previous comment. I meant to make a separate comment.
      • March 13th, 2013 at 5:09 pm
        Heather Lynne says:
        Thanks Alison! :)
    2. March 13th, 2013 at 7:48 pm
      Stephanie says:
      I try to avoid the candy whenever possible so having a nice list like this to refer to is priceless! It will also come in handy for filling the tubes of homemade Christmas crackers!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:31 am
        Heather says:
        That's a good idea! I once bought a "DIY" Christmas Crackers kit, and I have not used them yet. :)
    3. March 15th, 2013 at 1:33 pm
      sandy says:
      You missed one. For the past 40+ yrs we put had written notes inside of eggs. Like "lunch with papper" "sleep over" "fingernail appt" "movie tickets" "$5" and etc. The kids love them. We also throw in prank notes too. Try it, they will love it.
      • March 15th, 2013 at 4:42 pm
        Heather Lynne says:
        I love that idea, Sandy! Thanks for sharing it!
    4. March 15th, 2013 at 6:52 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      This is a great list!! Growing up, we always had alternative treats in our Easter baskets - my brother's diabetic, so sugar was out. We always got fresh boxes of crayons (the BIG boxes) and I remember looking forward to those the most!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:29 am
        Heather says:
        Love that! I was thinking about making crayon rolls for my kids and thought they'd be fun in the baskets :)
    5. March 15th, 2013 at 9:42 pm
      Monica says:
      Such great ideas!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:30 am
        Heather says:
        Thanks Monica! :)
    6. March 18th, 2013 at 11:18 pm
      Denise says:
      Great list! Thanks for compiling.
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:30 am
        Heather says:
        Thanks Denise! No problem :)
    7. March 19th, 2013 at 9:00 am
      Amy says:
      Great list! Love the ideas! (Although it's only 38 - marbles and rings are listed twice)
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:17 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Oops, thanks Amy!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:31 am
        Heather says:
        I made a few changes- I think we're back up to 40 now ;)
    8. March 19th, 2013 at 9:10 am
      Madgevt says:
      I love you. I am a grandma. I don't think I need to say anymore.
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:17 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        hahaha :) Thank you!
        I love you too ;)
    9. March 19th, 2013 at 9:26 am
      Kate says:
      Last year I got an Easter puzzle from the dollar store. I put a couple of pieces in each egg and the kids got to put the puzzle together as they found the eggs. It was superfun and we knew when we had found all of the eggs. I am also a fan of reducing the myriad of little cluttery toys everywhere. The thought of actually buying that stuff and bringing it into my home makes me cringe.
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:19 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        I hear you on the clutter avoidance!
        I love the puzzle idea! We did something similar one year with parts of the easter story (you can see it here: http://www.raisingmemories.com/2010/04/true-meaning-of-easter.html ) That was a good one.
    10. March 19th, 2013 at 9:45 am
      SharonS says:
      Thanks for all the great ideas but I have to ask, what are Squinkees, #19?
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:20 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        haha :) They are a tiny toy- my kids have never had them, but I had heard of them & knew they would fit in an egg. So, if anyone has kids who like them, it would be a good one :)
    11. March 19th, 2013 at 10:36 am
      Jennifer Shelton says:
      Great ideas! It hasn't been easy finding things for my 2-year-old that will fit in the eggs & isn't candy. I also went through our Target's $1 section. They usually have seasonal stuff like stickers, toys & books. I did notice on your list that #15 & #31 are both ban aids. I hate that our World Market closed. I got tiny crayon & paint sets for stocking stuffers one year. I don't know where you might find them now.
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:35 am
        Heather says:
        Thanks Jennifer! I just went back through and updated the list- I think I've eliminated any duplicates :) Thanks for pointing that one out!
    12. March 19th, 2013 at 11:50 am
      Tabbie says:
      Love the ideas! Though a few are repeats (marbles, stick on tats, bandaids). I hate all the lose candy pieces floating around my house! These will certainly help keep the ant problem low too!

      (my neighborhood has a serious ant issue and the park owners won't get it fixed)
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:22 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Oh man, I can't believe I repeated that many! Thanks for pointing that out!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:36 am
        Heather says:
        I just added a few items and I think I've eliminated any duplicates! Thanks for pointing them out, Tabbie!
        • March 26th, 2013 at 11:46 am
          Tabbie says:
          If it makes you feel any better, it was my daughter that pointed out the repeats to me LOL. I'm terrible about repeating things. Especially if I have a hand written list and then go to type it up. My kids will distract me and before you know it, I don't realize I've just repeated half the list haha.

          Even with the repeats (that you did indeed fix) it's an awesome list and gave me a chance to be 'lazy' in the creativity department! :)
          • March 26th, 2013 at 12:25 pm
            Heather Lynne says:
            haha :) Thanks Tabbie!

            Yes, I had typed out the list & then I took the photos & rearranged the list so that every other one had a photo, and yes- I was interrupted several times ;) So, somewhere throughout that process I apparently got rather repetitive ;)
    13. March 19th, 2013 at 1:47 pm
      Karina says:
      Thanks for the great ideas! Love it! (But did you know that you repeated marbles, rings, and stick-on tattoos?)
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:23 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        haha Karina, you are not the first person to let me know!
        I've just gone back through the list & I think I eliminated all of the duplicates, replacing them with a few new ideas!
    14. March 19th, 2013 at 3:15 pm
      Jen Almond says:
      Loved this! Although you did put several things down more than once so it's more like a list of 30-ish things but still loved. it!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:23 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Thanks Jen- I didn't realize I had repeats on there when I posted this! I've fixed them now.
        Glad you still enjoyed it :)
    15. March 19th, 2013 at 3:34 pm
      Carolyn says:
      Nit picky, I know but you have tattoos twice and rings twice. 3 & 30, 13 & 9.Still a great list!!
      • March 20th, 2013 at 9:24 am
        Heather Lynne says:
        Thanks Carolyn, and yes, a few people have pointed that out!
        Sorry about the repeats- I've fixed them now!
    16. March 19th, 2013 at 11:32 pm
      Lisa says:
      I save as many little random toys of theirs I find thru the year (in the car, under the couch, etc...) and put them in the eggs. Free, easy, stuff they already like.
    17. March 21st, 2013 at 3:29 pm
      Ashley says:
      Thanks for the great idea!!
    18. March 21st, 2013 at 5:17 pm
      Alisha says:
      What are some ideas for easter egg fillers for boy toddlers almost 2 yrs old non candy.please and ty.
    19. January 18th, 2014 at 2:08 pm
      Diana says:
      Great ideas!
    20. March 5th, 2014 at 6:17 pm
      ahna says:
      These little coupons, an inexpensive download, are great for tucking inside easter eggs:
    21. April 1st, 2014 at 12:04 pm
      Marie says:
      Great ideas - also for even more ideas you can look through stocking stuffer lists - many of the items will also fit in the eggs.
    22. April 11th, 2014 at 10:02 am
      Casey says:
      I leave the eggs empty and the kids trade them in for small toys or books: http://kyhealthykids.com/2013/03/29/easter-candy-damned-if-you-do-and-damned-if-you-dont/
    23. April 15th, 2014 at 12:55 pm
      Rhonda says:
      LOVE this post! I didn't want to fill my daughter's eggs with just candy (last year we mainly filled them with candy, a few had dress up jewelry). I would have never thought of balloons, lip balm, or even little things like theme erasers! I can't wait to go shopping!
    24. April 19th, 2014 at 7:16 am
      Elisa says:
      Great ideas!
      I remember getting a brand new box of crayons (usually the big one!!!) and a big fat coloring book every Easter. I loved it!
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