Easter Egg Candy Alternatives

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A great list to stuff eggs with and NO candy involved

Easter is a big candy holiday. Yes, it’s fun to eat candy and my kids eat plenty. Every now and then we need to cut back a little.  Just like Halloween and Valentines, I try and look for candy alternatives for the big day. I’ve compiled a list of things I’ve done in the past and will do again this year.


A great list of non-candy items for your Easter Egg hunts!

Easter Egg Candy Alternatives:

*Money! This is a great one and pretty easy. I have a change jar and I had some change to some coins. The kids love it. I even go big and do a few eggs with some dollars in it. Those are like the ‘golden’ eggs! It’s easy and kids love it 🙂
*Stickers or Tattoos. Another kid-friendly favorite.
*Shopkins (for girls) or Matchbox cars for boys
*Chapstick/Lipgloss (my daughter loves this!)
*Puzzle pieces. This is a fun idea. Hide a few pieces in the several eggs. At the end, everyone works together to put the puzzle together.
*Bouncy balls
*Lego pieces. Same idea as the puzzles from above. At the end put all the legos together to make the lego set
*Nail polish
*Glow Stick bracelets
*Small bubbles
*Colorful Band-aids
*Sponge Capsules (when you put in water they turn into something)
*Play Dough
*Small trinket toys

*Coupons (going to a new park, ice cream treat one day, Redbox movie night, just some ideas)*Lottery Tickets?! (I’ve never done this but might this year!)

We certainly will have some candy eggs, just not all of them!  What do you put in your eggs?

March 19, 2018
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  • Reply Aileen

    I love the puzzle piece idea! That sounds like a fun way to courage more family time!!!

    March 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      My favorite is the coupons! Kids can trade them in for a redbox or an ice cream/snow cone out. It’s fun is easy to make!

      March 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm
  • Reply Michelle @ Lively Chicken

    Great idea to switch out the candy for other things. My mum used to do that too. I would love finding the eggs with the money!!

    March 21, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Money is a huge hit with the kids! My daughter likes that the best!!

      March 21, 2016 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Jacky @ Joyful Savings

    We always did a great variety of things like stickers, little piñata-style small toys, money, and of course some candy too… after all, a candy or two won’t hurt any kid! Great ideas Shannon!

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    March 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Oh yes, we still have some candy too! Some eggs will have candy, for sure 🙂

      March 21, 2016 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Simply Save

    Such fun ideas and a healthier alternative! I’m sure the dentist appreciates it!

    March 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Evelyn

    Ooh, LEGO pieces and puzzle pieces….I never thought of that! Thank you so much for the great ideas!

    March 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Stay At Home Yogi

    I love the puzzle piece and lego block ideas! My toddler would have so much fun with that!

    March 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Debbie Rodrigues

    I love the idea of skipping the candy. Egg hunting made fun and healthier. In other words: perfect!

    March 22, 2016 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Faye

    Ohhhhh – I LOVE the puzzle and Lego piece ideas!! I was just thinking about this yesterday – what to put inside the eggs as we always do stickers. This is perfect!

    March 22, 2016 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Hannah | Eat, Drink, and Save Money

    I hadn’t even thought of stickers! Great idea. We won’t be doing candy either so I’m in love with this post!

    March 22, 2016 at 2:44 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Good! We do some candy, but not much!

      March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Katie

    What a terrific list! I will admit I’m a sucker for buying delicious local chocolates but I like a mix of candy and non-candy treats. Thanks for sharing this post, pinning for next year!

    March 22, 2016 at 8:34 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      Thanks Katie! I love chocolate too! Our kids do get some candy, but I have found they like these fun non candy treats too 🙂

      March 23, 2016 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Faith (Home Ec @ Home)

    Fun ideas. We have a big family hunt every year and my Aunt puts lottery scratch off tickets in some of the eggs for the adult hunt.

    March 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm
    • Reply Shannon

      So fun!! Good luck, hope you win some big $$!!

      March 23, 2016 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Brittany

    These are some great ideas, thank you! I’m hosting an Easter Egg hunt for a bunch of toddlers next week who really can’t have candy, so this has helped me with some alternatives!

    March 23, 2016 at 7:44 am
    • Reply Shannon

      Oh fun!! These are perfect for toddlers 🙂

      March 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm
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