Easter is an enjoyable time for many reasons. This particular holiday highlights the ultimate sacrifice Jesus Christ made on Calvary for sinners, it celebrates the arrival of spring, it gives us an opportunity to enjoy good company and delicious food, and it serves as the perfect excuse to eat plenty of chocolate. What more could you want out of a holiday? Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of Easter, however, is the egg hunt.
For kids, few things compare to the unbridled joy of searching for the oval-shaped goodies and seeing what’s inside. For parents, it’s an opportunity to watch your children partake in a timeless tradition. While most people opt to fill their Easter eggs with candy, there’s plenty of other options you can turn to that are equally as fun. We encourage you to think creatively when deciding what to add to your eggs. To provide some inspiration, we’ve come up with a list of seven items you should consider when packing your Easter eggs with this year.
Before you get started, however, think about who is participating in the event before deciding on filling options. Consider their likes, dislikes, and interests—and to take the size of the eggs into account and avoid picking up anything that won’t fit inside. Lastly, think about where you are going to hide the eggs; if outside, make sure whatever is in the egg can withstand the temperature, warm or cold.
1. Small toys
Of course children will enjoy finding candy in their Easter eggs, but why not also fill them with things they can play with long after the holiday is over? Fun little toys that are a step above the toss-away kind offer a great alternative to candy. Suggestions include miniature cars, bouncy balls, and glow-in-the-dark playthings.
2. Gift certificates
If you’re making baskets for or have older kids participating in your Easter egg hunt, consider providing gift certificates in addition to or in lieu of candy. These are good because they can be specific or general and can be used for all sorts of items. Further, they don’t need to be for a high value. Five or $10 cards to a local coffee, like Leannas, or one of our local boutiques is a fun way to surprise and delight, and it can be used later to extend the joy of the moment.
3. Scavenger hunt clues
To create a game within the game, fill eggs with clues for a do-it-yourself scavenger hunt. To do so, have each clue lead the participants to the next egg. When egg-hunters reach the end, you can set up a basket with prizes for everyone that includes candy, toys, gift cards, and anything else that suits the group.
4. Puzzle pieces
Another cute way to keep the fun going after the hunt is finished is to fill the eggs with puzzle pieces. Put multiple pieces in various eggs and scatter them around the location of your event so participants have to find each one in order to put the whole puzzle together. Assembling the puzzle can be something fun that everyone does together later in the day.
5. Handwritten notes
If you have a few stray eggs and nothing to fill them with, a thoughtful option anyone can pull off at the last minute is to place handwritten notes or uplifting words inside. These will give the receiver a pep in their step and raise their spirit. If they’re a hit with guests, these fun, uplifting, heartfelt notes could make for a great annual tradition that results in years’ worth of keepsakes.
6. Beauty supplies
Pamper your Easter visitors by adding some beauty supplies into the mix. Nail polish and make-up are great examples, but the possibilities really are endless. Have fun with mini beauty items that can be used after the hunt together. Desirable products include lip gloss, chapstick, or hair accessories, but you can also include jewelry, like beaded bracelets, rings, earrings, or necklaces.
If any creative little ones are joining in, arts and craft supplies will make their day when they open their Easter eggs. Add small stamps and other small art supplies to your eggs this year. More ideas include small markers, crayons, colored pencils, and erasers, all of which can be bought right here in town and played with after the egg hunt is finished.