Yes! You can mail plastic Easter eggs! Send them to your kids, grandkids, or other loved ones, and see how how surprised they are! So much Easter fun! Originally posted March 2013. Updated 2023.
When I thought of trying to mail Easter eggs I immediately loved the idea, and REALLY wanted to try it. I have to admit though, I was kind of skeptical. I mean, how often do you see Easter eggs go through the mail? I knew my kids would love it–they are always asking if there is anything in the mailbox for them. How exciting to not only get something with their name on it, but something SUPER fun! So…I decided to put it to the test. SO glad I did––it worked!
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Mailing plastic Easter Eggs
Look for the jumbo plastic Easter eggs–I wouldn’t use the tiny ones. I find them at my local dollar store, and they pretty much carry them every year. The eggs with the see through plastic top are my favorite, but any of them will work.
*You can find them on Amazon and at Walmart too if your dollar tree doesn’t have one. They often have them at Walmart for $1 as well–but it’s pickup only. You can follow the link below to see if they have them near you.
How to mail Easter Eggs
Since they were so big (6-7 inches long, about 4 inches wide), I knew I couldn’t use that much candy or they would weigh a ton, so I crumpled up two magazine pages (you could use newspaper too), put them in the very bottom, then added Easter grass on top. If you’re using smaller eggs, you might not have to have as much filler.
Candy came next! I chose their favorite candy, including a little chocolate. If it’s going to be sent to a really warm climate, you may want to leave out the chocolate, so it doesn’t melt in transit. I also used mostly small pieces, but put in 1-2 bigger pieces on top. Even with the paper and grass I was able to fit in quite a bit of candy. You could even include small toys if you have the space, or you’re trying not send as many sweets or treats,
I printed out labels with their name and address, and made them “extra fancy” by putting “Mr.” and “Miss” in front of their names. I added a return address label, then a ton of clear packing tape to keep the lid secure and in place. I decided to do one per child, because I have 5 kids, even though the eggs were so big. If I had less than that, I may have combined them all in one egg. The jumbo-size eggs, if you can find them, would be perfect for one.
At the post office…
Next stop? The post office! I was really curious to see what they would say, but it was no problem, and they were actually really excited about it. The lady who helped us told me that they love getting fun things like this, and showed the other employees. It was super easy to do, and cost around $3 per egg. The smaller jumbo-sized egg would be much less expensive, probably around $1.50 or so, but I didn’t think $3 was too bad for how big these eggs were!
I didn’t need to add postage stamps, I just had the post office weigh them and add stickers.
Since it was local mail, they came the very next day! We don’t have regular mailboxes here–they have the kind with a lot of locked boxes together, a couple of places throughout the neighborhood. I was really hoping I could send the kids to get the mail and discover them, but our super sweet mail deliverer didn’t want them to melt in the hot box, so she brought them to the door. I left them on the front porch, so they could still find them.
After baths it was finally time…
I think they were a little shocked at first, but then it was pure pandemonium. It was the best! And it was so fun for me too. I think we’ve found a new Easter tradition!
These are fun for all ages, from toddlers and preschoolers up to high school and college kids! Add this to your list of Easter traditions, along with your Easter egg hunt!
This doesn’t have to be limited to kids…I would love getting an egg full of candy in the mail too, wouldn’t you? Send to a friend or family member filled with their favorite candy, or even small items like lip balm or a gift card. Definitely no age limit to get an Easter surprise in the mail!
UPDATE: Ten years later, this has continued to be such a fun tradition for our family. I’ve sent them to my own kids, extended family, and friends…they’re always a hit! It’s an easy way to send something fun to those you love at Easter!