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11 Birthday Goodie Bag Ideas

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Tijon Employee
If you’re planning a birthday party for your little one, don’t underestimate the importance of goodie bags. For the kids attending, these loot bags are one of the most fun parts of the party. Instead of handing out bags of candy and throwaway junk, try one of these birthday goodie bag ideas.

Flowers to Plant
Are you planning a birthday party in the spring? Give your guests flowers to plant at home, or a fun spring-related craft. This is a goodie bag idea that kids and parents will enjoy for more than just one day. Flowers are inexpensive to purchase and will get kids interested in the environment as well.

Books, Pencils and Stickers
Books, pencils and stickers can help keep kids occupied at the end of the party, and can be used after they get home too. Every kid loves stickers, and the pencils and books can double as school supplies. Choose items that match your party’s theme. You may be able to find inexpensive books and notepads at the local dollar store. 



Play-Doh
Instead of the usual candy and goodies, why not give your party guests a jar of Play-Doh? You can dress up the jar by decorating it to match the party’s theme. Better yet – have the kids decorate the jar during the party. Play-Doh is something that every kid enjoys playing with, and parents will appreciate the sugar-free goodie bag. 

Friendship Bracelets
Friendship bracelets are so much fun to make, and older kids will love this party favor. Give the kids their own bracelet kit complete with string, fishing wire, clasps, beads and any other small items you can find at a craft store. You can also set up a “bracelet bar” where kids can pick out the color of their string and their own accessories for the bracelet. The great thing about this idea is that it’s so inexpensive, and it can double as a party activity.

Snowman Kit
Are you planning a winter birthday party? If so, kids will love having their own snowman kit. Start out with a black hat and fill the hat with a scarf, “carrot” nose and other fun snowman accessories. Use felt for the carrot nose and get creative with the eyes and buttons of the snowman. Kids will love having their own snowman kit, and parents will appreciate the gesture.

Dollar Store Goodies
If you’re on a tight budget, take a trip to the local dollar store and see what kind of goodies you can find. Avoid the candy and junk, and pick up a few little toys or fun items kids will enjoy. A deck of cards, coloring books, crayons and children’s books are all great ideas. Shopping at the dollar store means that you can keep costs low while still allowing the kids to bring home something fun in their goodie bags.



A Mug of Cocoa
For an older child’s birthday, a mug with cocoa and marshmallows is a fun idea – especially if the party is in the winter. You can find inexpensive mugs at the dollar store. Place a packet of hot cocoa in each mug, a chocolate-dipped spoon and a small package of marshmallows. 

Movie Night
Send the kids home with something they will actually use. Purchase some vintage-style popcorn boxes and fill them with bags of microwavable popcorn. If you’re feeling generous, you can include a Red Box gift card in there as well. Feel free to include other movie-friendly snacks as well.

Themed Favors
For a unique goodie bag, give your party guests favors that match the theme of the party. If you’re throwing a pirate party, send the kids home with their very own pirate hats. For a princess party, the girls can bring home their own princess costume dress. The possibilities are endless and kids will love having a reminder of the party.
 
Crafty Favors
Send your party guests home with a fun craft to make. The craft doesn’t have to be something extravagant or complicated; make it something fun and simple. A craft that relates to your party’s theme is a great choice. Most craft materials are inexpensive to purchase, which is great for parents that are on a budget.

Skip the Goodie Bag
Many parents are now boycotting the idea of giving out goodie bags. Instead, they send their kids home with something they make during the party. This can be a hat, a tie-dye t-shirt, painted pillowcases and anything in between. Try to match the craft with the theme of your party. If you’re planning a princess birthday party, for example, have the kids make their own tiara to bring home. This is a fun twist on the traditional goodie bag, and kids will love having the chance to bring something they will use more than once. 
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