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126 PARTY FAVOURS FOR KIDS: ALTERNATIVE PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR KIDS

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Are you looking for party bag ideas for kids? Or would you rather give out an individual party favour instead of a bag full of little things?

Well, whether you are looking for cool and unusual party bag alternatives or the best ideas for what to put into kids party bags, I’ve put together a list of 126 of the best alternative party bag ideas for kids parties.

Many of the ideas on my list are truly unique and will have you looking like you’ve put a huge amount of thought into giving something really special as party favours.

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Alternative kids party bag ideas

126 ALTERNATIVE PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR KIDS: UNUSUAL AND COOL PARTY FAVOUR IDEAS FOR KIDS PARTY BAGS

There is so much pressure on parents to provide cool party bags for their kids parties, but what if you don’t want to spend a fortune or just fill a bag with cheap plastic tat?

With a huge focus on how we can all reduce the amount of stuff we waste, particularly single-use plastic, I think it really is time to say goodbye to stuffing kids’ party bags with junk, and instead, putting a few well-chosen items into a party bag or giving out a single party favour instead.

I’ve noticed a growing trend for giving a single party favour as an alternative to filled party bags.

The kids I know, including my daughter, absolutely love it when they receive a really thoughtful party gift.

Craft activities also make great party favours!

Scroll down to browse through the list of party bag ideas I have put together to help you plan how to fill party bags or give great party favours.

Underneath the main list I’ve also broken down the list of party bag ideas by age-group, so you can laser focus in on the age range that you are buying for, starting from party favours for two year olds, through three year olds, four year olds, five year olds, six year olds, seven year olds, eight year olds, nine year olds and ending with ten year olds.

A lot of these party bag ideas could also work for prizes for kids party games.

126 ALTERNATIVE KIDS PARTY BAG IDEAS

The list of party bag ideas I’ve put together is based on things that we’ve successfully given as party favours instead of party bags and things that my daughter has received from parties. 

1. PAPER BALLOON ANIMALS

These paper balloon animals make for a truly unique party bag alternative that will have little kids’ faces lighting up with joy.

Each balloon is individually packaged so they make PERFECT ready-made party favours and really budget-friendly ones!!!

These gorgeous paper balloon animals come in sets of either four or sets of 10 from Notonthehighstreet.com

Japanese Paper Balloons - kids love these instead of party favour bags, unique party bag ideas
Japanese paper animal balloons

2. PERSONALISED KEEPSAKE TINS

Now these personalised keepsake tins make really cool party bag alternatives.

Kids love a bit of personalisation. You can buy the tins empty or order them filled with chocolate from Not On The Highstreet.

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3. MAKE YOUR OWN KITS

GROW YOUR OWN GARDEN KITS

1. Grow Your Own Dinosaur Garden

This Grow Your Own Dinosaur Garden is a gorgeous pop-up woodland kit with real cress seeds for kids to enjoy planting and watch grow.

Grow your own gifts

2. Grow Your Own Magical Garden

If dinosaurs aren’t your kids’ thing, then this Grow Your Own Magical Garden set is equally fun, it comes complete with pop up unicorns, what’s not to love?!

Grow your own gifts

3. Personalised Make Your Own Magical Unicorn Garden

If unicorns are a favourite, then this Personalised Make Your Own Unicorn Garden is a gorgeous gift, it all comes neatly in a lovely tin

personalised grow your own garden unicorn tin
personalised grow your own garden unicorn tin, party favour

These Make Your Own kits on NotOnTheHighStreet.com are brilliant. They’re also great value for money – starting at £1.95 a pop (they do international delivery if you’re outside the UK)

MAKE YOUR OWN TOY KITS

1. MAKE YOUR OWN UNICORN WAND KIT

Alternative kids party favour bag idea, Make Your Own Unicorn Wand Kit

2. MAKE YOUR OWN MODEL AIRPLANE KIT

Alternative kids party favour bag idea, Make Your Own Airplane Kit, cheap party bag ideas

4. STORY BOOK BOX SETS

Looking for a really cheap party bag idea? One really budget-friendly and cost-effective way alternative party bag idea is to buy a book set and then divide the books up as individual party favours. It’s been a real thing at some of the parties my daughter has been to in the last few months.

1. MR MEN BOX SET – 48 BOOKS 

The Mr Men Box Set is great value for younger kids, there’s 48 books in the set, which you can pick up for under £30. 

2. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID – 12 BOOKS

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid is super popular with 8 years olds upwards. Break up the 12 books and give one each as a party favour.

5.  A JOURNAL TO WRITE IN

Journaling is a BIG thing at the moment. Which makes these journals a super cool party bag idea for kids. My ten-year-old daughter has received a journal party favour a couple of times and she LOVES them. 

She also just received this gorgeous All About Me journal as a gift and started writing in it straight away. 

All About Me journal - better than average party bag favours
All About Me Journal

This You Are Awesome journal is full of life hack, tasks and challenges to help each kid to be awesome. What’s not to LOVE!!

the You Are Awesome journal - more memorable than traditional party bag favours
You Are Awesome Journal

6. WRITE YOUR OWN STORYBOOK

These Write Your Own Storybooks are just brilliant. 

They are full of hints, tips and tasks to help kids write super amazing stories. The first half of the book is tips based and the second is full of story themes. 

There’s lots of lined space for writing, plus there’s character, setting and additional idea suggestions to help kids create a truly amazing novel!!

Write Your Own Story book - amazing alternative party bag favour
Write Your Own Storybook

7. PERSONALISED JEWELLERY MAKING KITS

These personalised jewellery making kits are perfect as a birthday party activity that is also the party favour. They are great when kids aren’t so into party games and want to hang out doing something fun instead.

1. PERSONALISED UNICORN AND RAINBOW BRACELET MAKING KIT

2. PERSONALISED RAINBOW BRACELET MAKING KIT

8. PRE-FILLED TREATS PARTY FAVOURS

1. PRE-FILLED PARTY CONES

I love this idea, because it’s got such a European flavour to it. The treat filled cones can be personalised, just not that there is a minimum order of 15 cones.

You have the option to add a thank you note to the cones, so they can double-up as party favour and thank you all in one, very budget friendly and time-saving!! What’s not to love?!!

Alternative kids party bag favour ideas, pre-filled party cones

2. PERSONALISED TREAT POTS

These Personalised Treat Pots have enough space on the lid for a name and a few more party details, perfect for complete customisation.

9. MAKE YOUR OWN BIRDCAGE

This Make Your Own Paper Birdcage Kit is just magical. I also love that it is made from recycled card.

The birdcage is SO EASY to make, there’s no need for glue or scissors, so it makes a great party bag idea for kids aged 7 years old and upwards to make on their own or for younger kids to make with help. 

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10. FUN LITTLE GAMES PARTY FAVOURS

I have a fondness for portable games that kids can take with them when travelling, or to play at the table when eating out. 

They also make great alternatives to party bags, especially when kids are 7+ and the number of party guests is hopefully shorter than in earlier years. 

Here are a couple of little games that work really well as party favours. 

1. PASS THE PIGS

Pass The Pigs is such a simple game, but it’s so much fun. Great for whipping out at restaurants whilst hungry kids wait for their food. The aim is to be the first to 100 points by throwing the pigs and seeing how they land. All kids I know LOVE it. 

Pass the Pigs game - a party favour bag alternative the kids will keep and enjoy for a long time

2. DOBBLE

Dobble is a speedy observation game, where players have to race to match the identical symbol between cards.

It’s huge amounts of fun to play. 

11. A SET OF FANCY PLAYING CARDS

Playing cards are our family go-to for fun and games. We have a plain set, but there are loads of fancy sets out there for kids, which make perfect party favours. 

1. MARVEL PLAYING CARDS

KIDS PARTY BAG ALTERNATIVE, IDEAS FOR PARTY FAVOURS
Marvel cards make great party bag ideas

12. A PIECE OF BIRTHDAY CAKE AND A BALLOON

Now this is super old school, but also a great way to double up on party decorations and party favours. 

Simply use the balloons to decorate the party space and then hand one out to each child with a slice of cake in a napkin as they leave the party. 

The key is to go for fancy balloons if you really want the wow factor. 

You will of course need helium to blow up the balloons. 

You can buy helium from Amazon 

These animal balloons come in packs of three. They are perfect if you’re having an animal themed party (er, obvs!!) 

Animal balloons - fun and memorable alternative to a party favour bag

13. GROW YOUR OWN GIFT

Grow your own seeds gifts make a lovely alternative party favour for kids of all ages, plus they’re the gift that keeps on giving. 

Grow Your Own Giant Sunflower Kit

This Grow Your Own Giant Sunflower kit is hard to beat when it comes to putting a smile on little kids’ faces. The kit is eco-friendly with a bamboo seed tray and peat-free compost, so there’s lots of lovely talking points for parents and kids. You can get the Giant Sunflower Kit over on Amazon.

Make your own seed kits

Here’s what you’ll need to create a set of beautifully presented grow your own gifts:

  • Seeds – cress seeds are a great idea for little kids, because it’s super easy to grow cress AND it grows quickly.  Pansy seeds are a lovely idea for older kids, as are peppers
  • Terracotta pots – I love these from Hobbycraft, because they’re totally classic and also great value for money. 
  • Paper napkins – napkins are the perfect size to wrap seeds in, whether they’re in a packet or loose. 
  • Ribbon – I’ve got a thing for grosgrain ribbon for gifts, but there’s a massive selection for you to choose your own at Hobbycraft
  • Paper name tags –  I suggest using luggage tags, because they come with a tie and they’re the perfect size for writing kids’ names on.  I like the scalloped edge tags by Kraft from Hobbycraft, they’ look lovely and they’re super cost effective. 
Neat plant pot kids' party gift instead of a typical party favour bag

There’s a great tutorial over on Rock My Wedding, it’s for wedding favours, but it’s the same idea in principle.

PARTY BAG FILLERS AND ALTERNATIVE PARTY FAVOUR IDEAS BY AGE-GROUP FROM 2 YEARS OLD TO TEN YEARS OLD

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR TWO-YEAR-OLDS

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLDS

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR FOUR-YEAR-OLDS

PAPER ANIMAL BALLOONS

Japanese Paper Balloons gift wrapped

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR FIVE-YEAR-OLDS

Wondering what to put in a party bag for a five year old? Here’s my top suggestions for alternative goodie bag fillers or party favours that you can give instead of party bags, that five year old girls and boys will love. 

Five year olds are still at an age where they love lots of loot in their party bag, the thrill of being given a party bag kind of outweighs what is actually in it. But that doesn’t mean you should just fill it with junk! 

Here’s a list of junk-free party bag fillers that five year old kids will think is lovely loot that they will actually use. 

PARTY FAVOUR IDEAS FOR 5-YEAR-OLDS

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR SIX-YEAR-OLDS

WOODEN ANIMAL YOYOS

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR SEVEN-YEAR-OLDS

PERSONALISED CHOCOLATE BAR

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR EIGHT-YEAR-OLDS

PARTY BAG IDEAS FOR NINE-YEAR-OLDS

PRE-FILLED PARTY CONES PIÑATA STYLE

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DO YOU HAVE TO GIVE PARTY BAGS AT A KIDS PARTY?

Over the last couple of decades, party bags have become a big part of kids birthday parties. Back in the day, we all used to get a slice of cake and a balloon if we were lucky! But do you have to give out party bags?

The simple answer is NO! You absolutely don’t have to and luckily there are plenty of alternative ways to tackle the issue of what to give kids as a parting favour if you give them anything at all.

The whole reason party bags became something of a prerequisite was because they are meant to be a little thank you to each guest for coming to the party, they are also meant to serve as a little something to take home as a memento of the party.

The emphasis here is on the word LITTLE!! A little something. Unfortunately, thanks to competitive parent syndrome, social media and the rise of influencers, party bags and party favours have become something of a minefield for the average parent who just wants to host a nice party for their child!!

Kids party bags can add a lot of money to your party budget and it can take a lot of time to plan, shop for them and fill them.

The good news is, you don’t have to give party bags out. You can give a single gift or party favour instead of a bag. Most parents will thank you for it!

WHAT CAN YOU USE INSTEAD OF A PARTY BAG?

If you are wondering what you can use instead of a party bag I have put together a quick list of ideas.

Budget can play a huge role in helping you decide what to give out. Try not to bow to peer pressure or keeping up with your local area’s answer to a Kardashian party host.

Take some time to put together a party plan and then work with the budget you have. I’ve got a post with a big list of party planning tips you will find useful.

Here are some good party favour ideas that you can give instead of party bags include:

  • Create a selfie photo-area at the party and give every child a polaroid selfie
  • Have a craft activity that once complete becomes the party gift
  • Personalised keepsake tins make great party favours
  • Make your own kit
  • A personalised keepsake tin. Kids love a bit of personalisation
  • A journal to write in
  • Write your own storybook
  • Pre-filled craft party bags
  • A piece of birthday cake and a balloon
  • A book (break up a box set of kids books for a super budget-friendly gift)
  • Edible treats (do something homemade if you have time and put it in a little gift bag or box)

BUT WHAT IF YOU DO WANT TO CREATE PARTY BAGS? WHAT CAN YOU PUT IN THEM?

If you want to go ahead with making party bags to give out, there are ways to create budget friendly party bags that are also eco-friendly.

PRE-FILLED KIDS PARTY BAGS

If you are short on time or just want to avoid the stress and effort of piecing together party bags, you can buy pre-filled party bags.

The trick is finding the pre-filled bags that aren’t just full of cheap plastic junk and rubbish sweets.

To help save you time and effort, I’ve got a list of seven absolutely brilliant pre-filled kids party bags, a couple of them just have a single item inside, but each bag contains something that kids will love and actually use.

TAKE A LOOK AT SEVEN BRILLIANT PRE-FILLED PARTY BAGS

CRAFT KITS THAT MAKE BRILLIANT PARTY FAVOURS

Craft parties are super popular with parents for lots of reasons, including the fact that you can use the craft activity as a party favour! I’ve put together a list of really gorgeous craft kits for kids parties that double as party favours.

TAKE A LOOK AT EIGHT GORGEOUS KIDS PARTY CRAFT KITS

ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY BAG FILLER IDEAS

We all need to be as environmentally conscious and conscientious as possible. Choosing to skip plastic junk and going for eco-friendly party filler options instead is a great way to cut down on landfill and single-use plastic waste.  

Looking for ideas to fill party favour bags with? Here’s a list of the types of things that are either eco-friendly or that you can buy eco-friendly versions of to put inside party bags. I’ve also now created a separate post with a list of 32 eco-friendly party bag filler ideas with links to some of the best eco-friendly party bag fillers around.

1. EDIBLE FAVOURS

  1. Sweets and candy 
  2. Chocolate buttons
  3. Sugar mice
  4. Lollipops
  5. Candy necklace or bracelet
  6. Chocolate coins
  7. Packet of popcorn
  8. Homemade cupcake or treats

2. BOOKS AND STATIONERY FAVOURS

  1. Pencil case
  2. Book
  3. Colouring book
  4. Pencil sharpener
  5. Notebook
  6. Pen toppers
  7. Personalised pencil
  8. Erasers
  9. Mini box of crayons
  10. Chalk
  11. Stickers

3. HAIR AND BODY ACCESSORIES

  1. Fun toothbrush
  2. Hair bobbles
  3. Hair clips
  4. Play tattoos
  5. Bracelets
  6. Water-based nail polish
  7. Lip balm 

4. FUN AND GAMES

  1. Finger puppet
  2. Mini rubber ducks
  3. Skipping rope
  4. Yoyo
  5. Bubbles
  6. Mini soft toy
  7. Magnet
  8. Pot of play putty
  9. Bouncy balls
  10. Sidewalk chalk

RANDOM OTHER FAVOUR IDEAS

  1. Glow stars 
  2. Pack of seeds to grow
  3. Colour stainless steel drinking straw
  4. Personalised or cute mug
  5. Polaroid photo from the party

LIST OF ECO-FRIENDLY PARTY FAVOUR / PARTY BAG SUPPLIERS

Here’s a list of sustainable, eco-friendly party favours and party bag filler brands and suppliers to look out for:

ALL 126 PARTY BAG IDEAS IN ONE BIG EASY READ LIST

This post has evolved over time, from a list of 12 alternative party bag ideas to over 100 ideas and now to 126 ideas.

If you just simply want to take a quick look down a list of party bag ideas you can use the simplified list below.

Click the links to shop the ideas.

126 party bag ideas for kids parties

  1. Paper animal party balloons
  2. Personalised keepsake tins
  3. Pot of colour changing putty
  4. Pot of squeezable putting
  5. Pot of silk clay or modelling clay
  6. Unicorn poo - yes really, it's a thing!
  7. Mini play doh pot
  8. Grow Your Own Dinosaur Garden
  9. Grow Your Own Magical Garden
  10. Personalised Make Your Own Unicorn Garden 
  11. Make your own unicorn wand kit
  12. Make your own aeroplane kit
  13. Make your own superhero mask 
  14. Make Your Own Paper Birdcage Kit 
  15. Wooden rocket stand up kit
  16. Colour-in party bags – doubles as a craft and a party favour or bag for party loot
  17. Sock unicorn craft kits – more of a party favour/gift than a filler
  18. Little animal sewing kits
  19. Mr Men Box Set - buy and break up for individual party favours
  20. Paddington box set of books -  buy and break up for individual party favours
  21. Little Miss box set of books  -  buy and break up for individual party favours
  22. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box Set - - buy and break up for individual party favours
  23. All About Me journal 
  24. You Are Awesome journal 
  25. Write Your Own Storybook
  26. Personalised unicorn and rainbow bracelet making kit
  27. Prefilled party treat cones
  28. Prefilled pinata style party cones with gifts and treats
  29. Personalised treat pots 
  30. Pass The Pigs 
  31. Dobble
  32. Marvel playing cards
  33. Grow your own Giant Sunflower Kit
  34. Cress seeds
  35. Personalised wild flower growing kit
  36. Wooden musical instruments
  37. Animal shaped easy-grip crayons
  38. Baby Einstein board book (buy in set of 12) 
  39. Finger paints
  40. Scented gel pens
  41. Erasers
  42. Mini box of crayons
  43. Pencil sharpener
  44. Notebook
  45. Pen toppers
  46. Pencil case
  47. Cute highlighter pens
  48. Chalk 
  49. Stickers
  50. Mini bath crayons
  51. Wooden spinning top (18 pieces in one pack)
  52. CocoMelon bubbles
  53. Bubbles - I love these mini ice-cream bubble bottles
  54. Superhero rubber ducks
  55. Play-doh party pot (buy in party bag of 15 pots, super budget-friendly)
  56. Animal finger puppet
  57. Air-dry colourful modelling clay (buy in bulk for budget-friendliness)
  58. Colourful wooden animal bookmark
  59. Wooden birdhouse making kit (two per set for great value)
  60. Robot jelly bean party favour boxes
  61. Coloured pencils set
  62. Wooden wand making kit B07CRX597M
  63. Wooden dinosaur yoyo
  64. Wooden animal handle skipping rope
  65. Wooden hearts and rainbows bracelet by Little Otter
  66. Nut Bugs 
  67. Cute tattoos, Animal tattoos
  68. Tiger in the garden seedbom
  69. Pirates Treasure – Fools Gold
  70. Clown topped colourful pencil
  71. Bug pencil sharpeners
  72. Animal eraser and sharpener set
  73. Dinosaur themed sweetie party pots
  74. Personalised party chocolate bar
  75. Personalised baking kit 
  76. Cute animal topped pencils
  77. Make your own biscuit kit 
  78. Kidz Labs Lemon Clock 
  79. Wooden transformer robot
  80. Personalised keepsake tin
  81. Wooden animal keyrings
  82. Wooden animal stamps
  83. Animal shaped notepads
  84. Three minute gratitude journal for kids
  85. Biodegradable vegan skin glitter
  86. Edible paper money
  87. Heart sticker rolls
  88. Mini doodles notebook
  89. Animal memo holders
  90. Natural scented lip balm
  91. Natural lip gloss by Little Lulubel
  92. Water based nail polish
  93. Hair bobbles
  94. Hair clips
  95. Play tattoos
  96. Bracelets
  97. Nail art jewels 
  98. Lip balm 
  99. Peel off nail polish
  100. Lip gloss
  101. Coated Oreo party favour in box
  102. Unicorn coated Oreo party favour in box
  103. Playtime coated Oreo party favours
  104. Giant swirly lollipop
  105. Lick A Bubble edible bubbles (buy in pack of four)
  106. Cute mini notebooks – buy in sets and divide up
  107. Silicone fun drinking straws
  108. Wooden cars – buy a set and divide it up
  109. Slime Baff – eco friendly biodegradable bath slime, what’s not to love (eek!!)
  110. Baff Bombz
  111. Rainbow Surprise balls – buy a set of six and divide up
  112. Mini packets of flavoured popcorn
  113. Chocolate coins
  114. Candy necklaces
  115. Classic Freddo chocolate caramel
  116. Swizzels unicorn rainbow drops
  117. Wooden toy car
  118. Lego mini figures
  119. Lego craft kit - these are simply genius!
  120. Fidget toys
  121. Bouncy balls
  122. Mini bath duck 
  123. Novelty toothbrush
  124. Reusable drinking straw
  125. Keyring
  126. Glow stars

BAGS TO FILL WITH PARTY TREATS AND FAVOURS

Once you’ve got your party bag fillers you will need bags to put them in, so take a look at my roundup of 18 of the best paper party bags around for inspiration.

So there you go, some alternative party bag ideas for kids that take away the headache of thinking up ideas for stuffing party bags with.

Did you know you can now download my free kids party checklist, where you can make sure to tick off party bag favours!

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Stacey

Monday 24th of January 2022

These are super cute. Love them!!