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Now I’ve got a few kids’ birthday parties under my belt I’ve put together some alternative party bag ideas for kids parties. Ideas you can use instead of filling kids’ party bags with cheap plastic and stuff that gets discarded within minutes. I’ve only included links to companies that I’ve actually bought from.
Alternative party bag ideas for kids
When it comes to throwing a birthday party there is one BIG question that so many of us parents fret over:
Can you throw a kid’s birthday party without party bags?!
The way I see it, it depends on two things…
- …how brave you are
- …how creative you are
I admit I am not hugely brave.
But luckily I am quite creative, so I usually give an alternative to a party bag.
It isn’t always any cheaper, but it does at least mean that I spend my money on something the kids might actually use and love.
Plus sourcing one amazing thing is so much less work than having to find a bunch of stuff to stick into bags.
What are the best alternatives to party bags?
The trick is to go for things that that kids will ooo and ahh over.
If you are stuck for ideas for alternatives to the traditional kids’ party bags, look no further.
I’ve put together a list of alternative party bag ideas for kids.
Things you can give kids instead of a party bag full of stuff that gets discarded within minutes.
The list 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.
Alternative party bag ideas for kids
1. Grow your own garden sets
I absolutely adore the look of these grow your own garden sets by Clockwork Soldier over on Notonthehighstreet.com
2. Make your own kit
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)
They’ve got a bunch of different kits…
Make Your Own Unicorn Wand Kit
Bang on trend for the unicorn theme parties, I just love this Unicorn wand kit from Notonthehighstreet.com
Make Your Own Model Airplane Kit
Isn’t this just the bees knees? Who doesn’t love a Make Your Own Airplane kit?!
3. Paper balloon animals
Keeping on the balloon theme, but giving it a little twist.
I ADORE these Japanese paper balloon animals.
What is really brilliant is that every balloon is individually packaged, so it is a ready made party favour.
A really economical one at that.
4. A personalised keepsake tin
Kids love a bit of personalisation.
You can either order the tins on their own from Notonthighstreet.com, each one personalised with a child’s name, or you can order them filled with chocolate.
5. A journal to write in
Journaling is a BIG thing at the moment.
My daughter has received a journal as a 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.
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!!
6. Make your own birdcage
This birdcage is just magical. I also love that it is made from recycled card. There are three birds that come with the birdcage.
It’s so easy to make, there’s no need for glue or scissors, so it’s great for kids aged 7+ to make on their own, or for younger kids to make with help.
7. Write your own story book
These Write Your Own Story books 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!!
8. Pre-filled craft party bags
Now craft party bags are simply genius.
You can either save them to the end of the party to give out as party favours.
Or you can give them to the kids during the party and they spend time at the party making their own party favour! Win win!!
Oglee Poglee do the most gorgeous craft party bags, here’s a selection of them. You can buy them either with or without the addition of a glue stick in each bag.
Woodland creatures craft party bag
Pirate adventure craft party bag
Superhero craft party bag
9. Story books
Now this is one of my favourite ideas.
It’s been a real thing at some of the parties my daughter has been to in the last few months.
Firstly, it’s super worthy, so you win big brownie points from other parents 😉
Secondly, you can bulk buy sets of books to split up as individual party favours.
So you can SAVE MONEY!!! Woo hoo!!
Mr Men Box Set – 47 books
A box set of The Mr Men is great value for younger kids, there’s 47 books in the set, which you can pick up for under £30.
10. 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
I really love these confetti filled balloons from Party Pieces.
They come in packs of 5 balloons.
They’ve got a whole range of different confetti options and a whole wide range of really gorgeous balloons at really reasonable prices.
These animal balloons come in packs of three. They are perfect if you’re having an animal themed party (er, obvs!!)
11. Fun little games
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.
Pass the Pigs
This is so simple but so much fun. 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.
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.
12. 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.
I love these unicorn playing cards from Paperchase.
13. Pre-filled party cone
I love this idea, because it’s got such a European flavour to it.
So chic as well.
These pre-filled party cones can be personalised.
Just note there is a minimum order of 15 cones.
The bonus bit is that you can add a thank you message – so that’s party gift and thank you nailed in one hit!
What’s not to love?!!
14. 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.
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.
There’s a great tutorial over on Rock My Wedding, it’s for wedding favours, but it’s the same idea in principle.
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.
Want more kids party posts to help you plan your child’s next birthday party?
Then look no further than the Kids Party section.
If you’re planning your child’s party at the moment, do check out our Party Games for Under 5s post.
We’ve also put together a post on kids party planning tips.
I’ve also put together a post about the best toys for babies, it makes a great gift list.
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