Call them what you will: party favors, gift bags, party bags, goodie bags or loot bags – we are always in need of inspiration for easy and inexpensive loot bag ideas. To my kids – loot bags are the most important of birthday decorations and party supplies! That said, I’ve put together a list of 50+ loot bag ideas…all easy…
Loot Bag Ideas
Consider grouping your loot bag ideas together to match your birthday party theme. i.e. bubbles, notepad & paper for an arts n’ crafts party. Binoculars and animal figures for an explorer themed party. Mini hockey sticks for a winter birthday party. Bucket & shovel for a summer birthday party. Princess crown and change purse for a princess party. Whistle and drink container for a sport themed party. Sunglasses, nail polish and lip gloss for a tween girl party. Glow sticks for a sleepover. Secret message pen, mustache stickers and spy kid for a secret agent party.
I try to keep loot bags under $7/child (because it adds up when you have a party!). I also try to stay away from food items in party bags (though my kids disagree with this) as such – I’ve included a few food ideas for goodie bags.
Look for party favors not only at dollar stores but also in the sale areas of toy stores, book stores, drug stores and grocery stores. I once found new in box teddy bears on sale for $2 each on a clearance rack.
To save time (and sanity) at a pre-schooler or kindergarten birthday party – simply write “From: *insert child’s name here*” so that you don’t have to match kids’ to personalized bags. This helps the parent grab n’ go the loot bag pre-child meltdown (and there always is a child who melts down at a birthday party – they just don’t want to leave the fun).
For older kids, you can invest a little more in loot bags (as most likely you’ll be inviting less kids – no need for invite the whole class parties when a child is 10). I have some fun ideas for a tween girl birthday party (the menu of that party was a hit!).
Talking birthday party menus…a make your own sundae bar has been my go-to for the last few birthdays (kids love it!). You could also make my Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes which are chocolate goodness. Or you could totally be unique and make the Best Brownies Recipe Ever.