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It’s the dirty little secret all moms keep and now it’s time for it to come out of the closet…. WE HATE GOODY BAGS!!! We hate giving them, we hate having our kids receive them. We all know it’s a waste of money for more candy our kids don’t need and for cheap toys that will break or that we’ll smuggle into the trash after our kids are sleeping. While it would be nice if we could all just admit it and do away with this Birthday tradition, that probably isn’t going to happen. So, instead, we’ve come up with 10 Alternatives to Birthday Party Goody Bags that are least better than candy and other …well, you know.
10 Alternatives to Birthday Party Goody Bags
A Storybook Surprise
Scholastic offers a large selection of books for all ages at reasonable prices, some as low as 99 cents. Whether it’s Dr. Seuss, Clifford the Big Red Dog or P, you can probably find a book to match any party theme. Buy Scholastic Early Readers on via Amazon or check your local book stores or even Target and Wal-Mart.
Let your child choose a charity that appeals to them or that even goes with the party theme. For example, if you’re having a jungle party, it could be the local zoo. Have a card for guests to sign and then send off the card with a donation for what you would have spent on goodie bags. If you must send them home with something, print out stickers on your computer that say “I had fun and made a difference today!”
Sweet treats tend to be a staple in Birthday party goodie bags, but sometimes it’s just too much sugar. Rather than sending kids home with loads of candy, replace the usual processed junk with a custom decorated cookie or cupcake in a specially decorated bag or box. You can make your own or purchase from your local bakery.
Activity to Go
Many of the items found in goodie bags break quickly or get lost. Consider instead pairing a cute cookie cutter that coordinates with the party theme and a jar of play-doh or even simply a small print-out of a favorite sugar cookie recipe. Amazon carries a set of Cookie Cutters for $14.99 or you can pick up individual cookie cutters at most craft stores for just a couple of dollars.
Create a mix CD of the birthday child’s favorite songs or give kids an iTunes gift card good for a free download.
Earth Friendly and Fun
Give guests a goodie that will be a beautiful reminder of your child’s special day and that will certainly be better for the earth than a bunch of cheap plastic toys. Tree in a box offers multiple tree types in a kit with seeds, a starter pot, a fertilizer pellet and small instruction booklet. $2.50 -$6.00 depending on the number purchased at Treeinabox.com
let all the slumber party guests leave with an item they didn’t use at the party…..their pillowcase! You can either purchase basic white pillow cases at stores like Target or Wal-Mart and let kids personalize their own using Fabric Markers or if you want to go all out, you can order them their own personalized pillow case.
If you’re planning a pool party or a beach or water themed party send guests home with their very own personalized towel. You can order them on ETSY or purchase them yourself and find a local store or friend that will do the embroidery for you. Another option is to skip the personalization and just get an assortment of cute beach towels from Target and Wal-Mart.
(personal favorite)- have the guests create their favors! Paint a wooden frame (avail. at any craft store: ) and then send them home with it and a pic of the party. You can also make our cute playdough cupcakes as a party craft and then let the kids take them home.
Every kid loves a helium filled surprise! Use them as part of the décor and then send them home with partygoers. Popular places to get balloons in an assortment of colors and children’s themes include Party City, Local Grocery Stores, Target, Wal-Mart and …You can even do it at home yourself with the Balloon Time Helium Tank from Amazon that also comes with balloons for just $29.99.
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