Birthday Loot Bag Ideas: Reader Question

My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I’m facing the challenge of the dreaded loot bags. I’m trying to embrace the frugal lifestyle and was wondering if your readers had any ideas for loot bags. -Rhetta

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Loot Bag Ideas

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  1. Leanne says:

    Opps, the scrapbook and camera were for the same party.

    Another good place to watch for deals is Superstore. I keep my eye open for things throughout the year and buy as they go on sale.

  2. Deb says:

    My son’s birthday was in early November, we went to the zoo and I took a bunch of pictures. I sent a PowerPoint to each of the parents and in the final slide we shared that we had donated money to the Chum City Christmas Wish on behalf of the kids.

  3. Jenny says:

    In the past I would give $5 gift cards for each child and put the card in a loot bag with some inexpensive candy. Girls love getting gift cards from Claires, you can also get Wal Mart cards or McDonald’s cards. If you’re going to spend the proverbial $5 per child anyway, it may as well be someting they can choose and it won’t end up being a bunch of cheap trinkets that will end up broken and in the garbage in the next day or so.

  4. Roz says:

    At my kids parties, (I have three of them and each party is within a month of each other) we have the kids do the pinata thing and every child gets a little bag to put all their candy in. At the end of the party, I have a basket full of all the McDonalds’ Happy Meal toys( or Harveys, Swiss Chalet, etc.) that I have collected over the year and each child gets to pick one to put in their bag. I have done this for the past three years and each child seems to love to dig through the basket, pick a toy they want and they have won all their own candy with the pinata.

  5. danielle says:

    Mabel’s Labels is great!! They also have a “loot bag” option.
    Kids love stickers in general, and they love to identify their own belongings.

    I believe it is a min. order of 6 (each one personalized) and they are $5ea (free shipping too!)

  6. mary says:

    i just keep it simple……chocolates, candies, crayons, colouring books, kids aren’t fussy (as long as they have their friends, family & sweets they’re happy!!) its the parents that more pressure on themselves…lol!

  7. Jamie says:

    I try to avoid dollar stores when doing “goody bags” because I hate when my kids come home from a party with a bag filled with junk. The odd time there are decent items, generally speaking it’s garbage and a total waste of your money. Instead, I prefer to shop at clearance sales and get good deals on decent items. I’m also pretty cheap, so $5 per kid with a total of 8-10 kids is WAY too much for me to spend (especially because I am already spending lots of money to even host the party and I can’t justify adding another $50 just to say “thanks for coming”). One year I found those freezer mugs on clearance for 25c each so I bought those and put a few smaller things inside (can’t remember what went inside, it was 8yrs ago). Most years I find good quality bubbles on clearance and I buy them anytime I see them marked way down (there is no point in buying cheap bubbles because they just don’t work so you may was well throw your money in the garbage). Most years I also find buckets and shovels and other sand toys on clearance and these are even fun to give in the winter for playing in the snow. Right now is a good time to look around for the c-mas bath/beauty gift sets on clearance and you can open those and break them up between a few kids.
    I have also explained to my kids that a venue party is more expensive so they have a choice between spending the budget on a venue and cake and drinks, or staying home and buying more food (pizza, party sub, drinks, snacks, cake, platters, etc. They pick the food they want and I make sure we stay on budget) and also buying stuff for goody bags. I’m not going to spend a ton of money on everything they want at a party, they have to make some choices.

  8. Nikita says:

    Homemade cake pops or candy/caramel apples, or a bag of cotton candy. I make a little tag to attach to the item, tie it with a ribbon and I am done!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Hi there, I usually do something to eat, one year I made chocolate chip cookies for my son’s 2nd birthday party and put them in paper bags. Last year I did chocolate covered licorice in cute loved it. My daughter’s 3rd birthday we did gingerbread girls and boys (her birthday is in December). I usually try to do something eatable and eco friendly if I can no plastic. Good luck.

  10. Diane says:

    For my daughter’s 10th birthday, we had a red carpet theme. Since it was during the Christmas Holidays, we had everything in stock for baking. We bought plastic (glass like) plates,cellophane wrap and ribbon. Filled the plates with homemade goodies, wrapped,and with the ribbon, tied a mini disco ball ornament to finish the look. The next day at school, my daughter said her guests were telling everyone else what a cool party she had and how they loved their thank you gifts.

  11. jennifer says:

    Hello there!

    If the kids enjoy playing with play-dough, you can make your own playdough by following a simple recipe off the internet. Try adding a packet of kool-aid drink crystals (or any other cheap type) to seperated parts of the dough to make different colours and fragrances like grape, strawberry, lemon… etc Kids love the different colours and smells. Package them in small plastic containers from the dollar or craft store. Get the birthday girl/boy to help make the dough too before their party. Hope this helps!

  12. Mrs January says:

    Wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for sharing, everyone!

  13. Ainsley says:

    Try simple thing that kids love like chocolate and gum.

  14. michelle says:

    i was thinking about maybe
    – chocolate
    -nail polish
    -eraser in fun shape
    -note book
    -keychaine for school backpack

  15. mellissa says:

    I dont fill a loot bag with candy or junk. I give a small toy away. Eg. A barbie bubbbles
    Skippping ropes hair ties. Usually its pretty close to match theme of bday party

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