Birthday Goody Bag Ideas

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We cut envelopes in half with craft scissors, then fold the envelope along both sides and the bottom then straighten out like a bag. Put your goodies in and glue on a thank you tag. Using a hole punch in the top, punch hole. Put a coloured ribbon through the hole and tie.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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I'm thinking of a Baby Boss themed party for my 2nd child's upcoming birthday. As much as possible I want it simple and at a very low cost, but of course we all want our parties presentable. Here's and idea for a gentleman themed goody bag.



  • white paper (8.5" x 14")
  • colored paper
  • scissors
  • glue


  1. Fold the white paper in half leaving a small space allowance.
  2. Apply glue on that space allowance and fold to seal. Crease the two sides of the paper.
  3. Push the folds in. See photo.
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  5. Crease both sides. It should look like this.
  6. Fold the bottom of the bag up about an inch or more.
  7. Open this fold and push its sides inward.
  8. Fold in the edges and seal.
  9. For the top portion, fold down about 2 and a half inches.
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  11. Cut out a triangle on this fold.
  12. It should look like this after.
  13. Now, cut a bowtie shape from colored paper and three circles for the buttons.
  14. Attach the bowtie in the center top of the triangle and align the buttons below.
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This is a photo of a goodie bag I created for my son's Chuck E. Cheese birthday party in May. I was going to go the normal route and buy those cheesy little plastic goodie bags but with all the items I wanted to give the kids, I thought they were too small and easily punctured.

Birthday Goodie Bags

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For my daughter's recent birthday party, I wanted everything to be special, but (as always) we were on a strict budget. I came up with a simple but adorable idea for goody bags!

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October 25, 2005

Here is a fun way to get the little party goers involved. Get some decorations from a craft store or just little glueables around the home.


Like puffy balls wiggly eyes for a face, foamys, or buttons etc.

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February 16, 2005

When you can't seem to find little bags to fix for a kids party, buy some colored saran wrap and put your candies in it and tie with a pretty ribbon. Works really well. By Sue

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I need some good ideas for favors for my son's first birthday (July 2007). We are doing an animal theme. I found the invites on sale for $1.00 at Walmart. It will be a barbecue at our house with a jumper and face painting (my mom is doing the face painting). We are making the pinata and we'll have the kids decorate their own cupcakes. We'll order a whole bunch of mutli-colored balloons with little color animals printed off the internet attached by ribbon to hang all over. Nothing fancy. The only area I'm having a little difficulty with is favors.


We will have 35-40 children (DH and I both have huge families). I found white craft bags on sale at Walmart but have no idea what to do for favors. The kids coming range in age from newborn to preteen. Any ideas? I am trying to keep each goody bag under $1.50.

Misty from Antelope Valley, CA


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March 11, 20080 found this helpful

Maybe instead of favors you could get some inexpensive plain frames from the craft store, they usually come in packages of 3 or 5 and are unfinished wood or paper mache' You could also get some animal foamies (small foam stickers with animal shapes and designs) and small stickers ect. Have each child maybe in groups, decorate their frames and have someone with a digital camera and printer take their picture at the party. That way they have a more lasting memory instead of candy and toys. Good luck and I hope your child has a happy birthday!

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March 12, 20080 found this helpful

Are you sure you want that many kids of differing ages at one time? Maybe you should have at least two different parties? I can't imagine that they will all have a good time with that many people. That being said, a piece of fruit, a small book, some penny candy or homemade candy, a bookmark, a rubber ball, or homemade soft ball or beanbag, a pencil, a small pack of crayons, one whimsically shaped crayon or piece of sidewalk chalk, hair ribbons for the girls, army, firemen, or cowboy figures, a pack of seeds small clay pot. Most things can be purchased at a dollar store or at

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By jojo (Guest Post)
March 12, 20080 found this helpful

Before visiting this site (and others) in recent years, I never realized that party lootbags had to contain any more than a slice of the birthday cake and some candies/lollies to take home. Maybe that's just a U.K. thing? It sure made life a lot easier and less expensive :)

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By (Guest Post)
March 12, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you for all your suggestions. I love the frames and photos one!

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By denise w (Guest Post)
March 13, 20080 found this helpful

Animal crackers would work great stays in theme and very inexpensive.

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By Jeannie (Guest Post)
March 13, 20080 found this helpful

With the variety of ages cruising the dollar store is a must.Also visit stores the day after Easter, and perhaps you'll find some good bargains. The craft stores may have thing then too that you could adapt for all ages; lip gloss, novelty gums, hair decorations, stickers, candy, snack bags, pencil's pens. After Easter is a good time to pick up what is not sold before, K-marts, and Walmart have 75 percent off sometimes.

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By Paula Jo Carr Mebane, NC (Guest Post)
March 13, 20080 found this helpful

Go to Oriental Trading for lots of inexpensive candies, toys and paper goods for birthday parties, PLUS a lot of different stuff too like Halloween costumes all very inexpensive. I use them all of the time for different things.

Try it out - your will be a happy camper when see what they offer and how cheaply they offer it to the public too!

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March 13, 20080 found this helpful

Look at the dollar tree,and don't just rely on the packages of "party favors", go to the toys and sometimes you may find multi packs of different items. Maybe a pack with 20 high bounce balls for example. Glow jewelry make good favors, and since you're going with an animal theme, how about buying the large packs of plastic farm or jungle animals and putting one or two in each bag? I also used to buy sheets of stickers and cut out the individual stickers and put a few of them in each bag; the same goes for those temporary tatoos. Just look around, there are lots of great ideas out there.

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August 30, 2007

I am hosting a pamper party for my sister's 22nd birthday. I was wondering what should I put in the goody bags, and also what food to serve. I have 2 friends coming who will be supplying the treatments.
If you can help, I would be ever so grateful.

Danielle from Surrey, UK


August 30, 20070 found this helpful

You can find lots of really nice shower gel, soap, and lotions at stores like big lots and dollar stores. I also found a container holding 6 small spoofs for shower gel for a dollar. One in each bag would be nice. Dollar stores also always have bubble bath, bath beads and small decorator soaps that would go great in the good bags. I would suggest making the food like an appetizer banquet.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

I would like to suggest rich, decadent food.
Fruit and fruit dip, brownies topped with ice cream, and the choice of warm fudge or warm caramel sauce.
Stuff like that.

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By joyce craig (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

Try a girl's trendy buffet of fondue. It's amazing how much fun everyone will have dipping into different sauces with a large assortment of delicious goodies.

In your goody bag, remember the pamper "me" items, such a small lotions, nail items, and perhaps a "Cutie" pack of tissue for the purse. A greater bonus would be a lip stick mirror. Adorn with multiple shades of tissues and don''t forget to curl and shread your ribbons. It gives them the "little extra something". Ladies just adore our monthly luncheon favor bags always made around the "Theme". Another inexpensive trick is to use 60 inch width material off the bargin table. I love the 1.00 sales. Cut your squares to fit the inside of your cello bag and then stuff your favor . The fabric will add a extra something while the ribbons finish the completed look.
Happy creating! Joyce Craig (Dancing through with joy)

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By Veronica (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

I don't know about the rest of the world, but here in Sweden you can now get mini bottles of just about anything hygiene related (because of new airplane security rules that only allow you to bring small amounts of liquid into the plane). They're small and cute and could fit into all kinds of goodie bags.

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By marie (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

Bath & Body Works sells trial sizes of their lotions, body sprays, & bath gels. Reasonable prices & great size for goody bags. Also, Whitman's Sampler chocolates sells personal size boxes - 4 pieces a box for under $1.00.

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By cristy (Guest Post)
September 2, 20070 found this helpful

I did this one year for a party. What I put in the goody bags ,was like perfumes small candles etc, and you could also give them a gift certificate for Bath and Body Works or something.

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May 31, 2011

I am having a gymnastics party for an 8 year old. I wanted some ideas for what I should put in the goody bags? I looked at shutter glasses and glow sticks. Can I know what else to put in the goody bags?

By Kim D.

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