I’m not sure if you’re aware but one of my specialities in life is coming up with EPIC kid’s birthday party goodie bag ideas! If you have a child’s birthday coming up and are struggling to figure out what you’re going to do for party favors, wonder no more because I have you covered with tons of ideas for every age! Let’s take one less stressor off the birthday party train and make putting together goodie bags for your daughter or son’s friends a little easier. Because every little bit of stress off your plate counts for something, right? Right!! With that said, I’m excited to share some fun, unique, and fuss-free ideas for goodie bag success at any age!

Before we dive into specific ideas, I really enjoy giving out personalized party favors! Whenever I can add a personal touch, I go for it. Sometimes, it’s a bit tricky with timing, but if I plan ahead for goodie bags, I like to include the kids’ names on them. Also, adding stickers with a “thank you for coming!” message is another favorite of mine. I usually customize the stickers based on the party theme myself but you can head to Etsy for lots of options that are ready to buy!!

In addition, I absolutely adore the creativity that comes with combining two smaller items or using special bags, boxes, or pouches for party favors. There’s something simple but also unique about pairing crayons with a coloring book, a puppy stuffed animal with puppy chow, or attaching a car themed cookie to a Hot Wheels car. So cute, right?! Equally, finding the perfectly themed drawstring bag and filling it with goodies like candy and a frisbee or using a cellophane bag to house stickers and a cake pop looks really nice and is super special too! It’s these thoughtful touches that make the party favors not just a collection of items but a personalized and memorable gift for everyone involved.

Toddlers (1-3 years old):

  • Bubbles: Bubble wands and non-toxic bubble solution for a bubble-filled adventure.
  • Snacks: Toddler-friendly snacks like animal crackers, fruit pouches, or something you make like puppy chow (aka muddie buddies) are a hit!!
  • Stuffed Animals: Soft, squishy toys, like plush animals or small Squishmallows, are perfect for little hands.
  • Books: An on-theme book is always a good idea!!
  • Colorful Sippy Cups / Water Bottles: A spill-proof, vibrant sippy cup or water bottle is practical and fun! Fill it with your child’s favorite candy or stickers!
  • Mini Plush Blankets: A cozy and adorable mini blanket for nap time or cuddles.
  • Play-Doh Kits: Who doesn’t want to go home with a themed play-doh kit?!
  • Coloring Book and Crayons: Attach them together and you have your goodie bag. I LOVE this idea!!
  • Customized Temporary Tattoos: I did this for Levi’s first birthday and it was a hit!!
  • Pop-Its: Toddlers love pop-its!! They even come as key chains!
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Preschoolers (4-6 years old):

  • Get Crafty: Mini craft kits with pre-cut materials for creating simple crafts. The Melissa & Doug brand has awesome ones!!
  • Stickers: Sticker sheets in various colors and themes for decorating notebooks or folders.
  • Slime Kits: Individual portions of slime with tiny molds for creative sculpting. You an buy them ready to go or make them yourself in small jars.
  • Character Band-Aids: Fun and colorful band-aids featuring their favorite characters.
  • Magnifying Glasses: Mini magnifying glasses for encouraging exploration during backyard adventures.
  • Joke Books: They sell them for specific ages.

Elementary Aged Kids (7-9 years old):

  • Sports Gear: Sports gear like a soccer ball, basketball, or a football is awesome!!
  • Adventurers: A mini adventure journal paired with a pencil for documenting epic adventures.
  • Frisbee: A frisbee is perfect for outdoor play.
  • Reusable Water Bottles: A cool, reusable water bottle for staying hydrated on the go.
  • Personalized Socks: Everyone wears them!!
  • Beanie/Winter Hats: This is a fun one for a winter bash.
  • Sunglasses: Get all different colors and everyone can rock them to school or camp the next day!
  • Jibbitz: Such a cute idea for friends who have crocs!! Amazon sells big packs of them.
  • Comic Books: They’re entertaining and make for a great reading option.

Preteens (10-12 years old):

  • Gadgets: Tech-savvy goodies like cable organizers, phone stands, or pop sockets in cool colors.
  • Games: Compact board games for some old-school fun – perfect for screen-free time and bonding with friends.
  • Stationery: Personalized pens, notebooks, or sticky notes to make studying (or doodling) a bit more exciting.
  • Phone Stands and Holders: A multi-functional phone stand with a holder for watching videos hands-free.
  • USB Charging Cables: A stylish and durable USB charging cable for their gadgets.
  • Book of Fun Facts: A pocket-sized book filled with interesting and quirky facts to stimulate their curious minds.
  • Gift Cards: Put $5 on a gift card to the birthday boy or girl’s favorite store, such as Dick’s, Target, or Amazon. I did this for one of the boy’s bdays and added some gum balls in the bag too! I also love the idea of $5 to Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins or your local ice cream store!

Goodie Bag Ideas that Work for All Ages:

  • Lux Bakery Items: You can’t go wrong with custom themed cookies, cake pops, or rice krispy treats!! Because who doesn’t love a sweet ending to the celebration.
  • Puzzles: Make sure to buy age-appropriate ones that go with the party theme!!
  • Books: Make sure to buy age-appropriate ones that go with the party theme!!

Goodie Bag Ideas by Party Season and Party Theme:

  • Summer Birthday or a Pool Party: Swim towels are always a good idea, as well as inflatable pool floats on theme with the party! Also, outdoor toys and games like bags!
  • Winter Birthdays: Snow molds, beanie hats, or a mug with hot chocolate inside is cute.
  • Sleepover Party: Pillowcases that can be colored on is adorable!
  • Movie Party: Popcorn container with a microwavable bag of popcorn inside!
  • Pizza Making Party: Chef’s hat and apron.
  • Spa Party: Hairbrush and nail polish!
  • Super Hero Parties: Superhero capes.
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So, there you go – the cutest goodie bag ideas all bundled into one blog post! Mix, match, and customize them to fit your party theme, and voila! You’ve got yourself a goodie bag extravaganza that’ll leave your birthday boy or girl’s friends smiling from ear to ear. By the way, many of these ideas you can DIY if you want to, but with a quick google or Amazon search, you can get them delivered straight to your door in just a few days. Here’s to stress-free celebrations and happy kiddos!



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