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Party Favors

Ideas for Birthday Favors and Personalized Favors plus Party Bags, Goody Bags, and Loot Bags

Children love to receive birthday party favors, which are also called goody bags. The favors are given to each guest as they leave to thank them for coming to your party. The party bags usually contain a few small toys and some candy, and many times you can choose items that tie in with the party theme. For example, a western hat and red bandanna make good favors for a Cowboy party.

Once the birthday child is about five years old, he/she should hand out the goody bags and thank guests for coming to the party. All the free party guides on our Big List of PartyThemes include suggestions for party favors which tie in with the theme.

Craft projects made by the children during the party can also double as a party favor. See our Craft Projects page for lots of ideas.

Complete party favor sets that include a matching bag or box can be ordered online, with designs to match all the popular party themes. This can be less expensive than buying all the items individually.

Read on to find party favor ideas for every age group. Kids are pretty easy to please and will be excited with whatever is inside the goody bag. Look through our list for ideas and remember to add some candy!

Packaging the Favors

You need to assemble the goody bags before the day of the party and set them in a spot where you’ll see them when guests begin to leave. Make one or two extra favor bags in case unconfirmed guests arrive at the party (which happens quite often).

The most common ways to package the favors are to use colored paper bags about the size of lunch bags, or clear cellophane bags that have a design printed on them. The paper bags can be decorated with a sticker that matches the party theme. The cellophane bags need to be taped shut or tied with a piece of ribbon.

Other fun ways to package the favors could be inside a plastic pencil case (sometimes called a craft box), inside a small tackle box, or wrapped inside a colorful bandanna.

Personalized Favors

Many parents are choosing personalized favors instead of several smaller toys. The kids really love these favors and may enjoy them long after the party. Laminated name tags for backpacks, story books that include the child’s name, coloring books, and blank journals are just some of the products available that make great personalized party favors.

Visit our Personalized Favors page to find ideas for party favors in different price ranges from less than $5 up to $20 each. Take a look and see if one of these ideas will work for your party theme.

Suggested Party Favors by Age

Toddlers Under 4 Years Old:

Avoid any candy or toy that contains small parts that could be a choking hazard to toddlers.

  • Bath toys like a rubber duck
  • Finger puppets
  • Balls
  • Animal figures
  • Toy cars and trucks
  • Crayons
  • Soft toys like a small doll or mini stuffed animal
  • Squirt toys like a squirt fish for the bath
  • Bubble sets
  • Board books
  • Butterfly net
  • Bug house (to store insects caught by the children)

Ages 4 to 7 Years Old:

  • Stickers
  • Play Doh
  • Jump rope
  • Balls – any size or type
  • Toy animal figures
  • Kiddie fishing pole
  • Kite
  • Butterfly net
  • Bug house (to store insects caught by the children)
  • Small toy cars (Hot Wheels type)
  • Small plant pot and seed packet
  • Princess tiara
  • Sand pail and shovel
  • Tiny notebook and pen
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Hair accessories
  • Fun pencils and colorful erasers
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Beach ball
  • Chalk
  • Bubble set
  • Frisbee
  • Coloring book
  • Crayons
  • Whistles
  • Yo-yos
  • Small Dolls
  • Gift certificate to a local ice cream shop ($5)

Ages 8 to 11 Years Old:

  • Frisbee
  • Flashlight (for a sleepover)
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Nail polish
  • Jump rope
  • Yo-yo
  • Music CD
  • Beach ball
  • Water guns
  • Gel pens or glitter glue pens
  • Balls – any type or size
  • Small plant pot and seed packet
  • Blank notebook and funky pen
  • Hair accessories
  • Fun pencils and colorful erasers
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Glow sticks and glow necklaces
  • Gift certificate to a local ice cream shop ($5)

Ages 11 and Up…Tween Party Favors:

These kids may have outgrown the traditional goody bag items, so you’ll want to choose something this age group finds acceptable. One larger item may be a better choice than a bag full of little stuff. Run ideas past your child to find a favor that will be a hit. Try one of these ideas:

  • Nail polish kit or lip gloss kit (girls)
  • Medium size stuffed animal (girls)
  • Basketball, football or other sport item
  • A book that ties in with the party theme
  • Sport hat for your local professional sports team (boys)
  • Blank journal and fun pen (girls)
  • Water soaker squirt gun (boys)
  • Nerf gun (boys)
  • Make-up brush set (older teen girls)
  • Gift certificate to a teen restaurant, movie theatre, local ice cream shop, nail salon or mall store