S.S. asks from Wheaton, IL on May 27, 2008
When do you stop with the goody bags after a birthday party?? My daughter is having her 10th birthday party at a pizza place and is inviting 12 girls (yikes!) and I cannot think of anything to put in the goody bag. Is it time to just forget about this part? Or can I just give out a little candy and call it a day? Any ideas?
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L.R. answers from Chicago on June 08, 2008
Have you thought about giving out one item per child? Like if she is having all girls, maybe a few tubes of lipgloss or something that coordinates with her theme. I just immediately thought of lipgloss because I swear my 10 year old eats it.
K.L. answers from Chicago on June 02, 2008
Girls that age love the kind of stuff you can get out of the dollar bins at Michael's. They have all kinds of fun girly stuff to choose from.
D.S. answers from Chicago on May 29, 2008
As my daughter got older I had the same dilemma. I tried to "age" the goody bags with the kids and still keep them affordable. I went to Kohl's and got the sets of bath gels and bubble bath. It is usually reasonable and you get 5 or more per package (even the small ones are ok) and I tried to match or compliment with lotions. Also, walmart or target for inexpensive nail polishes with toe separators are good. At Michael's they always have inexpensive projects like door hangers or foam frames they can take home to do. But don't forget the candy!!!! Happy Shopping
D.K. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
I am throwing both a wedding and baby shower this summer and I give the adults "goody bags" except that they are called "favors" for adults. I stay away from candy for kids and usually check out the cheap little section at Target, the Dollar Store or the Bargain Books at a book store. Girls are usually the easiest, in my opinion. The cheap section at Target and the Dollar store both had cute matching journals, notepads, sticky notes, and pens recently that I thought would be cute for older girls and I think 10 year olds are ready for that type of stuff. Target also had cute tiny pots with seeds and everything for $1 each and I actually got one for each of the women I work with and we have been having a ball growing our seeds in our offices/cubicles. The wedding shower that I am throwing has a book theme and just yesterday I bought a bunch of books from Books A Million's website in their Bargain Bin for less than $2 each and they have a lot of kids books in there for less than a $1. I got a really cute Strawberry Shortcake book for my niece for her 7th birthday for 90 cents.
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D.R. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
My stepdaughter just turned 11 and it did not seem that they were all that interested in the goodie bags (I had a jewelry party and they did make and take some great jewelry though). I really don't think its necessary. What does your daughter think?
But, it you really think want to do something, I'd stick to inexpensive stuff that is their favorites: sugarless gum, fun candy, $1.00 store items like cute notebooks, pens, lip gloss, etc. Claire's boutique has cute stuff in their clearance sometimes (25 - 50 cents each item) and maybe the pizza joint will give you complimentary coupons. I also bought a box of stemmed plastic wine glasses for soft drinks that the girls could take home. Your daughter can decorate them for each friend if she wants ($7.99 for 12 at a party store) Whatever you do, it will be great! They really just want to be together!!
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M.A. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
We have stopped giving goody bags with the cheap little stuff that breaks, even though my kids are 4 and 6. I have decided to do things like string backpacks that the kids can decorate themselves, or painter's hats, etc. same idea. For my son's 5th, we are doing sport cups with a paper insert that they can decorate as well. Journals that can be personalized are great, too. Oriental Trading has a lot of things like this, cheaper than other places, although you have to wait and pay shipping. I think Bare Books has blank journals ready to decorate, which should be right up 5th grade girl's interests! Cool pencils, pens or glittery markers are great, too.
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B.H. answers from Bloomington on May 28, 2008
This is the 1st year that I stopped giving out goody bag for our 10 year-old son's bday party. I did give a couple out to the younger kids that came, but not to his friends. His bday is in March so we always go to a hotel and have a pool/pizza/sleep over party. I feel that the kids are getting enough as it is. Hope this helps! If you do feel like you need to get them something, go to the Dollar Tree where everything is a $1 and just get them a few little things.
S.R. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
My 17-year-old son long ago gave up parties, but still invites a few friends to join him and his dad at a hockey game, and I still do a goodie bag!!! I stick to candy now, though, and the boys love it!! My daughter had her last birthday party at age 16, and that was her last goodie bag event........since it was on a Friday the 13th, I went for a "good luck charm" theme, and filled the bags with all kinds of lucky pennies, rabbits feet, and other things I researched at the time to be good luck charms! Her friends still talk about it, and that was 4 years ago! Try not to sweat it.......the kids will be happy with candy!!!!
B.K. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
I "recycled" one year for the goodie bags. My daughter is an avid reader, so for the goodie bag, I gave everyone a book that she had read. The kids loved it and she loved it, because she enjoyed sharing the books with her friend. You can add a gift card to a book store for $5.00 or pick up a book mark to stick in there.. or even make them to match the invitations or theme of the party.
Girly stuff is also great.. nail polish hair clips, scrunchies.. how about beads and some string.. any craft kits laying around??.. use pieces from there.. the dollar store is a great place to find stuff like this.. and its not expensive.
Another idea I did.. my daughter has always worn mismatched socks.. since she was 10, so for at least 8 years now... at one time, she loved toe socks, but then she decided she didn't like the feel of them anymore. I mismatched all of her toe socks and added a pair to each girls goodie bag.. they loved them and it was a little piece of Amanda passed around at her party.. plus, recycling baby!!
K.L. answers from Chicago on May 27, 2008
Target has cute little pedicure sets in the dollar section right now that I just gave my 5th grade girl scouts for an end of the year gift. They also had boxes with 3 nail polishes for $1. I think that would be just the perfect little (inexpensive!) goody bag.
A.N. answers from Chicago on May 28, 2008
10 still seems young enough to enjoy some goodie bag junk :>) Why not buy some Dollar Store hair ties, bands, etc.. along with some small bath gels or fizzies, etc... picture frames, note cards, etc....The dollar store is a gem for these type of things. Most will come with a few in a pack - break them open & spread among the girls.... You won't have much longer to do this type of thing......... enjoy it.