For kids’ birthday parties it’s pretty much standard to give out gift bags filled with trinkets, toys, and goodies as a thank-you to guests. Candy and chocolate are popular in loot bags, and kids usually love them, but you may want to avoid food due to allergies, sugar overload, or regulations prohibiting them at schools or daycares. Or you may just want to mix it up and branch out.
Below are 75 great ideas for non-edible, junk-free, inexpensive loot to fill those favour bags for party guests. Live in Toronto or the GTA? Here are some of our favourite places to buy loot bag supplies.
Books & Games
books (money-saving tip: score great finds at discount stores like Costco and Winners, or find second-hand books in mint condition at used bookstores, yard sales, and public-library book sales)
bookstore gift certificates
book label stickers (“This book belongs to __________”)
Art & Crafts
crayons and sparkly crayons
colouring books or colouring pages
modelling clay or Play Doh
specialty paper (origami paper, etc.)
coloured pipe cleaners
plastic cookie cutters
patterned or brightly coloured washi tape
Music & Instruments
mix-“tape” flash drives: you can buy 1-gigabyte flash drives in bulk for about $2.50 apiece, then load up with your party soundtrack or themed songs!
Costumes & Dress-Up
pirate eye patch
nail polish (non-toxic brands for kids: ShuShu, Suncoat, Piggy Paint)
balls: bouncy, squishy, or sports!
mini vehicles (cars, boats, trucks, planes)
mini people or Lego figures
mini animal figures
More Loot Bag Ideas
Bonus idea: Give the gift of giving! In lieu of loot, donate to a charity in your child’s and guests’ names: provide a child in need with school supplies or feed a family. Give each child a card or a small token and let them know where you’ve donated. Or you could even get the kids involved in deciding on a charity.
In the GTA? Check out Kids’ Loot Bags and Supplies in our Toronto directory.