You’ve blown all your cash on birthday presents and creating a great party for your kid… and then you realise you haven’t even thought about party bags yet! Don’t panic! Here are some:
Great Ideas for Cheap KIDS Party Bag FILLERS
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If creating a classic party bag you need to buy in bulk to make some savings. Amazon do some great brightly coloured paper bags which can look really pretty all stacked together (when the other parents are collecting their kids and totally judging you on the state of your house/venue and how sugar-hyped the kids are – a neat arrangement of pre-packed party bags is one in your ‘done well’ column!)
Then you need to fill it with a few classic party bag toys.
The trick here is buying in bulk and splitting packs of [x] item to share out between the party bags.
If you can theme shapes, colours or even topic (think stars and space for an astronaut party; or wands and wizards for a Harry Potter-themed bash) – then it makes it look like you really planned this stuff out and you’re actually a secret party-planning genius.
party pack Bubbles
Kids love blowing bubbles.
Kids love bright colours.
These party bag-friendly bubbles come in a pack of 12 for £1.89 – less than 15p a piece.
Get a couple of packs these, divide them out amongst your party bags and boom – instant wizard-wand bubbles; or star-gazing bubbles; or pop star bubbles or… insert your theme idea here – you get the picture.
Or go for the classic ‘pot of bubble blowing liquid’ style. These bubble pots are available in blue or pink (of course) but also black – more theme options here – and at £3.69 for 16 work out at about 23p a go – but you get much more bubble liquid for your buck.
We really like these seven-colour crayons (right).
Not just colour changing but fun, colourful – and cheap.
A pack of 5 of these is just £2.25, meaning you spend less than a tenner to cover 20 party bags.
Plus – emojis. Kids love emojis, right?
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Bright colours? Check.
Fits in a party bag? Check.
Comes in an affordable multi-pack to keep the costs down? Check.
These packs of toy yo-yos always raise a smile – often more amongst the parents than the kids (and, let’s face it, you have two audiences here with party bags, both the kids and the adults!).
And if you’re going full on 1980s then you really ought to include some snap bangers.
You remember? Little paper pellets of detonation. Fling them down onto a hard surface for a satisfyingly cloud ‘CRACK!’ – or wait for the misfire and the rush to stamp on it to make it snap!
Well… you have to make sure the adults that did a ‘drop and run’ get some of the fun and noise of the party, eh?
This bulk buy pack of bangers is just over £10 for 50 packs (20p a box)- you could give each kid a couple of packs (and thereby become the coolest Mum or Dad in the playground for weeks – plus have a few left over for your own birthday boy or girl).
Sweets for my sweet
One of the most popular party bags we ever did (amongst the kids that is!) was just a big bag of mixed sweets, like a party pick-and-mix.
The spotty and stripy paper party bags ensure it looks like it’s from an old-fashioned sweet shop (again, a bit of nostalgia for the old folks!).
Stick to individually wrapped sweets, jellies or hard-coated sweets or it can all end in a melted blob after being clutched in the sweaty palms of an over-excited child.
The Pound Shop do a good selection of cheap treats. And you’ll never guess what price they sell things at…
- Moam Joystixx £1 for large bag
- Swizzels Drumsticks £1 for large bag
- Swizzels Loadsa Sweets (variety bag of lollies and chews) £1
- Explosive Candy £1 for 10 packs
- Skittles £1 for 10 fun packs
Given the price, load up on the sweets. There’s nothing sadder than a party bag with a few sweets looking lonely at the bottom. The explosive/fizzing candy always gives kids that ‘Yay!’ moment – definitely worth a quid or two.
Factor in the delivery charge though. The Pound Shop do have a free delivery threshold – but it’s £45. At £1 a time that is a lot of sweets – even for a party… unless, you know, as party organiser you need to try a few of them… just to make sure they’re OK for the kids.
Who says a party bag needs to be full of lots of bits and bobs?
Sometimes it is nicer just to get one nice gift that kids (and their parents) will really appreciate.
Lego mini-figures are great because they appeal to everyone.
These Harry Potter Lego ‘minifigs’ are all the rage at the moment and are sure to please even the most picky party attendee.
At £2.99 a piece they can bump up the average price of your party bags quite a bit but on the plus side they come in individual foil wrapped packs.
This not only adds to the fun party feeling as each child opens their pack but also completely absolves you of any blame if they love/hate the ones they got.
If you’re less fussy about the famous name minfigures you can get bulk buy packs of 10 minifigure foil packs for about £16 (£1.60 a piece).
Another great idea for a single gift party bag is a lovely book (this is another idea which will put you in the parent’s good books as well!).
Again, buy a multi-pack or box of books, crack ’em open and split them out amongst the party bags. Pennies saved.
My recommendations for age groups follow:
- My Carry Me Along Collection – 10 portable picture books for £9.99
- Big Stickers for Little Hands – variety of lovely sticker books from Super Sharks to Magical Unicorns. 10 books for £8
5 to 8 year olds
- Box set of How to Train Your Dragon – 10 books in the series for £16
- Box set of the 13-Storey Treehouse with 7 books for £9
9+ years old
- Good old Enid Blyton Mallory Towers boxset with 12 books for £15
- The Chronicles of Narnia box set – 7 books for £8
- If you’re looking for more inspiration check out: The Best Reading Books for a 10 Year Old and How to Encourage Kids to Read
You can get some really good discounted craft sets from The Works and these make a lovely standalone party bag gift.
Or make your own butterflies, an easy make for smaller kids.
Or slightly harder but very cute Stitch Your Own Sloth for £1 a pack.
Add it all up
As an example, let’s tot this all up, picking from the lovely shopping list above.
Let’s say we have a birthday party to plan for our daughter’s 7th birthday party. We’ve got 20 kids coming:
- 2x 10 packs of party bags – £7.78
- 2x 12 packs of party bubbles – £3.78
- 4x 5 packs of emoji colour-swap crayons – £9
- 2x 12 packs of yo-yos – £4.72
- 4x make your own dream catcher – £15.96
- 7 packs of various sweets from The Pound Shop – £7
- 3x box sets of 13 Story Treehouse – £21
That makes a grand total of £62.36 = £3.11 per child! A small price to pay for 20 delighted faces completely overwhelmed by their awesome party bag!
Pro tip: Make sure you have one for your party boy or girl. Though they’ll be utterly awash with presents, they can get a bit crestfallen when everyone gets your terrific party bags. At just over £2, you can probably cover a spare one for them.
It’ll be worth it to save the tears! Good luck with your party planning!
If you’re looking for a cheap birthday party option for your kid(s) then look no further than our handy post on ideas for a cheap birthday party.
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