My top tips for sourcing items for party bags would be:
- Buy things when you see them. Don’t wait for the party. If you see something that’s a great deal and you think it would be great as a party bag gift buy it, even if the party is 6 months away. It’s certainly easier than paying for it all in the same month.
- Buy in bulk. There are normally around 10 kids at a party and buying in bulk always works out cheaper.
- ebay is definitely your friend when it comes to party bags.
Here are some of my ideas for my son’s party bags. He turns 8 this month.
I bought these Lego men moulds from ebay for around £4 a few years ago and I have used them every year. They were particularly cost effective the year he had a whole class party as I gave out bags of chocolate Lego men as the party bags. All I had to buy was chocolate and 40 kids were sorted. And the kids loved them.
2 Lego Figures
My son is crazy about Lego so this year I am including a Lego figure in each child’s party bag. You can get some great deals on ebay. I bought 10 figures for 50p each. I think it’s something the kids will love and play with that’s also great quality.
Kids always use stationery. I stuck with the Lego theme and got these erasers at £1.80 for 18 from ebay.
I stumbled upon these and got them because I thought the kids would like them and again they are Lego! These badges were £2.50 for 12 from ebay.
5 Post It Notes
These were from Paper Chase and were £3.50. There are 10 in a set, so enough for one each in the party bags. The Emoji Movie is currently popular so I though the kids would like these.
These were something I picked up ages ago. Miniature pencils from Paperchase. I got them in the sale for £3 and there are enough for 3 each.
7 Trading Cards
Most kids I know love trading cards. Normally £1 per pack you can get some bulk deals on ebay. I managed to find 10 packs for £6.
I love putting books in party bags. And I have a great response from parents when I do. You can normally find some really great deals on book sets and then split them for the party bags. I bought a Captain Underpants set of 10 books for £12.99 on Amazon.
9 Fidget Spinners
If my son is anything to go by I know these are going to be a huge hit. You can get these cheaper and I have seen them in the Poundshop. However I spent a little bit more to get light up ones and the look on my Sons face was totally worth it! These fidget spinners were £17.99 for a pack of 10 various colours from ebay.
The party bags were £3.70 for 10 from ebay. You can get them in various colours.
For a party of 10 these party bags would cost around £5 per child. That cost can easily be halved by only including a few of the items and still giving the child a quality party bag with items that are going to last.
What do you think? Do you like these ideas, or should party bags be all about the tat?!
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