10 Goody Bag Ideas Kids Will Hate

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goody bagsI have a hard time believing the latest kid birthday party-related controversy is really that big of a ... well, that it's really real at all. Parents stuffing gift bags with goodies like American Girl dolls and Knicks tickets in an effort to one-up the swag from the last "Happy 6th Birthday" soiree? I'm sure it's happened a couple of times, but I doubt the practice is commonplace enough to call a trend. Sounds like the birthday party version of an urban myth to me -- and one more opportunity to judge parents we don't even know behind their backs.

Which isn't to say that goody bags haven't always been a point of contention among birthday party going/throwing parents.

Putting them together is no picnic, considering how expensive those little bags of cheap plastic junk turn out to be (particularly when you have to make 12 or 15 of them). And bringing them home from somebody else's party just means adding another handful of crappy toys to the already huge pile of crappy toys your kid won't let you throw away.

What if birthday party goody bags actually had useful stuff in them? Now THAT would be cool. They probably wouldn't be any cheaper to assemble than the usual eraser/boucy ball/yo-yo/bubble wand necklace-filled kind, but at least the money wouldn't go to waste.

Here are 10 things I'd love to find in a kid's birthday party goody bag:

1. Band-aids

2. Dental floss

3. Stain remover stick

4. Hand sanitizer

5. Kleenex

6. Lip balm

7. Advil

8. Mints

9. Nail file

10. Double A batteries (because you can always use more!)

Yes, I realize kids would be tremendously disappointed by these items. But at least they'd be prepared the next time they got ketchup on their shirt or something stuck in their teeth.

What would you like to put in your kid's birthday party gift bags? What would you like to see your kid bring home from a party?


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navyw... navywife0204

I do not look forward to doing goody bags... and I have to make some up soon for my daughter's 10th b-day...No clue what I'm going to put in them!

puasa... puasaurusrex

We don't do goody bags. Instead, we have a pinata and hand out bags. That way kids make their own goody bags and it's a lot less stressful trying to be "fun" and "cool".

Rachel Schiller

Goody bags are lame and are full of cheap crap. I don't do them and I actually hate when the kids get them at parties.

nonmember avatar AC

E-bay is a great place to go for goodie bag things. I usually match items in the bag with the theme of the party. For a Curious George party I put a CG mask, a sheet of CG stickers, CG fruit snacks, CG temporary tattoos. You can also find kids plastic cups with the theme of the party and put the rest of the goodies in the cup with a bow tied around it. For a 10 year old girl party, I'd get inexpensive nail polish and lip gloss... I love putting them together!

Felip... FelipesMom

An activity book!

craft... craftycatVT

I like to do an easy, fun craft with the girls and then they take that home. The worst thing I've seen parents buy is whistles!

zandh... zandhmom2

I stopped doing goodie bags years ago when I got tired of the junk my kids received in them.  For the last 4 of my daughter bday parties, I took a picture of her and each of her friends and printed it out and put it in a photo frame and gave one to each girl before the left.  Since she has been friends with most of these girls all through elementary school, it makes a great memory keeper and it's fun to see how much they change each year.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I like little craft kits. My son's last birthday party had a dinosaur theme so I bought those wooden skeleton kits from michaels at a dollar a pop and wrapped them up. Cheaper than a goody bag and way more fun, building a dinosaur is far more entertaining than a plastic whistle or cheap crayons and coloring book.

corri... corrinacs

Thank you so much!!!!  I wish other parents would read this :/.  Also, candy.....please don't put candy in there :/.  Its so sad when my son gets a goody bag from a birthday full of candy and HE CAN{T HAVE ANY OF IT!  For me, I put tings in there that I don't mind getting tossed out.  Like, color pages....or useful things.  I love the idea of little craft kids RhondaVeggie. Now for some cheap ideas for those :) :)

MamaD... MamaDV1012

A healthy snack or something educational or something that doesn't make ridiculous loud noises for Pete's sake!

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