What’s in your loot bag?
So, my kids birthdays are basically four weeks apart; two years and four weeks. When they were little I used to combine their parties and have separate cakes. Totally practical and makes for a happier mom recovering from baby brain.
I loved coming up with birthday party themes and ensuring we had awesome decorations and activities. It was a creative outlet for me. But the thing I dreaded most was the loot bag… what would go in there?!
When my son was turning two, I knew well in advance of who was attending the party and the attendees’ ages. I went to Chapters and picked out personalized books for each child attending the party. Genius.
As the kids got older, and my kids attended more parties, I began to realize how much I hated BAGS OF CRAP. Not just bags of crap, but what was actually inside the bags of crap. The candy (full of food colouring that sent the kids off the rails and made their teeth a rainbow of colours), stickers that ended up being stuck to the hardwood floors, play doh that was mashed into the car seat, etc.
Saturday came again, with another birthday party to attend – and my son received a gift card to Mastermind Toys! THIS was genius! The gift card ($10 if I remember correctly) was exciting for my son, not only did it provide us with an outing, but the whole conversation of budgeting and how to choose something within a certain price range.
The next year, the kids who came to our parties got gift cards to Dairy Queen. I had happy moms send me photos of their kids enjoying their ice cream sundaes after biking to our neighbourhood location.
Gift cards have saved us from bags of crap. I’ve got a few other ideas if you’re interested:
- Pool Party (my daughter is having one this year) – Pool towels (from Walmart) are cute and can be as inexpensive as $7 each. Totally practical and appreciated.
- Gift cards to Chapters or Dairy Queen (or other local shop that kids enjoy). Completely useful.
- Seeds to plant a garden. Love combining this one with a craft; decorating their own pots. You could put together little potted plant packages, (bag of dirt, their decorated pot/container and seeds – voila! Kids love watching things grow!
- Coloring book and a pack of crayons – perfect for the toddler age group – and everyone loves a new box of crayons!
Have any ideas to add to our list? Please comment below!