What to put in party bags for kids

We all know it: the best part of going to a party as a kid wasn’t the slightly lame party games, or even the rampage of a massive sugar high after eating a slice of cake the size of your face. No, the best part of a party is the kid’s party bags – little plastic sacks of pure joy, containing tiny treasures that you would triumphantly display in the playground the next day before promptly losing them. A good party bag at your birthday party could make or break your popularity levels at school the next day, no question about it. 

So when it comes to your own little ones, make sure they have a leg up on the competition with our list of children’s party bag ideas. We’re here to help you create party bags that are the talk of the playground, with everything from eco-friendly party bag ideas, to cheap party bag ideas, and kid’s party bag fillers, with plenty of little bits and pieces that they’ll be excited to scatter across your house.

But, before we dive into it, why not take a second to browse a selection of our wonderful birthday cards for children? We’ve got designs suitable for kids of all ages! 

Need extra help for a special birthday? Aside from picking up a card for the little one, you might need some help figuring out what to write inside, which is where our handy blog on birthday wishes for kids comes in.

We’re going to get into all of our kid’s party bag ideas in a second, but if you’re in the party planning stages, be sure to check out our other guides on the 10 best party games for kids, and  that will blow their minds. Or, if you’re going for a themed celebration, we’ve got lots of tips on how to host the perfect children’s pirate party too! 

Kids party bag ideas

Been frantically searching for ideas for party bags? Well, here are a few of our favourite suggestions that are bound to please even the pickiest party-goers.

1. A cone full of sweet treats

Keep costs down and customise the treats that go in your kid’s party bags with a cone of sweets – you can buy penny sweets or pick ‘n’ mix sweets in bulk rather than spending lots on pre-made treat bags!

You can buy pre-made cellophane cones, which are great if you want to stick to a colour theme since you can see the sweets through the cone – pick blue sweets for an underwater theme party or pinks and purples for a princess birthday.

Alternatively, you can make your own snack cones out of paper for an eco-friendlier alternative – choose an appropriate paper for the party theme or write the recipient’s name on it in your best handwriting. (Not got the fanciest handwriting? Simply check out our guide on  for some top tips!)

How to make an easy cone out of paper 

  1. Cut out a wide triangle with one long side and two short sides of equal length.
  2. Roll the corners of the paper into the middle, so that one edge is touching the middle of the triangle.
  3. Roll the other corner across the top so it wraps around to make a cone shape.
  4. Fold the loose edges down into the opening of the cone.
  5. Secure with tape on the inside and outside of the cone.

2. A personalised journal and a set of coloured pencils

Knowing what to put in kids party bags can be tricky, but a useful gift is sometimes the best option to go with! A journal is a super wholesome gift that’s perfect for slightly older kids too. Give them each a personalised journal and a set of pencils that they can use to record their thoughts and feelings. Even young kids have been swept up in the bullet journaling trend, so include some pretty stickers or stencils that they can then use to make the pages look even prettier.

3. A polaroid photo from the party

If you’re looking for unique party bag ideas, why not go a bit retro and snap a classic polaroid as a gift? Parents and kids will love this party favour idea, and it’s a lovely memento that they can keep forever. Snap candid photos throughout the party, and get one of each child – make sure you write the occasion and date on the bottom. Then slip it into their party bag to admire on the way home, along with a cute novelty fridge magnet so it can be displayed in pride of place on the fridge!

What can I include as party bag fillers? 

Just need some party bag filler ideas, quickly? We know parents are busy planning five million things, and your kid’s birthday party is a whole list on its own. You’ve got to plan the kid’s party games, buy the food, decorate the house, buy the presents, hang the bunting / balloons / streamers… look, we get it. You’ve got a lot going on.

So let us help with the party bag fillers – if you don’t have time to put together thoughtful single gifts, then here’s a big ol’ list of ideas that you can easily pick up and put in your goodie bags to keep all of the kids happy.

1. Sweet treats

If you’re looking for an easy way to impress, sweet treats are your best bet when it comes to ideas for kid’s party bags! A simple, classic, and well-loved option, below we’ve outlined just a few of our faves: 

  • Mini packs of Haribo
  • Cupcakes 
  • Cookies 
  • Chocolate coins 
  • Individually wrapped sweets like Love Hearts, Parma Violets, Dib Dabs, and Freddos
  • Candy necklaces and watches

2. Fun fillers

Birthday parties are all about having as much fun as possible, and why should the party bags be any different? So, if you’re looking for fun things to put in party bags, here are some fillers which’ll keep kids entertained (even if it’s just for a little while):

  • Bubbles 
  • Mini Jigsaw 
  • Temporary tattoos 
  • Bouncy balls 
  • Puzzles

3. Handy tokens

When it comes to kid party bag ideas, a handy item can go a long way in pleasing both kids and their parents! So, here are a few useful tokens which are ideal to simply drop in:

  • Hair bobbles 
  • Hair clips 
  • Mini notebook 
  • Kid’s sunglasses 
  • Cutely shaped rubbers

4. Crafty fillers

For kids who love arts and crafts, there’s nothing more exciting than a bag filled with multicoloured paints and magical glittery pens. Below are a few craft-themed items you could include! 

  • Chalk 
  • Glitter gel pens 
  • Mini box of crayons 
  • Sticker sheet 
  • Mini paints and paint brush 

Top tips for kid’s party bag ideas:

Here are a few essential tips to remember when it’s time to fill up your party bags.

1. You don’t have to overfill the party bags

Rather than putting a dozen small, cheap plastic party bag fillers in each bag, pick a few nicer items or home-made pieces. It’s better to have two or three nice items rather than a whole handful of pieces of plastic that won’t even get played with!

2. Choose safe toys

Obviously, avoid small items that a smaller child might chew or swallow that could pose a choking risk, and make sure you know about any allergies before you put any food items in the party bags!

3. Avoid anything noisy

If you value your peace and quiet, don’t include anything in a party bag that can make a load of noise. Consider avoiding things such as kazoos or party horns (the parents of your little guests will certainly thank you for this one…).

4. Think twice about toy weapons

Whether it’s toy guns, swords, or any kind of projectile designed to be thrown, you run the risk of someone getting hurt – not to mention, some families don’t like toy weapons. If you do want to give things like water pistols, then make sure everyone knows the safe way to play and set boundaries while they’re still at the party.

Should I opt for an eco-friendly party bag? 

It’s also worth mentioning that kids party bags are infamous for being full of disposable pieces of single-use plastic, which get played with once and then discarded. If you’d like your party bags to be a bit eco-friendlier, then here are some sustainable party bag ideas that kids will still love.

1. Grow your own plant kits

Grow your own plant kits are great ideas for kids party bags. Your only issue is that they’re a bit more about delayed gratification, which is famously not something that kids are great with. But with some thoughtful planning, you can make this into a challenge that keeps on giving. For example, if you’re celebrating a summer birthday, give all the kids sunflower seeds and a measuring tape, and challenge them to see who can grow the tallest sunflower over the summer!

2. Bake personalised gingerbread people

Make this part of the party activities – bake a batch of gingerbread people before the party, and have plenty of different coloured tubes of icing. Then let the kids ice their own to look like themselves! Leave the icing to set while they play party games, then pop them into party bags at the end of the day.

Well, there you have it – everything you need to make the ultimate kids party bags that will be the stuff of playground legend. If you’re feeling super inspired by our children’s party favour ideas, all that’s left to do is start creating your own! 

And of course, party favours aren’t just for the youngsters, so if you’re throwing an adult-only celebration, be sure to check out our blog on  You can also discover loads more articles celebrating all sorts of special occasions by heading over to the thortful blog