Planning your kid's birthday party can be an opportunity to let your creative juices flow, or a nightmare of scuttling around for ideas that haven't already been done. Party favors are a huge part of the party process, and finding original party favor ideas is tricky.
We've collected 35 ideas for what to put in party bags. Whether you're looking for how to make a party favor of your own, or printables to fit with your child's chosen theme, we have them here!
Lego travel kit
One of the most annoying things about generic party favors is that the plastic rubbish just gets thrown away almost immediately. Or it sits on my counter for weeks. This Lego travel kit from Making This Is Awesome is a party favor that will actually get used!
Whether your party theme is woodland fairies, or you just want to keep the party crowd occupied outside for 30 minutes while you cut the cake, learn how to make woodland crowns from Flour on My Face.
These fun little S'mores bags from Landeelu.com are the perfect party favor for your outdoor party. Hand them out once you've gathered around the campfire, or when you're sending off your little outdoorsmen.
Although it's been a few years, Frozen is still everywhere. If your little one is a little obsessed, then these snowflake wands are a great favor idea. Either you can make them all up before the party, or you can turn it into a party activity. Brilliant Little Ideas has all the steps.
DIY monogram chalk slate
Another vote for party favors that will actually get used. These monogrammed chalkboards from Maison de Pax won't just get used, but they'll be treasured when they get home.
Surprise dinosaur eggs
For your little palaeontologist, these surprise dinosaur eggs are fabulous party favors for little ones to explore when they get home from your party. They're easy to make and look impressive in a party bag. Make Life Lovely can show you how.
Unicorn poop bags
Ok, so this doesn't really sound like a party thing - unicorn poop. But unicorns are all the rage right now, and you can make these simple but effective party favor bags to fill with tiny marshmallows (the poop!). Thrifty & Chic used them as part of their cute and cuddly unicorn-themed party.
Safari party favors
As part of their wild safari-themed party, Grits & Chopsticks made these cute little animal party favors from some cardboard food containers and small plushies. I want the rhino!
Sleepover party favors
There will come a time in every mom's life when their daughter wants a sleepover party. Be warned: no sleep will happen! But you will still need party favors. These packs from Style Me Pretty include eye masks and some beauty care products for your little insomniacs.
Printable Mario treat boxes
My son went through a stage where Mario was his life. So his party had to follow the theme. I never wanted to see another gold chocolate coin as long as I lived! You can make these cute printable boxes from Say Not Sweet Anne to put your party favors in, if you're less jaded than I am!
Build your own snowman kits
Another option for your Frozen fan is this build your own snowman kit from I Watch Them Grow. Full of marshmallows, toothpicks and other simple materials, you can make your own Olaf easily.
Harry Potter favor bags
For those of you knee-deep in Harry Potter books, stories and merchandise, these Hedwig-themed favor bags will go down a storm at the end of the party. Sarah Freel shows you how to make them, and gives you ideas for filling them!
Harry Potter slime
One fun DIY item to pop in your bag is this Harry Potter slime. You can make a whole host of different potion options, so have fun with color and labels under Little Bins Little Hands tutelage.
Pokemon favor bags
Sticking with the movie-themed parties, for your little Pikachu these bags are a great take-home treat. Buggy and Buddy have a free printable for you to make them as authentic as possible.
Treasure Chest treat boxes
Shiver your timbers and splice the mainsail! These pirate treasure chest treat boxes from Jordan's Easy Entertaining are perfect party favors. Made with a Cricut, they look great filled with party snacks too!
Fortnite Dropbox bags
If your kid is far too grown up for pirate treasure chests, then they might be asking you for a Fortnite party. Once you're done Googling what Fortnite is, head to Party Majors for the instructions to make these dropbox party favor bags.
Dollar store party bags
Not all of us have 2 hours to carefully make and fill bespoke party favor bags. If this is you then Kimspired DIY has some great tips for filling a standard party favor bag with dollar store items. Cheap and fun, in half the time!
Butterfly party favors
These cute little butterflies are a cheap and simple way of sending your party guests home with something after a day of fun. Party Delights will show you how to make them, and you can even match them to your party decor.
Mad science party favors
I've been to a few mad science birthday parties and they're loads of fun! Reward your little Einsteins with this party bag full of brain-teasing favors from Clever Pink Pirate.
This party favor from PJs and Paint is so simple, and will also get used when your guests get home (every mom's favorite type of favor!). All you need are some cute notebooks, crayons and some paper.
Beehive favor boxes
Who doesn't love bees? This free printable from Party With Unicorns enables you to create a cute little favor box complete with cheeky worker bees. Fill with honey-flavored sweets if you want to stay on theme.
DIY mermaid bath bombs
Here is another party favor idea that can double up as a party activity. Whether you're making these as a group or getting them ready with the birthday girl before the big day, these mermaid bath bombs from Buggy and Buddy will go down a storm with your guests.
DIY crayon molds
If you want something a little more inspired and personalized than normal crayons for your favors, Fab Every Day will show you how to make your own fun-shaped crayons from silicone molds. I know I've got some Star Wars silicone ice trays somewhere!
Kitty cat bed
I am in love with this idea! My daughter is cat-obsessed, so these kitty cat beds are definitely featuring in her next birthday party! Making Things Is Awesome shows you how to make your very own kitty cats for your party guests to adopt.
Cardboard cake slice party favors
These cake slices are easy to make with the cardboard boxes you keep forgetting to put out for recycling! Handmade Charlotte takes you through the process of creating your own fake sweet treats.
Personalized bucket favors
A slightly more involved craft idea for when you have a little more time before your party, these personalized buckets are super cute! Oh Happy Day has step by step instructions on how to delight your party guests.
DIY gumball machine
Right, so this party favor idea is a bigger project than most. But, as you'll see on This Delicious House's website, it's worth the effort. A lineup of these machines will look amazing on your party table!
DIY confetti bars
If you're committed to turning your party venue into the most magical and colorful space possible, then these confetti bar favors from The Confetti Bar are a no-brainer. Choose your colors, and be creative!
Paint can party favor
Pottery painting parties or art parties generally are pretty popular right now.If you want party favors that match with this venue, then these paint can party favors from See Vanessa Craft are a perfect choice. They're simple to make and there's loads of room to fill them with tasty treats.
Paint-dipped cactus party favors
Making use of the new colored Hershey's Kisses, these faux-cactus party favors would fit with a cowboy-themed party, or if you're going to Taco Bell! Hostess With The Mostess will show you how to create the beauties.
Sweet dumper trucks
As part of the cutest construction-themed party I've seen, SNL Parties gave guests these little dumper trucks filled with sweets as they left. You could pick whatever vehicle your little one loves and stuff it with yummy treats.
You may have gathered by now that I'm a fan of party activities that double as party favors. Killing two birds with one stone is always an organized mom's dream. So a painting party can be a brilliant theme for slightly older kids. Gluesticks has some great ideas for making it a fun experience.
Tie Dye activity kit
Send your guests home with the funkiest shirt ever! Tie dye kits like this one from Amazon can be great fun for a sleepover or weekend event.
Lego crayon pack
A quick win to throw in your carefully crafted party favor bag, these Lego crayon packs from Crafty Crayon Shop are really cute. Personalize the labels and you're all done.
Keep it eco with these awesome seed dinosaurs from Recycled Ideas. Made of plantable paper, your guests can take them home and grow their own wildflowers!