This year I thought I would do something a little different, so I turned to Facebook, and boy did my friends come through. They came up with some great, green alternatives to the traditional goodie bag. Today I'm sharing my five favourite ideas.
Six Fun Goodie Bag Alternatives
- Gift card - Instead of buying something that your guests may or may not enjoy, get them a $5 gift card to a local toy store or book shop. Or let them treat their parents to a hot chocolate date at a local cafe.
- Take home craft - Make a craft as one of the party activities. Decorate cookies or cupcakes, let your guests use fabric paint on white T-shirts, aprons or canvas bags, make sock puppets ... there's no end to ideas.
- Plant a seed - Small terracotta pots, some soil and a few seeds make for a lovely green gift. You can also have the kids decorate the pots. And either way, the children will learn about growing plants.
- One larger item - Lots of people opt for one larger gift instead of a bunch of small ones. My favourite suggestions were skipping ropes, paints, eco-friendly crayons and kites.
- Food - If you're not up to decorating cookies or cupcakes, or you'd like to reduce the sugar consumption, you can still send kids home with food. Some people make their own jam or pickles,
or dried fruit, as giveaways. Older kids may also enjoy take-home food kits so they can do some cooking of their own.
- Books - Books make great giveaway items. To make them more affordable look for bulk packs or buy second-hand. You can also organize a book exchange for the party, where everyone brings a couple of books they're done with and swap them for a new-to-them book.