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Suggestions for birthday party goodie bags for 2 yr. olds that won’t be more “junk” for parents?

  • Diane
    Dec 29, 2018

    Play doh, stickers, temporary tattoos

  • Beatrice
    Dec 29, 2018

    For my sons I did stickers pretzels juice box small toy mini coloring book n crayons

  • Laura
    Dec 29, 2018

    Why the need for a goodie bag at all? We haven't ever given one at our parties and neither have our friends

  • anonymous mom
    Dec 29, 2018

    I have a “plan” for my daughters second birthday to do goody bags of small crafts for the kids to do at home. Things like DIY play doh where all the dry ingredients are mixed together and all the kids have to do is add water and food coloring (enough for one or two colors), also things like a small coloring book and a set of crayons, a couple of non toxic paints and small brushes, etc. One thing I’ve learned being a working parent with a daughter in daycare is that (most) kids LOVE crafting and getting messy. And (most) parents LOVE having quality fun time with their kids and watching them enjoy themselves. I am NOT a crafty person by any means but my daughter is young enough that she still thinks I’m amazing at everything I do so I plan to keep faking it and having as much fun with her as possible for as long as possible:-)

  • Nikki
    Dec 29, 2018

    Thanks ladies! I love the idea of some crafty things. Laura, I don’t mind the goodie bags at all!

  • Ivy
    Dec 29, 2018

    I know a few parents who really hate messy things like play doh and slime and have thrown them out :( my SIL especially hates play doh and will give them to my kids since I really don’t care about the play doh mess. What I like to do, is have a empty goody bags or little jars, and a “fun” table where guest fill the bag/jar before they leave. I’ve done snacks, stickers, tattoos, candy, baked goods... or even take out boxes for guests to take left over food home. That’s kind of huge in our culture— we make a crap ton of food, and our idea of goodie bags, are ziplock or containers full of left overs to go!

  • April
    Dec 30, 2018

    Sometimes you can get cute mini books in packs of 12. You can make shaped crayons. Bubbles from the dollar store. Tiny rubber ducks. Tiny animals. Party rings. Stick on earrings. Chalk. I have kids with food allergies so I try to avoid edible take home things. Basically anything will make kids happy. The parents can figure it out after that.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 01

    This is such a thoughtful thing to ask. Everyone seems to love giving junk to my daughter and it honestly drives me crazy. Its like all the crap they didn’t want to throw out in their homes, they give to her so I have to throw it out. Balloons, whistles, plastic necklaces. hate it.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 01

    I think those little pocket books with nursery rhymes are a good idea, we’ve gone to parties where they give mandarins and a little bag of pretzels. I second the play doh idea. There are little diy arts and crafts projects in the discount section at Michaels too.

  • Megan
    Jan 01

    We went to a birthday party recently and the parents had a big bucket full of all the goodies that normally go in goodie bags and let the kids go through the bucket. What I liked about it was if a kid grabbed something their parents didn’t want them to have (like bubbles for our 1 yr old cause she’d try to drink it) they could exchange it for something else and the kids seemed ok with it. No need for parents throwing out stuff and no kids throwing fits. Win win

  • Emily
    Jan 05

    Maybe have an arts and crafts set up at the party and what they make ends up being their party souvenir - perhaps just provide a themed bag to take it home with? Then the ‘gift’ is more thoughtful and less inclined to be seen as more ‘stuff.’ Of course if they don’t want to take it home or make one they don’t have to either.