I, personally, love giant bags of candy. I know my kids do, too. BUT I know that many parents nowadays are looking for alternatives to a sugar-filled loot bag. Well, I came up with this GIANT list of summer loot bag ideas, just for you. And they are all easy AND inexpensive. You’re welcome.
Inexpensive Loot Bag Fillers:
A mix CD: the songs can fit the party theme! Or you could have a summer-music playlist. ANYTHING that gets Frozen out of rotation in my car.
Sunglasses: They are available everywhere this time of year or you can buy a party pack on Amazon.
Books: Books are always in season plus they can be used over and over again. We LOVE giving and recieving books.
Play-Doh: Kids love it and you can give store-bought or homemade.
Beach towels: Extra towers come in handy during the summer. You can find fun ones at discount stores. We’ve found that ones with TV characters go over well.
Flower or vegetable seeds: my kids grew some sunflowers inside once, and they loved it.
Sidewalk chalk: you can never have enough. Give a small box or buy a big box and give each child a few pieces.
Balls: basketball, soccer ball, bouncy ball, etc. You can buy them anywhere, for cheap.
Bubbles: Bubbles are always a hit and they are a consumable that you won’t find under your kid’s bed 6 months later.
Sand toys: we don’t have a beach, but we use these at the playground.
Hula Hoops – A retro favourite that gets kids moving!
Slinkies: a spring, a spring, a marvellous thing!
Colouring books and crayons – Usually you can easily tie this to your party theme too. Sometimes you can even find a party pack.
Mochi Squishy Toys – I have no idea why these are so popular but they are. Even Evan loves them and he is almost 12!
Glow Sticks – I hate throw-away plastic crap BUT kids love glow sticks. Like, love love them.
Gift cards: A $5 gift card to your local frozen yogurt place or the book store is a fun and useful loot bag idea!
Loot Bag Ideas that are also Party Activities
Cookie Making – Decorate cookies and bring home a cookie cutter and a recipe.
LEGO: Let kids build something out of LEGO pieces at the party, then let them take their sculpture home (bonus: less clutter at your house)!
Planting: Let kids plant a seed or seedling into a terra cotta pot at the party. Then they can decorate the pot and bring their new plant home.
Picture Frames: Let kids decorate a picture frame. Take a picture of them at the party, print it, and send them home with the finished product.
Necklaces: String beads OR candy to let the kids create a masterpiece to bring home.
Arts and Crafts: if you do any kind of art project at the party, kids can keep the finished result – try something easy like paintings or collages. You can give the kids smocks to protect their clothes and to keep as a party favour!
REMEMBER: We tend to over-think this. Most kids are actually pretty easy to please. Keep it simple, and have fun!
DIY Loot Bag Ideas
Now that you have all these assume things to fill your loot bags with, now you have to figure out how to make them cute. Here are a few posts to help you out with that!
Other Great Birthday Party Planning Resources
For more easy loot bag ideas, check out my post on Winter Loot Bags!