All of us love to receive gifts, especially when there is no special occasion and we are least expecting them! Goody bags, which are generally given as party favors by the hosts as a means to thank the guests for coming, are exactly that - a free gift, when no one's expecting! So, if you have a party planned up and are confused as to what to put in goody bags, our first suggestion would be to go in for things that the guests will enjoy immensely. The items need not be big or expensive, instead they should be fun and useful!
Something to Eat
Chocolates, cookies, candies, snacks, whether homemade or prepackaged, are the most popular choice for putting in goody bags. Edibles which are wrapped in a very decorative style, enhance the visual appeal, and so are a favorite with kids and adults alike. A quick recipe for a yummy homemade snack is to mix pretzels, peanuts, and popcorn in equal measures and then put them in small treat bags, before placing in a goody bag. This homemade snack will save you a lot of money, plus it's delicious to eat, so your guests are sure to like it!
Something to Wear
If the goody bags are meant for a party, you can put some funky, inexpensive jewelry pieces in them. These days, you will find jewelry made of rubber, plastic, glass, and beads, which are very cheap yet looks extremely stylish. So, you can give the guests some fashionable bead necklaces or glass rings. Most guests will love such gifts and may even try them on while they are still at the party venue!
Something to Keep
For those of you who want to give something that will etch the memory of your party or event in the receiver's mind, gifts which they can keep and use for a long time, such as bookmarks, paperweights, pens, handkerchief sets are a good choice. If the goody bags are to be given as party favors, you can get the birthday boy or girl's name printed on these gift items along with the date of birth and year.
Something to Create
Do it yourself kits for painting, weaving, carpentry, amongst others also make good goody bag items. Giving seeds or saplings, which the receiver can take care of and grow into plants is an interesting gift too, especially for kids who will get to learn about nature while taking care of the plant gifted by you.
One of the fun goody bag ideas for teens is to put some cosmetics in it, such as lipsticks, eye shadows, perfumes, face creams, body wash, and cologne. During one's teen years both guys and girls lay a great deal of emphasis on physical beauty and most of them would love to try on different kind of cosmetics. So, give them a good bag with a variety of cosmetics, which they can experiment with at home!
Small household items, such as a coffee mug, coasters, wind chimes, ashtray, fridge magnets, candles, flower vase, juice bottles, etc., are useful things that can be included in a goody bag for adults.
Coupons are perfect goody bag items for kids, teens, or adults. So, for kids you can perhaps get coupons for a free ice cream at a parlor, and for teens or adults, you can get coupons for a movie or a meal at a restaurant. Coupons can be a bit expensive, so get them only if you have a budget for them.
CDs and DVDs
Entertainment items such as an assortment of some of the best movie DVDs and famous songs CDs are always a hit with teens, kids, and adults as party favors. So, you can put them in the goody bags and make their day!
As you can see, when it comes to choosing things for goody bags, you have a wide choice available. If you are having a theme party, you can include things which are an extension of that theme! If it's an office party, you can put stationery items or electronic gadgets, such as headphones in the goody bags. There is no hard and fast rule with regards to the goodies, you can choose anything which suits the occasion. One last tip before we sign off - Besides the small gifts inside, the goody bag should be equally flattering from outside. So, choose the bags in bright colors and those which have some eye-catching prints or embellishments on them!