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Looking for party favor/return gift ideas for kids that are not the usual collection of slinkies, stamps, and super cheap stuff that just adds to the general detritus? Us too! I’m trying to put together a bunch of ideas of different things, at different budgets. Some will still be plastic, but the type kids can at least get about 15-30 mins of build time out of. Others should hopefully last you a while.
My daughter got these Lego-knockoff kits to build animals (10 kits for $15.99), and she enjoyed them for about a solid 20 minutes when she built them, and instructions were great – I considered this a win in the party favor department!
Animal building kit (12 for about $16 after coupon discount)
Kits to build (military) vehicles (10 for $10.99)
Kits to build mini townhouses/stores (8 for $22.5 with coupon, this looks more involved, kids might get more build time with these)
Sand Buckets and shovels from Amazon (12 for $21.99). This was the cheapest decent-looking option I found. You can also grab personalized pails with shovels from Etsy – these look like a nicer product, but the price goes up to about 6.95/per item with a 20% discount (use code PARTYDISCOUNT)
Personalized water blasters from Etsy – (about 1 blaster for 4$, you can grab different quantities)
Usually, I’m opposed to cheap squishies, but these mini mochi squishies (30 for $17.99) caught my eye while shopping for Easter egg fillers because they looked like superior quality, and I was not disappointed – they make a great sensory toy and a great pretend play toy! A kid from my daughter’s class dressed these up in Calico Critter clothes and his mom proceeded to buy him the full set because he loved the ones he had received so much!
Create a Pen Holder kit – I grabbed this one to give out, and I had my daughter test one first – it’s made of eva foam, so a bit smelly, and there are no instructions, but easy to figure out, but the end product was cute, my kiddo enjoyed the process of putting it together and CAN hold pencils! I imagine It might get a few years of use in your kid’s room.
Rainbow Pencils: My daughter got these as part of her birthday gift pile and I loved them – a single pencil writes in different colors, so very useful for your kids writing out birthday cards for other friends, etc!
DIY Rangoli/Sand Art kits: Grab a Three Otters sand art kit (This brand is high quality, and comes with 26 bottles of colored sand you can divvy up into gift bags – the same bottles can be refilled with regular rangoli or more colored sand from the same company) and Mandala stencils – this is a great return gift/party favor for your child or for creating gift bags; my daughter has spent hours creating designs with this combination!
This is a good one – 12 Dinosaur dig kits for 29.99 on Etsy, which is not a bad price at all!
Paint-your-own-flowerpot party favor: Combine mini pots (Either terracotta or ceramic) with watercolor paint sets to create your own paint-your-flower pot party favor. You could also provide paints and other supplies (glitter, jewels)) to create an activity to do at your party itself!
Wiki sticks as party favors – these are a sort of bendy sticks you can twist into different shapes and designs – great as on-the-go activities that parents will totally appreciate, and you can get a pack of 50 for only 22!
For kids aged 2-5, Curious George (6 books for $11.99 at the time of posting) or Mercer Mayer books (many as low as $3+) make great party favors.
I just noticed that Moo Ba La La La is as low as $3.47. This would make a great gift for a part for kids aged 1-3. Another great option for this age is Chika Chika Boom Boom – this was my daughter’s favorite book age 1-2, and it’s the book that single-handedly taught her complete alphabet recognition – hugely recommended, either to buy for your own child or give out as party favors (it’s under $5 at the time of posting). If you are not opposed to giving something educational, one of our moderators told me that this “My First Learn to Write workbook” ($5) was a big hit.
That’s it for now – keep checking back; every time I come across a new good thing, I’ll add it to this list! If you found us for the internet, be sure to check out our regularly updated daily deals page – we post a ton of gift options, and sometimes we may find something that makes a good party favor!