Top 10 Kid's Cool Birthday Party Favors

Birthday Party Favors

I have been hosting theme birthday parties for my kids for about six years now. With all of these birthday parties, I would honestly have to say that the party favors are the most fun to plan. I don't know why I have such a fascination with party favors, but I just love putting together a favor bag. Today, there is so much more you can do to create a really cool favor for your child to hand out to their birthday party guests.

This page will feature my Top 10 birthday party favor ideas. Some of these items are things I have personally used in my kid's favor bags or items that are top on my list to try in the future. I also run quite a few other kid's birthday party pages, and many of the items listed below are my top sellers.

#1 Candy Wrapper Party Favors

I purchase my candy wrapper favors rather than making them myself. With the time and expense involved with making my own wrappers, it is much easier just to purchase them. Although, if you are looking for a home business idea, this may be something to look into.

You can purchase personalized candy wrappers for standard Hershey bars, Hershey minatures, Hershey Kisses and Hershey nuggets. Some of these candy wrappers come with self-stick adhesive on them and all you have to do is peel and stick. Other wrappers need to be applied to the candy and then taped.

Most of the time the wrappers can be personalized however you would like. Generally, the birthday child's name, age and party date appear on the wrapper. Also, since standard Hershey bars no longer come with silver foil liners, you can purchase these separately to finish off your candy wrapper party favor. You can also purchase these foil liners in different colors to add that extra special look to your favor.

I really like the standard candy wrapper favors since they can be added to a favor bag or handed out as a stand alone party favor depending on your party budget.

#2 Cookie Party Favors

Cookie favors are something you can make yourself or purchase. If you want to make your own cookie favors, purchase a cookie cutter that coordinates with your party theme. Then, bake the cookies and decorate them in colors that match your party theme. Another option would be to bake the cookies on a stick. Once the cookies are finished, wrap them in FDA approved bags and tie with curling ribbon. I created dog bone cookies for my daughter's Puppy Party last year. I didn't hand them out as favors instead I served them as snacks. However, you can take a peek at them to see an example of what a cookie favor would look like.

Not a baker? No problem! You can purchase premade cookie pops that come complete with personalized favor labels. Either way, cookie favors are sure to be a hit at your kid's birthday party.

This is another favor that can be handed out by itself.  Again, a great cost saver!

#3 Chocolate Lollipop Party Favors

Chocolate lollipops make terrific party favors! This is a party favor you can make yourself. Simply purchase a candy mold, chocolate melts and sticks. Once the lollipops are done, wrap in a cello treat bag and tie with a coordinating ribbon. Don't know how to make chocolate lollipops? Find out how!

If you decide to purchase your chocolate lollipop favors, you can usually find them at your local chocolate shop. They are also available for purchase online. Chocolate lollipops come in every party theme imaginable. You even have the option of displaying your chocolate lollipop favors in a stand and using them as a fun party table centerpiece!

#4 Fabric Favor Bags

Fabric favor bags are generally made with officially licensed character fabric. They are sold in tote bag styles as well as drawstring style favor bags. If you are good with a needle and thread, you can make these bags yourself. Simply go to your fabric store or online and purchase the fabric for your party theme. Then, sew up the bag and add a fun handle. Here are sewing instructions to make a drawstring favor bag or a tote bag.

If sewing is just not your cup of tea, then you can certainly purchase your fabric favor bags. They are inexpensive and will definitely make a statement at your child's birthday party. Plus, these fabric favor bags, as opposed to your typical plastic loot bag, can be used over and over again. Therefore, the birthday party guests will have a fun party keepsake. 

#5 Personalized Party Favor Packs

Ebay seller Personally Yours Parties offers complete personalized birthday party packs.

The party favors included in these packs include mini favor tags, popcorn favor tag & wrapper, large candy bar wrappers, small candy bar wrappers, gum wrappers, Play Doh labels, bubble labels and more.

These favor kits are available in many popular kid's party themes including Mickey Mouse, Max & Ruby, Superheros, Disney Princesses, Hello Kitty, Sesame Street, Dora, Barbie, Monster High, Minnie Mouse, Justin Bieber and more.

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#6 Personalized Favor Boxes & Bags

There are many different favor boxes/bags to choose from. All of these favors can be personalized and there are many different party themes available. Some of the party favor box and bag designs include:

Gable boxes: These favor boxes are generally white and can be personalized with your birthday party theme as well as the child's name and age.

Take-Out Boxes: I love these! They are your basic Chinese style take-out box that can be personalized for your birthday party favors.

Favor Labels: Party favor personalized labels are generally a square label that can be added to a lunch style bag. Bags usually come in different colors to coordinate with the label/party colors.

Party Bag Toppers: These personalized party favor toppers are generally sold with a clear loot bag. You simply fill the loot bag with goodies and then attach the label to the top of the bag.

#7 Crayon and Coloring Books

Crayons always make great party favors for preschoolers. All kids love crayons! You can purchase custom crayon boxes to include in the party favor bags. Each pack contains 4 crayons. A personalized label with the birthday party theme is added to the crayon box.

If you are handing out crayon packs in the party favor bags, you can also include a custom coloring book. The coloring books are printed on quality cardstock paper and measure approximately 4.25" x 5.5'". Each book contains 8 coloring pages related to the theme of the party and the back cover has a picture and a thank you message. The thank you message can be changed upon request.

Crayons and coloring books also make a great party activity. You can have the books and crayons out on the party table as the guests first arrive. Be sure to write the name of each guest on the crayons and coloring books so that they can each take theirs home at the end of the party.

#8 Labels, Labels, Labels!

Today, you can purchase personalized favor labels for so many items.

Some of these items include bubbles, water bottles, CD's, candies, mint boxes, crayon boxes, Play-doh, popcorn bags, lollipops, and more. There are so many options with these labels. The possibilities are endless!

#9 Theme Related Toys

Of course, theme related toys are always a good choice. The one thing to remember when including small toys in the party favor bags is to try to find items that are practical and that will be used by the children. When deciding on whether or not to include a certain toy in the favor bags, I ask myself, "Can this toy/item actually be used? Or, will it end up on the floor of the child's room and then thrown away?"

Some good favor choices include crayons, stickers, bookmarks, bounce balls, etc. Even though I have been creating party favor bags for years, I still sometimes buy a favor item and then afterwards I think, why did I buy that? It is a learning process.

#10 Unique Handmade Favor Baskets

There are some very talented sellers that offer awesome custom made favor bags and baskets. These favor bags will wow your child's birthday party guests.

There are many party themes available including Sesame Street, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Disney Princesses, Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go, Strawberry Shortcake, Batman, Little Einsteins, Cars, Bratz and many others.

Some of my Kid's Party Favors

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Chocolate lollipop favors for my daughter's Horse Theme Party.Party favors for my daughter's Puppy Dog theme party.The favor bags for the Puppy Dog party.  Party favors for my son's Little Bear party using personalized toppers.Party favors for my niece's Tea Party.The gable boxes for my the Tea Party favors.Party favors for my daughter's Disco Dance Party.Personalized candy wrapper for my son's Thomas the Tank Engine home party.Party favors for my son's Thomas the Tank Engine party.  He handed these out at preschool.The party favors for my daughter's Jonas Brothers theme party.The complete favor bag for the Jonas Brothers party using a the lunch style bag with personalized label.Pool Party favors I made for my nephews birthday party. What I included in my nephew's Pool Party favor bags.Popcorn Box Party Favors for my daugther's Movie Night Birthday Party.
Chocolate lollipop favors for my daughter's Horse Theme Party.
Chocolate lollipop favors for my daughter's Horse Theme Party.
Party favors for my daughter's Puppy Dog theme party.
Party favors for my daughter's Puppy Dog theme party.
The favor bags for the Puppy Dog party.
The favor bags for the Puppy Dog party.
Party favors for my son's Little Bear party using personalized toppers.
Party favors for my son's Little Bear party using personalized toppers.
Party favors for my niece's Tea Party.
Party favors for my niece's Tea Party.
The gable boxes for my the Tea Party favors.
The gable boxes for my the Tea Party favors.
Party favors for my daughter's Disco Dance Party.
Party favors for my daughter's Disco Dance Party.
Personalized candy wrapper for my son's Thomas the Tank Engine home party.
Personalized candy wrapper for my son's Thomas the Tank Engine home party.
Party favors for my son's Thomas the Tank Engine party.  He handed these out at preschool.
Party favors for my son's Thomas the Tank Engine party. He handed these out at preschool.
The party favors for my daughter's Jonas Brothers theme party.
The party favors for my daughter's Jonas Brothers theme party.
The complete favor bag for the Jonas Brothers party using a the lunch style bag with personalized label.
The complete favor bag for the Jonas Brothers party using a the lunch style bag with personalized label.
Pool Party favors I made for my nephews birthday party.
Pool Party favors I made for my nephews birthday party.
What I included in my nephew's Pool Party favor bags.
What I included in my nephew's Pool Party favor bags.
Popcorn Box Party Favors for my daugther's Movie Night Birthday Party.
Popcorn Box Party Favors for my daugther's Movie Night Birthday Party.

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mulberry1 7 years ago

Lots of wonderful ideas, I really like the fabric favor bags!


LucRy 7 years ago

I really enjoyed this hub. I'm planning my son's 1st birthday party now, and this is giving me a lot of great ideas! Thank you.


vee 6 years ago

loads of lovely ideas, thank you!


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Kathleen Staley 6 years ago

I have been hosting my children's birthday parties for ten years(a combined total of 16 parties), and have never come across the miniture pinatas. I can't wait to begin my search!! Great idea!


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chuckandus6 5 years ago from The Country-Side

Love the chocolate lollipop favors


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GoCrazy 4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

Really valuable hub with so great party bags ideas.

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