Ideas for Kids' Party Favors

Updated June 26, 2018

Kids' parties often include favours for the party guests. Party supply stores sell commercial party favours in various themes, but customised party favours offer an alternative for parties. Many party favour ideas are inexpensive and require little preparation time. Departing from the commercial favours will create a memorable party and elicit excitement from the young party guests.

Gift Tokens

Fast food restaurants usually offer small denominations of gift tokens that work well as kids' party favours. Check with chain fast food restaurants, as well as local ice cream shops or restaurants. A gift token in the amount of 60p or £1.30 is enough for each guest to purchase a snack or ice cream treat. The kids will enjoy the opportunity to make their own purchases at the food establishment.


A craft project can double as a party activity and a favour. Kids can create the craft during the party and take it home at the end. Consider a craft related to the party theme or choose a general craft project. Kids can decorate a small flower pot and take home a packet of seeds. Tie dying T-shirts can be messy but entertaining for older kids. Kits for painting sun catchers are available and require little preparation.

Food Favors

Customised sugar cookies packaged in a cellophane bag make a unique party favour idea. Include each child's name on his cookie while decorating. Another option is to allow the kids to decorate their own cookies during the party. Purchase decorative cookie bags or boxes so they can take their decorated cookies home. Fill small cellophane bags with assorted candy, tie it with a ribbon and add a thank you tag. Candy necklaces and other fun candy options also work well as party favours for kids.

Commemorative Photo

Set up a decorated area for taking photos. Create a scene based on the theme. For example, a farm themed party could include a bale of hay, buckets, a lasso and a stick horse. Choose either a solid background or one with a farm scene. Provide a few costume pieces for the kids to wear. Take a photo of each child in the photo area. Print the photos immediately on a home printer or send them with the thank you notes.

Theme Related Toys

Choose inexpensive toys that relate to the theme. Favours for a summer themed party could include sand buckets or beach balls. A princess party could include toy tiaras for the favours. Eye patches or toy swords are possibilities for a pirate themed party. Dollar stores often sell small toys that fit different party themes.

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Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.