Most people understand that giving party gifts to children who attend birthday parties is common courtesy. While some people spend an arm and a leg to give nice gifts, there is no reason why party gifts cannot be purchased on a budget. After all, it is not the price tag, but rather the gesture that truly counts.
Homemade cookies make great party gifts that are inexpensive and easy to make. Bake off a big batch of your child's favourite cookies and place three or four of them into cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. For an extra touch, add a recipe card disclosing your special recipe to all your child's party guests.
Bath products are great party gifts, especially for tweens and teens. You do not have to spend a mint on purchasing nice products if you are creative. Check your local dollar store for fruit-scented bath products and buy them at a dollar apiece. Alternatively, you could purchase the bath products at a semi-annual sale hosted by your local bath and body retailer. Frequently, bath products can be purchased at 75% off and then given away as party gifts when the time comes.
The next time your local craft store has a big sale, purchase blank T-shirts for as little as a buck apiece. Provide some fabric paints and let the kids create their own custom T-shirts to bring home and keep after the birthday party.
Have your child choose her 10 favourite songs and use them to create a compilation CD to pass out to guests at the party. You might choose to put the CDs in cellophane bags and toss in some candy before tying with a bow and distributing.