Goody bags (also known as party favors) are a special “Thank You” present for all your event attendees. Whether it’s the bridal shower, dadchelor parties, baby showers, or any other occasion, knowing how to build an amazing goody bag is a must when planning your perfect event. Here are three essential must-dos and three fun party gifts idea per event.
1) Know Your Audience
How many people are attending your event? After that, figure out your cost per head. If it’s a smaller number, you can get them more personalized gifts!
Keep in mind that your event attendees have different tastes, age range, and interests. Are they into practical items? Are they into snacks? Don’t stress over everyone too much, but it is important to start generating ideas before you pick the best one!
2) Know Your Theme
Buying gifts for a lot of people can be overwhelming as there are a lot of options! However, sticking with a theme helps you weed out what’s unessential, and makes your gift looks really intentional. For example, if you go with a “birds” theme, you could buy a lot of bird accessories and cute gifts that makes it look way fancier than it really is.
3) Know Your Budget
Like anything in life, expenses can add up if you’re not careful. So, set a budget and stick to it.
And now for the fun part! Here are some gift ideas for your shower needs!
Although a wedding shower is considered primarily for brides celebrating their marriage, a co-ed wedding shower is a rising trend! The purpose of the wedding shower is to celebrate the couple, rather than the relationship itself. Therefore, getting your guests cute gifts will be a fun way to celebrate you leveling up in life!
Mr. & Mrs. Salt and Pepper Shaker
This is a cute yet practical gift that all your guests can enjoy. Plus, you could easily find a salt and pepper shaker in any form, which will help you match with a theme.
If your wedding shower is more intimate, get everyone some jewelry! However, get them either necklaces, watches or bracelets as not everyone has pierced ears and not everyone shares the same ring size. Jewelry is a great idea as it is a personal, elegant touch to your wedding shower! Plus, they will think of you whenever you wear it.
Whether it’s empty or filled with a special memory, a picture frame is a classic wedding shower gift anyone can use it! Guests can personalize their picture frame however they want so they can use it their way.
Traditionally, baby showers are catered towards women as they transition into motherhood. So, getting people a gift that is baby-themed is the easiest way to go!
Blue and Pink Candy Jars
This cute idea makes everyone happy as it’s as much of an eye candy as it is an actual candy. Plus, no one would ever be upset with sweets! However, be sure to note everyone’s food allergies before purchasing anything. The safest thing to do is to avoid any candies with nuts.
Cookies in a shape of a Onesie
Another crowd pleaser that is both adorable to look at and delicious to eat. This could also be an activity that you could have people do as they could decorate their own cookie with some frosting. It is cost efficient if you are on a budget and people could personalize it however they’d want!
Small Succulents/ Plants
Celebrate life with more life! Succulents are easy to care for as they’re very low maintenance while instantly adding a bit of color to anyone’s space (whether it’s an office, bedroom or living room).
This has been a growing trend since the early 2010s where the dad-to-be would celebrate their transition to fatherhood in an alcohol-themed party. The biggest misconception is that this is supposed to be a party that allows the man to lose control before “it all ends.” However, the purpose of a Dadchelor Party is to honor the father-to-be as well as he grows his family. Here are some gift ideas:
Mini Alcohol Bottles
There are easy to purchase (assuming you are over 21) and easy to personalize! You could get everyone a mini bottle of their favorite alcohol for them to either consume or decorate. Plus, the baby bottle is a symbol of the baby!
Mini Bottle Throwers
Going along with the alcohol bottle idea, get them a mini ring-toss in the shape of a bottle. It’s a fun activity that is neither too feminine nor too masculine. It could also be a fun activity to do during the Dadchelor party!
If you have some spare change, get everyone a matching pocket watch. They are a classy, mature men’s accessory and signifies your growth and maturation as well.
The most important thing about building a goody bag is to physically show your gratitude to your guests. Anything you get them would be appreciated, so don’t stress about it!