The best party bag filler ideas for kids

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Party bags. Love 'em or hate 'em, party bags getting more competitive by the minute. Here are some ideas for party bag fillers that won't break the bank, but might last for more than five minutes without being binned.

The best party bag fillers for kids (that aren’t just plastic tat)

Party bags. Love ’em or hate ’em, no kids’ party is complete without them, and the market is getting more competitive by the minute.

Whether you’re a poundshop dash party bag maker or the painstaking, handcrafted kind, one thing that most mums and dads can all agree on is that party bag fillers are usually… well, a bit rubbish.

Of course, you always appreciate the effort so-and-so’s parents have made, and the plastic toys and sweets full of E-numbers are beloved by children of all ages. However, they’re also equally loathed by most adults, mainly because most classic party bag fillers get broken or binned within the week.

Back in our day, there was nothing wrong with a slice of cake and a balloon, but the kids of today have far higher expectations of the polythene sleeve of treats. So we got to thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to have some party bag filler ideas that the recipient can keep and enjoy for a little longer, without feeling like they’re missing out on the usual bells and whistles (oh god, the whistles… )?

From story books to cups and straws and even one very special present that they can grow themselves, here are 13 cheap ideas for party bag fillers that won’t break the bank, but might last for more than five minutes, and that the kids will think are brilliant too.

And don’t forget to share this with all of the parents in the playground – the collective sigh of relief will be audible, trust us!

What’s the best thing your child has ever received in a party bag? Did you put something really special in your party bag that made everyone go ‘wow’? Or do you opt out of the tradition altogether? Let us know your thoughts in a comment below!