Am taking my son and 5 of his friends to a softplay or laser thing, not sure which yet, it's not an actual booked party there. I can't stand doing the plastic crap thing again and wanted to buy one thing maybe £2-3 worth.
Last year we got free tickets to legoland so I bought the 4 kids we took a small Lego kit. I paid nearly £4 each then but as the tickets were free it was fine.
I have thought of books but even though they all like them I think hyped up boys maybe won't appreciate been given them. I did read on here someone bought each kid a huge bar of chocolate but am not sure the parents would appreciate that!
Had a look on a few web sites like baker Ross but nothing jumps out at me so any suggestions will be much appreciated.
The best party bag that my 8 year old has had recently was a book. The boy's mum had bought sets of those "Why is snot green" Science Museum books and wrapped one each for the boys that came to the party. They also got a small cellophane bag of sweets and a slice of cake. DS1 was very happy with it (and so was I!)
We don't do party bags. The children get a piece of cake, a balloon, and one little gift costing us no more than a £ or2, but not tatt. Try The Book People. You can often get very good boxed sets of books that will split up nicely fir individual gifts. How about a Hottible Histories/Science etc book, or a Roald Dahl book? Pens can also be good if you can find a multi-pack of something unusual. But Back to School season is best for those.
Thanks for the suggestions but as I mentioned the party is not at home so cake or a treasure hunt not an option(we have done them for previous years) and although I think books are great as I said before am not sure a bunch of hyped up boys will best appreciate them but maybe the snot one is an idea!
Why do you worry whether the guests will appreciate the gifts? As invitees it is their job to provide gifts, not yours. You provide entertainment and food, anything ex tra is a bonus to be appreciated.
At our latest party we decorated the room with simple, home-inflated, latex helium balloons. As well as a piece of cake to take home, each guest got to choose a few balloons to take. I saw no disappointment.
It's nice of you to care and make the effort, but for a guest to show disappointment over or be unappreciative of a going-home gift or party bag is greed and bad manners.