I put a lipgloss and sparkly nail varnish wrapped in tissue with 3 funsize (large tub of 50 for £5 from Co-op) for my daughter's friends the other week.
The lipglosses & nail polishes were from Debenhams and multipacks that I split. I got 2 tubs of 10 Ruby ones. The nail varnishes were in packs of 4. They were on 3 for 2 so the whole lot was £28. I had 15 bags to do.
The tissue paper and paper bags (£1.99 for 12) were from Hobbycraft.
Face packs, Hair bobbles, Mini notepads, piece of cake and a wash-off tattoo-they also sell a huge book of them in the 99p store. These are the sort of things my 9yo likes and don't cost a lot of money to put in party bags
We have just done a party (admittedly for 7 yr olds but my 10yr old loved it too) I can't stand party bag rubbish so instead made sweetie bags instead. The kids loved them and the parents appreciated them more than a bag of tat! I bought clear cellophane bags from the pound shop along with some ribbon, 3 big bags of haribo type sweets, a bag of chews,a bag of marsh mellows and a bag of lollies. Shared them all out between all the kids bags and tied them with pretty ribbon! Voila! I did 25 party bags for about £7! Sweets will always go down a treat and they looked fab and didn't cost the earth - will do this again in future
I still do party bags but make them more 'grown up'. For my daughters last birthday (11) we did a cheap funky mug and a pair of socks from Primark. Coupled with a slice of cake and a handful of Quality Street or similar went down very well.
I am really not keen on party bags and so I don't always do them! The treat is the lovely outing/party and a slice of cake to go home with. When the DDs were younger I would buy a book set on the internet and they could have one each to go home with.
I have never done one of those awful little bags full of tat! Hate them!
How about a couple of treats each from those selection bags? Or a lip balm? Claires Accessories had a pack of 10 flavoured lip balms for £6 how about one of those each and a choc bar?