This post is guest written by Peggy Keefe-Lopez, owner of Yippitee, a new, Austin-based children's birthday shirt company.
Looking for healthy party favors that don't suck (like when you were a kid and the local dentist gave out toothbrushes at Halloween or that time your mom put fruit at the bottom of your Christmas stocking)? Look no further. It's definitely possible to throw a fun party and give your pint-sized guests a little surprise to take home that won't add to their after party sugar crash.
Should you so choose, it's definitely easier to ditch party favors altogether. (You'll join a growing movement with lots of enthusiastic parents on board.) But if, like me, your love language is gift giving and it just makes you so so happy to plan mini presents, go for it! There are plenty of ways to avoid sugar and dollar store plastic junk in your quest for adorable gifts that won't bust your budget.
8 Unique and Fun Healthy Party Favors
I've separated these ideas into two sections: half are toys and activities geared toward fostering play and the other half are of the disappearing variety that will go away as they are used.
My best tip, if you have a tight budget and want to give out goody bags, is to use your per-child dollar amount on one quality item instead of filling bags with a lot of cheap plastic toys and candy. Parents will definitely appreciate it and the kids' excitement will last longer than the car ride home. Win-win.