30+ Classic, Fun Loot Bag Ideas

Loot Bags

Birthday parties are back, folks. And the one birthday party trend I can get behind is simplified loot bags.

More and more my kids are come home with one item instead of a plastic baggie full of tiny toys and candy.

Thank you birthday party Gods and parents everywhere!

To be clear, kids love both options but for me, one more substantial item is better than a bunch of little things my kid will play with for 10 seconds and leave around for me to step on and throw away. And when we’re hosting the party, I feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck by giving away one item our guests will actually use.

Our favourite party favours & loot bags for kids:

loot bag ideas

Bath Bombs

These bath bombs from Lush are fun, colourful, chemical-free, and great for any kid who needs a little incentive to get in the tub!

what to put in party bags

Hand Sanitizers and PocketBac Holders

We still need hand sanitizer, people. Probably now more than ever. Kids love the scents and fun holders, like this adorable turtle. Available online or at your nearest Bath & Body Works.



So many great options for slime. We love this one from Indigo.



You just can’t go wrong with bubbles. If you want to get the kids outside for part of the party, introduce bubbles to the mix. There are great options available for great prices at Canadian Tire.

Name Labels

We love these personalized labels from Mabel’s Labels because they’re unique, useful, and easy to add onto any loot bag. Also great for summer camp season!

Sleep Masks

Perfect for sleepover parties, these cute sleep masks help ensure the littles slumber as long as possible. Win-win! Available at Claire’s stores.

Ty Beanie Boos

Beanie Boos never seem to go out of style and they come in a variety of sizes and styles – from $4 clip-ons to $7 sequin pouches to $30 large plush. The small plush, like the one pictured above, are about $7. Mastermind Toys and Well.ca have great selections.

Magnifying Bug Viewer

If you didn’t hunt and capture bugs did summer really happen? These inexpensive jars from Amazon.ca are great for little explorers. Hand them out with Bulk Barn bug gummies or an inexpensive flashlight for extra fun!


I spy with my little eye kids who aren’t using iPads! Keep the outdoor fun going with a pair of rubber, shock-proof, 4x magnification glasses for less than $6 per pair at Amazon.ca.

Glow in the Dark Stars

Kids can transform their rooms into the starry night sky with this set of 16 adhesive-backed stars that adhere to walls and ceilings. Only $5.59/set at Well.ca.

Some ideas for loot bags by party theme or activity:

Pool party:

Goggles, towels, floaties or squirt guns.

Animal-theme party:

Beanie Boos or Schleich figurines set up in a box with a “For Adoption” sign.

Art party:

Paint, paint brushes, palettes and aprons.

Princess Party:

Crowns, tiaras, magic wands and tutus.

Movie party:

Microwave popcorn and a box of candy in a plastic bowl.

Slumber party:

A fun pair of slippers or a blanket, plus a small bottle of water.

In Spring and Summer

Any outdoor toys like sidewalk chalk, bubbles, frisbees, skipping ropes, sunglasses, buckets with shovels and hula hoops.

In Fall and Winter

Mugs with individual servings of hot chocolate and marshmallows or mittens with hand warmers tucked inside.

Where to Find Them

If you’re looking for a bunch of small items, you can usually find everything you need in one place. Check out:

  • The Bulk Barn  — great for Pez, chocolates, gumballs, gummies and other edible treats
  • Dollarama — play-doh, stationary, stickers, card games, glow-in-the-dark bracelets, and arts and crafts supplies
  • Party City — small toys, keychains, pins, candy and silly string
  • Indigo — small toys and novelty items
  • Wal Mart — treat sized chocolate bars, Crayola products
  • Michael’s — stationary, arts and crafts supplies, activity books
  • Mastermind Toys — small toys, pencils and erasers, rubber balls and jewellery

And like most gifts, a little effort on the packaging goes a long way. Colourful ribbons and bags, fun containers and personalized name tags make everything look extra special.

Happy gifting!


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  1. Jenne Martin on July 5, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Jen,
    Your article made me smile from ear to ear! You and I speak the same loot bag language!!
    I have just launched a lovely little company with my friend and business partner, Jocelyn, called The Goodie Bags. If you ever have a free moment to offer your sage advice on our new website (www.thegoodiebags.ca), we would be entirely grateful. Your words will be heard and your advice taken. Any wisdom will help us know if we are on the right track to making the checklists a little easier for all our busy party-planning mamas out there!
    Thanks so much for considering this crazy request!

  2. Marcia Shires on April 4, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I went to your links and added up the items for 1 bag:

    bath bomb $6.95 each shipping $6.00

    sanitizer $$1.20 each shipping $2.00

    slime $1.79 shipping free

    coloring book $9.16 each shipping $11.00

    cube $5.00 free shipping

    labels $30.00 per kid free shipping

    book for reading $7.34 each shipping $10.00

    you do the math

    • Heather Dixon on April 5, 2019 at 8:46 am

      These are meant to be ideas and thought-starters, not necessarily all the items to put into one bag. You can pick and choose based on the size and type of your party! We were just attempting to be helpful by providing ideas. Hope that helps!

  3. Epps R. on July 24, 2019 at 3:48 am

    There was a thumb nail of a thank you note with the instant fill water balloons. Which article contains more info pertaining to where I can get those or how to make them?

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