Super simple goody-bag options?

Super simple goody-bag options?

Joined: June 24th, 2005, 12:12 am

May 4th, 2012, 5:48 pm #1

I could do the bag o' junk again. Everyone seems to enjoy it (little pad of paper, mini markers, finger puppet, stickers, rubber animal or squinkie...that's been pretty much our schtick for the past 2 years). But wondering if anyone has any other simple ideas?

Key word here--SIMPLE! (and not food)





me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.

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FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.

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Joined: August 30th, 2006, 9:39 pm

May 4th, 2012, 5:59 pm #2

Just before our daughter's preschool class went off to kindergarten, one family's party favor was dollar store ABC workbooks (princess for girls, superhero for boys) and a pencil. Each child got one book & a pencil. No need to even put them in a bag.

BTW, in our school, cool pencils have become THE treat/reward/prize. I now have an entire cup full of them for DD -- I think I will never have to purchase another pencil until she graduates from HS.
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May 4th, 2012, 6:06 pm #3

I could do the bag o' junk again. Everyone seems to enjoy it (little pad of paper, mini markers, finger puppet, stickers, rubber animal or squinkie...that's been pretty much our schtick for the past 2 years). But wondering if anyone has any other simple ideas?

Key word here--SIMPLE! (and not food)





me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.
...those glow-in-the-dark sticks that you snap and connect into bracelets or necklaces (can buy a canister and put a couple into each goodie bag); rubber stamp and ink pad; interesting buttons, beads, jewels and twine or rope for stringing; inexpensive and fun change purses; fun magnets (esp. those where you can put photos), or fun little photo frames...will keep trying to think of clever items I can remember putting in goodie bags or DD receiving. Like you, I like these small, fun things that are NOT candy.
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Joined: June 24th, 2005, 12:12 am

May 4th, 2012, 6:09 pm #4

Just before our daughter's preschool class went off to kindergarten, one family's party favor was dollar store ABC workbooks (princess for girls, superhero for boys) and a pencil. Each child got one book & a pencil. No need to even put them in a bag.

BTW, in our school, cool pencils have become THE treat/reward/prize. I now have an entire cup full of them for DD -- I think I will never have to purchase another pencil until she graduates from HS.
Too funny (or not!)--I could neither contribute to the, imho, early entry of ABC's nor stomach the gendered choice of gifts!

But, cool pencils, now that I could get into! Are these regular pencils or mechanical? I remember when I was in 1st grade, the teacher gave us pencils with little replaceable lead tips for prizes. I looooved those!



me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.

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me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.

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May 4th, 2012, 7:15 pm #5

I could do the bag o' junk again. Everyone seems to enjoy it (little pad of paper, mini markers, finger puppet, stickers, rubber animal or squinkie...that's been pretty much our schtick for the past 2 years). But wondering if anyone has any other simple ideas?

Key word here--SIMPLE! (and not food)





me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.
this past birthday for DS, we gave the kids a lego mini figure. They cost us 3.50$ which is a bit dear but then, we had half the usual amount of kids this time so I justified it that way.

I also like to put balloons and love pencils and pads. SOme kids ignore the pencils and pads but some really groove on them.

I found some cool skull pencils. and I'd think every kid would love vampires.

How I wish we had what our kids have today. They have no idea how good they have it! lol

jm


me:43, DH 44
FSH 26
DS: born by c-sec Apr15'03, 9lbs5oz 41wks gest. (after 4 years of ttc, starting in 1998)
DD born by c-sec Oct 13 2007, 8lbs13oz 39wk gest. (after just under 3 years of ttc)
~~DS was conceived naturally the cycle following a cancelled DE IVF, using my good friend's eggs. She was on the verge of hyperstimming.
~~DD's nat conception I attribute to using OPKs like a crazy nut, eating grapefruit daily and using preseed. also 5 cycles of TCM ending 2 cycles before that lucky cycle.
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May 4th, 2012, 7:25 pm #6

I could do the bag o' junk again. Everyone seems to enjoy it (little pad of paper, mini markers, finger puppet, stickers, rubber animal or squinkie...that's been pretty much our schtick for the past 2 years). But wondering if anyone has any other simple ideas?

Key word here--SIMPLE! (and not food)





me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.
I think we bought 8 packs of the small LED flashlights that were about $2 per unit. Kids love to keep that by their bed.

Also, I go to Costco and buy something like corn nuts or jerky packs or granola bars.

Glow sticks are always a hit. You can get tiny two packs of bracelets or even teeny weeny earrings. (Dollar store is great for these. I once got huge glow stick swords/wands for $1!)

Walmart had some fun animal print mechanical pencils. I think a pack of 12 was only $3 or $4.

These work for both girls and boys.

I've stocked up on inexpensive colored marker sets at back to school sales and given the set with mechanical pencils, cute erasers, metallic ink pens (thank you $1 store. I broke up 3 packs) in a cute plastic pencil box.

I wish we had a true $1 store in Hawaii. I have to stock up when I'm on the mainland and bring back to Hawaii.
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Joined: August 30th, 2006, 9:39 pm

May 4th, 2012, 9:57 pm #7

Too funny (or not!)--I could neither contribute to the, imho, early entry of ABC's nor stomach the gendered choice of gifts!

But, cool pencils, now that I could get into! Are these regular pencils or mechanical? I remember when I was in 1st grade, the teacher gave us pencils with little replaceable lead tips for prizes. I looooved those!



me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.
Hi Tara,
I probably misrepresented it -- the kids got to choose which book they wanted, but the girls ALL chose princesses. I would have preferred she didn't, but the best I can do is give her alternatives to Disney Princesses. I've found some amazing chapter books about princesses & fairies that are far less saccharine, plus she also loves watching This Old House with DH (Tommy & the boys! she crows), Animal Kratz, WordGirl, etc. She & DH are reading Eliot & the Pixies, and they read the first three Harry Potter books before they got too dark for her. She & I read Little House. Both of her best friends over the past several years have been ultra-girlie girls, so I just try to stem the tide.

Around here, kindergarten really wants the kids to have some familiarity with ABCs before school starts. I let DD play with the workbook, but never "made" her do anything. Now that she's in kindergarten, I do get to "make" her do her homework (which consists of a weekly reading log and her Chinese worksheets daily). None of it ever takes more than 20 min to do.

The pencils were regular (sparkly!) but I've also seen some inexpensive mechanical ones come home from school. In fact, I washed one the other day - it did not survive the dryer.
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May 5th, 2012, 4:40 am #8

I could do the bag o' junk again. Everyone seems to enjoy it (little pad of paper, mini markers, finger puppet, stickers, rubber animal or squinkie...that's been pretty much our schtick for the past 2 years). But wondering if anyone has any other simple ideas?

Key word here--SIMPLE! (and not food)





me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.
My friend went to the dollar store last year and got each child got a large bottle of bubbles. All of the parents loved it!
I tend to go a bit overboard so this year since we had a gymnastics party, I did a jumprope, a ribbon wand that I made, and a "gold" medal in a small bag for each child.
Sidewalk chalk is always great too. I either buy a large pack and split it up or buy a small pack for each child at the dollar store. Good luck! This is stuff that I always stress over!
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Joined: June 25th, 2006, 2:32 am

May 6th, 2012, 3:11 pm #9

I could do the bag o' junk again. Everyone seems to enjoy it (little pad of paper, mini markers, finger puppet, stickers, rubber animal or squinkie...that's been pretty much our schtick for the past 2 years). But wondering if anyone has any other simple ideas?

Key word here--SIMPLE! (and not food)





me:smc (single mom by choice)
FSH: 16
Dd: Conceived when I was 42 after 2 years ttc. Conceived on 6th IVF cycle after 2 bfn's and 3 m/cs.
Hi Tara,

Historically, I've snagged some very nice goodie items when I see some sale during the year...and stash it away until bday season. I know, this doesn't work well on short notice but here are few places to try if you have 1-~2wks for shipping to arrive:

Dig around on Meritline's "Bargain Center" tab. Free shipping and the more you buy, the cheaper the item becomes. I've given these pig-shaped LED flashlights in the past, huge hit (they were cheaper previously, but come down to ~$3.60 incl tax shipping and no driving around, if it is your only item, etc)
http://www.meritline.com/2-led-hand-pre ... 57804.aspx
I've also got great deals (past) on good-sized art kits and large all-wooden domino sets for $1 here.

Halo Heaven is awesome awesome awesome if you are open to even a smidge of girlie girlie stuff. Awesome prices, lots of retail places buy from them and then mark up the price. Catch is you need to spend $20 for free shipping. They have halos with ribbons (many colors), wands (frilly or with things like butterflies), butterfly wings, etc, etc. Some gender neutral stuff like capes. They have hair clips with bows, animal print bows, flowers, butterflies and insects (I've bought the hairclips and bows separate and had girls make their own barrettes to take home...VERY cheap, VERY easy and a year later, I still see girls at school wearing the animal-print barrettes they made at DD's party. If you get the "bow" style, just slip the alligator clip under the center part, no glue needed). Dig around on the website...lots of girlie girlie stuff, but not all. Shipping is usually ~1wk. All the prices are unbelievably awesome:
http://www.haloheaven.com

If you need something faster, spend some time in Michael's craft store looking in their sale bins. They usually have things like wooden animals/dolls/trucks that are outlined and stand up with a little stand, they come with markers to decorate...or some other mini-craft kit.

Something I always wanted to give but was too cheap and I could never find a good deal was to give just Madlibs and a pencil. They have "junior" madlibs for younger kids where you don't have to know sentence parts, you just create the funny stories using lists of words. Something like thishttp://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss? ... or+madlibs .

And, I know you said "no food" but several times we've gotten a gift certificate for a scoop of icecream/waterice at a nearby shop. Love this -- fun for the kids to redeem and totally consumable! (Unfortunately not a great choice for my winter bday kids!).

***edit: Just saw this: zhu zhu hamster for $3 shipped (5 cent flat rate shipping with code MY5CENT, batteries included). Again, I've gotten them for as low as $1, but not bad for short notice and a single goodie item and kids still love them:http://www.shopko.com/search?q=zhu&comm ... rice%3Aasc***


Good luck!
Minna

PS. Congrats on finishing your doctorate!! I'm soooo impressed that you did this as a parent, especially a single parent! I would have never been able to do mine, or my postdoc for that matter, as a parent!!! Wowie!!!


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