13 Budget-Friendly Party Favors That Hosts Will Love!

Blog | October 24th, 2021

How wonderful it is to plan holiday gatherings again? After a year or more of sending well wishes through virtual devices, it has become such a joy to celebrate life’s biggest moments in person again. Many momentous occasions got pushed back into 2022 or are just being celebrated this fall. You may be gearing up to host Thanksgiving, a wedding, a baby shower, or a graduation event. There are so many occasions to make up for, which is all the more reason to make them special! One way to do that is to present a party favor at future gatherings. What exactly IS a party favor? It is a small gift given to each guest as a thank you for attending and hopefully, a token to long remember the special event!

For the host that truly wants to do the most, adding an additional expense may push the party from exceptional to expensive! You may have already spent a bundle on food, drinks, décor, and more! A twist on favors will add fun for those attending and not be so costly to the host! As you send out invitations, whether formal or verbally, embrace the idea of collaborating with guests to create your party favors. So, invite all of your guests to bring one budget-friendly party favor to compile into an awesome goodie bag for kids and/or adults! To stay on track for the reason you’re celebrating, encourage the favors to relate to the theme of the event and be something anyone can use. For example, you’re going to a baby shower but really can’t see yourself using a pacifier. But at the same time, a bottle of baby-safe sunscreen will do wonders for anyone’s vacation! Start with an inexpensive bag or bucket from the Dollar Tree and let guests fill ’em up for an exciting take-home treat! Here are some ideas for 13 different celebrations! Be sure to have a headcount so all who attend will bring one and receive one of each!


With all the contributions, everyone will be ready to fire up their grill at home! Ideas for guests include:

  • Apron
  • Spatula
  • Marinating Brush
  • Tongs
  • Spices, Rubs or Sauces
  • Oven mitts
  • Meat thermometer

Baby Shower

Here’s a day where everyone can get showered with some goodies!

  • Baby Lotion
  • Baby Organics Sunblock
  • Baby Powder Scented Candle
  • “Baby” Ruth Candy Bar
  • Jiffy Pop Popcorn (with a tag that says “about to pop”)

Pool Party

Send each family or visitor home with a splash of fun in a bucket! They’ll be ready for any outdoor activity with this mix of goodies!

  • Aloe
  • Pool Float
  • Beach Ball
  • Margarita Mix
  • Can Koozie
  • Sunglasses

Movie Night Gathering

Spread the joy and the memories with many more movies to come!

  • Bagged or Microwave Popcorn
  • 3D Glasses
  • Favorite Movie DVD
  • Boxed Movie Theater Type Candy
  • $5 Movie Theater Gift Card


When the vows are complete and the happy couple is off to their new life, have a mini celebration in their memory!

  • Mini Bottle of Champagne
  • Wine Glass (Dollar Tree) 
  • Wedding Cookies (in grocery stores)
  • “Ring” Keychain
  • Ring Pops For The Kids
  • Bubbles
  • Wedding Day Polariods


Birthdays seem to come around faster and faster each year. Dig into your party favors to keep the celebrations going!

  • Boxed Birthday Cards
  • Sparklers
  • Birthday Cake Flavored Snack
  • Ice Cream Cone Spoons  
  • Pack of Festive Paper Plates
  • Glow Sticks
  • Confetti Cupcake Mix


Time to spread wings and see the world! You can do the same with a bag of memory savers of your own!

  • Mini Picture Album
  • Luggage Tags
  • Passport Covers
  • Travel Size Toiletries
  • Disposable Camera

Pet Party

Whether you just got a new pet, it’s their birthday, or it’s adoption day, there’s always a good reason for a party. With there not being a lot of shareable pet/people items, let most of the favors go to the furry family members!

  • Animal Crackers (for the people)
  • Tennis Ball
  • Travel Water Cups/Bowls
  • Snuggle Toy
  • Chew Toy
  • Dog Bone


From dinner parties to ugly sweater parties, keep the cheer going with festive memories!

  • Ornament
  • Candy Canes
  • Hot Chocolate Packets
  • Spices; Cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.

Christening or Baptism

Remember the significance of this special day with lasting mementos and treasures!

  • Small Bible
  • Cross Jewelry (inexpensive)
  • Inspirational Bookmark
  • Daily Devotional
  • Highlighter Markers


Finally! Time to relax and enjoy the simple things! Here’s some ways to spread that joy to everyone!

  • Flower And Vegetable Seeds
  • Hand Held Garden Shovel
  • A Good Book
  • SleepyTime Tea
  • Bath Bomb

Welcome Home

Whether you’re returning home or starting a new one, think of all the cozy things that will make you happy to be there!

  • Candle
  • Coffee Mug
  • Coffee
  • Picture Frame
  • Gift Cards
  • Custom Lanyard

Sleepover For The Kids

When the kids are bummed that the party is over, relive the night with a home sleepover. Have the whole family camp out in the living room. Use the favors to recreate the fun!

  • Waffle Mix
  • Syrup
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Slippers
  • Flashlight

There are so many possibilities for thank you gifts. Another option is to have each guest bring one themed, quality, yet affordable item and do a swap secret Santa style. Whatever route you choose, your guests will look back at your event with fond memories and souvenirs. Especially the thoughtfulness of rerouting a “hostess gift” and making it something for everyone!