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Goodie Bags--Part II

Mommy Wars Part III |


| I'll Help Your Kids, You Help Mine...

March 16, 2006

Goodie Bags--Part II

Amy Dunkin

I have never given out goodie bags with little plastic animals, bouncy balls, and--God forbid--candy. I always look for items that are interesting and inexpensive and that the kids might really like. It takes more work, but that's why dollar stores and bargain-book racks were invented.

For less than $2 apiece, I have found great coloring books and markers, CD carrying cases, funky candles with bas-relief scenes of New York City, disposeable cameras decorated with characters from The Simpsons, baseballs with photos and autographs of popular major league players, and miniature Lego kits. Each of these was a big hit with the kids.

The point is, if you have to give gifts to your childrens’ friends who give gifts to your children, you might as well put some thought into it.

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i get the kids to decorate biscuits, make fudge or chocolate-dip dried fruit

game & goodie bag filler

Posted by: jennie at March 16, 2006 02:55 PM

How and when did the whole goody bag thing get started anyway? Isn't it enough that you are inviting children to a party, that most likely involves some sort of entertainment or activity (and spending money to do so)? I have a party coming up and I hate both the concept and the pressure of the goody bag! Its hard enough for a working mom to arrange the party and send out the invitations in time (particularly when some of the friends mom's don't use email!), never mind get a goody bag together. Recently, at parties my 5 yo has attended, the kids all received a puzzle; at another party they received a small lego. Give a gift, get a gift? Not a great message.

Posted by: Kristin at March 17, 2006 11:35 AM

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