I Hate Goodie Bags!

My rant:

I hate making them, I hate receiving them – whoever started making Goodie Bags should’ve been shunned rather than copied.  I just picture that it started from some ultra-rich Jones type that everyone wanted to keep up with so they wouldn’t be  socially shunned.   The other mom’s should have stopped and said “I don’t need to give Goodie Bags!” .


No More Goodie Bags

Why do I hate making goodie bags?

  1. The purpose of a birthday party is to celebrate the child turning an age.  The kids who come to the Birthday Party get to give a present, then get to play (in often very expensive places like:  bouncy houses, bowling alleys, chucky cheese, Little Gym etc) and have cake and generally something to eat; costing anywhere from $150 – $600!
  2. If you give a goodie bag, why do I have to write a thank you note?
  3. The pressure to give an awesome goodie bag.  What constitutes an awesome goodie bag?  I’ve tried giving awesome goodie bags and they cost me about $10 per bag (and I’m certain some are spending more on the contents and making the goodie bags).  For me an awesome goodie bag contains items the kids will actually use (like a tutu or wand, mini dinosaurs).  Not trinkets and candy.  That means more money for an already costly and time intensive gathering of 10 – 15 kids, plus parents.

And I don’t just hate making the goodie bags either.   I hate getting them too because:

  1. The crappy toys inside of goodie bags that I’ll step on or will break in 20 seconds or less.
  2. Whistles – could you please give my child a noise maker? Thanks…
  3. Yo-yos (who gives a 3 year old a yoyo?); lets just cause two minutes of frustration and then let the parent step on it later. Thanks…
  4.  A deck of cards – seriously…52 cards at the ready for a fun filled game of 52 card pickup.
  5. Puzzles – 100 pieces for a 5 year old – yeah!
  6. Candy – they just went to a party where they probably had pizza, cake( (sugar) and a soda (sugar) and send them on their way home with a bag of sugar that they begin opening before they are even locked in their seats.  You can hear their inner buzzer from the front seat.

Frankly I’m not making a goodie bag anymore!  I’m effectively boycotting goodie bags.  I don’t even want my kids to take one home.  So friends who are reading this, consider us one less cost to I’m sure an already expensive, thoughtful and fun party. :)



  • Ashley
    October 2, 2012, 12:55 pm

    I’m with you on the goodie bag hatred!! lol

  • October 3, 2012, 3:09 pm

    I think I love you!

    • October 9, 2012, 5:34 am

      That cracked me up! So glad I have a partner in my anti-goodie bag campaign :)

      Thanks for following and commenting!!