Goody Bag Alternative – Lego Soaps
When you’re hitting the birthday party circuit every weekend like me, chances are you are coming home with a bag full of future landfill. Not to sound ungrateful, but it’s usually filling-destroying, cheap candy mixed in with stickers, glow sticks and other developing-world-produced detritus that is destined to go right into the garbage. I’m not a hippy or an eco-advocate, but the sheer waste generated by the average birthday party has firmly cemented my anti-goody bag stance in recent years. And yet, I am not comfortable, breaking tradition with giving a little parting gift to guests as a thank-you-for-coming gesture. So over the years of throwing kiddie parties, I’ve tried different things.
ONE NICER GIFT VS. GOODY BAG OF STUFF
I’ve tried to downsize and get one bigger, item instead of a bag full of junk. It usually ended up being the same cost in the end. In recent years, I’ve done marshmallow shooters after Laser Tag parties or a mini golf club after a mini-golf party. After a Thomas the Tank Engine themed party, I wrapped bandana handkerchiefs around an engineer’s cap and attached it to a dowel to mimic a hobo’s bindle.
In other years, I’ve gone the eco-friendly route and gave away a tree-in-a-box or a small Forget-me-not flower in a pot. But this year, I discovered these rad Lego Soaps from the Tub Time Shop on Etsy. You can customize from a wide variety of scents and who couldn’t use soap, right? These were a huge hit at my 6-year-old son’s birthday party last weekend and it’s good clean fun.