~ A gift certificate for an ice cream parlor is an item that can please any child.
~ You can give them travel-sized board games, a milk mug, or a water bottle if you are on a very small budget.
~ An item loved by children is a puzzle game. Parents would also appreciate it as a thoughtful gift for their children.
~ For slightly grown-up children, you can include a music CD as well as a CD cover. While purchasing a music CD, you have to take into account the type of music liked by the children of a particular age group.
~ You can also give a goody bag that has a coin or stamp collection start-up kit, to inculcate a habit of collecting items at a young age itself.
You can also use your imagination and creativity to decorate some containers to serve as a goody bag. Make some cookies at home to fill up such goody bags. Apart from cookies, homemade toys are also great as a goody bag item. Those who can make jewelry, flowers, and candles can also include these items in the goody bags. Homemade gifts add a personal touch to the goody bag that speaks volumes, about the love and care put in making these bags.
If you are celebrating your child's birthday at an animal park that allows the children to pet the animals, then you could take Polaroids of the children playing with animals and include it in their goody bag. For this goody bag, you could bake animal-shaped gingerbread cookies, or make small clay figurines that are in the shape of the animals. Kids love animals whether they are real, stuffed or in the form of candy (like gummy bears, juju fish, black and white gummy cows, marshmallow bears, butterfly pops, mint candy butterflies, sour gummy worms, rainbow gummy snakes and so on).