This Reader Created Classroom Birthday Party Favors with a Small Budget

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Here’s a fun classroom DIY gift!

Kids love celebrating their classmates’ birthdays! It’s such a sweet sight, and even better when all kids are included! To make each child feel extra special, this week’s Happy Friday reader, Kay, put an extra touch on each of her daughter’s party favors.

classroom gifts for kindergarten

My daughter, Lilli, had her 6th birthday this week. We prepared birthday treats for her kindergarten classmates. I wanted to do something frugal but also very cute and memorable.

mini erasers

I put together 22 favor boxes filled with tiny toys, candy, and mini erasers topped with miniature bows. This would make them feel as if they’re actually receiving gifts instead of just favor bags.

Over the years, I’ve been collecting miniature toys from my 3 young children, from fast food kids meals, birthday/holiday favors, Kinder eggs, class prizes, clearance deals, etc.

mini gifts

I always have a stash of candy on hand, such as Starbursts, Tootsie Rolls, and Lifesavers. The mini erasers from Target Bullseye Playground (a pack of 60 erasers for $1). These favor boxes are from Oriental Trading Company.

I got 12 of the hexagon ones for $1.97. And lastly, as for the cute Hallmark mini bows, I bought a ton of them at Walgreens for 90% off after Christmas, a pack of 9 for only $0.09!!!

small gift boxes

It was very fun and inexpensive to treat Lilli’s classmates for her birthday. They especially loved the bows. I used red bows for the girly toys and green bows for the boyish toys to help Lilli with the passing out.

I had mostly green and red bows; I did not mean to use Christmas colors, but it came out that way. The only regret she has is wishing she had enough for all the other kindergartners outside her class!

classroom gifts

Thanks for sharing this awesome idea, Kay! I love how you put the favors in a gift box instead of goodie bags. It is true that kids love presents, so they must have been thrilled to receive these while celebrating Lilli’s big day!


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About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 13

  1. tiredday

    Impressive and cute!!!

  2. Derams2

    Such a cute idea!

  3. Suejo

    I love this!

  4. Cwdouza

    Very cute. Thanks for the inspirartion – i want to do this too

  5. youdoyou

    Very cute but why does everyone feel like they have to go overboard with everything….great job nonetheless.

    • amandaa

      Thankfully, some people are willing to do more since some people do less or nothing at all so it averages out ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ShelleyB

      Because it’s fun?

  6. Tracey

    What a fun surprise for her classmates; great job on finding all the bargains!

  7. Lora

    Cute idea. Our schools no longer allow food items due to allergies. Stickers, pencils, erasers, and sharpeners are the norm. Also, these boxes would be great for little teacher appreciation gifts.

  8. Laura

    Great idea. BUT I donโ€™t understand why parents think itโ€™s ok to give kids (especially Kindergartners) lifesavers or any hard candy??! I say this from experience bc my kiddos come home with candy bags filled with jolly ranchers and such. Then I have to be the bad guy and take it away. ๐Ÿ˜ก just my 2 cents. Maybe Iโ€™m the only parent who doesnโ€™t allow their tiny child to have hard candy. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

    • Lily

      Ur not the only one Laura: Im scared of hard candy too! My niece (when she was 8yrs old) was chocking on a peppermint, thankfully her Mom was closed by and got it out! Since then Im more careful on what kind of candy the kids are around ๐Ÿ˜‘

    • Sue

      I don’t even have jolly ranchers as an adult. They seem more slippery than other candies & I almost choked on them twice, so I never get them.

  9. Materof6

    So cute! Amazed and impressed!๐Ÿ˜Š

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