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Custom Party Favor Ideas for Every Kind of Celebration

Office holiday parties, family reunions, pet birthday celebrations…whatever you’re celebrating, commemorate the occasion with party favors. Party gifts are a great way to create lasting impact long after the event ends, whether for business or sentimental reasons. After all, you can add a personal touch to just about any type of favor—from business names to wedding dates and everything in between.  

Regardless of your theme or the type of celebration, discover the best party favors and get inspired with custom favors for parties of all kinds.  

Holiday Party Favors

‘Tis the season for holiday parties—and whether you’re hosting a formal gala or a casual celebration, make the event memorable with some personalized party gifts. The holiday season is a perfect time to give your hard-working staff a more premium employee gift, like a cozy fleece blanket or insulated tumbler. Need party favor ideas for a customer appreciation celebration? Go with something lower cost, like Christmas ornaments or calendars for the new year.  

Reunion Party Favors

Whether it’s been five years or fifty, celebrate a momentous get-together with class reunion souvenirs attendees will cherish. Go nostalgic with something like a backpack or throwback-style t-shirt, or commemorate the reunion with classic coffee mugs. 

Celebrating a family reunion? Embrace the togetherness with matching t-shirts or baseball caps! If you’re reuniting at a faraway destination, luggage tags and belt bags make great reunion party favors, too.  

Adult Birthday Party Favors

When it comes to the best party favors for adults, there are plenty of directions you can go in. Shot glasses and can coolers are always a hit—just add a fun message or the name of the birthday boy or girl. Or, if you have a theme for the party, you can lean into that with the birthday favors. Here are some examples to get you inspired: 

  • Golf Gear. Does the birthday guy or gal love hitting the links? Give golf balls, tees, or towels as practical party favors.
  • Beach Supplies. Going for a tropical vibe? Choose beach towels, inflatable beach balls, sunglasses or even sunscreen as on-theme birthday favors.
  • Brewery Bash. Whether you’re celebrating someone who loves craft beer or holding the party at a local brewery, commemorate the occasion with personalized pint glasses, beer steins, or bottle openers.

Kids Birthday Party Favors

Goody bags are a critical part of children’s birthday parties—after all, everyone wants to have the very best party favors to make their celebration memorable! And a great goody bag doesn’t need a ton in it, just two or three items. Assorted small toys are always a hit, but if you want to take your kiddo’s birthday favors up a level, here are some theme and party favor ideas to inspire you. Just add your kiddo’s name and age, or an on-theme message, to each item! 

  • Safari Party. Go for a jungle theme to celebrate your little wild one, and pass out stuffed animals, binoculars, gummy worms, safari hats, and more.
  • Summer Camp. Bring summer camp vibes to your backyard for your little one’s birthday party—for favors, think s’mores kits, personalized frisbees, and water bottles.
  • Arts & Crafts. If your kiddo loves anything craft-related, embrace that for the theme of their birthday celebration. As for favors, give out coloring books, colored pencils, and crayons.
  • Pajama Party. Is your little one celebrating with a sleepover and movie night? Get their guests set up with party gifts like personalized blankets, popcorn bags, and drink cups.

Baby Shower Favors

A baby on the way is always cause for celebration! Whether a little girl or a baby boy is on their way, send baby shower guests home with a favor they’ll remember. Lean into the idea of a shower by passing out personalized umbrellas, or go for something humorous with bottle opener favors. Want something a bit more sentimental? Seed packets are a great option—friends and family members can watch their flowers grow along with the new baby. Whatever party gift you choose, add personal touches, like the due date, the baby-to-be’s name, or an on-theme message.  

Bridal Shower Favors

Celebrating a bride-to-be? Whether you’re leaning into an all-out bridal theme or hosting a low-key gathering, make the event memorable with a party favor guests will love. Here are some bridal shower themes and party favor ideas to help you plan the perfect day.  

  • Garden Party. If you’re going for a garden party vibe, pass out plant kits or seed packets so guests can let love grow, long after the festivities are over.
  • Fabulous Fiesta. A south-of-the-border theme is always a great idea, especially if a destination wedding is in the works. For favors, go for a margarita kit—complete with the bride’s favorite tequila and personalized shot glasses, of course!
  • Brunch & Bubbly. It doesn’t get more classic than a brunch-time shower. Serve mimosas in personalized champagne flutes that guests can take home as party favors!
  • Wine Tasting. If you’re hosting a bridal shower at a winery—or if the bride-to-be simply loves a glass of vino—include customized wine glasses, corkscrews, stoppers, or wine bags as part of the party favor assortment.

Wedding Favors

While favors aren’t required etiquette at weddings, they’re a great way to show appreciation to your friends and family. If you’re welcoming out-of-town guests for the weekend, greet them with a personalized tote bag filled with a heartfelt note, some refreshments, and maybe a few travel essentials and refreshments.  

If you’re hosting a summer soiree or tying the knot in a warm-weather location, paper hand fans are a practical way for your guests to keep cool—and they can take theirs home as a party favor. Sunglasses are another practical favor option for summer weddings, and they’ll also make for plenty of photo booth fun as the night goes on.  

On a budget? Can coolers are a tried-and-true wedding favor that won’t break the bank. Just add the couple’s initials or last name, along with the wedding date, for a custom party gift guests will use again and again.  

Allison Russo

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