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I'm a mom of 2 and recently had a conversation with some other moms about trying to find some alternatives to the often junky wasteful goodie bags that are given out as parties. I had this idea for an alternative and wanted to know what some other parents thought? The idea is to have $3 tokens you could buy online that would be good for a scoop of ice cream at a local ice cream shop and part of the proceeds of the token would also go to a charity of the kids choice. When a child got one of these tokens they could go online learn about some select charities and then pick one to donate to. Then they could take their token to the local ice-cream ship and get a scoop of ice-cream.

I'd just like to know if other parents would be interested in an alternative like this and could see themselves purchasing these to give out?
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:06 PM
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I wouldn't purchase them. If I got one, I would think it was unique, but that is about it.

My kids are older, but I generally kept the goodie bags at a buck or two. I would stock up on crayons and stuff during back to school and make little art bags for their birthdays.
The more $$$ goodies were tie-ins to the party--apron and rolling pin for our "make your own pizza" party, and I made shirts for a bowling party. We also used shirts for our "crazy" party--they were clipped to the fencen and sprayed with dye. Those ideas were closer to $3 like you mention. Once my dd wanted a candy party. I didn't want to load the kids with candy so we made candies instead (with the guests). Each guest got to take home a box of candies to share with their families.

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I can see it may be popular in some places but it's not something I would buy myself. Like the PP we do a craft or activity at the party which they then take home so it's not often I do party bags anyway.

I also suspect we wouldn't end up using such a voucher if one of my children got one. I don;t have a problem with only one child being invited to a party and coming home with a party bag. However adding in a whole new trip for ice cream (not something we often do) is something I can see causing issues for us.
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The ice cream places here offer gift cards for single scoops. DS got one as a party favor last summer and I thought it was a great idea. But then didn't use it til this summer... So I'm not sure what I think. I guess it's a really nice idea in theory, but in practice I'm not sure people would really do all that.
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I'm a mom of 2 and recently had a conversation with some other moms about trying to find some alternatives to the often junky wasteful goodie bags that are given out as parties. I had this idea for an alternative and wanted to know what some other parents thought? The idea is to have $3 tokens you could buy online that would be good for a scoop of ice cream at a local ice cream shop and part of the proceeds of the token would also go to a charity of the kids choice. When a child got one of these tokens they could go online learn about some select charities and then pick one to donate to. Then they could take their token to the local ice-cream ship and get a scoop of ice-cream.

I'd just like to know if other parents would be interested in an alternative like this and could see themselves purchasing these to give out?
I wouldn't buy them. I loathe party favor bags and never do them. We either skip them or have a little basket of unwrapped items to choose from. When we do them they cost more than $3-5 per kid. I don't mind the ice cream scoop idea but would only do it for a specific good ice cream store and not junky chains etc. And the charity tie-in is just annoying. Most parents won't want to bother, any charity proceeds are going to be minimal, and the charity aspect sounds like a total attempt at greenwashing a for-profit business. If my child received it I would think it was better than a bag of dollar store junk but I wouldn't buy them.

I can see some people in our circle liking the idea though. But again, only if it was the prestige/organic/good ice cream places in town.
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We've done the crafts take-home thing, but then we just quit giving party bags at all. Nobody seems to have missed them. Good parties are fun all by themselves. So no, I wouldn't buy them.
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