Competitive party bags are a terrible thing and for some parents end up being one of the most costly elements of a child's birthday party. I like giving a small gift to each child at the end of the party, something for them to take home and remember the day by.
My favourite... I love to give each child a book. A simple, relevant, age appropriate book. With so many Book Club style companies on the internet and doing the rounds to offices etc.. offering deals on packs of books, giving a child a book can come in at well under £1 per child. www.thebookpeople.co.uk have a good range. At my daughter's 4th Birthday party I bought 2 packs of Quentin Blake stories, beautifully illustrated, all a joy to read and plenty for each childt o have one and enough for me to keep my daughters favourites for her. Each child was delighted with their book and i am sure the book still survive today unlike the naff pens / finger puppets / balloons / bubbles / bouncy balls / sticker rubbish that you can buy in bulk from the supermarket but when you get home and look at what you have actually cost a comparative fortune!