Out of the Box Gift Bag Ideas

Gift bags or bonbonnieres have been around since the 16th century, when aristocrats would give small tokens of their esteem to guests at a wedding in thanks for attending their auspicious occasion.  It was generally considered good luck to give a gift of sugar coated almonds to represent fertility, health, wealth, happiness and longevity, but nowadays a bonbonniere can be just about anything from photo frames, heart candy in a jar, candles or chocolates.

It’s not only weddings that get in on the gift giving either – if you were a classic 90’s kid like me then you will remember receiving a small plastic  bag filled with lollies on your way out of your classmate’s bash. Well, gift giving hasn’t gone out of style, but the bags have certainly become more stylish. Here are a few unique ideas of what to stuff your gift bags with for your next wedding of birthday bash:


Photo by SoapArt Soaps

Handmade Soaps

Soap is never a bad gift idea, and with the hundreds of different varieties, materials, smells, colours and shapes, you are bound to find something that is going to match your theme and occasion. Canberra based soap maker SoapArt Soaps have some delightful products that are sure to perfect for whatever event you plan on having, whether it be a kid’s party, hen’s party, baby shower or end of year events. I love SoapArt Soaps awesome gender reveal bath bombs, button shaped soaps, and the excellent honey soaps that look good enough to eat!

Check out SoapArt Soaps  and get scrubbing!

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Plush Toys

Plush toys work excellently if you are having a birthday party for children, but they also work really well for an animal party as well! I bought my dog’s best friends all a Peter Alexander plush turkey leg dog toy for Buddy’s 4th birthday party and they went down a treat.

The good news as well is that plush toys are available in heaps of different shapes, sizes and styles, so you can find the perfect teddy bear for a teddy bear’s picnic themed party, a stuffed octopus for your under the sea themed party, or even a creepy haunted doll to scare your friends at your next Halloween bash.

Check out Peter Alexander for his collection of dog toys, or go to classic stuffed toy store The Teddy Bear shop for other stuffed toy ideas.


Signature Scented Candles

In the similar way that soaps are a versatile gift idea, candles work just as well for something a little heavier for your guests. We had one of my closest friends Soy by Sophie create a signature lime and coconut fragrance candle to send out as our save the dates, and this gave our entire wedding a signature scent, a lasting memory, and a cherished keepsake.

You’ll be sure to find something that works with your theme and style of your party over with the delightful Glasshouse Fragrances. With candles that smell like pink frosting, or named after spectacular carnivals, you will be sure to find something great!


Photo by Pukka Herbal Teas

Boxes of Delicious Tea

Having your girls around for a book club, a bridal shower or a kitchen tea? Nothing will leave your guests smiling more than having them walk away with a selection of their own delicious herbal teas. From flavours to warm up your winter entertaining such as wild apple and cinnamon, or pink”love” boxed teas for guests at a bridal shower, you can find something equal parts delicious and on-brand for your party colour scheme and theme.

If you’re looking for the best tea brands to choose from, I find it hard to go past the Australian tea company Pukka Herbal Teas and I think you will find that you will too!

Got any more ideas on gift bag stuffers? Let me know! Email me at thepartyconnection@hotmail.com, or fill in the contact form here.

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