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Green Your Gifting: Party Favor Ideas

Posted Dec 21 2012 9:13am

Photo booth props Whether you choose to do party favors or a gift exchange, a party always has more pizzazz if the guests don’t go home empty-handed. You could prepare a small token or give them the tools to make their own favors, but setting up a little something extra will go a long way toward making your guests feel appreciated.

Tip: Give green party favors or presents.

Party favors can be a great little takeaway for your holiday party. Depending on your time limit and budget, there are a couple different ways to go. 

Get crafty

Sometimes something handmade will impress your guests more than spending some cash. If you have spare time, you could individual gifts. A cute idea for individually made treasures are creating homemade ornaments  out of items around your house. Clothespins make great reindeer or toy soldier ornatments; and lightbulbs are pefect for Santas or penguins. Grab some paint and any extra bits of flair your can think of and craft something special for your coworkers. 

If you're short on time, set up a "photo booth" at your holiday party. Use old gift wrapping paper to create the backdrop. Next, use old boxes and paint/markers to make designs such as antlers, beards, santa hats, holiday scarves, elf hats, etc. Stick the cardboard to some wooden skewers and you have props for slightly cheesing yet memorable photos. Have a designated photographer for the evening and at the end of the party, upload them to a website, email them to guests, or print them out yourself if you have the materials.  

Purchase eco-friendly 

It can be hard to find good gifts for everyone, so sometimes it's helpful to have a holiday survival guide handy to give you some ideas. If you've got a bit of a budget there are some great gifts out there that are also eco-friendly. We love Think Geek's motherboard Christmas ornaments because they are colorful, original, and made from old motherboard material. These would be perfect for individual party favors that you could also incorporate in the table decoration by using it as a festive napkin ring. 

For a gift that keeps on giving, your guests will love the unique gift of sponsoring a wild place . Not only does the money from this gift go toward protecting wildlife and wildlands, your friends, family, or coworkers will recieve a cute toy animal symbolic of the area that they're protecting. Not only is it a gift that is unique, it's a gift that warms the heart as well.  

--Jess Krager

--Photo courtesty of iStock/Alija

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