If you're an adult who enjoys fun and easy crafts, consider making your own set of DIY birthday party favors or even little gifts from fused Perler or Hama beads. Making your own items for goody bags to give to kids at the end of a celebration does take time but it can be incredibly cost-effective, particularly if you already have most of the items you need on hand. Even if you don't, big buckets of beads and some pegboards are inexpensive buys and they will last for many more crafting sessions too.
After spending a small fortune buying favors for my daughter's party last year, this time I was prepared to cut costs and make my own instead. And my daughter and her friends who received them were delighted too. It was a win-win situation all round. Let me give you ideas on what to do.