Everyone loves welcome bags, especially if they’re filled with fun and useful goodies. From birthday parties and weddings to conferences and luncheons, there’s a variety of reasons to create gift bags for your guests.
Distributing them is usually the easy part. Figuring out what to put in them in the hardest part. Luckily, your event typically gives you some ideas.
Whether it’s a thank you bag or something to help people remember you by, be creative and go beyond custom pencils, pens and lanyards.
1. Adult Coloring And Puzzle Books
Everyone needs stress relief. Thanks to adult coloring books and puzzle books, your guests not only get proven stress relief, but get to feel like a kid again. Pick books that fit your event’s theme. If it’s a wedding, use a wedding theme. If it’s a garden party, opt for flowers. You can even use boxes that resemble crayon boxes to add a book or two along with some colored pencils. You might even have a coloring session or contest during your event.
2. Think Eco-Friendly
Add some eco-friendly items to your welcome bags. Grow your own plant kits are fun for all ages. Branded seed packets are also really convenient and easy for guests. Don’t forget to use an eco-friendly bag, such as a canvas tote.
3. Add Bite-Sized Goodies
Even if you’re serving lunch or dinner at your conference, wedding, luncheon or other event, people are still going to get hungry later. Give them a fun treat as they leave. If you didn’t serve dessert, add a variety of bite-sized cookies, brownie squares, chocolates or anything else sweet and savory. For weddings, consider something similar to your cake, such as a cupcake, cookie or chocolates in the color of your wedding.
In addition to food, add something to drink. A small bottle of juice, water or even champagne is always a great addition to welcome bags. For businesses, add a label with your brand’s name or couples can add their name.
3. Create Local Welcome Bags
If you’re having a lot of out of town guests, create welcome bags that highlight the best your town has to offer. Look for local foods, handmade crafts, cute postcards, pocket-sized books with tidbits about the area and similar items. You might even throw in a t-shirt with the city name or picture. For conference events, add your conference name and business.
For weddings, birthday parties and even special weekend getaways, add something more personal too, such as a picture or even a picture frame. Then, anyone who came gets a link to all the pictures you took and they can print their favorite to frame.
Since they’re welcome bags, add a list of must-see places and the best restaurants. This helps guests get around easier and enjoy things more like a local. Marigold & Grey is our favorite for corporate gifting.
4. Go With A Theme
Pick a theme and make sure all your items fit the theme. For instance, you might do a matinee themed luncheon. Give everyone a tote bag with a film roll on it. Then, add popcorn (popped or kernels), a movie-themed shirt (ideal if everyone shares a favorite movie), a few boxes of movie candy and a water bottle.
Whatever theme you choose, have fun with it. People enjoy themed welcome bags. It helps set the tone for the entire event.
5. Get Virtual
The last thing you want is to fill your bags with things people don’t want. Since everyone lives online, think virtual with your gifts. For instance, provide a voucher for a free Uber ride during a sales meeting or conference. At birthday parties, you might add codes for downloadable content for video games. Provide items that you know your guests will actually use. Even if it’s just a gift card to Amazon, you know they’ll appreciate it. You can often get custom gift cards made with your picture or brand listed.
6. Fun Distribution
So far, it’s been all about what to add to welcome bags, but you can get creative with distribution too. For instance, turn distribution into a scavenger hunt to find the bags or specific items. For lightweight items, you can even tie them to helium-filled balloons. Pair them with floral arrangements to create a more decorative approach. Or, host a game where the prizes are the bags.
At Nickie Jones Events, we want to help make your event perfect. Contact us today to learn how we can help with flowers, balloons, setting the scene and even placing welcome bags.