Somehow, the birthday party gift bag has become as standard as a cake and candles. I swear, I SWEAR, we never got them back in the dark ages when I was a kid. But today? It’s an act of defiance to opt out. Which is not to say I don’t encourage that. Even if it’s a bunch of cheap crap, the cost still adds up. And it’s cheap crap! Or candy. Or just another thing to step on in the middle of the night.
But if you can’t bring yourself to send guests off with a quick wave and a swift kick in the pants, here are 12 ways to say “thank you” with stuff — stuff that the guests will like, the parents won’t hate and that, for the most part, would get an environmental stamp of approval.