Birthday Prize Ideas


You not only want your guests to have a good time at your party, you also want them to take a piece of the party home with them. Finding the perfect prize is important because it is the finale of the party. Kids and adults typically judge a party by the cool prizes that were handed out. With kids, the prizes are more fun, like toys. Adult birthday party prizes are generally items a person may use or need, such as stationary, household items or personalized keepsakes.

Toys and Trinkets

  • Give out playful trinkets to all the guests at your child's birthday party. Water guns, plastic action figures, dolls or a mini basketball hoop to go over a trash can are some of the prizes to give out to the kids. Separate the gifts for boys and girls by the color of the gift bag or the wrapping paper, such as pink for girls and blue for boys. Some of these prizes are available for cheap at retail or toy stores. Keep up with the theme of the party when handing out prizes. Prizes that coincide with the party’s theme are great ideas such as themed t-shirts, key chains or bags.

Gift Cards

  • Consider giving out gift cards at your adult birthday party. Buy gift certificates to restaurants, retail stores, clothing stores and movie theatres to pass out. The amounts of the gifts cards will vary, depending on the game or activity being played. You don’t typically play too many games at an adult party; instead give out prizes for the first person to RSVP or the first guest to arrive. If your birthday is around Halloween and you have a costume party, give out gift cards for the best dressed. Visit the retailer directly, or order personalized gift cards (with your name, your milestone year or other specific information) from places such as

Personalized Prizes

  • Personalized keepsakes are great party prizes to hand out to your guests. Candy, bottled water, buttons, magnets and pens are some items you should consider personalizing and handing out to your guests. Put your name, the birthday you are celebrating and a personal message to your guests (such as “Thank you for celebrating my birthday with me”) on the keepsake. With personalized candy, your guests not only get to keep the personalized wrapper, but will have candy to enjoy. Give out different personalized items so everyone is sure to take a different prize home. Personalized coffee mugs, wine glasses, water bottles, pens, notepads or other stationary items are prizes that remind your guests of your party, and hopefully all the fun they had there. Buy these items at retail stores like and

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