Melissa's Blogging Baby post about goody bag garbage (and her creative solutions) got me thinking about the best party favors we've recently gotten or given.
I generally forgo the birthday party goody bag on principle, preferring instead to give kids a balloon or a single toy to take away. Hands-down, the best we've gotten (but, alas, it's not free of small, cluttery parts) was a "surprise ball." The lucky recipient gets to unwrap a crepe-paper ball to reveal an assortment of toys one by one. Luke was entranced — the actual surprises didn't even matter. Not practical for a large party (unless you have lots of help), but I'd be willing to go for it on a special occasion.
What are your best party favor/goody bag alternatives?