New Year’s Eve Countdown Goodie Bags

Traditions…one of the things I love most about the Holidays. Many, many years ago, we started a great tradition…New Year’s Eve Countdown Goodie Bags.

Ring in the New Year with these New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks! Fun for ALL ages! Pin to your Party Board!

Each hour leading up to midnight, fill a bag with toys, candy, small puzzles and more. Be sure to leave the noise makers for the midnight bag.

My boys were quite young when we began this tradition, but they still wanted to stay up until midnight, and quite honestly, it was hard for my husband and I to stay up that late too. So, we started using Goodie Bags to countdown to midnight.

New Year's Countdown Bags

First you will need to prepare the bags. I’m using white lunch bags that I found in the aisle near Ziploc bags at Walmart, any bag will work though. You can either make your own clocks on construction paper or use the Clock Printables that I made for you.

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Head on over to grab the Printables! I made 6 sets in different colors so you can coordinate for each child if you want, making it easier for each child to keep their bags separate. I also keep the clocks from year to year.

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This post is from last year, so that’s why you see 2014. But you can still find all the items for this year.

To fill the bags, I always look for small toys and items that have multiples in a bag. The party section is a great place to find small items. I also always put the noise makers and poppers in the midnight bag and hand those out a few minutes before the hour, that way, we aren’t hearing the noise for hours. Some other items I have used in the past are glow necklaces, small puzzles and toys, and candy.

Right now is the perfect time to find small items in the Christmas section on sale.

Since these Countdown Bags are great for any age, I put together a group of ideas for different age groups for you.

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Countdown Bags for Toddlers

  • Sticker Books
  • Bubbles
  • Snacks like Teddy Grahams
  • Plastic Bracelets
  • Small Puzzle

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Countdown Bags for Pre-Teens

  • Hacky Sacks
  • Yo-Yos
  • Glow Bracelets or Necklaces
  • Candy
  • Stationery Set
  • Toys from Sports Favor Pack
  • Slap Bracelet

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Countdown Bags for Young Adults

  • Playing Cards
  • Glow Bracelets or Necklaces
  • Candy and/or Cookies
  • Air Freshener for Vehicle
  • Noise Makers

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I display them with shiny gift bag filler and noise makers. This has become such a tradition for my boys, that even my oldest son who is 23 asks me to be sure to have bags for him too. So really, there is not an age limit for these Countdown Bags – fill and have fun!

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Do you have New Year’s Eve traditions?

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  1. Allyson says:

    I LOVE this! What a great idea! My kids are still too young, but I am going to store this one in the memory banks for a couple years from now!! :-)
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  2. Jennifer says:

    I found your site through Beauty & Bedlam…LOVE the idea about the countdown goodie bags! My kids are 9 and 6 and I was trying to think of something fun to do for Thursday night with them. I think I found my answer!
    And I hope you don’t mind if I share this post on my little blog.
    Love the idea!!
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  3. Heather says:

    I love the idea of Count Down bags! I think I might try a mini-version this year.

  4. Kirsty says:

    Love this! I think I shall steal it :) Thank you!!

  5. What a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!! I just may do this, this year! =)

  6. Totally stealing your idea!!! This will be soooo fun for my kids!!

    Thanks for sharing!
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  7. What a neat tradition:-)
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  8. Brittani says:

    What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Jenny says:

    I LOVE this idea. Our tradition is a party with friends and kids. We hang tarps and set up heaters on our back porch for the adults and the kids have access to the XBox, Wii and movies. We all get together to watch the peach drop (Hey, we are in GA after all!) These bags would be great to hand out at midnight for the kids. Off to the dollar store…..
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  10. Christina Rivera says:

    Love this idea! I am going to try to make these today for my two sons…and make it a tradition as well!

  11. Rebecca says:

    What an awesome idea. I’ll be snagging this one! Thanks for sharing. :)

  12. amy2boys says:

    This is an awesome idea! I’m so doing this tomorrow with my boys! Thank you.
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  13. Amy says:

    What a fun idea! We have all the cousins over for New Year’s Eve and this would be a great way to pass the evening.
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  14. Stephanie says:

    What a fun and creative idea! I absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing your brilliance with the blogging community. :)
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  15. Sherri S says:

    I hope you don’t mind …I featured this today on my blog! LOVE the idea. May just have to toss some together for tonight. Just looks SUPER FUN for any age.

  16. Julie says:

    This is such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing and for the great photos to help me really “see it.”

  17. Lowbudget says:

    Thanks so much for this neat idea! I did this using 5 bags. I started with 8PM. My son (7 yrs old) loved these bags. He waited for each hour so that he could see what was in each bag. I will be using this idea each year now. Thanks again!

  18. Cindy says:

    What a neat idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing.
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  19. we just started the countdown bags this year & the kids loved them!
    we also write down our wishes for the new year & place them in our “wish boxes” & open them the next year to see if any of our wishes came true!
    .-= susan@pocacosas´s last blog ..NYE Sleepover =-.

  20. Young Wife says:

    This is such a fun tradition! Thanks for sharing. Found you through Tip Junkie.

  21. Super cute idea! I linked to it on my weekly roundup (post is under my name). I’ll file this away for when my little one gets older!
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  22. Found you through stumble and you betcha I gave you a thumbs up!
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  23. Staci says:

    What a great idea! I bet my kids would love it!!

  24. Claire says:

    I LOVELOVE LOVE this idea. We have no traditions for Holidays. I need to make some and this is a great start! i have to do it for 6 children so Dollar Tree here I come! Plus i am going to share this idea.

  25. Wow what a fun and cute idea!

  26. Lori Thomas says:

    Neat idea…thank you for sharing.

  27. LINDA PIEKKOLA says:

    The New Years Eve Man (aka The Leftover Man) sneaks into the house each New Years Eve while everyone is outside yelling Happy New Year. Now the Leftover Man can only bring items that weren’t bought at Christmas, those poor little gifts left homeless. We are 3 families who have been friends for 35 + years, and every Labor Day Weekend we camp together and on New Years Eve they pack up and come spend the night at our house. We’re down to just the adults now (well, our children are now adults, but you know what I mean)but we still have a wonderful time. It’s fun to see what the Leftover Man can find on the cheap cheap.

  28. Linda Wright says:

    Thanks! A perfect way to give everyone their horns, confetti poppers and our traditional can of Black Eyed Peas.

  29. Maggie S. says:

    What a super idea! I have passed your link along to several friends. I already have bags and cardstock.

  30. angie says:

    I love the cute bags that you created

    we stay up to watch the ball drop snack and visit
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  31. Coach A says:

    Great idea! Definitely going to do this next year! How fun! Thank you for sharing!
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  32. Oooh, what a fun idea!! My son is 3 so we’re just starting to try and come up with some New Year’s traditions we can enjoy with him…I’m thinking this would be a great one. Would you link it here at my party?
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  33. Auntie T says:

    I absolutely love this idea. And great tip about saving the noise makers to midnight! haha
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  34. Linda says:

    I used your idea last year with my three grandchildren. I color coded the clocks, so each child had their own color. They are young, so it made it easy to keep track of their bag. They were so excited and loved the little treats. I am doing it again this year. Thanks for the great idea!

  35. This is an awesome idea. I am featuring this at Grab mY “FEatured” button.
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  36. Elizabeth says:

    This is a great idea. I will use this idea but I think I will make just one bag for all the kids to open – we will have 6 for New Year’s.

  37. Jaimee says:

    These are adorable! I’m including them in a Things To Try – New Years with Kids idea post on my craft blog : )
    Jaimee @

  38. Hello there! This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing! I wanted to let you know that I featured this on Stay At Home Nation. I would love for you to come check it out! You can grab a button from my sidebar & post it proudly since you have been featured! Have a Happy New Year!
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  39. Amanda says:

    Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here

    If you have other kid friendly crafts, I’d love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.
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  40. Leanne says:

    Hi Liz! I love this idea and I know my kids will too. I made them this morning for tonight and the kids are already dying to see what’s in them. I hope you have a Happy New Year and 2012 is great for you and your family.
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  41. Daniela says:

    What did you put inside?

  42. Hello, sorry I am late to stop by and let you know how much we love your goodie bag idea – it has featured over on my blog twice! I thought I had left a note already- sorry!
    It is 10.36am here on New Years Eve and I have just finished getting our goodie bags ready for the first one at 12pm. The kids will love it so thank you so much for being an inspiration. Happy New Year to you!
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  43. I’m going to do these tonight! My little one gets so excited about new years eve, but wonders why we don’t do anything fun. Not this year! Thank you so much for the idea!
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  44. says:

    This is such a super fun idea Liz!!

  45. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you soo much for the clock printables! I was going to do this for my children and got invited to a friends house so there will now be a total of 6 kids, how perfect these are :D

  46. Nicole says:

    Thank you so much for This idea! And for making it so easy on me with all those different colored clock printables! Bless you! Happy new year!!


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