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New Year’s Eve Countdown Goodie Bags

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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.

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

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.

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

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.

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

Countdown Bags for Toddlers

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

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

Countdown Bags for Pre-Teens

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

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

Countdown Bags for Young Adults

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

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

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!

New Year's Eve Countdown Bags with FREE Printable Clocks | Available on HoosierHomemade.com

Do you have New Year’s Eve traditions?

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Comments

  1. 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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  2. 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.

  3. says

    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!
    XoXo
    ~Iffy~
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  4. says

    Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts! You can see it here
    http://funfamilycrafts.com/new-years-eve-countdown-goodie-bags/

    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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  5. says

    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!
    http://mudpiesandsunshine.com/2012/12/30/9-new-years-goodie-bag-ideas/
    http://mudpiesandsunshine.com/2012/12/25/12-new-years-activities/
    Nicole from Mudpies and Sunshine recently posted..9 New Year’s Eve Goodie Bags IdeasMy Profile

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