It is traditional in some Western cultures for the guests at bridal showers and weddings to receive party favors; these vary in price and durability in accordance with the desires and budget of the host or hostess. This practice has spread to many other formal occasions.
For small social gatherings such as birthday parties, guests may receive a simple and inexpensive favor such as a plastic or cardboard toy. In some cases guests might receive a small "gift bag" with a handful of favors toys or trinkets, candy, drugs, pencils or other small gifts.
Party favors may also refer to ephemeral items which help partygoers celebrate, but which are not meant to be lasting souvenirs. Examples include but are not limited to party hats, balloons, noisemakers, blowouts (paper tubes which unroll when blown into), Christmas crackers, plastic leis, glow sticks, streamers, Deely bobbers and confetti.