sports goodie bag ideas
April 22, 2018

Our Top Sports Goodie Bag Ideas


As it’s the day of the London Marathon, and with lots more sporting events coming up throughout the summer, we thought it the perfect time to tell you about our top sports goodie bag ideas.

The London Marathon is a big, much publicised event, but all over the country there are fundraising sports events happening. Whether it’s a 5k run, a sponsored walk or a team game tournament, contestants that sign up for this event love to receive a special themed goodie bag when they win, or cross that finish line.

If you or your clients are organising a sports related event this year, our top sports goodie bag ideas with help you to put together an exciting free gift that participants will love.


First – the perfect bag to hold the swag!


Our printed plastic duffle bags are lightweight, robust and hard-wearing. Not only will they hold the promotional gifts you are putting in to them, but the bag itself is a great reusable gift too. These duffle bags are strong enough to carry shoes and other sportswear, or books for school and college. Plus, the rope drawstring means hands-free carrying, as well as fitting the style of sporting events perfectly. The rope handle is threaded through a seam at the top of the bag and secured at the bottom by a strong metal eyelet.

These plastic duffle bags are made from thick, 75micron LDPE plastic, making them not only durable and long-lasting, but fully biodegradable as well; and, once you order your customised duffle bags from The Printed Bag Shop and we will offer you the option to include our subtle environmentally friendly logo for no added cost!

This ideal sports goodie bag comes with a choice of coloured rope handle. There are also perforations in the bottom of the bag for child safety, which means they are suitable for all ages, including events held in children’s schools or sports clubs. They can be printed in up to eight spot colours or with a full colour (CYMK) printing process, which means you can have whatever logo or message you want for your event displayed on the bag.

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Now – What to put in the ideal goodie bag?


Energy Food & Drink


Nutritious snacks will be welcome whether it’s during or after a marathon, fun run or other sports event. Energy bars, popcorn, mini bags of nuts & seeds or a much-needed hydrating bottle of water will be very much appreciated! If your event is a marathon or half-marathon it is recommended that runners refuel with carbohydrate rich snacks at the end of the race.


Look after the body


Any high-intensity sports event will take its toll on even the fittest sports-person. For anyone who takes part in an event to raise money for a charity or cause, finding a few lotions and potions in a goodie bag will bring a smile to their weary faces. You could include things like lip balm to sooth those dry, wind-chapped lips, a small travel-sized tube of sun cream, or a small tube of muscle cream. A nice after-the-event reward could be a gift pack of mini bottles of shower gel, shampoo & conditioner and body lotion. If you contact the brand, you may even get them to be a sponsor for the event or donate the gift packs for free!


Event memorabilia


Putting event memorabilia into your goodie bags will not only give the participants something to remember their achievement by, but also something to remember the cause they have shown their support for also. Of course this is an investment that will eat into the fundraising profits, but a worthy one if you choose wisely.

One of the most popular options for this kind of goody bag is a t-shirt. Make it good quality and include the logo and details of your run or event, and you can be sure that people will wear it again and again – whether it’s to the gym or just around the house! T-shirts make great mementos of a sporting achievement, and is a cost-effective and impactful way to fill out your goodie bag.

Other items to include in your goody bag that could have your logo printed on could be a cap, sweatband for the head or wrists, a silicone wristband to commemorate the event, or a quality water bottle – another favourite that’s pretty much guaranteed to be reused.




If it is a community event, get the community involved. Try to find local businesses, restaurants and retail stores that are willing to donate vouchers or discount codes – you’ll be giving your participants something great and valuable, and they’ll be spreading the word about their business and hopefully getting more customers. It’s a win for everyone! For example, something like a discount voucher for a sports shop is sure to go down well with race participants. For a more luxury treat you could give vouchers for a spa treatment, or a 20% off restaurant voucher. Take a look at the businesses in your area, or that relate well to your event, for more ideas.

If you like our duffle bags and would like to discuss a design for your event, why not get in touch today? Call 0191 268 7555, or email us at for a quote!