There are few things that I love more than a good party—especially during the holiday season. This year, Favorite Things parties are apparently all the rage, and if you ask me, they sound pretty fun.
If you aren’t familiar with the trend (which started on TikTok of course), Favorite Things parties are essentially an alternative to a White Elephant gift exchange.
Basically, party guests bring their favorite item from the year to swap with other attendees. This can be anything ranging from lip gloss to a cozy blanket or pair of pajamas.
Favorite Things Parties are somewhat similar to hosting a Secret Santa, but without the pressure of picking out a present for a specific person. Sounds fun, right?
I love that this kind of party creates an opportunity for people to share something they regularly use and love (rather than just buying random stuff you think might be a hit.)
If you’ve never hosted a Favorite Things party and you’re unfamiliar with the rules, the good news is that you can pretty much set your own. If you’re having a small get-together (think just a handful of people), you can ask guests to bring a little gift for each person, and if you’re planning a larger gathering, you can set a price limit and ask guests to just bring one present.
I know that coming up with unique gift ideas can be a challenge so I’m sharing a roundup of gift ideas you can bring to a Favorite Things party. These ideas are a mix of recommendations from gals in my Facebook group, as well as some of my go-to finds—you’re bound to find the perfect favorite things party gift from this list.
15 Favorite Things Party Gift Ideas
Dr. Barbara Sturm Laundry Detergent
“This laundry detergent is so luxe, I feel most people wouldn’t buy for themselves bc of price and function but it’s truly the best. Would recommend for those who hate doing chores (they’ll love laundry day with this detergent), those on a ‘clean lifestyle’ kick (fragrance free, dye free, minimal packaging), or the bougie queens in your life!”
Where Should We Begin? Card Game
The modern day version to a board game is here, and it offers an interactive and conversational way to get to know your loved ones better. This card game was created to help people learn more about the people in their life—whether you’re at a dinner party, hosting date night, or at a family event.
Silk pillowcases are a little splurge that you wouldn’t necessarily treat yourself to. One #SilbSquad member noted that they have been a “game changer for my hair, face—the whole thing.”
Another perk is that you can find these at a variety of stores and price points.
Black Jelly Nail Serum
“Le Mini Macaron Black Jelly Nail Serum! It has made a HUGE difference on my formerly sad, dry, and peeling cuticles and nail beds. Even after the first time applying, there was a noticeable improvement! I will never stop buying it.”
This little zippered pouch offers the ideal spot to house everyday essentials, like lip gloss, hair accessories, and a nail file. It’s small enough to throw in a tote bag or purse, and also comes in handy when traveling.
Jouer Skin Barrier Cream
“The Jouer Skin Barrier Cream is the ultimate moisturizer. I can’t travel without this, or my skin will peel. I will spare you the before and after photos but they are dramatic.”
Coffee Bean Grinder
A cup of coffee tastes sooooo much better when it’s made with freshly ground beans. This grinder works quickly and is super easy to clean.
Leather Card Case
“I was gift a card case for my birthday this year and it has been such a little luxury. I have so much more room in my purse now and think it’s so much easier to find what I’m looking for.”
Clean Skin Club Towels
“I use these in place of a towel when washing/drying my face and I won’t travel without them!!”
Bum Bum Body Cream
This body cream was recommended by someone in my Facebook group, and honestly, I couldn’t think of a better gift myself.
Cozy gifts always seem to be a hit and I thought this recommendation was perfect. “A heated blanket so I can sit and rot on the couch in ultimate comfort, reading my book while my husband screams at his imaginary football team players on TV.”
Lip Sleeping Mask
This is truly one of the best overnight lip masks of all time. It soothes dry, cracked skin that’s irritated from winter weather and is a nightstand essential.
You really can’t go wrong with a Stanley tumbler, even if the recipient already has one. It’s a useful gift that will last for years to come. Plus, everyone needs a water bottle that’s big enough that they can easily hit their daily hydration goals.
Revlon Hair Dryer
A favorite things gift ideas list wouldn’t be complete without this cult-favorite hair dryer. Someone in the #SilbSquad said that the new size (a bigger version of the OG) is a game changer. “If it broke today I’d buy another tomorrow.”
Classic Ruffle Socks
“There’s something about these socks that just make me smile. The ruffle detailing looks so cute, they have the ideal level of thickness for all seasons, and they’re the perfect height to wear with sneakers or boots. I have them several white pairs and am adding this gray version to my holiday wish list.”