Find some of the best “Favorite Things Party” gift ideas here, and learn how to host a crowd-pleasing Favorite Things Party that your friends rave about.
Inspired by the queen of favorite things herself, Oprah Winfrey, a “Favorite Things Party” is a fun twist on a gift exchange, whether you’re celebrating with a Favorite Things Christmas party in December or any time of the year that you want to have a unique get together.
The basic premise is that guests bring some of their own favorite things to share with other guests, and then everyone gets to come home with the most beloved items of the others instead of random exchange gifts.
Below, get dozens of Favorite Things gift ideas, including my personal Favorite Things gifts, popular items, and even more general Favorite Things ideas to get you thinking. Then, learn exactly how to host a Favorite Things Party.
More of My Favorite Things Party Gift Ideas
This Conair fabric shaver is not only a favorite thing — it’s a thing every woman needs, especially for Winter sweater season.
A USB candle lighter didn’t seem all that special to me — until I got one. Now, I absolutely love them and have them everywhere. It’s better for the environment too!
Barefoot Dreams socks are worth the price and live up to the hype. I have at least five pairs at this point, and they are the most cozy and high-quality of all the cozy socks I’ve tried.
I searched high and low for the best hair scrunchie and Kitsch’s satin scrunchie is it. Besides being soft on your hair, it’s the only one I found that didn’t stretch out too much with use.
I don’t know why it’s so hard to find amazing hand cream, but it is. Necessaire’s Hand Cream is, “hands down,” the best in my humble opinion. Super hydrating, not greasy, and has high-quality ingredients.
PopSockets are easily one of my favorite things. I simply cannot hold my phone without it, and it works well on a Kindle too.
Necessaire body wash is an award-winning cult favorite for a reason. It’s SO luxurious and indulgent, and it’s jam-packed with facial-grade ingredients to improve the skin on your body.
This Rabbit champagne stopper is a little gadget with a BIG impact. It truly does keep your champagne bubbly for weeks after you open it. Trust me, you’ll still hear that POP. Once, it even hit the ceiling in our house.
Stasher bags are great because they are both reusable and machine washable. I personally love using them as a makeup bag, which can get grimy over time, as I can clean it back up in no time.
My Esarora ice roller is incredibly soothing for my headaches and migraines, and it can also be used for facial puffiness and better skin overall.
The ChomChom hair removal tool removes deeply embedded pet hair from fabrics better than anything out there, period.
EcoTools makeup brushes work better than professional-grade makeup brushes I have purchased, at a fraction of the cost. They are all I use now.
Zulay’s milk frother quickly and easily makes you a barista at home. Our house guests always end up buying one for themselves.
There’s something extra special about a good pen, am I right?! These metallic pens come in fun colors and they are just so fun and perfect. They don’t smudge on me, and they make me feel happy.
These Peepers blue light glasses are both an Oprah favorite (several years in a row) and one of my favorites (several years in a row). They exponentially help my eye strain during long days at the computer.
My bookmark reading light is multi-functional and so helpful that my husband claimed mine as his own. It makes it easy to read in low light and to always have with your book no matter where you bring it.
I LOVE candles and, to date, the absolute best, most beautiful, and most universal scent I have burned is Nest’s bamboo candle, a very popular, light, and powdery scent.
Olive & June nail polish is extra long-lasting and helps you perfect the at-home manicure. I never went back to the nail salon after trying it!
This tall RTIC travel mug is my personal favorite travel mug because it’s long and lean (so it can fit inside your car’s cup holder). It also has a leakproof screw-on lid with a closure for drinking, so you can leave it open OR closed.
This bath mitt may not seem special but it makes your skin SO smooth. It actually amazed me how little bumps and discoloration just disappeared after using it.
Lastly, I couldn’t live without my Tangle Teezer, which works through your matted wet hair easily and pain-free.
General Gift Ideas to Consider
If you still need some ideas to inspire you, here are a few more general items for women specifically that will work well at a Favorite Things Party. I focused on items that women might not already have but would value adding to their lives based on your recommendation. After all, that’s kind of the purpose of such a party!
- Amazon find
- bath product
- belt bag or pouch
- cleaning product
- coffee, tea, wine, or other beverage
- cold weather product
- hair product
- homemade treat or craft
- kitchen tool
- local products
- organizational product
- phone accessory
- photos (printed)
- plant or flower
- reading accessory
- skincare product
- social media follows (a list)
- songs (a playlist)
- Trader Joe’s find
- travel accessory
- water bottle
How to Host a Favorite Things Party
Frequently Asked Questions
Each guest at a favorite things party brings a few of their favorite things at a particular price point in order to share what they love most with the other guests and have a unique type of gift exchange.
It’s up to you whether to wrap gifts for a favorite things party, but it can make it easier for gifts to be unwrapped, so that other guests can learn about everyone’s favorite things and/or select the gifts they want to bring home.
Favorite Things Party Rules
There are a few different ways you can run your Favorite Things Party.
First, it helps to set a budget and the number of gifts you want each guest to bring (for example, $5, $10, $15, $20, or $25).
The gifts can all be displayed on a table or otherwise. It’s up to you whether they are wrapped, but I think unwrapped gifts make it easier for guests to learn about the beloved items and/or select what they want.
Then, you should decide how the gifts will be distributed. You can have guests each place their name on a slip of paper in a bowl (once for each gift they bring). Or, you can have a bowl filled with numbered paper slips for the number of guests that are attending.
Then, if you are pulling names, each person can state why they selected the item they brought and pull names to distribute it. Or, if you are pulling numbers, guests can go in order of their number and select an item to bring home.
I personally like the number idea better, since it gives guests more control over what they receive.
If you have a low price point and/or a small number of gifts, you can even have everyone bring one gift for everyone. In this case, it may be fun to just give each guest a gift bag and let them fill it up!
The rules of a Favorite Things Party are very flexible, so think about what will work best for your group.
Of course, you will likely want to have food and drinks at your Favorite Things Party too. It’s a great idea to make it a potluck and have everyone bring a favorite food or drink too. You can assign people categories to avoid overlap, and you can even have people bring copies of the recipes, so guests can also go home with a nice selection of beloved recipes too!
The best Favorite Things Party gift ideas help you have and/or attend a Favorite Things Party that your friends rave about. To recap and help you decide what to buy, the top 3 picks of myself and readers of The Literary Lifestyle are:
Share your own favorite things or any remaining questions you may have in the comments below.