It’s holiday party season and in the last 15 years, Favorite Things parties have become wildly popular (if you’re new to the idea of a Favorite Things Party, I have a whole blog post here about how they work).
Every year when I open my question box where you can submit requests for gift ideas, I get a flood of people asking for suggestions for things to take to a Favorite Things party.
I’ve shared some of my top favorite things to take to a party like this, but I opened a question box asking for suggestions and they came POURING in!
Here are some of the very best Favorite Things suggestions sorted by price!
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Favorite Things Under $5:
NEUTROGENA HYDRATING FACE MASK
There is something incredibly relaxing about putting the kids in bed, slapping a face mask and reading a good book. I like that this one is affordable enough to add a few other fun things in with it.
POPPI RASPBERRY ROSE SODA
I am not a soda drinker, but these sodas are something I actually will drink (I just tried them for the first time last week!) – they are filled with probiotics and things that are actually good for you. It would be so fun to share these – and I have heard the raspberry flavor is delicious!
CLEAN SIMPLE EATS SINGLE SERVE PROTEIN POWDERS
I’m not excited about most protein powder (Bart has tried pretty much every version and I think many of them are pretty gross) but Clean Simple Eats makes amazing ones. Both of our favorite is the Mint Chocolate Cookie but they have lots of delish flavors.(You can purchase a sample pack of 10 different flavors, a pack of 10 of the same flavor or individual single serve packets.) Use code JANSSEN for 10% off.
I discovered MixHers last year and my current favorite is the HerGreens sticks. They taste delicious and it’s the easiest way for me to get my vitamins in – I usually just stir it into a glass of cold water between breakfast and lunch and it feels like a nice little refreshing treat. Use the code JANSSENBRADSHAW for 10% off.
MINI BOX CUTTERS
This is one of my standard gifts and it’s just SO GOOD. I know it seems totally dumb (why would you even need box cutters?) but I promise, once you have a few of them, you’ll never go back. They’re so handy and the perfect little inexpensive gift when you don’t want something flashy or over the top, but that will 100% get used.
LANEIGE LIP BALM
This lip mask is a HOT favorite for many beauty bloggers. Put this thick balm on at night and wake up with smooth supple lips.
I think we all know that not all pens are created equal and the Amazon reviews speak for themselves on this brand.
I would say that the worst part about making dinner is the clean up. Luckily, Bart is typically running that ship, but I can imagine anyone would love these Crockpot Liners to decrease the amount of work after dinner is finished.
Favorite Things Under $10:
TRAVEL PILL ORGANIZERS (3 pack)
This is one of those things you don’t know you need or will love until you have one either in your car or while traveling. I can’t tell you how many times I or someone we are with needs a kids or adult Tylenol. It’s so nice to have it all organized in one compact place and is incredibly easy to grab when on the go!
Can a kitchen ever have too many spatulas? I think not.
Who doesn’t love fresh flowers to brighten up their home? Trader Joes always has a really great selection of fresh flowers at various price points.
HAIRITAGE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HAIR RINSE
Sometimes your hair just need a little TLC. This hair rinse is supposed to make your hair silky and shiny, while cleansing your scalp. It doesn’t strip away your hair’s natural oils, keeping it healthy and strong.
ICE ROLLER FOR FACE
Puffy eyes and face, be gone! Whenever I see these, I just think of how relaxing it looks rolling it across your face, but also that it is ice cold and probably just the thing to wake me up in the morning. It’s perfect to add to any skincare routine.
Calling all people who color or use heat on their hair! This collagen protein packed hair mask revitalizes damaged hair and I feel like anyone would love this special gift.
VICTORINOX PARING KNIFE
I know a paring knife doesn’t seem like an exciting gift, but I promise you will not regret giving this out. It is FAR superior than all other paring knives and it never gets dull! If you don’t get this for your favorite things party, definitely get one for yourself to stuff into your stocking! We have a dozen of these.
These hair ties are incredible strong holding, plus, they come in all sorts of cute color packs.
CERAVE MAKEUP REMOVING BALM
I love trying new facial products and this one has me intrigued. It’s fragrance free, gentle on your skin and a little goes a long way!
MALDON SEA SALT
This is the best finishing salt out there. You can turn any dish into something gourmet with just a sprinkle of this on top – cookies, toast, pizza, you name it! I just got this as a gift a few weeks ago and I was THRILLED.
Skin liquid bandage
Bandaids are amazing until summer time when you or your kids are constantly in water and they won’t stay on. I love the idea of this waterproof skin liquid bandage – and I love even more the idea of no floating bandaids in a pool.
I have heard of the wonders Working Hands and Healthy Feet have done, so I am certain this chapstick also does wonders for chapped and cracked lips! And you can never have too many chapsticks!
MESH STORAGE BAGS
Talk about practicality! These mesh storage bags can be used to store and organize anything and everything! They come in all shapes, sizes, and even colors, and are great to organize purses, bags, cars, and closets!
GROUND MEAT CHOPPER
This kitchen gadget is handy to have around when making ground beef or turkey. It makes the cooking process so easy!
SONIC GIFT CARDS
Give the gift of a fun drink! Sonic has so many different drink options and mixes. There is something for everyone!
CHATBOOKS GIFT CARD
Everyone loves a good memory in photo form. Chatbooks has a lot of great affordable options!
FAVORITE THINGS UNDER $20:
I wrote a whole post about my favorite library bag here – it comes in all sorts of colors and patterns, holds a million books (I like the standard size best) and can hold up under the weight (and sharp corners) of any library books you throw at it! Mine is about six years old and still looks brand-new, with zero wear and tear. And this is from someone who routinely shoves at least 25 books into it.
ROOT LIFTING POWDER
Since I wash my hair once a week, it starts to get flat near day five and this root lifting powder is a game changer. Massage some into the flat parts and it magically gives your hair a little lift!
SKOY SCRUB DISH SCRUBBERS
This is THE new and improved scouring pad. It’s eco-friendly and can be washed and reused again and again. I love all the fun colored options, but there are more neutral colors too.
I’ve gotten very into houseplants in the last few years. Now I’m always figuring out how I can fit in another house plant (or five) and propagating new ones. There are so many varieties out there in all different sizes and price points. Some of mine have come from Zulily, but the grocery store, Home Depot, and a local plant market has fun options.
MINI CUTTING BOARD
Cutting boards are one of those things I don’t think you can own enough of. The small size means that it’s perfect for cutting up an apple or a peach or some strawberries. Did I mention it’s dishwasher safe? It’s always the first cutting board I use from my collection.
One thing I cannot stand is exposed cords, and also cords in a huge jumbled mess. I have been wanting to keep all the chargers and cords in my office a little more organized, and these will be perfect!
There is nothing more relaxing than a hot shower, but to make it better, throw in a shower steamer to add a little bit of aromatherapy. We could all use a spa day! These shower steamer trays from my $5 Gift Guide have also been a huge hit this year- they would make a great pair.
52 MODERN MANNERS FOR KIDS
My excitement level over this kids version of the Modern Manners book is through the roof! These are modern manners and social skills you want your kids to learn but maybe haven’t thought of specifically teaching them. Perfect for dinner table talk!
4 REAL MASCARA
This mascara rocketed to the top of my favorites when it was released this year. It’s not crazy expensive ($15, plus my code JANSSEN takes 20% off) and it doesn’t flake or smear during the day and it makes my lashes look incredible. I’m a super fan!
ORDINARY. NIACIN AMIDE AND CAFFEINE SERUM
Ordinary. is a great affordable skincare line and this duo is one of their best sellers. Both of these serums work at helping to reduce eye puffiness and dark circles, and balancing oily skin and reducing blemishes. Sounds like a winner to me!
I love that this chapstick seals in moisture unlike that of so many other chapsticks. It uses lanolin and other nourishing ingredients, and has a nice faint coconut scent.
WELEDA SKIN FOOD
This rich cream does wonders for dry dull skin, leaving you moisturized and glowing. This is all my skin wants in our dry Utah climate.
HERO COSMETIC SUNSCREEN
I am OBSESSED with this facial sunscreen. It’s a fraction of the cost of the Supergoop ones, is a mineral sunscreen instead of a chemical one, rubs in super easily, and has a slight green tint to combat redness. You can buy it on Amazon or from Target, but if you buy it on their website, you can use my code EVERYDAYREADING for 15% off which makes it the cheapest place to buy it.
I have seen these kitchen towels alllllll over Instagram for the past couple of years and I finally ordered some. They live up to the hype! They’re the only towels I want to use now in the kitchen and they have such fun patterns that they make me happy every time I see them. You can use the code JANSSEN15 for 15% off.
These mixed metal markers are perfect for books or planners – they don’t damage your page, you can add a ton of them to mark exact lines, and they are gorgeous. Add a favorite book or a plain notebook if you’d like!
My sister-in-law gives Stance no-show socks as her standard birthday gift to all the sister-in-laws and I love them so much I wrote an entire post about them. They’re that good. And I’ve also fallen in love with the Stance tabbed athletic socks – they’re the kind of sock that once you get them, you don’t wear any other socks in your drawer because they’re just so much better.
You can’t go wrong with an Audible subscriptions. With the addition of Audible Plus to every membership, they’ll never run out of things to listen to!
ZUM LAUNDRY SOAP
I’ve never tried this laundry soap, but it’s made from really great things like essentials oils, coconut oil and baking soda.
KITCHENAID OVEN MITTS
These may not seem like a very exciting gift, but a silicone oven mitt is truly a treat. They protect against high heat, including hot liquids, and are extremely easy to clean since you just wipe them down. Anyone who spends time in the kitchen would love this addition.
BIRDIE PERSONAL SAFETY ALARM
This personal safety alarm is genius! All you have to do is pull it off the pin to activate a loud alarm and bright strobe light. This is great for running, hiking and simply clipping to your keys!
BATTERY TAPER FLICKERING CANDLES
I can think of tons of different scenarios where these would be so fun! Think Halloween dinner, Christmas time or up on your mantle on a regular evening just flickering away without the melting wax and the worry of open fire in your home.
FAVORITE THINGS UNDER $25:
This was one of those items I felt unnecessary until I used them. When traveling with a big piece of luggage, it can be hard to keep everything organized and in place so knowing right where a certain pair of socks is saves me from rifling and messing up my entire suitcase.
PEDICURE GIFT CARD
I do not get pedicures often (usually just for my birthday), but if someone gifted me a pedicure gift card, I would definitely take advantage of a little self-care time. Everyone needs a little self-care time and a pedicure feels like the perfect luxury.
This might be one of the most popular candles on the planet and for good reason. It smells so so good!
I typically would be dubious about picking out a pair of sunglasses for someone else, but I’ve heard these Goodr ones look good on anyone!
Bart bought me this for Christmas and it gets used pretty much every day, whether for Bart’s morning Peachy Greens, a mug of hot chocolate for the girls after school, or mixing up a favorite protein mix. It’s super powerful, easy to clean and works like a charm. (Bart bought me the pink one which makes me happy every time I see it – I love a fun color!).
I’m mostly a water drinker – I’d pick a cold glass of water over almost any other beverage. I don’t drink coffee or soda and I think most teas aren’t very delicious. But something about the cold winter weather and early darkness makes me LOVE hot chocolate, especially if it’s accompanied by a delightful book! (Just ingredients is Jen’s favorite)
DIME WHIPPED EXFOLIATING MASK
I have been using Dime products for a few years now and love their products. This mask is definitely a treat and a great way for someone to have a spa feel in their very own home. Use code BRADSHAW20 for 20% off your order. Full post about Dime Beauty here
You know those products that look WAY more expensive than they really are? This platter is one of them. I have LOVED this platter and own two of them. It’s massive and perfect for doing s’mores or fondue or chips and dip or a fruit platter. It looks like a $50 item but it’s only $20! I have last year’s version in a creamy beige, but I am loving this deep blue!
JOSIE MARAN BODY BUTTER
I don’t think many women would turn down the chance to use a nice body butter that firms at the same time. This 3 piece set has amazing reviews!
The Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag is so popular among adults and teens alike. Hands-free, just big enough for the essentials (wallet, Kindle, phone, lip gloss, a small snack), and looks good with everything.
GLASS SPICE JARS
These glass spice jars were a Christmas gift from my parents and I LOVED organizing my spice cupboard after Christmas – they look so nice, hold a ton of spices, and are easy to find with big labels on the sides and/or tops. I have a little step shelf so I can see each row of them better and that makes it all even better!
HEY JUNE HUGGIE EARRINGS
I love a pair of simple earrings that I can wear even when I’m working out or sleeping and these huggie style ones are perfect. Even better is the little line of diamonds that makes them extra special. Use the code JANSSEN.
I switched to a silk pillowcase a couple of years ago to prevent my hair from breaking as much, especially in the dry Utah air and I’m never going back! Plus, it comes in a million colors.
FLEKK EYESHADOW PALLET
I’ve talked about these eyeshadow palettes approximately a million times and I get questions about them ALL the time. These were developed by my dear friend Lindsey who was a former celebrity makeup artist and wanted to make it easy for ANYONE to do gorgeous eyeshadow. It is basically paint-by-number and looks amazing. I have both the Flawless (a really beautiful neutral set) and the Flirty, which is a little more dramatic.
PORTABLE PHONE CHARGER
I’ve never met a person who doesn’t need a charger on the go from time to time. This slim option fits nicely inside a clutch or purse!
RECHARGEABLE HAND WARMERS
Cold hands is something I always avoid. They are really versatile and can be used for all sorts of different activities, making it a win for anyone who receives them!
Storage bins are wonderful to have around, but one that collapses when not in use – sign me up!!
What else would you add to this list of Favorite Things gifts?
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