Recently I was invited to a favorite things party, and let me tell you, it was so much fun! Similar to a white elephant party, yet different because guests only bring their favorite things. Today I thought I’d give you some inspiration by pulling together a gift guide filled with favorite things gift ideas under $25. These also make great gifts for stocking stuffers and hostess gifts.
If you’re unfamiliar, the concept is simple. Guests are invited to bring their favorite thing, and usually, there’s a gift limit of $25. Sometimes the host asks their guests to bring 2 or 3 of the same favorite thing but lowers the gift limit to $10 – this way, guests go home with multiple gifts, and the party stays affordable.
When each guest arrives, they will write their name on a slip of paper and place them in a bowl — if they bring 3 gifts, they write their name on 3 slips of paper and have 3 separate bowls. The number of slips of paper and bowls should be equal to the number of favorite things gifts the guest is required to bring. Once it’s gift-giving time, each guest will pull a name out of the bowl — if they pull the same name, replace and pull a new name. As the gifts are passed out, your guests will explain why that item is their favorite thing.
Favorite Things Gift Ideas Under $25
- Let’s Get Fizzical: More than 50 Bubbly Cocktail Recipes with Prosecco, Champagne, and Other Sparkling Wines – a book of inspiring cocktail recipes made will my drink of choice, bubbles. You’ll also learn shaking techniques, presentation ideas, and more.
- Gold Champagne Stopper – I like to combine this with the Fizzical book because the stopper is $9, and the book is $12.
- LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask – a leave-on overnight lip mask that moisturizes your lips like no other. This comes in multiple flavors, so if this is your favorite things gift, buy 3 different kinds.
- Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home – this is one of my go-to interior design books. I’m also a big fan of Living In Color, which is by the same author, Rebecca Atwood. Also, be sure to check out the best coffee table books post.
- Gold Measuring Cups and Spoons – pretty to look at and dishwasher safe. Technically these are $26, but if you read 5 words that describe me, you know I’m all in when it comes to breaking the rules.
- Calm The Choas Cards – I shared these in last year’s gift guide as a favorite thing. I pull a card every morning to set the day’s intention and focus. Is you want to lean in on the cosmos, check out this astrology deck.
- Mug Warmer – an electric coffee mug warmer for your desk.
- Waffle Terry Washcloths – If you read my ultimate guide to the best sheets, you already know my love of Boll & Branch. The waffle texture is light and springy and is always part of my skincare routine. They also come in a few different colors.
- She’s Birdie Personal Alarm – today’s world is far from perfect, but you can feel safer with this incredibly loud alarm that should deter a would-be attacker.
- OSEA Vagus Nerve Pillow Spray – last summer, I began working on my bedroom routine to get a better night’s sleep, and who knows, maybe it’s a placebo mist, but I feel less stressed and fall asleep faster when I spritz my pillow.
- Happy Socks – I’m sorry, but who wouldn’t love banana socks? If you saw last week’s unique gifts for her gift guide, then you saw a couple of other sock options.
More Gift Ideas Under $25
- Big Idea Sketchbook – I love the simple typographical cover design. This sketchbook lies flat when open and is perfect for an artist of any level.
- Stress Check Breath In by This Works – calms and refreshes your senses. Just glide on your wrist and pulse points, and breathe in.
- Glowscreen SPF 40 from Supergoop! – Until I tried Glowscreen, I was all about Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen, but the extra shimmer leaves your skin glowing but not in a let’s go clubbing sort of way.
- Stanley Travel Tumbler – is it just me, or do you hydrate better when drinking out of a straw? These Stanley tumblers come in every color, maintain cold or ice, and are dishwasher safe!
- Electronic Candle Lighter – a flameless lighter that is also windproof and rechargeable. No gas or fluid is needed.
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray – this is hands down my favorite thing for my hair, and I use it daily. It’s not a dry shampoo, and it’s not quite hairspray. My hair is super fine and thin, which means it needs help with holding. This stuff does the trick and doesn’t weigh it down, plus it smells fantastic! Only the smaller size fits within the $25 gift limit, but it still works as a favorite things gift idea!
- Wordle: The Party Game – The Boy and I play Wordle on the NY Times site every day, but this is a board game for 2-4 people, and it’s so much fun. When I first shared this Amazon favorite, it was only available for pre-order, but it’s now out, and it’s on sale to boot!
- Tri Fold Vanity Mirror – my friend Bonnie shared this on TikTok, and I was immediately influenced. This mirror has 21 LED lights, a touch screen, 3X, 2X, and 1X magnification, and two power supply modes. It’s technically over budget, but today is on sale, so I’m including it because, yes, it truly is one of my favorite things.
- Exit: The Abandoned Cabin – this is a single-play escape room game you can play at home. My kids fell in love with escape rooms last year, and I have a few of these on hand so we can play spur of the moment without having to make an appointment.
That wraps up my favorite things gift ideas under $25 gift guide! But before I bid you adieu, I must state for the record, if you’re going to host a favorite things party, will you please invite me? Also, before you get on with your day, be sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guide For Home Decor Lovers, Holiday Gift Guide For Her, Holiday Gift Ideas For Him, and don’t miss my round-up of 27 best decorative boxes and the last trend, cute mushroom decor round up!
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