50+ tried-and-true ideas for the BEST favorite things gift basket

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how to put together the BEST favorite things gift basket

A couple weeks ago, it was a friend’s birthday here in NZ. And I had SO much fun putting together a “Favorite Things” gift basket for her.

how to put together the BEST favorite things gift basket

(It’s funny- I always make the mistake of assuming our kiwi friends have heard of/know about all our favorite things. But turns out, many of these items that we rave about either just aren’t popular, haven’t made the long trek across the ocean to New Zealand, or they’re so expensive here that people haven’t tried them out.)

how to put together the BEST favorite things gift basket

That made it even more fun to assemble this Favorite Things Gift Basket!

how to put together the BEST favorite things gift basket

And, actually, one of my favorite parts was the brainstorming of “favorite things” that I could include. Once I got started, it was hard to stop (turns out, I *really* love kind of alot of things). You could pretty much choose any five or six items from this list and assemble a FABULOUS gift basket for your bestie or your mama or your sister (or even your kiddos’ teacher!).

how to put together the BEST favorite things gift basket


Useful things-

ThisWorks Sleep Roll-On

Yeti travel mug (LOVE this thing!)

Vitruvi grapefruit essential oil (I also love this Vitruvi starter kit!)

Papermate Felt Pens

LEMON cozy pom socks (take it from a girl who LOVES cozy- these are the BEST)

Barefoot Dreams socks (ok, don’t make me choose- I love these cozy socks as well!)

Back and neck massager (I love this so much that the kids got me a new one compatible with our NZ outlets!)

Ban.do travel cup (love the floral ones!)

Ban.do Thermal Cup

Kate Spade Thermal Cup

Kate Spade Initial Tumbler

Tangle Teezer brush (got this for Pi, but I always steal it!)

Ban.do Insulated soft cooler (wouldn’t it be fun to use this as the ‘basket’ portion of the Favorite Things gift basket?)

Luggage Tag and Passport Cover (Ban.do)

Sharpie Set

Warmies Slippers (I found these on one of Oprah’s favorite things lists and ordered them for my mama… and then for myself!)

Tea Tree Hand Soap

Polaroid Printer

Invisibobble Hair Ties (love these things)

Yummy things-

Chick Fil A Sauce (we miss this stuff so much!)

Fix & Fogg Peanut Butter (my top fave is the Coffee & Maple, but I also love the Everything Butter and the Fruit Toast)

Chuao Chocolatier (love this sample set!)

Trader Joe’s Matcha Latte Mix

Raspberry Dark Chocolate

Beauty things-

ThisWorks Sleep Roll-On (our whole family loves this stuff!)

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream (this is my go-to baby shower present because it makes you look awake and rested even with no sleep!)

Ole Henrickson Trial Set (this set has two of my skincare faves- the truth serum, the banana eye cream!)

Buxom lip polish (I love SO many colors, but White Russian is my fave)

Buxom mascara (my fave. Fave. Fave.)

Essie style stunner nail polish (the perfect bright/summer-y polish)

Essie matter of fiction nail polish (the perfect light/neutral polish)

MAC Lipglass Lip Gloss

Tangle Teezer brush (I got this for Pi, but now I always ‘borrow’ it)

The Ordinary Facial Set (I love ALL THREE of these items!)

Sunday Riley CEO Serum (or this Sunday Riley sample set or this one before you commit)

Jade Face Roller

CO Bigelow Menthe Lip Gloss (I love the colors, but this one is color/shimmer free)

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter (favorite. I love highlighter in general, but this one is my favorite)

Davines Hair Mask (smells SO GOOD)

Glow Recipe Watermelon Face Mask

Isle of paradise tanning drops

Laniege Lip Mask

Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener

Soap & Glory Righteous Butter (the smell of this lotion, though!)

Invisibobble Hair Ties

NARS Women’s Matte Multiple Stick

Gel eye patches

Things to wear-

Blondo Waterproof Sneakers (it is RAINY in New Zealand, and this waterproof shoe brand is my fave!)

Blondo Waterproof Booties

Converse Sneakers

Warmies Slippers

Tunic that I love (I have this tunic in three colors and debate about whether I should order another- ha!)

Rainbow Flip Flops (we have now lived in two different beachy locales and these hold up SO WELL even with the constant harsh of salt and sunshine)

Good Threads Heritage Fleece Basic Jogger Pant (I love, like LOVEEEEEEEEEE, these sweatpants! They are the answer to my extensive searching for perfect lounge pants)

Pretty things-

All the Rifle Paper Co. (I love all of it! A Rifle Paper journals, or fabric, or pens, or notepad)

Capri Volcano candle

Corkcicle Rifle Paper Co. Tumbler

Ban.do Printed Paper Tape

House things-

Mini latte bowls

Vitruvi grapefruit essential oil (I also love this Vitruvi starter kit!)

Ban.do travel cup

Ban.do Thermal Cup

Kate Spade Thermal Cup

Kate Spade Initial Tumbler

Capri Volcano candle (I have lots of favorite candles, but I think this one tops the list)

And Capri Blue Diffuser Oil (I have this as well! Perfect for not-candle people)

Corkcicle Rifle Paper Co. Tumbler

Tea Tree Hand Soap

Paddy Wax Library Candle

Kate Spade glass food storage (LOVE these! They are in constant rotation for ‘best leftovers’)

Homesick Candle (we have Colorado, Texas, America Summer and I just ordered New Mexico for a friend… I wish they made a New Zealand candle!)

Airtight Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Reading & writing things-

Magnolia Home Book

Either Magnolia Table Cookbook (Volume 1 or Volume 2)

Papermate Felt Pens

Adore by Sara Hagerty

Unseen by Sara Hagerty

Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty

Rifle Paper Co. Stitched Notebooks/Journals

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel Book (and the corresponding Ultimate Eats book)

Epic Drives of the World Book

Paddy Wax Library Candle

how to put together the BEST favorite things gift basket

Also- I’m sure you can tell from the pictures, but the items I chose for this Favorite Things Basket are a Rifle Paper Co. journal, MAC lipglass, raspberry dark chocolate, the Adore book, gel eye patches, a Capri Volcano candle, a Ban.do “but first coffee” mug, CO Bigelow mint lip gloss, the Buxom mascara, the Origins Ginzing eye cream, and the LEMON cozy pom pom socks.

What did I miss??? What are the things you’d put in a Favorite Things gift basket???

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  1. So so fun and such a helpful guide!!! I’ll definitely be putting it to use!
    You’re the best at putting together thoughtful, fun items!

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