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Honestly, what would we do without our best friends? They’re there for us in the best of times (like when you finally got that job promotion) and the worst of times (when your ex broke your heart for the third time this year, ugh). Our pals deserve the royal treatment, which is why these best friend gift ideas are the perfect way to say thank you this holiday season. Finding the perfect gift for your best friend can be difficult. After all, you want it to be something they’ll actually use, but you also want it to be surprising, unique and fun. Best friends are worthy of the best gifts, natch. Luckily for us all, there are so many gifts any type of best friend will love. Get ready to win the holidays this year.
I’m one of those people who loves to give gifts. I focus on what my friends are interested in throughout the year so that I make sure and give them a holiday gift that means something—and is catered to them specifically. Anyone can give you a gift card, but a real friend knows what you might actually want this holiday season.
When figuring the perfect gifts for my best friends, I always think about what excites them, what annoys them and what they’re always doing. If they’re constantly talking about a subject every time I see them, I try and find a gift that goes along with that subject. Paying attention to what your best friends say is key to finding the perfect gift for them.
In case you’re a little unsure about what to gift your BFFs this season, I’ve got your back. Below, you’ll find 22 perfectly-curated best friend gifts sure to please, some of which are splurges and others are small, thoughtful tokens. Whether your best friends are into home decor, beauty, self-care, music—you name it—there’s something on this list that will turn you into the best gift-giver this holiday season. You might even end up treating yourself to a little something, too. I won’t blame you. Happy gifting!
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For The Work-From-Homer
Slippers are the ultimate gift for 2020, and your BFF deserves an extra-fluffy pair.
For The Astrology Nerd
We all have that one friend who wants to read your horoscope and tarot cards. Get them some crystals and make their day.
For Your Friend Since Gradeschool
The adult version of the beloved friendship bracelet is sophisticated and refined—the perfect embodiment of a friendship that has grown stronger with age. And during AllSaints’ Black Friday promotion, it’s 30% off. So you can get two, in true friendship-bracelet style.
For The Diva
If your friend throws on sunnies more often than a celeb avoiding the paparazzi, treat them to a new pair like this pick from Ray-Ban.
For the Packer
Consider gifting this useful and adorable sherpa pouch from Stoney Clover Lane. You can add colorful letters and cool patches—from lipsticks to city landscapes—to make this case feel truly unique. Or, get your BFF’s initials!
For The Gal With A Plan
Let’s be real: Everyone is looking forward to 2021 after this garbage fire of a year. Get your friend a brand new planner, which will inspire them to make the most of next year. Make sure you pencil in some BFF time before you gift it! Also, if your friend has #goals, there’s an extension pack that’ll help them reach them.
For The Friend Who Just Moved
Decor is a great gift when you really get someone’s personal style, and if your BFF has a place they love, something like this Los Angeles Wall Hanging is a great pick. Choose from tons of different cities via Maptote.
For The Coffee Addict
Does your friend get lipstick on their mug every time without fail? This subtle lip stain mug has their name (and lipstick) written all over it. Mugs are always a safe choice for gifting, since you can never have too many!
For The Tech Guru
Help your friend protect their delicate AirPods with this chic leopard-print case. The case connects to a keychain, so they can attach them to their key ring. So chic!
For The Skincare Fanatic
This skincare gift set includes the Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment and Ceramic Slip Cleanser, two of Sunday Riley’s most popular products. Your friend’s skin will be brighter and their fine lines will be less visible—everyone deserves a set like this in their stocking.
For The Amateur Chef
Boasting 135 recipes, this massive cookbook will not only give your BFF delicious meal options, but will advise you on when to eat them to help your friend live healthier. A perfect pick for the friend who is always talking about “optimizing” their life, or has just run out of lunch ideas while working from home.
For the Bather
Does your friend complain about not having a place to put their wine? Here’s a cute (and funny) solution that’ll stick to the tub walls, within your friend’s reach for those hours in the tub.
For The Non-Stop Texter
Keep your friend’s hands warm with these chic (and practical) texting gloves—you know, for when they’re texting you some tea.
For The Candle-Obsessed
These coconut wax candles from Voluspa come in sweet-smelling scents like Macron and Prosecco Bellini, not to mention the gorgeous jar is basically built-in gift wrap.
For The Loungewear Lover
Your friend will be stylish even while they’re snoozing with this comfy tie-dye set. If they didn’t buy one during quarantine, you pretty much have to get them one.
For The Fashionista
You know they want one!! Hair accessories are in right now, so help your BFF stay on trend with a cute Lele Sadoughi headband.
For The Shearling Fan
So it’s not technically shearling, but this mini-backpack is super chic for friends who prefer to carry a lighter load, and it feels just as fuzzy and soft.
For The Lip Balm Addict
We all have that one friend that doesn’t leave the house without five lip balms in her purse, and she’ll love how cute these ohii Lip Jellies are. Choose from agave, rose, peach and mint. Or get all four. She’s your BFF, after all.
For The Friend Who’s Always Cold
If your friend already has their winter wardrobe down pat, gift her a cozy, cute accessory like this beautiful scarf, which will add a pop of color to their outfits on even the darkest days of winter.
For The Shutterbug
If your friend loves snapping polaroid pictures, they’ll love this instant camera from Fujifilm.
For The Jewelry Collector
Your BFF deserves a gorg gold necklace, and Missoma’s pieces are affordable yet stunning. I love this pendant necklace from their collection with Lucy Williams.
For The Music-Lover
We all have that one friend that loves thrifting and controlling the music at the party, and there’s no better gift for them than an old-school turntable with a few of her favorite albums as records.
This article was originally published in November 2019. Updated October 2020.