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Whether it's an important holiday or a big birthday, finding the perfect gift for your best friend is no easy task. You want to get them a gift that celebrates their achievements, their personal development, and another trip around the sun—and you want it to be something they'll love and get a lot of use out of, too.
To help you out, we found the very best gifts for your favorite person, no matter what kind of personality they have. These thoughtful and elevated gifts will show your friend just how special you think they are, from the coziest loungewear to the most glamorous bar cart accessories.
Here, the best gifts for your best friend.
Parachute Cloud Cotton Robe
You know your best friend deserves a day at the spa, so why not bring the spa to them? Parachute’s Cloud Cotton Robe is the ideal soft and cozy wrap to slide into after a hot shower and rejuvenating face mask. The robe is made from a 2-ply gauzey fabric that's nice and lightweight, plus it has two pockets for extra functionality while they wear it around the house. Choose from eight colors (including standouts like amber and mulberry) and four sizes to ensure your friend has their perfect fit.
Marco Ice Cream Case
If your friend is a big ice cream lover, gift them a case of Marco Ice Cream, which specializes in unique flavors. You get to build a case with five pints of your choosing, including delicious options like Ginger Dreamsicle, Spicy PB Caramel, and Thai Coco-Lime. They'll get to try lots of new flavors—and maybe share with you too if you're lucky.
Moods, by Yemmie It's been a DAY! Candle
We've all had those days. If you live far away from your friend and can't hang out with them in person whenever things go wrong, this candle is a nice alternative. With notes of cashmere and vanilla, its scent is cozy and comforting, and with a 50-hour burn time you can be sure they'll get plenty of use out of it. Each candle is hand-poured in Brooklyn and is free of parabens and phthalates.
Framebridge The #1 Gift: 10x12 Frame
Feeling sentimental? Capture a precious memory with this landscape or portrait 5 x 7 inch picture frame, which comes with a personalized "story pocket" on the back where you can eave a note, recall a memory, or just remind your best friend how great they are. Upload a photo on Framebridge's website (you can even upload from Instagram), choose your frame, and wait for the finished product to arrive—it comes beautifully boxed with a bow!
UGG Scuffita Slippers
Transform your bestie’s morning routine by treating them to a pair of Ugg’s cozy Scuffita Slippers. The sheepskin and suede shoes keep feet warm and comfortable, while the open-toed design avoids overheating. A molded rubber outsole makes them indoor-outdoor compatible, so picking up the paper and walking the dog can be done in true luxury. They come in neutral colors: black, sand, charcoal, or ash fog, making them easy to pair with any style.
Jonathan Adler Vodka Rocket Decanter
Blast off a fun and memorable celebration with this Jonathan Adler Vodka Decanter. The porcelain and 16-karat gold decanter comes in similar styles for different types of alcohol, meaning it’s a winning gift even if your best friend prefers gin or whiskey. Eye-catching and packed with personality, this decanter is sure to take center stage on their bar cart.
Slip Beauty Sleep Collection Gift Set
Gifting your pal a little luxury that they might not treat themselves to is always a good idea, and a silk sleep mask and pillowcase set is exactly that. Slip’s Beauty Sleep Gift Set offers an invaluable gift that will keep your best friend relaxed, refreshed, and radiant. Silk is antibacterial and is proven to help calm sensitive skin, so this set is sure to bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "beauty sleep". Plus, how cute is the polka dot eye mask?
Poketo Gratitude Journal
A new year is all about reflection, and what better way to start anew than by reflecting on all the things you're grateful for? Poketo's colorful Gratitude Journal is a creative and intuitive way for them to look back on their day, featuring a year's worth of guided prompts that ensure they'll have plenty of opportunities to practice some mindful gratitude. Honestly, buying them a gratitude journal is so thoughtful, you just might end up in it.
Jiggy No Rain No Flowers Puzzle by Ana Hard
The perfect activity for your next Girl’s Night In is a challenging puzzle that transforms into striking wall art. The kit comes with two parts: a puzzle, and special puzzle glue. Once the puzzle is finished, they'll glue the pieces so it all stays connected, and then they can add it to their art collection. Not only does this provide hours of conversation and fun, but it also creates a lasting memory that can be hung or framed.
Merjuri Travel Case
For the person who feels entirely underdressed without their layered necklaces and hoop earrings, a travel jewelry case from Mejuri offers a sleek and stylish way to ensure they’re always dressed their best, even when traveling. The grain leather case comes in beige and black, with an anti-tarnish microsuede lining designed to keep jewelry looking shiny and new. For a more personalized gift, you can add up to three letters for a monogram.
UrbanStems The Wren
If your BFF is a proud plant parent, this dried floral bouquet is sure to be a hit. And if they aren't—don’t worry! These dried florals need no watering and no light. The long lasting gift will not only brighten up their space, but also add to their décor thanks to the modern and versatile vase. UrbanStems offers next-day delivery, which means you don’t have to panic if you *almost* forgot to plan ahead. For new customers, delivery is free!
Happy Box Gift Box
If you're really unsure what to buy, get some help from the pros at Happy Box. You get to customize a Happy Box of goodies tailored to your bestie’s tastes that’s sure to make them smile. Once you select a box, you can choose a variety of products at different price points. There’s everything from yummy snacks to luxe candles and face masks. You can also select a curated box if you see one that catches your eye! Finally, pick a card and leave a personal message, and *boom*—shopping complete.
What to Look for in a Gift for Your Best Friend
Type of Occasion
Buying the right gift for your best friend depends on what exactly you're celebrating. Is it a birthday or holiday? Choose something more personal, like a framed photo of the two of you. Is it a major life event or milestone? Consider splurging a bit more on something that'll really commemorate the occasion, like fancy wine glasses to celebrate a new home. Do you want to send a "just because" gift? Go for something small yet meaningful, like a bouquet of dried flowers or a cozy candle.
Above all, choose a gift that your pal will actually get some use out of. Avoid "gag" gifts that are funny but not actually useful, and instead select something thoughtful that shows how much you know your friend. (Unless they're a huge fan of gag gifts!) Keep your friend's personality in mind, and, especially if it's a big occasion, choose something that you wouldn't necessarily buy for just anyone.
You don't need to spend a lot of money to find the perfect gift, and you definitely should never spend more than you can afford. Plan to spend around $20-$25 for birthdays and holidays, and budget a bit more (between $50-$100 depending on the relationship) for more monumental occasions like weddings, new jobs, and big moves.
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