Every year, the same sequence of events ensues. Fall comes around, and you know you still have weeks to go before you even start thinking about buying Christmas gifts; then, suddenly, it's mid-December, retailers are advertising their imminent ship-by dates, and you haven't even thought of what to get your nearest and dearest. Sound familiar? Between the end-of-year rush at work and the panoply of holiday parties to attend, it's easy to let this task slip off the to-do list until the very last minute.
If you want to break the cycle and start early this year, we rounded up the perfect Christmas gifts for friends. Because sure, you know you have to buy presents for your immediate family, doorman, and hair colorist, but think about how much your closest pals do for you each year: They support you through everything from breakups to layoffs, they motivate you to hit that workout class every weekend, they listen to your incessant tirades about everything from politics to the Kardashians. If anyone on your list deserves a gift, it's your friends. And who knows? You may even find the perfect holiday gift for Mom or your favorite co-worker, too.
This self-care set is perfect for helping your friend slow down. Facial rolling de-stresses and calms while the plush silk eye mask ensures uninterrupted sleep.
This bath and body set smells divine—with notes of rose, geranium, cinnamon leaf, and patchouli. Better yet, it looks great in a bathroom.
Nothing enhances an evening at home like the soft flicker and scent of a candle. With notes of burnt maple, smoky oud, and vetiver, this one virtually replaces a fireplace.
These gorgeous lab-grown pink diamond earrings will truly wow any girl who loves a little sparkle. They're super special, yet practical for everyday wear.
If your friend is moving to a new home, give them the perfect addition to their new set of keys—they'll think about you every time they open the front door.
Aesop's Resurrection hand balm is a lifesaver in winter months (and it smells divine too).
This coffee table book comes to you courtesy of one of Denmark's most stylish woman—and teaches you all her best style secrets.
Take your friend's sheet mask game one step further with these retinol-infused eye masks.
Any politically inclined person will get a kick out of Lingua Franca's line of socially conscious cashmere sweaters. They're extra cozy too.
There is no more stylish way to store your extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil than this glass cruet from Ichendorf.
Know someone who can never fit their large wallet in their mini bag? This compact alternative from Loeffler Randall is the ideal size—and it's very chic too.
Drunk Elephant has become somewhat of a cult brand—one of the few reasons to love this fluffy skin rescue cream. Whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, it locks in intense moisture for hours after application.
Help your friend wake up to the fresh scent of a Parisian morning with this room spray from ESYM.
Give your friend a reason to hit the hay early with these cheeky Hill House Home pillowcases.
Nothing will help you sleep better anywhere—from the plane to the hotel room or your own bed—than a plush Slip silk eye mask.
Encourage your friend to try Moroccan cuisine at home with this incredibly chic tagine—they may just invite you over for dinner and you'll reap the benefits too.
Nothing beats Cards Against Humanity when it comes to game night. And if your friend already owns the game, consider getting them an expansion pack to keep the fun going.
These Japanese stackable mugs are a genius space-saver in tiny apartments with limited storage space. They also look incredibly cool.
Nothing beats wrapping yourself up in a soft throw on a cold winter night when you're shivering like a leaf even inside your apartment.
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