When it comes to best friend gift ideas, it can be tricky. You may know your BFF like the back of your hand, but that still doesn’t mean that buying the perfect present isn’t stressful. You want something that’s quintessentially “them,” but is also an ode to your friendship without being cheesy. You finally find THE perfect gift and then you realize…”wait, I already bought that for them two years ago!” Then it’s back to the drawing board.
Luckily, we’ve pulled together the ultimate list—from holiday Christmas gifts to sentimental gifts to kitschy, cute best friend gifts. We have something for every taste (and budget) out there. Whether your bestie is a beauty-lover, a foodie, a fitness buff, a mixologist or anything in between, you’ll find the perfect present from our list. Because what’s better than getting a package in the mail from your closest girlfriend?
Below: See our picks for the very best, best friend gifts.
Remember nights in with your bestie? Watching rom-coms, giving each other makeovers, etc. Gift her this BYOB (“Bring Your Own Beauty”) kit from Benefit that includes mascara, brow gel, bronzer (all full-sized) and a mini-sized face primer.
Give this “power lunch” puzzle to your bestie who crushes it from 9-5. Bonus: A portion of the proceeds goes to the National Women’s Law Center.
For the friend who appreciates a cold glass of wine (or two) on a hot summer day, this gift set is pretty much the perfect choice. It comes with a “Winesulator” that can hold a full bottle and keep their drink cool for over 24 hours, as well as two 14 oz (yep, 14! That’s big, Mama) triple-insulated tumblers with a very obvious wine glass shape. The tumblers have a drink-through, flip-top lid, and Brümate’s patented BevGuard technology that’ll keep your bestie’s favorite beverages nice and cold for hours without going flat. To top it off — look at that gorgeous rose gold color? We’re obsessed.
A best friend holds your closest secrets, so give her this gorgeous porcelain vase from Jonathan Adler.
The brand Parachute is known for its bedding, but also for its wildly popular, luxury hotel-level robes. This is the type of robe that will make you wonder why you ever bought clothes to begin with.
If your BFF always has a cool coffee table book on display, she’ll love this one that features 100 badass women throughout history.
For your BFF who always brings the best pies to Friendsgiving.
This wine purifier (aka, miracle worker!) removes sulfites so that you and your bestie can avoid that dreaded wine hangover the next morning. Because let’s be real, sometimes “happy hour” extends into the late-late evening.
Finally: A lip gloss that provides the perfect amount of shine, pigment, and hydration — without the sticky sweetness of our ’90s glosses. This clean beauty alternative comes in various shades (all pretty subtle), so pick one you think your best friend will like. It’s the gift she would have loved in 7th grade, and the gift she’ll also love now.
This “candy care” package comes with personalized message from you and 8 mini drawers of Sugarfina’s top candies.
Because sometimes we just need some wine and a snack. This charcuterie gift basket comes with two types of cheeses, salami, rosemary crackers and Cabernet Sauvignon.
For your friend who would spend the entire day in the bathtub if they could.
This card game is kind of like “Apples to Apples” but the feminist version. Play it with your most clever friends.
This is perfect for the health nut who still loves (and needs) her coffee fix. Chagaccino is a coffee supplement that comes in powder form, and it transforms your blah cup of coffee into a mocha with benefits. Made with chaga, Peruvian cacao, cinnamon, and monk fruit, this powder not only adds delicious flavor to your coffee (no creamer needed!), but it helps support your immune system and has anti-aging properties as well.
This luxe eyeshadow set comes in a smiley face compact that will remind your bestie of her Limited Too days.
Shirley Chisholm was the first Black major-party candidate to run for the President of the United States in 1972, and she famously said: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”
These are not your average, mall-brand ‘90s scrunchies. These silk hair scrunchies are not only pretty, but they reduce frizz and keep your hair looking gorgeous.
Everyone could always use a new pair of Hanky Panky undies, and this thong low-rise comes in a cute “Cheers” gift box.
The recipe for a perfect night: Pizza, wine and “Golden Girls” bingo with your best friend.
Perfume is personal and can be difficult to buy as a gift. But if your BFF is a scent-lover, she will undoubtedly love this crowd-pleasing, floral fragrance from Ellis Brooklyn.
For your fiction-loving friend who prefers a good book over a reality TV binge.
Barefoot Dreams is known for its luxurious blankets that basically feel like sleeping on a cloud. So give your friend the gift of cozy with this leopard throw.
If you know your bestie loves a good face mask, we highly recommend Freck’s Foreclay Cactus Clay Mask. It makes skin feel cleaner, smoother, and brighter — without side effects like dry, aggravated skin. This is officially our new go-to mask for gals’ night in.
Give this T-shirt to your best friend who means business, seriously.
Sometimes we just need to eat our feelings, and what’s better than a strawberry sprinkle donut? A “big ass” strawberry sprinkle donut.
Who doesn’t love a new pair of fuzzy slippers? These ones have nearly a 5-star rating and 13,000 reviews on Amazon.
Give the gift of hydration and the healing power of rose quartz with this crystal water bottle.
Because “some like it hot.”
We can’t go to the gym these days, so it’s a perfect time to invest in a yoga mat for some virtual, at-home workouts.
If your BFF never leaves home without some flair, she’ll love these feminist enamel pins.
If your friend isn’t working from home these days and instead travels into work, give her a cute lunch cooler like this strawberry one from Kate Spade.
If your BFF loves luxury oil but hates how it makes her break out, we have the perfect solution, and it’s gonna give her skin the luxe treatment: TAHNYC’s oil-free oil alternative, which is primarily made from jojoba seeds, hydrates, silkens, and smooths (and leaves you nice and dewy) without the heaviness of standard body oils. Best of all? It’s cruelty free and doesn’t contain any gross ingredients, like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, colorants. It’s also fragrance-free, which is ideal for sensitive skin (and doesn’t overshadow perfumes you may be wearing).
For your hair care-loving friend who always gets blowouts and misses the salon experience.
If your BFF is an accessories-lover, she’ll be obsessed with these sparkly cuff earrings that have nearly 14K reviews on Amazon.
If your bestie wants to dip her toe into the art of mixology, get her started with this cocktail recipe book.
Personalized Best Friend Gifts
Give this book to the Ann to your Leslie, and let her know all the ways that she is a beautiful, perfect sunflower.
Send through a picture of you and your BFF and have a custom-made sticker of the two of you.
Nothing is more classic than a friendship necklace, and you can personalize this one based on your bestie’s birthstone.
These personalized zodiac pillows are perfect for your friend who’s an astrology buff.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Friends
Count down to Christmas and stay beautified with this luxurious “Twinkle Twinkle” advent calendar from Beekman 1802, that comes with 24 body and skin care goodies.
This wintery-themed nail kit of four mini polishes is the perfect present for your BFF who never has chipped nails.
These Disney pajamas come in a matching set for every size in the family, so you can get one for just your bestie or her entire crew.
This cute beanie hat with a faux fur pompom is the perfect gift for your friend who lives in colder temps.
Watching “Friends” and drinking wine are two of the best activities a person can do, and this gift is an ode to both.
Because “a true friendship is a journey without an end.”
Give this “I Miss You Box” to your long-distance bestie. It comes with a succulent plant, candle and decorative matchbook.
In a year when it was difficult to see loved ones, this sentiment is so important to remember: “Friends are like stars; you may not always see them, but they’re always there.”
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