18 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts for Best Friends
Sure, your bestie loves anything you give her, but since she’s been there for you through thick and thin (including every single emergency vent session), give her a present this holiday season that shows just how much you appreciate her friendship. Here, 18 gift ideas for every type of friend on your list.
1. Monica Vinader Engravable Havana Friendship Chain Bracelet
Have a special message inscribed on the rose gold bar so she can carry you with her, even if you’re miles apart.
2. Parachute Quilted Slippers
Surprise her with a new pair of cozy slippers for the next time you spend a Saturday afternoon bingeing holiday movies. These cushioned terry ones are warm and breathable, so she’ll be just as comfortable wearing them during your spring rom com marathon too.
3. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Capture your most memorable moments with this instant camera that not only prints high-quality photos but also saves them, so she can have something to hang on the fridge and post to Instagram.
4. To-Go Casserole Carrier
If potlucks are your group's thing, she’ll love a fancy vessel that will transport her butternut squash lasagna without ruining the beautiful, cheesy top. Plus, the windowed lid pops off so you’re able to serve straight from the pretty dish—making the host’s tablescape look even cuter.
5. Boll & Branch 300-Thread Count Sheets
The best present this holiday season may just be the gift of a good night’s sleep. Make that a reality by giving these premium linens that will help her drift off more easily thanks to their 100-percent organic cotton material that not only feels silky-soft, but keeps body temperature regulated even when the heat kicks in midway through the night.
6. Mer-Sea & Co. Faux Fur Eye Mask
Treat your travel-obsessed BFF to a plane necessity she probably wouldn’t buy herself, like this super-luxe faux fur eye mask. Sure it can block out her seatmate’s reading light just as well as the one she owns from the airport newsstand, but will it make said seatmate jealous like this one will? We think not.
7. Book of the Month
Gift this subscription service to your group of girlfriends and start a book club (which is really just an excuse to regularly catch up over wine). Each month you’ll get to choose from five highly anticipated new titles that always include a variety of genres so your club can read something that suits Karen’s love of mysteries one month and Amy’s preference for literary fiction the next. Past boxes have included best-sellers like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ "The Water Dancer" and Celeste Ng’s "Little Fires Everywhere." Once the group agrees on a selection, Book of the Month ships it straight to everyone’s door so no one can use the excuse that they haven’t had time to buy the book yet.
8. Sunday Riley Starter Kit
Fill the skin-care lover’s medicine cabinet with deluxe sample sizes of best-sellers from a cult favorite brand. Included is their skin-brightening vitamin C serum, a retinol face oil, a moisturizing day cream and a bottle of our favorite lactic acid serum, Good Genes, that’s basically a magic potion for sloughing off dead skin cells and boosting collagen production.
9. Belkin 5K Pocket Power Portable Power Bank
Don’t let her phone die before you’re finished FaceTiming about Monday night’s Bachelor episode ever again. With a sleek portable power bank, she’ll always be in reach of a way to recharge so you’ll be able to dish on the rose ceremony drama in full detail before the screen goes black.
10. Kurt Geiger London Metallic Leather Card Holder
We all have that one friend who has a rewards card for every coffee shop, nail salon and clothing store she has ever stepped foot in. So why not elevate the way she carries them all with a metallic card holder? Since it's brightly colored she’ll be able to easily find it in the busy shoppers' number one enemy: the black hole tote bag.
11. Homesick Candle
Have a long-distance BFF? Pick a scent inspired by one of the 50 states, or a specific location like “Yosemite” or a memory such as “Road Trip,” and every time she lights it, she'll be reminded of the place that has the deepest meaning to your friendship.
12. Quilted Weighted Blanket
Make de-stressing a priority by gifting a weighted blanket, which you’ve probably heard by now has the potential benefits of reducing anxiety and promoting better sleep. But unlike most of the not-so-cute options out there, this 15-pound quilted one from Urban Outfitters will fit right in with the rest of her stylish living room decor.
13. Everlane ReNew Traveler Tote
Anyone who’s constantly on the go appreciates a sturdy tote bag. And if hers has been put through the ringer, replace it with Everlane’s new zip-top weekender that comes in four stylish colors and can easily fit a laptop and gym clothes—or everything she needs for a girl’s weekend. Did we mention this one's made entirely from recycled materials?
Your work wife keeps harping on the fact that the office still uses styrofoam cups but, ironically, keeps forgetting to bring in one of her own. Surprise her with this sustainable glass and cork mug so she can tote hot tea from meeting to meeting in style.
15. UGG Pom Fleece Lined Socks
Why have regular socks when you can have cable-knit pom pom ones? These adorable fleece-lined foot warmers cinch at the top so they won’t slide down her ankles—even though she’s probably just wearing them to go from the couch to the kitchen and back again.
16. Mejuri Zodiac Necklace
A delicate necklace with gemstones formed in her sign’s constellation will easily become her go-to piece of bling. Plus, unlike regular gold-plated jewelry, this one’s made of vermeil, a nickel-free 18k gold layer on top of sterling silver so it’s meant to last without discoloration.
17. Madewell Fleece Half-Zip
Guaranteed she’ll live in this teddy bear zip up all winter long thanks to its super warm and quick-drying performance fleece (by Polartec, the company that invented the cozy fabric) and swingy shape that she can easily layer a sweater under.
6. Letters for the Year Book
Texting back and forth is a given, but this thoughtful book gives you an excuse to share more personal messages through handwritten letters. Simply pre-write one for her to read when she opens the gift or tear out a few perforated sheets and envelopes to send in the future. She’ll have letters leftover to put in the mailbox to you as well.