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The 30 Best Gifts to Give Your Best Friend

updated Nov 2, 2020
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What to give to the person who’s given you their time, love, and countless happy memories? Well, you should give them the same in return—but one of these tangible gifts wouldn’t hurt either. Whether you’re shopping for a big birthday, a holiday, a celebratory milestone, or just because you miss them, sending them a thoughtful gift and handwritten card is the easiest way to show your friend you love them. And if you’re not sure what to buy, check out this list of 30 gifts that are sure to make your BFF happy no matter the occasion.

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It might seem cliche, but silk eye masks are absolutely worth the hype. Aside from having the purported beauty benefits of silk (like wrinkle prevention), they're soft and breathable, making them perfect to sleep in. Brooklinen's come in four neutral colors and a very cool celestial pattern, for your friend who loves astrology.

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This robe is *chef's kiss*. Super soft and lightweight enough for year-round use, it's made for some serious lounging. Unlike traditional bath robes that are plush and bulky, this one is ultra versatile, and can be used for everything from getting ready after a shower to snuggling up while watching TV. It comes in five colors, but we recommend the gorgeous yet neutral Amber for gifting.

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For the friend who's passionate about puzzles, gift them the iconic Gradient Puzzle from Bryce Wilner. With 500 pieces all in the same color family, this puzzle will keep them busy for quite awhile. There are five options to choose from, so pick your friend's favorite color—or buy at least three to get a 10 percent discount.

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There are bath salts, and then there are Barr-Co.'s bath salts. This handcrafted soak is fortified with colloidal oatmeal to improve its skin-smoothing abilities, and smells like a calming combination of milk, oatmeal, vanilla, and vetiver. Really want to treat your stressed-out friend? Pair this gift with Bubble Elixir and Shea Butter Lotion.

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Herbivore Botanicals is the brand for self care, and this trio of some of their best-selling products is a great gift for any occasion. It includes the Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish, Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist, and Coco Rose Lip Conditioner—three products that are engineered to keep you hydrated and glowing from head to toe.

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If you're trying to cheer up your friend, one of these monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie's collaboration with Fotini Tikkou should do the trick. Each mug features a face atop one of three colorful handpainted patterns: cheetah, polka dot, and floral. Pair a mug with their favorite coffee blend for fun and easy gifting.

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Who wouldn't love this adorable succulent and unicorn planter combo? Ideal for baby showers, housewarmings, birthdays, or just because, the Phoebe is a sweet and thoughtful gift that will make your BFF feel loved. If you really want to go the extra mile, add on Pink Pineapple Gummies or a box of chocolates to your order and give your friend a real treat.

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Give your plant parent friend a new challenge with this propagation kit from Bloomscape. Each kit comes with a glass tube, rooting hormone, and step-by-step instructions, but the real standout is the concrete stand from Speckl. Handmade and one of a kind, the stand comes in three colors—but if you really want something that'll stand out, go for the multicolored terrazzo finish.

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Weighted blankets are a seriously good gift idea, but they tend to be... hot. Give your friend something they can comfortably use all year long with Baloo's cooling weighted blanket, a cozy, breathable option that will help your friend relax, not sweat. This throw size is perfect for cuddling with on the couch or chair, but it also comes in Queen and King sizes to fit on a bed.

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Blue Bottle Coffee

Give the gift that keeps on giving and buy your friend a coffee subscription. Blue Bottle Coffee will deliver a half bag of their whole-bean Classic Blends for however long you choose (although the most popular options are 3- and 6-month plans). Shipments happen every other week, and the selection is on a changing rotation, so your friend will get a surprise with each delivery.

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Custom framing might seem intimidating, but not if you take advantage of Framebridge's Instagram Mini service. All you have to do is select a frame style, upload a picture from Instagram (or your camera roll)... and that's it! Your friend will get a picture of the two of you in a 5' x 5' frame that they can add to their gallery wall and cherish forever.

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Face masks are great and all, but you know what's really nice? Eye gel patches. Not only do they make your under-eye area hydrated and soothed, but they also help you look and feel awake and refreshed. This FlashPatch kit is a perfect pick-me-up and contains six pairs, two each of the Rejuvenating Eye Gels, Illuminating Eye Gels, and Restoring Night Eye Gels.

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Urban Leaf

An indoor herb garden isn't just another way to add some greenery to a dull space—it's also a practical and fun way to be a little more self-sufficient. This starter kit from Urban Leaf has everything your friend needs to get going, including a curated selection of eight herbs (Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Parsley, Chives, Oregano, and Thyme), bamboo labels, soil starting discs, and detailed instructions.

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Marco Ice Cream
was $55.00

Have a friend who's going through a rough time? Treat them to something sweet with a case of ice cream from Marco. Each case contains five pints, chosen from an assortment of five flavors: Aztec Chocolate, Ginger Dreamsicle, Spicy PB Caramel, Thai Coco-Lime, and Vanilla Chai. Just be sure to check that they'll deliver to your friend's zip code!

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What's better than one candle? Three candles! This gift set from Otherland includes your choice of three classic scents, including favorites like Rattan, Canopy, and Stone Fruit, as well as a matchbox personalized with a message depending on the occasion. Your friend will love it—and might just share one of the candles with you!

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Public Goods

Another solid self care gift, this set from Public Goods is sure to make your friend happy for quite awhile. It includes natural sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, lavender oil, an ayate bath strip for exfoliation, and even a seriously soft Turkish cotton bath towel just to seal the deal. Even better? AT readers get $10 off their first order with code ATPUBLICGOODS.

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Urban Outfitters

For the skincare obsessive in your life, consider gifting this super popular and highly-rated mini beauty refrigerator. Compact and discreet, it keeps serums, creams, and tools at a cool temperature so you never have to store your eye mask or jade roller with your food again. It comes in five fun colors (including white if you want to keep things neutral), and comes with a seal of approval from Taryn Williford, AT's Lifestyle Director.

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Urban Outfitters

Whether your friend suffers from bad period cramps, is recovering from an injury, or just has a thing for llamas, this adorable heating and cooling pad is the way to go. Filled with natural buckwheat grains and lavender, it can be microwaved or put in the freezer depending on your pal's needs—but no matter what, it's ideal for cuddling with when they have aches and pains.

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West & Willow

For a fun and unique gift, why not honor your BFF's best friend with a custom pet portrait? All you have to do is upload a photo of your friend's pet, customize (there are three sizes, two frame options, and three background colors to choose from), and get ready to give your friend a gift they'll probably cry happy tears over.

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For something budget-friendly that packs a punch, go for this set of three concrete ring holders from Made By Rheal. Each one is custom-made and totally unique, making this an ideal gift for a newly engaged friend or someone who just has a lot of jewelry. The charcoal color is edgy and different, but you can also save $2 if you buy the unpigmented version.

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Help your friend who's always on the go with this collapsible coffee press from Palmpress. All they have to do is scoop the grinds into the (reusable!) filter, add hot water, wait three minutes, then turn it over a mug and press. Quick, easy, and efficient, it requires very little clean-up and can be popped in a bag for on-the-go use. It comes in two colors, and the blue is a Food52 exclusive!

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So simple yet so smart, this pair of makeup towels from Weezie should be one of your go-to gifts. Made of organic cotton and finished with a hook for easy hanging, these navy towels won't show makeup stains like lighter colors do, and they come with a fun design of your choosing. The eyelid style is a great choice, but you can also go for something cheeky ("Stain Me") or customizable.

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Give your friend something to celebrate with a subscription to Winc, the wine delivery service. You choose the amount, and your friend chooses exactly what they want to receive—talk about a win-win. You can also go for a 2- or 3-month subscription if you're willing to spend extra, or choose a custom amount and give as a gift card.

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What's better than a picture of you and your best friend? A picture of the two of you in one of these gorgeous round clipboards! The Heart Department Co. sells several of these styles, but this small two-toned option is perfect for showcasing your friendship. More special than a picture frame and more exciting than a regular wall hanging, this is a gift your friend will use for years.

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For your friend who loves to write, make lists, or journal, give them this cute self care journal from Copper & Brass Paper. Featuring a cute and cozy image of a girl relaxing in a mug (um, yes please), this is a thoughtful and budget-friendly gift idea your BFF will find plenty of uses for.

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Have something to celebrate with a friend? Send them this gift box, which includes a mix of small-batch syrups to create a variety of cocktails, from Bloody Marys to margaritas. If you can't be with your BFF in person, send them this and have a toast over Zoom!

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For your friend who does it all, get them a bag that has it all. The iconic CapaBunga canvas tote features six pockets, special spots for eggs and a carton of milk, an exterior holder for a flower bouquet, a convenient key ring, and sturdy leather holders to top it all off. Grocery shopping and weekend trips to the farmer's market just got so much easier.

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Hedley & Bennett

Hedley & Bennett aprons are the platonic ideal of the apron, thanks to their brushed canvas construction, thoughtful pockets (including one specifically for an iPhone), and gorgeous tailoring. If your friend feels most at home in the kitchen, they'll be thrilled to get one for themselves—and there are tons of options to choose from!

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Hot take: Flowers aren't always that great of a gift. Certainly they look beautiful and are a lovely surprise to receive, but they die rather quickly, and then you're left with a bunch of sad, wilting stems. Plus, some people are allergic! The solution? Send your friend a dried bouquet instead. This option from Terrain comes with three bunches of preserved flowers, and will bring some joy to your friend's space for way longer than a week or two.

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Paper Source
was $16.95

2020 has been, um, hard, so get your friend excited for 2021 with a new spiral planner. Rifle Paper Co. is the queen of paper goods, and their cute pocket planners are perfect for jotting everything down. It's compact, but you'll get monthly and weekly views plus space for important dates and notes.