The 8 Best Birthday Gifts to Buy Your Friend in 2018

Show your BFF some appreciation on their special day

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Your best friend's birthday is coming up and that means you need to start hunting for a gift that perfectly fits their personality. Since your pal is one of the most important people in your life, the pressure is on to find a gift that they'll truly enjoy or be able to use in their daily life. And if you've been friends with this person for awhile, thinking up new and exciting gift ideas can be anything but easy.

Luckily, there’s no need to stress because the internet is abounding...MORE with great birthday gifts for every kind of friend in your life. Whether it's the serial hostess, the self-care lover or a whiskey-drinking pal, there are plenty of options for celebrating another year of life. Pick one to make your partner in crime feel extra special on one of the most important days of the year.

Here, find the best birthday gifts to give your friend.

  • Barbaza Marble Cheese Board

    Best for the Entertainer: Barbaza Marble Cheese Board

    If your friend is the type to always have guests, make sure they do it in style. This marble cheese board is a stunning centerpiece that will liven up their next get-together. Every board is handcrafted, so there’s some slight variation in the appearance of each one that makes it one-of-a-kind. The beautiful board has four overlapping marbled triangles surrounded by white with a copper line through the center. If you’re a really good friend, you’ll get them the board and more. Buy the cheese, nuts, charcuterie and fruit to arrange on it before you give them the surprise. Pair with wine and you've got one great gift.

  • Best Sentimental: Why You’re My Bestie Journal

    Have you ever told your best friend how much they truly mean to you? This journal lets you write down all the amazing things about your friend and the memories you've shared in one place. Each page has a different prompt and a space for you to write an answer personal to your friendship. There are opportunities to make your answers heartfelt: State your bestie’s greatest quality for the line, “If we could bottle your _____ and sell it, we’d make a fortune.” Or you can be funny: think of something outlandish for “When we’re old, let’s _____.” Your best friend will read this perfect coffee table book over and over again.

  • Best for the Foodie: CraveBox

    Some people might be tempted to give sentimental gifts to their besties, but you know what yours really wants: about 30 different kinds of junk food shipped right to their door. Luckily, Cravebox has you covered. Their Classic Care Package comes with all kinds of favorites, including Airheads, Oreos, Fun Dip, Goldfish and Cheez-Its. The snacks run the gamut from sweet to salty and from slightly wholesome to sugar-bomb. But one thing all of these snacks have in common is that they’re recognizable brands your best friend will love. The box comes with a money-back guarantee — 100% satisfaction or your money back — but you already know your friend’s going to be satisfied with this gift.

  • Long Distance Friendship Lamp

    Best for the Long Distance Friend: Long Distance Friendship Lamp

    Whether you live 500 miles away from your best friend or sometimes just feel like you do because you’re both so busy, this gift is sure to light up both of your lives. Buy a set of these friendship lamps, gift one to your bestie, add power and Wi-Fi and you’ve instantly got a friendship hotline that never closes. Whenever you’re thinking of your friend, put your hand on your lamp long enough for it to change colors. No matter how far away your best friend lives, their lamp will change color, too, to let them know you’re thinking of them. You might just start a daily routine — watch the lamp at 8 p.m. to see your friend’s touch light up your home.

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  • Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser VITRUVI

    Best for Pampering: itruvi Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser

    It’s hard to actually gift relaxation, but giving this essential oil diffuser is pretty close. It gently fills the room with essential oil-infused steam — and it looks great doing it. The porcelain exterior has a calming sloped shape and will likely go well with your best friend’s décor. The diffuser can run for a continuous three hours (or seven hours on and off) and fills up to 538 square feet with scented steam. Your friend can choose oils like lavender or peppermint (not included) that help with their sleep cycle, elevate their mood or help them unwind.

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  • Best for Men: Paksh Novelty 7-Piece Italian Crafted Glass Decanter Set

    If a guy in your life loves sipping whiskey or scotch on a Friday evening or could simply use some useful decor, this decanter and glasses set is perfect. The beveled glass decanter is made from a thick, substantial-feeling glass and is handcrafted in Italy. The set also includes six whiskey glasses so your pal can enjoy his drinks with a group.

    This set would look great perched atop a bar cart or just set out on a kitchen counter. The simple glass design matches all kinds of decor styles and can a great addition to a man cave.

  • Never-have-i-ever

    Best for Group Fun: Never Have I Ever Game

    You might think you already know all there is to know about your best friend, but everyone’s got a few secrets, surprises and silly stories hidden up their sleeve. With 358 “Never Have I Ever” questions and 82 “Truth-or-Dare” activities, this game is sure to add a few more facts about your best friend’s life to your already extensive library of knowledge about them. Plus, you’re bound to have a great time playing together.

  • Best for Tailgating: Infinity Flask Scarf

    Let’s face it: everything becomes a little more fun when you add a few shots of liquor to the equation. (Except for driving. Don’t do that.) The problem with the real world is that so many places — like concerts or festivals — aren’t particularly alcohol friendly. Fortunately, there’s a fix: gift your best friend this stylish infinity scarf that contains a hidden eight-ounce flask (a little over five shots). Your friend can fill the flask with the funnel that comes with it, then take sneaky drinks from it through the built-in bite-valve drinking tube. Next time the two of you are walking to the bar or the big game, you can share the contents on the way. Or, better yet, get a matching scarf for yourself and BYOB.

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