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There’s a reason your best friend has earned a permanent spot in your life. There’s nobody more caring and attentive, plus they make you laugh on the regular. What more could you ask for, really? To make sure they know just how much they mean to you, get them something special this year. These unique finds will do just the trick.
Here, the best Christmas gifts for your best friend.
Someone who works as hard as your BFF does deserves a little pampering. You don’t have to splurge on a spa gift card (though how nice would that be?!)—there are plenty of great at-home options, too. Take this set, for example. Each kit comes with enough ingredients to make 15 nourishing face masks. All of the ingredients are organic and each of the five types of masks targets a different skincare need.
If you and your best friend have tons of photos floating around from the many trips and adventures you've shared, why not turn those photos into a gorgeous book that can be displayed? Artifact Uprising's Softcover Photo Books are completely customizable, so you can select the book size (there are seven options to choose from) and the number of photos to include. With more than six different layouts for each page, the options are endless!
While this is definitely a gift for your friend, it’s one you can enjoy, too—you know, since you spend so much time together. The jumbo set of handmade solid pine dice comes with rules for four fun games, all of which are perfect for backyard get-togethers, picnics, beach excursions, and more.
Since so many of us are quite literally grounded for the time being, what better gift can you give than one that allows your friend to “travel” around the world. This set includes ten single-estate loose leaf teas from international locales. Sample rare finds, like Long Jing green tea or Butterfly of Taiwan—right from the comfort of your home.
Did you and your best friend meet when you attended college together in the Windy City? Or maybe you hit it off at a parenting class in Brooklyn? Wherever your friendship first started, consider celebrating with this personalized gift. Each etched cedar coaster in the set of four features an important snippet of that special urban grid of your choosing. As an added bonus, they make a great addition to all of those happy hours you spend together.
If your friend's kid keeps them up all night or their job has them burning the midnight oil, there’s really not much you can do to help. Well, other than be there with a warm cup of coffee that’ll help fuel them from sun up to sun down. This well-built mug, which comes in a variety of cool shades, ensures they’ll get their fill, since it has double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps beverages hot for a very, very long time.
Of course, you could always go the sentimental route—this is your best friend we’re talking about. This fill-in-the-blank style book has 112 pages with just as many prompts for you to fill in to describe why this person you’ve picked to be your number one totally rocks.
Who doesn’t love a good pun—especially when it’s one as sweet as this. Send your most loyal friend this cleverly assembled care package. Each box comes complete with the ultimate recipe for a night of relaxation: a live potted succulent, 4-ounce vanilla-scented candle, a box of themed matches, delicious sea salt caramels, and a personal greeting card filled in with your very own message.
You’d never throw shade at your BFF—unless of course it was in the form of a cool new accessory for their favorite pair of sunglasses. This true leather strap comes in a variety of cool colors—choose from five!—and can be customized with their initials.
If you can’t take your bestie out to a wine bar for the holidays this year (whether because of social distancing requirements or just plain old geographical distance), why not treat them to a drink anyway? Winc, a popular wine subscription service, allows you to gift anyone their very own subscription—on your terms. Based on your budget, choose a one-, two-, or three-month subscription, and the company will do the rest, mailing some delicious wine for your friend to try out.
If your pal is more of a DIYer, let them try their hand at brewing one of the trendiest beverages around—hard seltzer. The all-in-one fermentation kit comes with everything you need to make your own at home. The best part? It only takes four simple steps and four weeks of patience to reach the finish line.
For the person who always comforts you when you need a shoulder to cry on, a gift that’ll help you return the favor. This super cozy accessory has seven-layers and is weighted to help promote relaxation, but is designed with temperature control in mind, so you’ll stay cool and comfortable while you relax.
Give your friend's go-to tech accessories a sleek leather case that comes complete with personalization. The protective leather case is made of premium full-grain leather and durable plastic to give their AirPods a polished and professional look, plus an extra element of protection.
If your friend loves to experiment in the kitchen, they'll be excited to try out this fun gadget. It's designed to cook restaurant-quality food by slowly cooking vacuum-sealed food in a water bath, bringing it to temperature gently. This process helps prevent overcooking, plus preserves the tender textures of meat, vegetables, and grains.
Who doesn’t love getting a pretty piece of jewelry for a special occasion? Mark this holiday with a personalized bracelet your best friend is sure to adore. The simple, yet sophisticated piece features a single gold medallion that’s hand-knotted onto an adjustable silk cord. But the most special part? The disc engraved with an initial to add a personal touch that lets her know how special she is to you.
This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years.