The idea of gift-giving is great, because it's awesome to watch someone you love unwrap a thoughtful gift. But when it comes down to actually shopping for a present, though, you find yourself hopelessly lost — even when buying for those closest to you. You might be wondering where to even find
unique best friend gifts, but they're out there if you're willing to look.
Gift cards are especially easy when it comes to friends, as they're often
thought of as impersonal. Try challenging yourself this year. Instead of picking up a Starbucks gift card on Christmas Eve, try finding something unique and personalized for your closest friends.
The first step to figuring out what to get someone is considering what they enjoy. Maybe your best friend is super into traveling the world or spending time with their pets. Once you have a category in mind, it's pretty easy to find a sweet gift that they'll be sure to remember forever. Below, you'll find 26 creative holiday gifts for your best friend.
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Terracotta Mirrored Pots
These handmade terracotta pots, inspired by Gujarat mud homes in Western India, add an instant sparkle to your bestie's home. They can be filled with flowers, plants, or even kitchen utensils.
Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl perfume just added a new member to the range: Suprême. It comes in the same sleek stiletto-shape bottle Good Girl is known for but with an updated black-to-glitter dégradé that’s sure to cue all the
oohs and aahs from your recipient. The fragrance has notes of juicy gourmand berries and Egyptian jasmine with a modern twist of creamy tonka beans and sparkling vetiver. Consider it the perfect everyday perfume for the playful and adventurous person on your list.
For your best friend who loves to rock out in style, these will become her go-to pair of headphones at the gym, office, or on a long commute.
A Beautiful Scratch-Off Travel Map
This is the ideal gift for a world-traveling best friend. They'll get to scratch off all the states and countries they've visited, which makes this the most fun wall decoration ever. The map is brightly colored, features cartographic details, and is printed on sturdy, extra-thick paper.
A Tile Finder For Lost Keys
If your BFF forgets things easily, Tile is the perfect gift. It's a Bluetooth tracker that you can attach to your phone, keys or anything else that's easily misplaced. Double press the button and the phone will ring — and there's even an option to find the Tile
if they lose that.
An Adorable Cat Jewelry Dish
This super-cute ring holder keeps your friend's rings in one place — and organizes other small things (like earring studs) at the base. It's made of sturdy ceramic, and is glazed so it won't scratch over time.
The Homesick Scented Candle For Their Home State
If you've ever moved away from home, you know just how bad you can long for your home state. This soy wax candle will remind your pal of their home state comes in every state (and even some cities and regions, like Boston or Southern California). It has over 60 hours of burn time, and is handmade in small batches.
An Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace
If you have a friend who loves essential oils, this necklace is a brilliant find. It comes with oils like peppermint and lavender (perfect for staying calm) that you add to the removable, reusable pads — then place them in the cute necklace for aromatherapy all day.
This wine bottle holder perfectly fits your friend's favorite Merlot or Cabernet — and it looks like a cute little unicorn. Use it to spice up any kitchen: it adds magic to any space.
In flavors like Strawberry Chipotle & Fig, Smoked Peach, and Blueberry Lemon Basil, these aren't your traditional jams — which makes them absolutely perfect for the foodie in your friend group.
A Fruit Infuser Water Bottle
This water bottle is super useful for people who love flavored water — stick herbs, fruits, or citrus into the diffuser, and you'll get spa water without having to chew on the rinds or leaves.
A Set Of Magnets That Look Like Dog Butts
These magnets are absolutely adorable — they look like little dog butts, and the pack of six also includes a little fire hydrant. They're sturdy, and a unique and conversation-starting way to keep track of your grocery lists.
A Soft And Cozy Blanket
If your BFF is always freezing regardless of the temperature, this is the blanket for them. It's incredibly soft microfiber, machine-washable, and comes in a variety of colors. The 70- by 60-inch size is perfect on a bed or on the sofa.
This illuminating peel-off mask is made with pearl powder — so not only does it look fancy, but it gently exfoliates and brightens dull skin. It's cruelty- and paraben-free, and keeps skin radiant and firm. One reviewer writes: "I have super sensitive skin that reacts to almost everything, but this mask has kept my skin super soft, and blemish-free."
For the friend that puts on a Santa hat the day after Halloween, try a festive candle that Inspired by Billie Holiday’s favorite perfume, Emeraude. This wintery one smells of pine needles and cedarwood.
These Sloth Picture Hangers
These adorable picture hangers, which come six in a set, are a perfect way to decorate a cork board or a desk. Include some of your favorite pictures of the two of you for a fun, customized present. They're sturdy, too, so they'll last a long time.
For your Matcha-obsessed friend, this traditional set has everything they'll need to make their favorite bev right at home.
A Fun Elephant Coffee Mug
This elephant mug is seriously adorable, and it's a perfect gift for your favorite animal lover. It holds 10 ounces of coffee, and is both dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
A Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp
This lamp is the perfect present for anyone who wants to add some positive energy back into their home — it also supposedly helps clear the air and makes it more breathable. The neem wood base is 100 percent antibacterial, and each lamp is completely unique.
Superfoods Face Mask Kit
The only gift better than a mask made from superfoods? Two of the them. Golde's kit comes with powder-to-gel formulas in exfoliating Papaya Bright and purifying Clean Greens masks.
A Fun Outdoor Wine Table
This portable, foldable wine and snack table is so versatile — use it on a picnic or on the couch for an easy way to eat cheese and sip on some wine. It has little slots for two wine glasses and a wine bottle, and the chrome-plated legs fold down, so you can store this easily.
An LED Lamp And Bluetooth Speaker
This fun table lamp flickers like a flame thanks to warm LED lights — and it connects to your phone via Bluetooth to play music. The powerful bass works with devices up to 33 feet away, and it's the perfect addition to any outdoor party or picnic.
If your friend is on the athleisure trend or is always texting emojis, this fun dad cap is sure to be a hit. It's sturdy, and one reviewer writes: "This is one of my favorite purchases."
For the chic friend who never misses a happy hour — even on Zoom — this mini party pack of Prosecco in a purse-like package is worth raising a glass to.
Once your best friend slips on this dreamy pajama set, they'll never want to wear anything else again. Cozy PJs are the type of thing that everyone wants, but may not necessarily splurge on themselves. Your friend will be thanking you all winter long.
Additional reporting by Alida Nugent andEden Lichterman.