I love the idea of gift giving because it's awesome to watch someone you love unwrap a thoughtful gift. When it comes down to actually shopping for a present, though, I often find myself hopelessly lost. Gift cards are my go-to for most people, even though they're often thought of as impersonal. Gift cards are especially easy when it comes to friends, but I want to challenge myself this year, and you should, too. Instead of picking up a Starbucks gift card on Christmas Eve, try finding something unique and personalized for your closest friends. You might be wondering where to even find unique best friend gifts, but they're out there if you're willing to look.
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. I won't fault you if you end up going the easy route and picking a gift card — no one will ever turn down free money — but if you want to get creative this year, I've got you covered.
1. Scratch-Off Travel Map
Deluxe Scratch Off World Map, $13, Amazon
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.
Tossing and turning as you fall asleep is no fun, so here's a gift for the friend who always needs an extra shot of espresso in the morning. This pillow mist makes a bed smell relaxing, which is supposed to help them fall asleep quickly.
Whether your best friend has a sweet or salty tooth, this care package is incredible. You can even pick a six-month subscription to keep the goodies coming. Regardless of what you end up picking from this list, you'll definitely win this holiday season as long as your gift is thoughtful.