21 Unique Gifts To Give Your Best Friend During The 2017 Holiday Season

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.

1Scratch-Off Travel Map

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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.

2Tile Finder

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Tile Mate Key Finder, $25, Amazon

If your BFF is scatter-brained, Tile is the perfect gift. It's a Bluetooth tracker you can attach to your phone, keys or anything else that's easily misplaced.

3Personalized Cat Jewelry Dish

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Personalized Kitty Jewelry Dish, $35, Etsy

This is an amazing present for a friend who's an unashamed cat lover, and the fact that it's personalized will make it even more special.

4Homesick Scented Candle

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Homesick Scented Candle, $30, Amazon

If you've ever moved away from home, you know just how bad homesickness gets. This candle will remind your pal of their home state, and you'll get bonus points for being super thoughtful.

5Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace

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Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace, $22, Amazon

If you have a friend who loves fragrances, an essential oil diffuser necklace is a genius gift. They'll get to sniff calming smells and wear a unique piece of jewelry at the same time.

6Fruit Infuser Water Bottle

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Brimma Leak Proof Fruit Infuser Water Bottle, $18, Amazon

The older I get, the more I appreciate practical gifts meant for everyday use. This water bottle is super useful for people who love flavored water.

7Pillow Mist

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Travel Size Pillow Mist, $14, Etsy

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.

8Unicorn Head Wall Mount

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Unicorn Head Wall Mount, $64, Etsy

This unicorn head mount is a dream for anyone who loves kitschy decor. If you could picture this in your best friend's living room, it's a sign you need to buy it.

9Custom Face Magnet

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Custom Face Magnet Set, $18, Etsy

This gift is either supremely creepy or absolutely genius, depending on how you look at things. Get your best friend a magnet set with both of your faces, and they'll surely never forget you.

10Chunky Knit Blanket

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Chunky Knit Blanket, $75, Etsy

As someone who's always freezing regardless of the temperature, I'm obsessed with this blanket. Not only is it handmade and made-to-order, but it's made with pure Merino wool.

11Personalized Pet Pillow

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Custom Dog Pillow, $33, Etsy

This is perfect for those days when your BFF is missing their beloved pet and pictures just aren't cutting it. This pillow makes the perfect cuddle buddy.

12A Wine-Themed Adult Coloring Book

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Wine Life: A Snarky Adult Colouring Book, $8, Amazon

Studies have shown adult coloring books are good for your mental health, so this is a gift guaranteed to make your friend laugh as they wind down and de-stress.

13Gourmet Sandwich Cookies

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Barnett’s Holiday Gift Basket, $24, Amazon

If your best friend loves Oreos, you're about to change their life. This gourmet gift basket features 12 deluxe sandwich cookies, and you'll probably be tempted to keep it for yourself.

14Sloth Picture Hangers

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Sloths On A Vine Picture Hangers, $12, Amazon

I personally love sloths because I'm also lazy and always tired, so I'd love it if these were waiting under the tree for me.

15Elephant Coffee Mug

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Elephant Mug, $24, Etsy

This elephant mug is seriously adorable, and it's a perfect gift for your favorite animal lover. Bonus: It's handmade.

16Pink Salt Lamp

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Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp, $18, Amazon

This lamp is a perfect present for anyone who wants an ambient feel in their home, and your BFF is sure to love it — it'll be perfect for moody Instagram pictures.

17Outdoor Wine Table

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Outdoor Wine Table, $59, Etsy

This is necessary for anyone who wants to feel fancy AF and also has some yard space, and it makes polishing down a bottle feel classier than ever.

18Personalized Sound Print

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Personalized Sound Print, $25, Etsy

Depending on your sense of humor, this could be a sweet gift or a great gag. You simply send in a recording of you saying something, and this Etsy shop creates a printed sound wave.

19Strawflowers Wreath

Indoor Wreath, $175, Etsy

If you want to impress your favorite floral lover, this is definitely the way to go. It's pricey, but it includes more than 200 dried flowers, which is bound to impress.

20"Don't" T-shirt

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Don't T-Shirt, $12, Etsy

This shirt is the best mainly because it's so versatile. I'd wear this to the gym, to the grocery store, and anywhere else strangers may be tempted to approach me.

21CraveBox

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Deluxe Care Package Snack Box, $30, Amazon

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.