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Shopping for your best friend sounds easy. After all, you probably know them better than anyone. But if you've been friends for a while, it's also easy to feel like you've already gotten them anything.
Fortunately, for every best friend you have (from your sorority sisters to your real sisters), there are thousands of gifts that can serve as the perfect token of appreciation for the deepest level of friendship. From funny gifts to sentimental personalized jewelry, here are a few gifts they will love this holiday season.
When we release our 2019 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But prices change frequently, so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.
Best beauty gifts for friends
This sleep elixir is 98% organic and made from 14 natural plant oils. According to one TODAY reviewer, "it's like dipping your face into the most luxurious velvet."
This eyeshadow palette features 9 matte shades and 3 micro-shimmer shades — the best part: The colors work well with all skin tones. It's one of Ulta's bestsellers and has a 4.5-star rating from more than 1,500 reviews. Order it for your friend and you'll even get a free little gift for yourself.
If your best friend is still using the flat iron she had when you met more than a decade ago, she'll go crazy over a new Chi. If you're a patient bargain hunter, wait to see if the new Chi Maeve Mermaid goes on sale again at JCPenney. Recently, it was marked down to $70 from $140.
Maybe you can't afford to treat her to the mink faux lashes you know she'd love. But why not get her this bestselling fiber lash mascara that looks as good as expensive, quality extensions? It's easy to apply and the results are dramatic.
Best jewelry and accessory gifts for friends
Best friend necklaces are so '90s. Instead, consider one of these timeless pieces with more than 14,000 reviews from one of Etsy's top sellers. Amanda, a Portland-based entrepreneur, has been selling her wildly popular lockets (starting at $28) since 2009. This one is a solid brass floral locket on a 14-karat gold-filled chain.
Since you spend a lot of time together, you've probably had to borrow a hair tie or two from your bestie.
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Instead of leaving her without a pack of ponytail holders, you can gift her these that have a perfect 5-star rating from nearly 200 reviewers. They are nice and durable meaning that they won't break easily, and since you're her best friend, you can probably count on her to lend you a couple as well!
Maybe you and your bestie have a secret language only the two of you understand. If it's not easy to write, consider Morse code. These customizable made-in-California bracelets come in silver, gold or rose gold. You can buy this matching set of BFF bracelets on an adjustable nylon thread or a "You're My Person" bracelet.
Perhaps the most iconic best friends in TV history are the crew from "Friends." If your best friend knows the entire series by heart, get them these Central Perk socks that pay homage to the feel-good show. They come in men's sizing, so they're great for guys too.
It may look like just another scarf, but Lululemon's Vinyasa scarf is also called the infinity scarf since there are so many different ways to wear it. Any best friend who does yoga or simply likes being cozy and wrapped up will eventually want one in all four colors.
Best clothing gifts for friends
Sure, there are other 100% merino wool base layers out there, but these are hands down the most stylish. This particular half-zip top is great for skiing (the brand is founded by Kari Traa, a female Olympian skier), snowboarding or just looking casual chic at lunch downtown.
If you spare no expense when it comes to gifts for your best friend, consider these wedges from Sorel. Yes, that's the same relatively affordable boot brand loved by celebrities and royals. Nearly 85% of this boot's reviews are five-star. And for good reason: They turn heads and are sure to keep your feet happy.
Normally $200, the Swedish-designed jacket is currently marked down to $100. The former Kate Middleton has it in army green, but it's also available in dark navy and plum.
Best health and wellness gifts for friends
1. Hydro Flask
Whether your best friend is a guy or girl, a self-professed gym rat or someone who just likes to have water at their desk, this is the bottle they'll use for years. After all, if anyone deserves a lifetime warranty, it's your lifelong friend. Amazon's No. 1 bestselling water bottle the Hydro Flask has an average 4.4-star rating from nearly 7,000 reviews. It comes in more than a dozen different colors and sizes.
If they don't already own one, the Nutribullet should be your go-to gift for the best friend who is likely to be on a health kick come the new year. It has a 4.4-star rating from more than 10,000 reviews and puts normal blenders to shame.
Best home gifts for friends
You may recognize this weighted blanket with more than 2,400 reviews from our list of the seven best weighted blankets. Basically, you're giving your best friend a hug they can appreciate every time they get into bed. Available in different weights, the gentle pressure comes from the blanket's inner layer of cooling glass beads.
This beautiful bucket list journal was designed by two best friends, Hanna Axelsson and Ashleigh Lowell. It's the perfect place to jot down goals, motivational quotes and reflections. With its helpful and thought-provoking prompts, it's fun to fill out and might even serve as a source of inspiration for future generations.
If your best friend drinks wine and has a sense of humor, consider getting him or her this cheeky wine glass. It has a 4.6-star rating from more than 500 reviews and since it's engraved, the letters will never come off. Did we mention it's also dishwasher safe? (Lushy Wino has other hilarious wine glasses with sayings like "Be Kind, Re-Wine" and "I Make Pour Decisions.")
If your best friend is the homesick type, they'll find comfort in this hand-poured candle featuring their home state. Each state has its own scent to represents what that state is like. For example, Idaho is pine-y, Arizona takes you straight back to the desert and Georgia is peachy.
Hand-decorated in Minnesota, this mug was designed by artist Sandra Dumais. Using words and pictures, she tries to capture the essence of what makes a best friend different than other friends. It's a hard task, but she does a pretty good job with phrases like "kindred spirits," "honest, even when it hurts" and "judgement-free zone."
Some best friends love to entertain. For them, a piece like this beautiful earthenware platter from Anthropologie becomes a part of the family. Originally $68, it's now 40% off — but your best friend doesn't have to know that.
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