26 Gifts to Give Your Best Friend This Holiday Season

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2020 has been a year, and while you’ve barely gotten to see your best friend (thanks for nothing, global pandemic) she’s still been there for every breakdown about the kids’ virtual learning and vent sesh about how your partner is driving you nuts—it’s just via FaceTime these days. So, it’s time to show her just how much you appreciate her friendship. Here are 26 gift ideas she’s sure to love, no matter what she’s into.

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1. Monica Vinader Engravable Havana Friendship Chain Bracelet

She’s sentimental, so you know she’ll totally tear up when she unwraps this gold-plated upgrade on the friendship bracelet you gave her back in middle school. You can even have it engraved with a special message or her initials, for an extra special touch.

Buy It ($175)

2. Our Place Always Pan

Whether she likes it or not, she’s always in the kitchen. So you might as well get her something that makes the dinner-making process a little more streamlined. The best-selling Always Pan incorporates eight different kitchen items—a fry pan, saute pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, sauce pan, non-stick pan, spatula and spoon rest—into one. And according to reviewers, it steams, fries, boils, sears and braises beautifully.

Buy It ($145)

3. Dagne Dover 365 Large Landon Neoprene Carryall Duffel Bag

Your jet-setting BFF can’t take any international vacations for the foreseeable future. Which means she‘s probably dying to take a road trip and stay anywhere that’s not her own house. Luckily, this expandable neoprene duffel bag will come in handy for any upcoming weekend trips. The interior includes a padded laptop sleeve, a pouch for her phone, a shoe/laundry bag and two side pockets for water bottles.

Buy It ($185)

4. Bala Bangles 1 Pound Weight Set

You know she’s been eyeing these modern wrist and ankle weights for months, but she’d never justify buying them for herself when she has a perfectly good (but ugly) pair from Amazon already. That’s where you come in. Gift her these so she can rock ’em the next time you do Zoom Pilates together. You might want to act fast, though. These were backordered from March through September, and we have a feeling they’ll sell out again during the holiday season.

Buy It ($49)

5. Drunk Elephant Glowy the Night Kit

Fill your favorite skincare guru’s medicine cabinet with sample sizes of best-sellers from Drunk Elephant. Aptly called Glowy, this nightime skincare set contains a jelly cleanser, a bottle of micellar water, a moisturizer, an overnight face mask and a glycolic acid serum. When used together, they wash away dirt, slough off dead skin and hydrate to make the skin ultra glowy.

Buy It ($98)

6. Sonix Eden Portable Charger

Don’t let her phone die before you’re finished FaceTiming about Monday night’s Bachelorette episode ever again. She can throw this compact power bank in her bag and charge her phone throughout the day (it holds 16 hours of additional battery life) so her phone’s never on its last legs in the evening.

Buy It ($40)

7. Tory Burch McGraw Leather Continental Zip Wallet

We all have that one friend who has a rewards card for every coffee shop, nail salon and clothing store she has ever stepped foot in. So, why not elevate the way she carries them all with this Tory Burch wallet? It’s made from genuine leather and features an accordioned interior that’s big enough to house her cards, cash and even her phone.

Buy It ($198)

8. Birthdate Candle

If she’s always texting you your horoscope and insists that you’re “such an Aries,” your best friend needs a Birthdate Candle in her life. The brand combines astrology, numerology and tarot to create a candle specifically for people born on each day of the year. Select her birthdate, and she’ll get a candle with a unique scent that’s tailored to her with a cute label that describes her personality, her tarot card, her ruling number and her ruling planet.

Buy It ($38)

9. PhoneSoap 3 UV Smartphone Sanitizer & Universal Charger

She was a total germaphobe even in the Before Times, so now she’s wiping down her phone with a Clorox wipe multiple times a day. Give her peace of mind by getting her a smartphone sanitizer. PhoneSoap has a UV light that’s clinically proven to kill 99.99 percent of bacteria and viruses. All she has to do is stick her phone inside the case for ten minutes and it’ll emerge germ-free. There’s even a USB port, if she wants to charge her phone while she waits.

$80 at Amazon

10. Lord Jones High CBD Formula Bath Salts

Wanna treat your work wife to a little pampering? These 240 milligram CBD-infused epsom and pink Himalayan bath salts are all she needs for the most relaxing soak ever. Seriously, they’ll make her feel like she’s melting down the drain (in a good way).

Buy It ($65)

11. Smeg Electric Kettle

She’s been using the same electric kettle to brew her morning cup of green tea since you two were in college, so it’s definitely time for an update. This sleek model from Smeg features a soft-opening lid, auto shut-off when no water is detected and can heat water in less than four minutes. Plus, it’ll look great perched on her kitchen counter.

Buy It ($160)

12. Baby Foot Moisturizing Foot Mask

If she’s into oddly satisfying beauty treatments, or trying to cut back on her bi-weekly pedicure appointments, gift her Baby Foot. After leaving the exfoliating-treatmment-filled booties on for 15 minutes, her feet will instantly feel smoother. A few days later any dead skin will start to peel off, revealing the supersoft soles underneath. Gross? Yes. Super satisfying? Also yes.

Buy It ($15)

13. Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover

She’ll live in this cozy pullover all winter long thanks to its warm, supersoft sherpa material. And look at those cute leopard print accents! Reviewers say it’s definitely oversize, so you might want to size down if she’s between sizes.

Buy It ($78)

14. Roberto Coin Princess Diamond Initial Pendant Necklace

Feeling extra generous this year? Then surprise her with this dainty diamond initial necklace. Made from 18k yellow gold and featuring a 0.02 carat diamond, she’ll wear this necklace daily—and brag to anyone who’ll listen about what a great friend you are.

Buy It ($750)

15. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer

Make her home office setup a little sweeter with this electric mug warmer from Mr. Coffee. She can leave it perched on the corner of her desk to ensure that her coffee stays warm through multiple Zoom meetings.

Buy It ($11)

16. Winc Wine Subscription (2 Months)

Most of your best memories together involve wine—so you might as well send her some. But instead of gifting her a lame bottle or two, get her a two month subscription to Winc. That way, she can choose four new bottles to have shipped to her door each month. Here’s hoping she invites you over to sample some.

Buy It ($100)

17. Lululemon Define Jacket

She’s always shopping Lululemon’s ‘We Made Too Much’ section, but you know she’d never splurge on a full-price item from the brand. So you’ll just have to do it for her. Go with the Define Jacket. It’s a flattering best-seller she can sport whether she’s headed for a walk around the block or a trip to the grocery store.

Buy It ($118)

18. Everlane the Cashmere Rib Beanie

Fact: You can never have too many beanies in your winter wardrobe. Everlane’s cashmere cap is warm, soft and will go with just about every one of her outfits.

Buy It ($65)

19. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Even if she’s not that into skincare, chances are she’s heard of Vintner’s Daughter. The brand’s best-selling active botanical serum works to smooth and brighten the skin while reversing signs of aging, thanks to a concoction of botanicals and essential oils. Basically, it’s liquid gold in a bottle.

Buy It ($185)

20. Boll & Branch 300 Thread Count Organic Cotton Queen Sheet Set

The best present this holiday season may just be the gift of a good night’s sleep. And she’s sure to snooze a little better with the help of these 300 thread count, 100 percent organic cotton sheets. Not only do they feel silky-soft, but but they’ll keep her body temperature regulated, even when the heat kicks in midway through the night.

Buy It ($260)

21. Parachute Classic Bathrobe

Behold: The gift she didn’t know she needed. This plush 100 percent long-staple Turkish cotton bathrobe will make her feel like she’s at a fancy spa, not standing in her tiny apartment bathroom, every time she pulls it on.

Buy It ($99)

22. Zella Tie-Dye Joggers

Give her these so she can finally retire the threadbare college sweats she bought during your freshman year. As soon as the feels the soft cotton-polyester blend, she’ll wonder why she waited so long to make the switch. While you’re at it, you may as well pick her up the matching crewneck too, so she has a complete set.

Buy It ($59)

23. Bearaby Cotton Napper Weighted Blanket

The past few months have been stressful. Remind her to make relaxation a priority by gifting her a weighted blanket that’ll reduce her anxiety thanks to its soothing pressure. Unlike most of the not-so-cute options out there, this 15-pound knit style from Bearaby will fit right in with the rest of her stylish living room decor.

Buy It ($249)

24. Artifact Uprising Photo Book

If she loves to reminisce about your hilarious high school days, make her one of these custom photo albums that allows you to pick your own layouts, fabric cover and title. The premium fabric binding, gold foil stamping and thick pages are made to last so she can enjoy flipping through it for years to come. And just think how nice it’ll look sitting on her coffee table.

Buy It (From $59)

25. HarePinz Grl Pwr HarePin

Whether you’re shopping for your friend with an impressive hair clip collection, or the one who’s taught you everything you know about feminism, you can’t go wrong with this hair pin. She’ll probably stick it in her hair as soon as you give it to her.

Buy It ($3)

26. Book of the Month (3 Month Subscription)

Gift this subscription service to your group of girlfriends as a way to start a book club (which is really just an excuse to regularly catch up over wine). Each month you’ll get to choose from five highly anticipated new titles that always include a variety of genres so your club can read something that suits Karen’s love of mysteries one month and Amy’s preference for literary fiction the next. Past boxes have included best-sellers like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Water Dancer and Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere. Once the group agrees on a selection, Book of the Month ships it straight to everyone’s door so no one can use the excuse that they haven’t had time to buy the book yet.

Buy It ($50)

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