There's a reason the saying "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" has been around for decades: because, well, it's absolutely true. We all love shiny things, because they have the unique ability to improve our mood—and, any outfit, for that matter. But the best part is glitter and gold always look expensive, no matter what the price tag says.
That's especially true when your gift includes lab-grown diamonds—like the picks from Lightbox, below. Lab-grown diamonds are essentially chemically and physically identical to natural diamonds, but they cost just $800 a carat, so you can afford to gift them without spending your whole holiday-shopping budget. (Learn more here.)
So if you're ever in doubt about what to get your friend, we say go for a sparkly gift. Whether you choose a stunning necklace with a lab-grown diamond pendant or top off a stocking with a chic eye shadow palette, there are endless eye-catching options. We went ahead and scouted several for you below. These sparkly gifts are so good, you might end up buying one—or four—for yourself too.
A Shimmering Stackable Ring
Forget friendship bracelets. Now that you're an adult, it's time for an upgrade in the form of chic stackable rings; these open-top and linear styles—both featuring lab-grown diamonds—feel especially modern. One for her, one for you!
You should go ahead and pick up a pair of shiny statement tights for yourself too. Because once you see your friend rocking them, you'll be inspired.
Earrings That Dazzle
Sparkling solitaire studs are timeless—just like your friendship. (Thanks to rhodium plating, which helps to prevent tarnishing, this pair is durable enough for everyday wear.) Gift this to a forever friend.
A pair of sneakers as shiny as these will definitely put some pep into her step. Perfect for the fun seeker who's the first out on the dance floor.
A Princess-Worthy Necklace
Give your royals-obsessed friend a princess-cut pendant that shines so bright, it wouldn't be out of place alongside the crown jewels. This necklace can be dressed up or down, so she can wear it to work—or to high tea, if the occasion presents itself.
A Sparkle-Infused Eye Shadow Palette
Help her make the next girls' night out—New Year's Eve, anyone?—a memorable one with an eye shadow palette that's full of glam metallic finishes.
A High-Shine Shirt
Remember the days when sequined shirts were reserved for New Year's Eve? Luckily, fashion trends have come around and a shimmering shirt is appropriate for any occasion: from date night to the movies, to a 40th-birthday party or even just the dentist's office. Your pal will love you forever for this wardrobe staple.
Sparkly Nail Polish
We all know that woman who always finds time for a manicure, no matter what her schedule looks like. Give that hero an upgrade with a fun and festive nail polish that shines.
Originally Appeared on Glamour