20 Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Your Best Friend Will Love

You don't need a special occasion to show your BFF how much she means to you.

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November 19, 2021

The title of "Best Friend" is not one earned lightly. It's reserved for the pal who never misses an opportunity to cheer you on, urges you to live your best life and discusses real-time pop-culture developments in earnest via text. And, let’s face it: if anyone deserves a token of your affection, it’s the person who shows up at your doorstep, wine in hand, to discuss dating habits of celebrities and psychoanalyze whatever life has thrown your way this week.

Show your BFF how much they (and their unrelenting support of your disproportionately dramatic reactions to otherwise insignificant life speedbumps) mean to you with the perfect gift. Use their interests as your guide and shop our 20 top-tier, budget-friendly presents for your homebody, hostess or beauty-loving best friend. Ready to spoil your person? Find just the thing in the links below.

For the Homebody Best Friend

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Treat your best friend the glowing gift she never knew she needed with this decadent fig and neroli candle. Woodsy notes of fig and floral jasmine combine with bright citrus neroli to create an intoxicating scent that envelopes the room with each burn. Best part? Each candle is handmade with vegan coconut-soy wax and comes with a wood wick that crackles while burning to ensure next-level coziness for their next GNI. Plus, Sunday Glo Candles is a Black woman-owned company, so be sure to pick up a candle (or three!) for yourself while shopping.

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You know your bestie who may or may not be addicted to binging discovery+? The one that can’t peel their eyes away from House Hunters during their lunch break and makes plans based on the latest 90 Day Fiancé airing schedule? Yeah, they need this sweatshirt. And possibly a screen-time intervention, too, but start with the sweatshirt and see where it goes.

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What better way to celebrate your work BFF's latest and greatest accomplishment than with an ultra-chic coffee mug? Tuck a gift card to their favorite cafe inside the cup, and maybe sneak an airplane bottle in there too for good measure.

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Everyone has a friend who tends to hit their snooze button one too many times in the morning. Elevate their nightstand and kick their oversleeping habit to the curb with this midcentury-inspired alarm clock. The retro clock packs a graphic punch to any bedside table with a modish acrylic base, metal hands and bold, easy-to-read-while-half-asleep black numbers.

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For the Hostess Best Friend

$50 (Set of 4)

Your partner in wine is guaranteed to one smitten kitten when they see this glam glassware set. The four-piece set is available in red, white or champagne silhouettes so you can shop according to your best friend's vino of choice. Plus, it comes in your pick of a rosy glass finish, a smoky-charcoal finish or a classic transparent glass finish to best suit their interior design vibe.

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From $45 (Set of 4)

Add personal flair to their bar cart or coffee table with this custom embroidered cocktail napkin set. The four-piece bundle features a two-letter intertwining monogram in your choice of over 300 unique thread colors. Pair the cocktail napkins with all the fixings to make their favorite mixed drink at home and, voila! The perfect gift.

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Shop this beautiful cocktail book to show appreciation to your happy hour partner-in-crime. The pages are filled with photos of dreamy blooms and recipes for summery sips. They'll look forward to styling it on their bar cart or using it to add some fresh, seasonal style to their coffee table.

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$39.95 (Set of 6)

Get buzzed with your best friend using this chic honeybee cocktail stir bundle. Each six-stirrer set comes ready to display for their next soiree in a glamorous honeycomb-debossed marble holder. The brass cocktail stirs boast a traditional honeybee sculpture on one end and streamlined sticks that look delicate twirling around in any cocktail glass.

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We all have at least one friend that goes out of their way to spoil us with tasty treats and sweets any chance they get. Return the favorite for a change! Show up at their door with this pretty tea towel set in one hand and a platter of gooey chocolate chip cookies in the other. They'll appreciate the sugary bites almost as much as they enjoy the sweet sentiment.

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For the Arts-Obsessed Best Friend

Celebrate your best friend's birthday, new pad or promotion with a commissioned pet and parent illustration. They'll love the unique, personalized present and the likeness and love captured by the artist. Frame their one-of-a-kind portrait before gifting so they can show it off on their bookshelf as soon as they rip off the wrapping paper.

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Give the go-to girl in your life this beautiful and empowering print for their office or apartment. The millennial pink hue will fit right in with their trendy aesthetic, and they'll love sharing the inspiring message with everyone that enters their space.

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Leave your astrology-obsessed friend starry-eyed with this woven wall tapestry. The night-sky navy backdrop and artfully embroidered constellation will shine against any cubicle wall or home hall. Navy not their color? Snag the same tapestry in gray, sky blue, lavender, turquoise camel or pink to suit their existing furnishings.

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Give your craft-loving best friend a new project to get excited about this weekend. This personalized DIY embroidery hoop kit will keep her entertained and serve as a bright reminder of your friendship on her walls, bookcase or office space for years to come.

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For the Introspective Best Friend

Encourage the traveler in your life to jot down their adventures with this beautiful journal. The journal’s heirloom quality and hardcover design will bring beauty to their desk, coffee table or bookcase. Best part? The journal will stand the test of time, allowing their family to flip through its pages and revisit their stories.

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Treat your work wife to a desktop token of your affection with this acrylic dry erase board. The board’s modern lines and functional design will feed her love of organization and look good doing it.

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Encourage your friend to put her thoughts on paper with a pretty, personalized writing journal. We're obsessed with the vibrant colors and dreamy script used on this zodiac collection. Grab one in their sign and write an uplifting note inside for them to discover later.

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For the Beauty Guru Best Friend

Grab this gorgeous floral bath bomb set for the best friend who never takes the time to relax and recharge. The pretty pastel colors, fizzy formula and essential oil aromas make these bombs impossible to resist. Round out the gift with an uplifting read, a bottle of wine or a soothing face mask.

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Channel the spirit of your best friend bracelets circa 2002 with this updated, elevated version. This gold initial necklace will quickly become a favorite in her collection because the dainty design easily layers with other pieces and is appropriate for office and late-night outings alike.

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Looking for a foolproof way to boost your best friend's spirits? Brighten their day with this sunny zip pouch. The pouch is perfect for storing makeup staples or loose office supplies, and the energetic lemon print is sure to put a pep in their step.

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Present your best friend with a dreamy body butter that's as sweet as they are. This luxurious body lotion comes by its five-star reviews honestly; it's packed with skin-loving ingredients including shea butter, coconut butter, aloe and avocado oil. Choose between three indulgent scents to best suit her style: apple blossom- jasmine, lavender-orchid or sugarcane-vanilla.

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