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15 Best Friend Gift Ideas for a Sweet Holiday Season

Your BFF deserves the best holiday present. Maybe these best friend gifts will inspire you.
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You may spend every waking moment with your best friend, but chances are, unearthing the perfect present for your best friend is difficult. Fear not, as we've rounded up an on-point list of best friend gift ideas, from the small and charming to the big gift she'd never expect you to get. There is quite a bit of pressure when it comes to finding a perfect best friend gift for a BFF—and if you've left it to the last minute, good luck—but if one thing's for sure, the matching t-shirts, friendship heartbeat speakers, and abundance of Friends references you've found are not the way to go. Below, check out these 15 super-chic best friend gift ideas that are sure to please all your BFFs.

Forget Me Not

Looking for a best friend gift that says “best friends forever and don’t you forget it,” without being majorly tacky? This locket is the perfect combination of nostalgia and fine jewelry; slide in an ugly photo of the two of you and you’re all set! This gift is also really sweet for long-distance best friends.

Loquet, Large Heart Locket, $2,524, available here.

This is Just a Flex

If your best friend already has a pair of AirPods (and therefore doesn’t need a brand new pair of Louis Vuitton wireless earbuds), but is in desperate need of a case, snag them a cute little Bulgari earphones case for a fun, less-than-subtle flex.

Bulgari, Serpenti Forever Earbuds Case, $680, available here.

Chill Out

Got a friend that constantly seems stressed, or are you that friend? Get them one of the many CBD products that have swept the market in the last few years. CBD skincare is amazing, but anything can be infused with CBD, so there’s a product out there for everyone.

Josie Maran, Skin Dope Argan Oil and 100mg CBD Oil, $78, available here.

Friends Forever

Remember those colorful bracelets we wove for our friends at summer camp? Same. If you and your bestie want a physical reminder of your bond as a matching best friend gift, level up with a  grown-up best friend gift like this cute Gucci one.

Gucci, Bracelet with Gucci trademark Heart, $180, available here.

You Like My Hair?

Hair accessories are back and better than ever! If you’ve got a friend who loves to accessorize and stays on top of the latest trends, these pins are the perfect best friend gift idea. They even say ‘friend’ on them, and with two of them, this doubles as another cute matching gift if you so desire.

Ashley Williams, 'Friends' Crystal-Embellished Hair Pins, $95, available here.

A Very Tiny Bag

We all have a friend who’s super into pop culture—they probably posted a picture of her and her tiny Valentino bag at the AMAs (or one of the many “small Lizzo, big bag” photoshops). Sadly, Lizzo’s bag was a custom Valentino collab with Obvious Plant, but don’t worry: Jacquemus unveiled an equally tiny bag at fashion week earlier this year, in a rainbow of colors.

Jacquemus, Le Chiquito bag, $516, available here.

Feeling Euphoric

Glitter tears might be a little much for every day, but if you’ve got a friend who loved Euphoria’s makeup almost more than the show, get them something to recreate the iconic looks. Lemonhead LA is a super cool indie brand whose “Spacepaste” glitter gels are all over Instagram (I’ve wanted to try these for years), and Euphoria makeup artist Doniella Davy used this product to create Rue’s unforgettable sparkly tears.

Lemonhead LA, Spacepaste Glitter (Magic Highlite) in Houdini, $22, available here.

Thanks, Rihanna

Making your friend feel amazing is one of the best gifts you can give, especially if your BFF isn’t one to buy that kind of stuff. If they drooled over the Savage x Fenty fashion show (who am I kidding, we all did), the most exciting best friend gift will inspire their inner Bella Hadid while you take advantage of those amazing VIP Cyber Month sales.

Savage x Fenty, Baby Scalloped Lace Balconette Bra, $58 (Reg.), available here. Baby Scalloped Lace Tie Bikini, $25 (Reg.), available here.

Custom Cool

Although VEDA's ultra-cute "best friends" matching jackets are unsurprisingly out of stock, you can still surprise your best friend with a personalized leather jacket with a hand-painted monogram.

VEDA, Hand Painted Monogram, $50 (jacket sold separately), available here.

Gossip Girl-Approved Deals

Barneys—the absolutely iconic, game-changing department store—is going to be closing its doors soon. Mourn the end of an era while finding the perfect gift for your fashion-obsessed best friend at a pretty decent discount.

Eugenia Kim, Dionne Felt Beret, now $345, available here.

Get Me Out of Here!

The ultimate best friend gift is one you can share. Gift your bestie an experience you both will never forget: a girls' trip! This New Year, escape the wind and snow by heading to Tulum together. Bypass the crowded resorts for a more chic and relaxed experience at the cutest little boutique hotel. Explore the gorgeous beaches and the heart of downtown Tulum, and don’t forget to go see some stunning historical sites while you’re there.

Casa Pueblo, Tulum, Mexico, book your stay here.

Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart

Romcoms are best seen in good company, so if you’re in need of a last-minute best friend gift, take your friend to dinner and a movie at the nicest theater you can get, so you can spend the night messy-crying over Last Christmas and asking each other when you’ll find the Henry Golding to your Emilia Clarke.

Image via IMDb / Last Christmas (2019). See it at the Angelika Film Center or any theater near you.

Relaaax

If CBD isn’t strong enough to relax your stressed-out best friend, book her a self-care session at Chillhouse. You can choose any treatments you want, so you can tailor the perfect spa sesh to your friend’s needs. Now that is the perfect best friend gift.

Chillhouse, book here.

Naughty or Nice?

Wine is a perfect best friend gift; need I say more? No, but I will. This Naughty or Nice wine advent calendar will make for a fun (read: tipsy) fight over which one of you baddies deserves to be on the naughty list this year. Once you figure out who gets which box, enjoy a nice night in and drink your adorable holiday vials responsibly.

Vinebox, 12 Nights of Wine, $220, available here.

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