33 Gift Ideas for Every Kind of Best Friend in Your Life

These thoughtful gift ideas will instantly put a smile on your best friend’s face.

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While shopping for your best friend may seem like an easy feat, you may find yourself in a rut trying to find the perfect gift. When you really know and care about someone, it makes gift giving that much harder — and if you find yourself going in circles, you've come to the right place.

We put in the legwork to create the ultimate best friend gift guide. On this list you'll find something for every friend in your life — including the fitness enthusiast, the skincare obsessed, the olympic napper, and more. With 33 gifts to choose from, this list will be your saving grace through the holiday season and beyond.

From customizable planners to luxury skincare sets, find 33 gift ideas for your best friends below.

Maple & J Everyday Hoops

Maple & J Everyday Hoops

Maple & J

These simple yet beautiful gold hoops will quickly become a staple in your best friend’s jewelry collection. Like the name suggests, these earrings are ideal for everyday wear, but are also elegant enough for special occasions. Despite being 14k gold-filled, the hoops feel lightweight and comfortable all day — even while running nonstop errands or dancing the night away on an evening out. If your friend is always on the go and doesn’t have time to change out their jewelry, there truly isn’t a better set of earrings. 

Price at time of publish: $65

Papier Customizable Zodiac Planner

Papier Customizable Zodiac Planner

Papier

For the type-A friend in your life, a planner is a no-brainer gift. But before you opt for any run-of-the-mill planner, check out this customizable zodiac option from Papier. After selecting the zodiac sign and foil design, you can make it even more personal by adding a name or message to the cover. The interior features month to month and day to day views for 2023, as well as ‘To see & To do’ columns and blank, dotted, and lined pages for important callouts and organization. With this, the stars are aligning for 2023 to be the best year yet. 

Price at time of publish: $32 to $37

Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life

Manifest: 7 Steps to Living Your Best Life

Amazon

We all want our friends to live the life they've always dreamed of — reading this book will get them one step closer. Written by British self-development coach and motivational speaker, Roxie Nafousi, this book guides readers into taking a holistic approach to their well-being, giving them the tools needed to reach their full potential and bolster feelings of self-love. Celebs like Bella Hadid and Ellie Goulding have been caught flipping through the pages after it landed on the UK Sunday Times bestseller list, and it’s finally available in the US just in time for the holidays. 

Price at time of publish: $15

Shani Darden Skin Care Shani's Retinol Routine Kit

Shani Darden Skin Care Shani's Retinol Routine Kit

Sephora

Fight the look of fine lines and diminish dark spots with Shani Darden’s Retinol Routine Kit. The three-step kit includes the celebrity esthetician’s Cleansing Serum, Retinol Reform, and the Weightless Oil Free Moisturizer (which InStyle testers can’t get enough of). Together these miracle workers help eliminate wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and breakouts; and because all the products are mini, they’re great for anyone who loves to travel. 

Price at time of publish: $39

Tory Burch Kira Quilted Flap Card Case

Tory Burch Kira Quilted Flap Card Case

Tory Burch

If it’s time for your friend to upgrade their 10 year old wallet to something newer and chicer, this quilted one from Tory Burch is a great option. Made of buttery leather, the timeless card case features a sturdy snap closure and can fit over 10 credit cards (plus some change, if needed). 

Price at time of publish: $148

Saint Jane Beauty The Body Ritual

Saint Jane The Body Ritual

Saint Jane

While many people have their skincare routine down pat, their body care routine is often left as an afterthought — that’s where this Body Ritual set comes in. Inside you’ll find full size bottles of Saint Jane’s Luxury Body Serum and Hydrabloom Body Silk. First, apply the lightweight serum: Formulated with 28 botanical extracts and fruit acids, it simultaneously exfoliates and smooths skin. Once soaked in, indulge in the pillow-soft floral-infused body moisturizer that lifts, firms, and smooths. The best part? You won’t even have to wrap it up because the set comes in an elegant decorative box. 

Price at time of publish: $90

Heyday Gift Card

Heyday Gift Card

Heyday

Everyone deserves a little TLC. Treat your constantly stressed friend to a relaxing spa appointment at Heyday, a one-stop facial shop that customizes treatments to suit skin’s needs. There are locations all over the US, but if there’s not one nearby, they also sell a wide selection of skincare products online, too. Whether your loved one chooses to get a facial or just needs to restock their favorite serum, they’ll be happy to have this gift card in hand. 

Price at time of publish: starting at $25

OTM St. Tropez Makeup Bag

OTM St. Tropez Makeup Bag

OTM

If you have a pal that’s both a beauty enthusiast and a jet-setter, this high-tech makeup bag ensures every last palette, lipstick, and mascara stays in pristine condition no matter what climate they’re in. Lined with Pristinum (the brand’s special heat-resistant fabric), the chic vegan leather bag wards off high temperatures, sun rays, and humidity. With this, melted makeup is officially a thing of the past.

Price at time of publish: $90

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins Reid

With twists and secrets on every page, Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a story about the glamorous and scandalous life of the fictional Hollywood icon, Evelyn Hugo. The page turner highlights betrayal, love, and lust, leaving anyone who reads it on the edge of their seat. Try not to act surprised when your friend can’t stop raving about this book. 

Price at time of publish: $20

Maison Miru Nap Earrings

Maison Miru Nap Earrings

Maison Miru

Designed to be comfortable enough to wear while you sleep, these no-fuss earrings are functional and stylish. While many earring ends remain exposed during wear, these come with a unique push pin back, so you won’t experience any poking or jabbing. Intended to be worn all day (and night!), they come in a variety of stud styles and are both sleep and workout safe. Plus, they are great for those with sensitive skin as they are hypoallergenic. 

Price at time of publish: $75

Kate Spade Short PJ Set

Kate Spade Short PJ Set

Kate Spade

A true friend is someone you can sit around and do nothing with. Make your lounge dates all the more comfortable with this Short PJ Set from Kate Spade. The playful set comes in three fun prints: Blue polka-dots, black polka-dots, and a cake and champagne print. Ideal for any lowkey activity — like a movie marathon, wine night, or slumber party — she’ll be the best dressed (and most comfortable) while wearing this. We won’t be surprised if you decide to pick up a set for yourself, too. 

Price at time of publish: $68

Gellen Gel Nail Polish Kit

3.6
Gellen Gel Nail Polish Kit

Amazon

Know someone that shells out major $$ at the salon every few weeks? Save them a trip and some change with this at-home gel polish kit. The set includes a 72 watt UV LED Light, 12 gel nail polishes, nail art decor, and manicure tools that will help your friend achieve a long-lasting mani and pedi. Soon enough, you’ll be begging them to do your nails. 

Price at time of publish: $34

BaubleBar

BaubleBar

BaubleBar

You don’t have to spend a ton to show your best friend just how much you care. Baublebar offers a variety of jewelry tailored to fit anyone’s style. Opt for a fun customizable bracelet for your playful friend or a simple 18k gold bracelet for those whose style is more classic and refined. 

Price at time of publish: Starting at $40

Bala On-The-Go Gift Set

Bala On-The-Go Gift Set

Bala

Your pilates-loving, matcha-tea drinking, and health-food eating friend will absolutely adore this fitness set from Bala. Available in blue, pink, or beige color schemes, it includes one lb bangles, three lb bars, and a cute canvas tote with a kitschy “Don’t Sweat It” quote. Great for sweat sessions on the go, they’ll be overjoyed by these easily transportable and chic workout accessories. 

Price at time of publish: $139

Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly Gloss

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Tower 28 ShineOn Lip Jelly Gloss

Sephora

This nourishing gloss is formulated with five moisturizing oils (Apricot kernel, raspberry seed, rosehip, castor seed, and avocado oils), to keep lips smooth and soft — never sticky. Available in 12 shades (ranging from a glassy clear to a sheer red), you can get your friend something fitting to their makeup style. And even if they’re not fans of lip gloss, we guarantee they’ll fall in love with this one. 

Price at time of publish: $15

Nécessaire The Body Exfoliator

4.8
Nécessaire The Body Exfoliator

Nordstrom

Remind your friend that they deserve to indulge in some self care by gifting them The Body Exfoliator from Nécessaire. The formula combines physical and chemical exfoliation by using bamboo beads and pumice, as well as salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate your complexion’s appearance. Enchanting eucalyptus and sandalwood fragrances add to the whole experience, transporting anyone who uses this to a zen spa. But if you aren’t a fan of scents there’s also a fragrance-free option. 

Price at time of publish: $30

Yirilan Premium Bathtub Tray Caddy

Yirilan Premium Bathtub Tray Caddy

Amazon

Baths are super relaxing until a phone or book accidentally plops into the water. If one of your friends has experienced that tragedy, this caddy will spruce up their bathroom (and prevent any such mishaps from happening again). Equipped with separate holders for phones, wine glasses, and books, as well as a candle shelf, soap holder, and two removable trays, the expandable bamboo caddy is fully waterproof and turns bath time into an even more calming experience. 

Price at time of publish: $32

Wolven Workout Set

Wolven Workout Set

Wolven

When you feel like you’re in a gifting rut, you really can’t go wrong with a workout set — and this sunny one from Wolven is one of our all-time favorites. The racerback bra offers amazing support, while the shorts’ secure side pockets conveniently fit a phone, wallets, and keys. Plus, the soft fabric is actually made from recycled plastic bottles. Whether your friend wears it to yoga, on their hot girl walk, or simply just to run errands, they’ll always think of you when they put it on.

Price at time of publish: Bra $54; Shorts $46

Local Beach Checker Luxe Home Blanket

Local Beach Checker Luxe Home Blanket

Local Beach

Lush blankets are often an underrated gift, but think about it: There’s no item that gets more use than your favorite throw. Not only are they functional, but they also enhance home decor. This pick will be used for years to come: Made of 100 percent feather knit construction, the plush blanket is one of the softest we’ve ever nestled up in. It’s also easy to clean – simply throw it in the washer when it needs a refresh. 

Price at time of publish: $80

Mark & Graham Small Travel Jewelry Case

Mark & Graham Small Travel Jewelry Case

Mark & Graham

Keep jewelry organized at all times with this handy case. Though it’s technically meant for travel, the compact case keeps bracelets, earrings, rings (you name it) in place and accounted for no matter where your friend may be. Made with vegan leather, the case comes with a mirror, four compartments, a row of ring holders, and secret hooks and pouches for more valuable items. And, with 26 different colors and patterns to choose from, you can completely customize it to fit anyone’s personality.

Price at time of publish: Starting at $69

Lake & Skye 6 Scent Discovery Set

Lake & Skye 6 Scent Discovery Set

Lake & Skye

Scent discovery kits are a great way for anyone to find their new signature scent. This set from Lake & Skye includes six two millimeter Eau de Parfum sprays in their best-selling fragrances, including musky 11 11 and earthy Santal Gray. Because the set includes options that fall into almost every scent category, your friend will be able to experiment to find what profiles they like most. Will they lean towards sweeter aromas or spicy ones? Whatever it may be, this ensemble has it all.

Price at time of publish: $32

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

4.5
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

Sephora

This Insta-worthy oil repairs damaged hair, tames frizz, and restores its natural moisture levels with a luscious blend of Mirasheli honey and almond, coconut, and argan oils. Cruelty-free and sustainably sourced, your friend’s hair will be looking and feeling silky smooth after just one use. Did we mention that the gorgeous bottle makes for a great vanity display?

Price at time of publish: $87

Teleties Large Hair Clip

Teleties Large Hair Clip

Amazon

Is your friend constantly asking to borrow a hair tie or claw clip? Buy them one that is so stylish they’ll be devastated to lose it. With bendable hidden teeth, this clip latches onto hair to keep it in place through all hours of the day; and since the curved design is optimal for thicker hair, they won’t experience tension headaches while wearing. Coming in six colors— beige, white, flamingo, black, mint, and violet— and two sizes, large and small, you can pick the perfect clip based on their style and hair length. 

Price at time of publish: $15

Whoop Fitness Tracker

Whoop Fitness Tracker

Whoop

Meant to be worn 24/7, this fitness tracker encompasses a variety of health data including activity levels, recovery, and rest, but it goes far beyond just analyzing workout performance. For example, to get a better understanding of sleep habits and how to improve them, it keeps track of rem cycles to determine the best time to wake up (it acts as a mini alarm, too) — but that is just the tip of the iceberg. As for the style aspect, choose between 27 color and patterned bands (they have everything from rainbow to camo print). And if you want to go the extra mile, you can even get the tracker engraved. 

Price at time of publish: $49 for the band , $30 a month or $300 a year for the tracking

Palais des Thés Miniature Detox Loose Tea Gift Set

Palais des Thés Miniature Detox Loose Tea Gift Set

Palais des Thés

This gift box comes with a quartet of detox teas featuring blends from around the world — and each helps enhance different moods. When lacking energy, the Brazilian detox helps to boost it with a blend of green tea, acai, guarana, and passionfruit. The South African blend, which helps with detoxification, contains a mix of honeybush, moringa, and rooibos. For an instant calming effect, steep the spirulina, and pear-infused Japanese green tea. Lastly, Scandinavian tea is loaded with antioxidants to aid in the immune system’s defense. 

Price at time of publish: $40

Rifle Paper Co. Paris World Traveler Print

Rifle Paper Co. Paris World Traveler Print

Rifle Paper Co.

Reminisce about your last trip together by gifting a heartfelt poster to remind your friend of all the fun memories you had. Find a print specific to a destination or buy one as an indicator that you should go on a vacation soon. With countless destinations, you’ll be able to find a print that coordinates with their home decor. We’re partial to the Paris design for its elegant illustration and neutral color scheme. 

Price at time of publish: $30

Beis Weekender Bag

Beis Weekend Bag

Revolve

Finding a weekend bag for the person who perpetually overpacks can be a daunting task, but let us introduce you to the Beis Weekender Travel Bag. The sturdy bottom compartment is designed to fit shoes, toiletries, and fragile items, while the spacious zipped enclosure on top can store pretty much everything else. With sectioned compartments to keep everything in its place, even your most disorganized friend will be able to find their wallet or keys in a pinch. Plus, it’s compatible with rolling luggage making it the ideal carry on, too. 

Price at time of publish: $98

The Hat Depot Bucket Hat

The Hat Depot Bucket Hat

Amazon

Bucket hats are one of the decade’s most popular accessories — even celebs like Rihanna and Hailey Bieber can’t get enough of them. Help your bestie stay on top of the trend by gifting them this cute and affordable one from The Hat Depot. It comes in over 40 hues (including tie-dyed and patterned options), so you can find one to match their favorite color or personal style. Practical yet stylish, it can be worn to the beach to protect from harmful UV rays or as the finishing touch to any outfit. 

Price at time of publish: $12

Heyday 35MM Camera with Built-in Flash

Heyday 35MM Camera with Built-in Flash

Target

Arguably, there’s no better gift than experiencing memories with the ones you love — but the second best thing is capturing those moments on film. This cute compact camera makes it easier than ever to document unforgettable nights. Complete with a focus-free lens and a built-in flash, the 35MM camera allows anyone to snap clear pictures on a moment's notice. Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving: If you’re lucky, your friend just might print out photos for you to keep, too. 

Price at time of publish: $35

InBloom Green Protein Blend

InBloom Green Protein Blend

InBloom

Finding a vegan protein powder that doesn’t taste chemical-y isn’t an easy task. Yet Kate Hudson created one that not only tastes great — it’s also jam packed with other essential nutrients (like elderberry, cinnamon, and ginger) to support overall health and well-being. The rich chocolate flavor can be mixed into water for an easy protein shake on the go, or added to oatmeal, energy bites, and other snacks making it an ideal gift for anyone who leads a busy and active lifestyle.

Price at time of publish: $59

Hotel Lobby Signature Candle

Hotel Lobby Signature Candle

Hotel Lobby

The perfect gift for your travel bud doesn’t exi— have you met the Hotel Lobby Candle? With notes of pink pepper, linen, and sandalwood, this candle will transport your friend to their last getaway, immediately melting the worries of the day away. The minimalistic pink vessel makes for great home decor, too

Price at time of publish: $56

BloomNation

BloomNation Flower Delivery

BloomNation

Everyone loves receiving flowers: A fresh vase of pretty blooms makes for great coffee table decor and can bring life into anyone’s home. For the friend that has it all, buy them a beautifully bold flower arrangement from BloomNation, an online marketplace that offers unique flower bouquets from local florists. Once you pick your location and arrangement design, the flowers are hand-delivered: A special touch that makes the gift all the more thoughtful.

Price at time of publish: Starting at $50

Shutterfly Three Letter Monogram Wine Glass

Shutterfly Three Letter Monogram Wine Glass

Shutterfly

As your best friend would say, “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.” Get your wine-loving pal something you know they’ll use weekly. This personalized wine glass goes above and beyond your regular glassware. Whether you and your bestie indulge in the Bachelor over a drink or like sip and gossip, this present will have your friend inviting you over for more wine nights. 

Price at time of publish: $17 (originally $20)

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