Hey beautiful people!
I’m sitting here in a, quite frankly, ridiculous Halloween costume for a fun night out.
And, as I sit here, it’s hitting me:
Best friends are bloody important.
Oh – and mine are probably going to expect a Christmas present.
Seriously, though – this whole post could read like an appreciation letter to Leila, who is one of my best friends. Because think about your BFF; where would your life be without them? Without kind-of-stupid inside jokes? Conversation topics that feel so familiar that they basically have a script? Four hour long phone calls?
Your life would be a sad, desolate wasteland of productivity and better-spent time. And who wants that?
So, as it’s coming up to Christmas, I decided to create a gift guide for arguably one of the most important people in your life; your BFF. Your best friend. The one most likely to be arrested with you.
Okay, so our gift ideas are going to be split up into a few categories (side note, these are all linked so you can just jump between them if you’re looking for something specific):
- Cheap Best Friend Gifts
- 10 Amazing, Thoughtful Best Friend Gift Ideas
- Joint/Matching Best Friend Gift Ideas (you know, the cute T-Shirts and things)
- 10 DIY Best Friend Gift Ideas
**Quick note: I’m an Amazon affiliate, which means that if you click a link I’ve provided to Amazon and buy something I get a little comission of the purchase. You don’t get charged extra money (the price is the same without my link) – but it’s like a little tip for me.**
Cheap Best Friend Gifts
I know my audience is pretty divided between America and UK, so half of this is going to be for the US and half will be UK (the guide spells out BFFs; BF will be US and FS will be UK. Let’s slay these gift ideas!). These presents I’ve selected are definitely more on the affordable side of things – so regardless of your budget, there will be something you can use!
Mermaid Makeup Brushes – $13 // Rose Gold Headphones – $39 // Pink Clay Face Mask – $26 // Pink Sunnies – $13 // Passport Cover – $6.99 // Rose Gold Flamingo – $39 // Kylie Lipset – $23.99 // Geometric Fairy Lights – $17 // Sequin Pillowcase – $15 // Grey and Gold Watch – $39.99 // Rose Gold Speaker – $21
Mint Alarm Clock – $10 // Pink Cat Phone Case – $7 // Cat In The Mug – $14 // Thug Life Rug – $12 // Dinosaur Taco Holder – $13 // Goth Starbucks Patch – $6 // Cacti Print Backpack – $25.98 // Hakuna Matata Print – $5 // Kawaii Cup – $14
Fabulous Mug – £5 // Absolut Cherry Vodka – £16 // Unicorn Slippers – £14 // Notebook – £7.50 // Sassy Mug – £5.99 // Sweeties Candle Set – £8.16 // Panda Slippers – £7.49 // Cacti Pencil Case Set Of 3 – £1.85 // Blue Backpack – £7.99
Copper Lamp – £17.99 // Tea Light Tray – £11.40 // Styling Hairbrush – £12.95 // Copper Photo Frame – £13.99 // 6pc Matte Lipgloss Set – £3.50 // Sequin Pillowcase – £3 // Copper Nail Polish – £3.99 // Gold Clock – £15.77 // Sephia Earphones – £10.50 // 7 Pc Makeup Brush Set – £2.79
Now that we’ve got our on-a-budget gifts out of the way, let’s move on to our fun gifts. (Some of the gifts below are cheap too, don’t worry; I just didn’t want to limit the spending on them.)
10 Thoughtful Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend
A holiday away.
I acknowledge that this is pretty expensive usually – but if you look on Wowcher, you can scoop a week away (flights and hotel included!) for under £100 per person, as long as you’re flexible about dates. Tara and I are going to the Swiss Alps for 3 nights to stay in a 4.8* eco-pod hotel for £449 per person, flights included… 2 nights over the same dates in a pod that’s a downgrade from the one we’re in costs £850. For an entire night less – and that’s not including flights. Leila and I managed to score Disneyland Paris transport, park tickets and hotel for £179!
Even better, both sites are worldwide – so you can grab deals local to you too! Just think, if you know some of your best friend’s dream places, or bucket list holidays, you can buy them a really thoughtful gift. Here are a few deals I think are brilliant:
All Inclusive Mallorca Holiday – From £99 pp (linked)
4 Night Rome & Venice Holiday – £129 pp (linked)
New York For Christmas Holiday – £399 pp (linked)
A spa weekend or treatment
Same logic as above; in fact, you can use the same sites to grab a cheap deal. Taking your bestie for a spa treatment to soak away the stress from everyday life . . . ah, it’s a dream.
I actually got a matching tattoo with my mum and plan to get one with my dad – who are best friends of a different kind. They’re beautiful, meaningful gifts (I bought my mum her’s for her birthday) and you can treasure them for years!
Want an example?
Concert/Event Tickets (Sports, Theater, Etc.)
The great thing about friends? The memories you share with them – so wonderful gift to give is a memory. Whether it’s a favourite artist, a favourite sport or a favourite theatre show (hello, Book Of Mormon), event tickets are always a great gift.
You know your best friend is crazy attached to her tech . . . so why not make it a bit easier on her?
Enamel Pins & Patches
It sounds weird, I know, but enamel pins are a great way to show you know your best friend. For example, one of my friends (hey, Tara) is a sarcastic little shit (it does make you wonder about why we get along so well . . . ) so some sassy pins would be great. This can make a real thoughtful present. The same goes for patches.
A planner & some organisational tools
Look, you want the best for your friends, right? You want your BFF to do well and succeed in life. Sometimes, though, they can just use a little help. Our best friends are the ones that we turn to for help and advice in our times of need, so this gift is a productive and helpful one – tools to help them be productive and helpful.
My favourite planner at the moment has to be this Law Of Attraction planner.
Deluxe Law of Attraction Life Planner – Academic planner to Increase Productivity & Happiness – Weekly Planner, Organizer & Gratitude Journal (Undated, Rose Gold)
My mum actually has this planner and, if you actually use it, it is life-changingly good. Before you even begin planning, there are pages dedicated to introspective activities and goal-setting and evaluating. It’s also incredibly pretty.
We all love money. I know that sometimes giving money can seem like a cop-out, but I’d argue that money is actually one of the best gifts that you can give. It’s useful and versatile and it allows the recipient to buy whatever they need – it really is a gift that keeps on giving.
Okay, again, this one may sound weird – but hear me out. This can be a helpful gift (you know your friend is studying? Get them a really informative book or study guide), fun (you know they love Adventure Time? Get them one of the concept art books), or tied in to the first point (self-help books, anyone?).
Charm bracelets are a really thoughtful gift for BFFs because you have to select the individual charms and place meanings behind them. You can pick charms for memories (for example, Josh would be utterly horrified if I bought him a charm bracelet because it would have a snail charm on it) and things that are special to your friendship.
While you can always do the big Pandora bracelets (e x p e n s i v e) there are way cheaper brands too.
Bonus Gift – Polaroid Camera!
Okay, so I planned to only do 10 gifts . . . but if we’re talking about memories, then we definitely need to talk about what one of my favourite gifts ever has to be: my Instant photo camera. These are cute AF and they’re a perfect gift for your best friend – because they’re the the perfect way to preserve the memories that you make together.
Instax Mini 9 – Amazon US – $59.95
Joint/Matching BFF Gifts
The instagram photos.
Matching best friend gifts are the cutest of the cute – a tangible statement laying claim to your bestie and saying “hey, you see her? She’s my one.”. So I couldn’t leave out joint best friend gifts . . . especially when it means you get a little something too!
Matching Best Friend Necklaces
I’m sorry, but can we just take a moment to appreciate . . . the pizza necklaces? These are beautiful. And, let’s not lie, which besties don’t bond over delicious food? Are you even real friends?
DIY Best Friend Gifts
And now . . . for one of my favourite sections – let’s get to the DIYs! If you’re anything like me, a personalised gift is a lot of fun – and a great way to save money.
I love this DIY because it really is special to your friendship; you can write a really personal note to your friend, or stick a photo in it, or even make them a drawing. There’s a lot of room for creative freedom!
I think is an absolutely great gift for your best friend because . . . well, we all could do with saving a bit more money! This is great if you’re going on a trip together, or planning to have a really fun summer.
“Open when” Letters
These are a gift idea I absolutely love because they’re so meaningful.
In case of Miracle break glass
The drinks bouquet!
These last two gifts are so my best friend Leila.
And with that we conclude this blog’s first ever gift guide! I know – gasp! I hope you enjoyed this and found some cute ideas. I’d really appreciate it if you could Pin this post too *wink wink*. What are you getting your best friend this Christmas? It’s one of mine’s birthday next week, so I really need to get shopping!
Which gift was your favourite? Are you a DIY-er? Let me know your thoughts down below!