The Best Gifts for Every Type of Best Friend (That You Can Buy on Amazon)


By this point in the month, you’re either burned out on thinking of unique holiday gift ideas for your best friend or you haven’t even started. Either way, we’re here to do the heavy lifting for you, and found the best gifts for every type of best friend that you can buy on Amazon (and will still arrive on your doorstep before Christmas).

For the best friend who analyzes every moment in the “Real Housewives” franchise with you.

Upgrade their wineglasses to better engage in every Bravo personality’s favorite activity.

For the best friend who writes the most thoughtful birthday cards.

This Japanese pen is the best gift for a stationery fiend.

For the best friend-slash-work spouse.

Make your mid-afternoon coffee runs together feel a little fancier.

For the best friend with a Leslie Knope–level of commitment to remembering anniversaries.

Five years worth of memories can fit in this small book — as long as each memory’s only a sentence or two.

For the best friend you’ve known since kindergarten.

Get one personalized necklace for them and a matching one for yourself.

For the best friend who’s so trendy, you sometimes wonder why you’re their best friend.

According to a professional trend-forecaster, this fanny pack is going to be very cool come 2018.

Same goes for this Champion hoodie.

For the best friend who always has a recommendation for a good book.

This is also a good time to return the books you’ve borrowed from them this year.

For the long-distance best friend.

The Kardashian-approved LuMee phone case has lights on the front so your best friend will always look good when you’re chatting on FaceTime.

For the best friend who’s the first person you call after a breakup.

Ideal for singing along to breakup songs together, no matter where you are.

For the best friend who takes you to concerts.

This history of Rolling Stone magazine is one of Vulture’s best books of 2017 and will entertain anyone who’s obsessed with rock history.

For the best friend who goes out of town for weeks but always picks up their phone.

Get them an eye mask that’ll make their travels a little more comfortable, especially if they’re “someone who requires absolute darkness but also wants beautiful eyelashes,” as Maureen O’Connor notes. But really, this sleep mask is good for anyone who wants to get some sleep on a plane.

For the best friend who reads your horoscope for you.

According to writer Caroline Bankoff, this incense “gives off the invigorating, pleasantly rustic aroma of a campfire or fireplace, with no perfumey or musky qualities,” and takes about 30 seconds to light, letting your friend indulge in their spiritual side without getting occult-y.

For the best friend who hates their job.

You might not be able to find your best friend a new job, but you can at least give them a book that might help them care a little bit less about it and find the next thing to do.

For the best friend who shares recipes with you.

This first cookbook from Alison Roman is full of shareable, easy recipes like quick kimchi, crispy smashed potatoes with fried onions, and kinda-sweet granola.

For the best friend always has a petition for you to sign.

So they can wear their politics on their sleeve.

For the best friend you share skin-care secrets with.

If you want to impress with some skin care that goes beyond K-beauty, give a set of these Rio-approved eye patches from Iceland.

For the best friend who runs an Instagram account for their cat.

This cardboard cat-scratcher will definitely make an appearance on their feed.

For the best friend who’s actually good at Pinterest crafts.

Or maybe they like to organize everything.

For the best friend you text all day.

Give them the always-appreciated gift of a longer battery life.

For the best friend with a green thumb.

This hand cream has both macadamia nut oil and shea butter to keep hands rough from gardening soft.

For the best friend who just became a parent.

This jade roller can provide an easy 30 seconds of self-care (that might also help even skin tone and fight puffiness, according to writer Maria Tallarico) for an otherwise busy parent.

For the best friend who will always join you for happy hour.

A flask that’s slim enough to fit in a suit or jacket pocket and rugged enough to withstand even the craziest party.

For the best friend who will always join you for an exercise class.

Because they’re probably also the friend who’s always reminding you to stay hydrated.

For the best friend who will always join you on a weekend trip.

A pair of carry-on cocktail kits so you can make Moscow mules on the plane to your next adventure.

For the best friend who hosts the best dinner parties.

Encourage them to up their cocktail game with this stylish yet simple tool set that’ll match most home decors.

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The Best Gifts for Every Type of Best Friend on Amazon