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The 48 Best Gifts (That You Can Buy on Amazon) for Every Type of Best Friend

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Whether your best friend is a book lover, a home cook, or a skincare junkie, you’re probably starting to stress out about finding them a unique holiday gift this year. Regardless of what they’re into, we’re here to do the heavy lifting for you, and have found the best gifts for every type of best friend, ones that you can buy on Amazon and will assuredly arrive on your doorstep before Christmas.

For the best friend who analyzes every moment of Real Housewives with you

Schott Zwiesel Tritan Cabernet Glass, Set of 6
$83 at Amazon

Upgrade their wineglasses to better indulge in every Bravo personality’s favorite activity with this set that’s a favorite among sommeliers.

Riedel O Cabernet and Merlot Stemless Wine Glasses
$40 for 4 at Amazon

Or go for a stemless set that has a seal of approval from Cedric Nicaise, wine director at Eleven Madison Park.

For the best friend who writes the most thoughtful birthday cards

OHTO Horizon Needle Point Knock
$11 at Amazon

Ideal for the stationery fiend, this retro-looking ballpoint was among our very favorites out of the 100 pens we tested recently.

Kuretake ZIG Letter Pen
$6 at Amazon

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

For the best friend-slash-work spouse

KeepCup Brew Glass Reusable Coffee Cup, 12-Ounce
$22 at Amazon

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

SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws
$6 at Amazon

A set of sustainable metal straws will come in handy once iced-coffee season rolls around again.

For the best friend who remembers anniversaries better than Leslie Knope

One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book
$10 at Amazon

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

Marimekko Postcards
$15 at Amazon

Graphic designers love these brightly patterned note cards and, since there’s no message written on them, your friend can personalize them for any occasion.

For the best friend you’ve known since kindergarten

Kate Spade New York Gold-Tone Alphabet Pendant Necklace
$41 at Amazon

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

Eve’s Addiction Rose Gold Plated Custom Coordinates Bar Necklace
$56 at Amazon

Customize this necklace with the longitude and latitude of the elementary school where you met or the address of your friend’s childhood house where you always used to hang out.

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

Champion Logo Fanny Pack
$38 at Amazon

They probably already have a fanny pack and a Champion reverse-weave hoodie, but what about a fanny pack with an oversized Champion logo?

Ecowish Women’s Fuzzy Faux Shearling Coat
$30 at Amazon

Strategist writer and editor Liza Corsillo says we’re living in “the season of the teddy coat,” and based on how quickly these cozy jackets keep selling out, we think she’s on to something.

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

Knock Knock Personal Library Kit (15000)
$16 at Amazon

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

Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany
$15 at Amazon

With its colorful illustrations, reading lists on topics from food writing to feminism, and games and quizzes to test your bookish IQ, this coffee-table book will be a hit for book lovers.

For the long-distance best friend

LuMee Two Cell Phone Case
$19 at Amazon

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.

Anker PowerLine+ Lightning Cable (10ft) Charging Cable
$18 at Amazon

And this extra-long charging cord can keep up with your marathon catch-up chats — (almost) no matter how far they wander from an outlet.

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

UE ROLL Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof)
$95 at Amazon

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

Vitruvi Organic Lavender Oil
$18 at Amazon

Return the favor next time they’re broken-hearted with calming lavender essential oil, which experts say will help soothe the pain.

For the best friend who always takes you to concerts

Beastie Boys Book
$28 at Amazon

This oral history of the Beastie Boys’ rise to fame has a scrapbook-feel and includes rare photos, original drawings, mixtape playlists, and more.

For the best friend who always take you to galleries

Yayoi Kusama: Festival of Life
$43 at Amazon

If your art-loving friend missed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s 2017 exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, this monograph captures some of her iconic works, like the endlessly Instagrammed mirrored “Infinity Rooms” and polka-dot-plastered spaces.

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

Bucky 40 Blinks Luxury Ultralight Comfortable Contoured Eye Sleep Mask/Blindfold
$13 at Amazon

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.

Sleepy Ride Airplane Footrest
$20 at Amazon

You know your best friend deserves first class but if that’s way out of their — and your — budget, this padded foot sling is the next best thing.

For the best friend who reads your horoscope for you

Incienso de Santa Fe 7 Scent Sampler Wood Incense
$18 at Amazon
Incienso de Santa Fe Teepee Burner
$13 at Amazon

Palo Santo incense lets them indulge their spiritual side without getting too occult-y. Plus, it smells really good. Writer Caroline Bankoff says, “When burned, it gives off the invigorating, pleasantly rustic aroma of a campfire or fireplace, with no perfume-y or musky qualities.” The teepee burner is also a cute touch.

For the best friend who hates their job

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
$14 at Amazon

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 a next thing to do.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
$12 at Amazon

If your friend wants to turn an artistic passion into a full-time pursuit, this inspiring creative guide will give them summon the motivation to turn thought into action. Productivity expert Laura Vanderkam calls it “a kick-in-the-pants short book that always makes me want to shut up, sit down, and write afterward.”

For the best friend who shares recipes with you

A Very Serious Cookbook
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A Very Serious Cookbook
$43 at Amazon

The chefs behind Lower East Side hot spots Contra and Wildair break down their restaurant dishes — like sumac crackers with coffee mayonnaise — for the home cooking set.

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

Pinsanity Rosie the Riveter Enamel Pin
$10 at Amazon

So they can wear their politics on their sleeve.

Emmalise Women’s Double Pom Pom Beanie
$10 at Amazon

In black, this pussy-eared hat is a more sartorially versatile way of supporting the resistance.

For the best friend you share skin-care secrets with

skyn ICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gel, 4 Count
$11 at Amazon

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.

Insta Natural Age Defying & Skin Clearing Serum
$21 at Amazon

We’re also fans of this affordable vitamin C and niacinamide serum that brightens skin while banishing breakouts.

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

PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratcher Lounge
$50 at Amazon

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

Petronics Mousr Interactive Robotic Cat Toy
$150 at Amazon

They’ll be racking up the likes after posting a video of kitty chasing this app-controlled motorized mouse.

For the best friend who runs an Instagram account for their dog

Nandog Pet Gear Strawberry Microplush Pet Bed
$40 at Amazon

Animal behaviorists say small dogs like the security of a dome-style bed, and we’re sure your friend’s followers will love this adorable strawberry-shaped hideaway.

Outward Hound Hedgehogz Squeak and Grunt Plush Dog Toy
From $5 at Amazon

Our resident dog lover Mia Leimkuhler says, “I don’t know why, but dogs especially seem to love plush hedgehogs.” Get your friend’s pup a few to cuddle up with.

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

MT Washi Masking Tapes, Set of 20, Bright & Cool Colors (MT20P002)
$13 at Amazon

Or maybe they like to organize everything.

For the best friend you text all day

Anker PowerCore 10000
$25 at Amazon

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

For the best friend with a green thumb

Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturising Hand Therapy, Gardeners, 3.5 oz.
$24 at Amazon

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

Haws Indoor Watering Can with Rose and Gift Box, 2-Pint/1-Liter, Copper
$98 at Amazon

We guarantee they’ll be impressed by this luxe watering can that gardeners — and Martha Stewart — go crazy for.

For the best friend who just became a parent

Jade Roller Massager
$9 at Amazon

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.

Natori Women’s Shangri-La Solid Knit Robe
From $59 at Amazon

Putting on real clothes can sometimes be too much effort for new parents. New mom Sonya Li Casino told us a plush bathrobe can add some elegance to a pajama-based look.

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

Stanley Classic Flask
$21 at Amazon

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

Corkcicle 12 oz Triple-Insulated Stemless Glass
$25 at Amazon

Like the tumbler they use for water or coffee all day, this insulated, spill-proof cup will keep your Sancerre cold all day.

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

S’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Double Wall, 17-Ounce, White Marble
$32 at Amazon

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

TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller
$33 at Amazon

All that working out probably leaves your friend a little sore, too. They can roll out those knots on this expert-recommended foam roller.

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

Falke Women’s Cosy Wool Socks
$30 at Amazon

Cozy wool socks will keep your buddy’s feet warm when the cabin temperature drops on the way to your next adventure.

For the best friend who hosts the best dinner parties

Chefs Basics Home Bar Set Cocktail Tool Kit
$36 at Amazon

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

MyDrap Linen Printed Cocktail Napkin
$37 at Amazon

Writer Tonne Goodman loves these tear-off linen cocktail napkins, and says they’re “indispensable during the holidays.” Available in an array of colors and prints, these gold splatter ones feel especially festive.

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The 48 Best Gifts on Amazon for Every Type of Best Friend