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
Upgrade their wineglasses to better indulge in every Bravo personality’s favorite activity with this set that’s a favorite among sommeliers.
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
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
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
For the best friend who’s so trendy, you sometimes wonder why you’re their best friend
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
For the long-distance best friend
For the best friend who’s the first person you call after a breakup
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
For the best friend who always take you to galleries
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.
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 hates their job
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
For the best friend who always has a petition for you to sign
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
For the best friend who runs an Instagram account for their dog
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.
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
For the best friend you text all day
For the best friend with a green thumb
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
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. (Note: the jade roller originally linked is no longer guaranteed for delivery before Dec 25th, so we have linked to a comparable model with expedited delivery available).
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
For the best friend who will always join you for an exercise class
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
For the best friend who hosts the best dinner parties
Writer Tonne Goodman loves these tear-off cotton cocktail napkins, and says they’re “indispensable during the holidays.” Available in an array of colors and prints, these navy blue ones are elegant.
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