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
For the best friend who writes the most thoughtful birthday cards
For the best friend-slash-work spouse
Make your mid-afternoon coffee runs together feel a little fancier.
For the best friend who remembers anniversaries better than Leslie Knope
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
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
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.
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
Ideal for singing along to breakup songs together, no matter where you are.
For the best friend who always takes you to concerts
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
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
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 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 a next thing to do.
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
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
So they can wear their politics on their sleeve.
In a neutral light brown, this pussy-eared hat is a more sartorially versatile way of supporting the resistance.
For the best friend you share skin-care secrets with
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
This cardboard cat-scratcher will definitely make an appearance on their feed.
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
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. (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).
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.
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
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
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
Encourage them to up their cocktail game with this stylish yet simple tool set that’ll match most home décors.
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