34 Gifts For Friends That Show How Much You Really Know Them


You would think that buying gifts for friends would be a relatively straightforward endeavor—you should know the person pretty well, after all. But that might add even more pressure during gifting season. How can you possibly communicate the significance of your relationship through one small present?

Thankfully, we’re up for the challenge: We’ve taken into consideration all the various friend-types and paired them with the perfect gifts—whether it’s a travel growler for your IPA-drinking friend or a cosmetics case for your BFF who’s never in town. Whoever it may be, we’ve got you covered with 34 of the best gifts for friends in your life. Keep reading for ideas to check everyone off your list.


For The Friend Who Loves The Spa

This trio of Aesop favorites—a vivifying, low-foaming body cleanser and a swiftly absorbed, lightly hydrating body balm and an exfoliating body scrub—is housed in a recycled paper pulp case for a special holiday gift set.


For Your Best Workout Partner

 If you and your friend always end up in the same workout class, chances are they like to get a quick workout in throughout their day, too. Gift them with these bangles that easily fasten around the ankles or wrists for a quick 15-minute workout.


For The Friend Who Likes To Stay In

Is your friend a homebody? Then this comfortable blanket is probably on their list. Both cozy and durable, the Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket doubles as a statement piece for your couch and a relaxing movie night companion.


For The Friend Who Loves Their Home

Nothing makes a home feel warm and welcoming, like a signature scent that travels throughout a space. If your friend loves decorating and interiors, wrap up this smart fragrance diffuser and Nest fragrances for them. The signature scents give off notes of lemon zest, orange bergamot, soft musk and driftwood.


For The DJ-Wanna-Be Friend

Crosley CR6019D-SA Executive Vintage Bluetooth 3-Speed Portable Suitcase Turntable

If you have a friend that’s musically inclined or likes to throw a good party, Crosley’s Portable Turntable will quickly become their favorite gift. The turntable lets you stream music to the built-in speakers and is USB enabled to connect to their computer, too.


For The Friend Who’s Always Organized

This chic and inspirational notebook makes an excellent gift for any friend on your list. The A5 lined book has a silk ribbon that marks your place and is great for jotting down quick notes and keeping track of important meetings.


For The Friend Who Loves Puzzles

Puzzles have made a comeback as more people stayed home in the past couple of years. This 1000-piece puzzle from Uncommon Goods, which features 24 of history’s most game-changing women, offers the right amount of challenge and fun. Plus, the puzzle pieces are made from 85% recycled paper.


For Your Friend Who Doesn’t Drink Coffee

This lightly-sweetened tea gift box makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who’s not into coffee. The set includes eight tea drops (even a matcha flavor) sealed in a reusable wooden box. The drops are convenient to use—just boil hot water, insert the drop, then enjoy hot or iced.


For The Friend Who Needs Sleep

Comfortable throws displayed on furniture are great, but there is nothing like gifting a good night’s rest. If you have a friend in need of pampering, consider a weighted blanket. The additional heaviness in the blanket adds an extra level of comfort and calmness, which is proven to increase levels of serotonin and melatonin. The blanket also helps to regulate the body’s temperature to keep you cool while you sleep.


For The Friend With A Pretty Bedside Table

 If your friend loves a beautiful space, then it’s time to upgrade the water bottle on their nightstand. Gift them this glass carafe that holds 25 ounces and comes with a six-ounce drinking glass for a quick sip in the middle of the night.


For Your Friend Who Always Looks Professional

Save time and frustration with this handheld streamer. Whether it’s a close friend or a new acquaintance, this steamer is a practical yet still chic gift for him or her, and it definitely beats the old-fashioned iron every morning. 


For The Friend Who Lives Luxuriously

These slippers are so chic and elegant that all of your friends will want a pair. The plush classic is covered in soft, vegan faux fur to keep feet warm. The slippers also have a no-slip rubber sole, which makes them suitable for indoor and outdoor wear.


For The Friend Who Drinks Iced Coffee Year-Round

This cold brew bottle is the gift that keeps giving—especially as the price of coffee continues to rise and that daily java run is becoming a costly endeavor. With straightforward setup and cleanup, you can now give your friend the gift of endless, much-needed caffeine.


For The Friend Who’s Always Traveling

Calpak has thought of it all with this clear cosmetics case. With double handles and spacious zippered compartments, the water-resistant beauty bag makes it easy to see exactly what you’ve packed. Your jetsetter friend will thank you.


For The Friend Who Loves Fashion

If your friend is a fashion fanatic, chances are they bow down to the inimitable Grace Coddington. Both a piece of home decor and informative tome, this coffee table book is chock full of the legendary editor’s work.


For The Friend Who’s A Beauty Fanatic

We all have a skincare-loving, beauty-obsessed friend to shop for. Look no further than Los Angeles-based, celebrity aesthetician Shani Darden’s facial sculpting wand that, along with a nice massage, actually produces face-firming results.

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For The Friend Who Loves To Host

There’s something special about a really great host, but time spent making cocktails means time spent away from precious bonding. This Triple Spice Margarita from Party Can helps solve that dilemma. This ready-to-drink cocktail combines 100% blue weber agave tequila, fresh lime juice, orange liqueur and spices like real ginger, cinnamon and chili pepper so your friend can just pour over ice and sip. There are other drink choices, too, and each can contains 12 full-size cocktails.


For The Friend Who Has Everything

Tinggly is in the business of gifting experiences, rather than things. When you purchase this Merry Christmas Gift Box, your recipient receives a voucher that allows them to book one of over 1,600 experiences, like a river cruise, ziplining, wine tasting or indoor skydiving, depending on their location. Outside of Christmas, there are gift boxes available for all types of experiences and getaways, too.


For The Friend Who Cancels Plans To Hang With Their Pooch

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While a food dispenser may not be the most glamorous of gifts, it’s a pet owner’s dream—particularly, this one from Simplehuman. It’s super sleek (so it doesn’t look like a food can), airtight (so your pup can’t get inside and the food stays fresh) and includes its own scoop (attached to the lid).


For The Friend Who’s A Wannabe Baker

Dessert Person: Recipes And Guidance For Baking With Confidence

Rather than giving guidance on baking bread and making soup, this book gets right down to the one thing we all care about the most: dessert. Claire Saffitz’s gorgeous book walks you through more than 100 of the most luscious, decadent desserts you’ll want to make right away.


For The Friend Who Loves Beer

Here’s a fun option for your beer nerd friend (who probably wouldn’t like a fancy six-pack you might pick out). A sleek double-walled, vacuum-insulated, powder-coated stainless steel growler will keep his or her favorite micro brew crisp to the last ounce.


For The Friend Who Makes Bread From Scratch

Know someone who likes to bake bread? This silicone cloche makes it easy to make delicious rustic bread. All the action happens in this gadget—you mix, knead, proof and bake all in one easy-to-clean silicone container.


For The Friend Who Loves Brunch

Here’s a gift you might want to purchase for yourself as much as anyone else on your list: the New York Brunch package from legendary LES shop Russ & Daughters. It comes with a dozen bagels, cream cheese, chocolate babka, Gaspe Nova smoked salmon, coffee and a branded mug—all shipped straight to your recipient’s door. (Sure beats battling cranky, pre-caffeinated Manhattanites for elbow room during the two-hour wait for a table at the actual café.)


For The Friend Who Loves Pie

The Book On Pie: Everything You Need To Know To Bake Perfect Pies

If you have any avid bakers or pie enthusiasts on your list, The Book on Pie is a must-purchase. Written by the New York Times resident pie queen Erin McDowell and featuring striking imagery by photographer Mark Weinberg, this is the kind of cookbook that’s just as fun to thumb through as it is to cook from.


For The Grillmaster

This wireless meat thermometer will help your grill-loving friend pull off the perfect steaks every time. It connects to a free app where you can monitor meat temperature and ambient temperature simultaneously, and it also estimates cooking time for you.


For The Friend Who Loves Chess

This wooden chess set by Amerous is perfect for play or display, especially with its magnetic board and pieces. It’s easily foldable for transport and storage, and there’s a felt-lined compartment for storing pieces. Watch them unwrap it, then proceed to dismantle their strategy.


For The Friend Who Loves Game Night

From the folks who created the acerbic webcomic Cyanide & Happiness, this tabletop card game allows you to create your own funny three-panel comic based on cards that you draw. It’s definitely not kid-friendly and the best part of giving this to friends is that they’ll invite you over so you can play it, too.


For The Whiskey Drinker (Or Conor Mcgregor Fan)

Proper No. Twelve—an Irish whiskey that pays homage to Crumlin, Dublin, the hometown of founder and UFC fighter Conor Mcgregor—is a gift for friends who love to wind down with a cocktail at the end of a long day. It’s a fine grain, single malt whiskey with subtle hints of honey, vanilla and toasted wood—a combo any whiskey sipper will appreciate.


For The Snow Sports Lover

If you have a friend who loves outdoor winter activities, this inflatable snowmobile from Funboy is the statement sled of the year. It’s designed to hold two people (or up to 250 pounds of combined weight) and inflates and deflates in minutes, so it’s easy to take on every ski trip this winter.


For The Friend With A Green Thumb

Plants are great gifts for friends because they literally grow with the recipient, while hopefully making their space feel a little more beautiful and personal. This palm is a good entry-level plant as it doesn’t need much attention and can adapt to a wide range of light sources.


For The Friend Who Loves Music

Help your music- or podcast-obsessed friend upgrade their AirPods with this two-layered case designed to soften impact during accidental drops. It’s an aesthetic upgrade and you can wirelessly charge the AirPods on any Qi-compatible charger—a win-win.


For The Friend Who’s Into Craft Cocktails

These cocktail cubes are genius. Each is infused with all of the complex flavors of a fancy drink, but all you have to do is open a cube and douse it with your alcohol of choice (or seltzer, for a tasty non-alcoholic version).


For The Tech-Loving Friend

This capsule functions as an Apple Watch case and charging stand: The inner compartment fits a charging cable, USB charger, extra watch band and more while the magnetic charging disc snugly fits into the lid for a quick and easy battery re-up. The TimePorter is also compatible with all Apple watch models.


For The Friend Who Loves to Cook

Gift the cook in the crew this deft apron in sturdy cotton with an adjustable design and clever features like built-in pot holders and a conversion chart tucked in one of the chest pockets.

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