There’s no one like your best friend, and that means you should show your appreciation for them over the holidays by buying them a kick-ass gift. It’s just that it can be hard to let your best friend know how you feel without being overly sentimental or coming up short. You want to show that you love them and know them better than anyone else, and that can leave you feeling a little intimidated when gift shopping. So, what should true BFFs buy each other for the holidays? I’ve got a few ideas you can steal. The thing that makes a true best friend holiday gift is the exact combination of relative awesomeness and the level of, “omg this only make sense for us, I love you so much.”
This doesn’t always mean you have to spend a lot of money buying something special, or make a crazy creative DIY gift, or go all out in any way, shape, or form. It just means you need to figure out exactly what would remind them of you and make them feel really happy. And yes, I know it’s only November, but Christmas is going to sneak up and bite you in the butt if you’re not careful. It’s not too soon to start thinking of gifts, especially if you’re awkward like me and getting the perfect gift takes more time than normal because you overthink it all. If you need a few suggestions, these are 12 perfect holiday gifts only true BFFs would get each other.
A Ridiculous BFF Necklace For The Whole SquadThis is for if you have more than one best friend... and you're all completely ridiculous. Hopefully you're all also obsessed with pizza. Good on your own, more incredibly awesome together, you each get a pizza slice of the BFF pizza pie. It's a less obvious best friends necklace and can totally stand alone as weird pizza jewelry on its own. I love this idea and it's a one stop shop for getting gifts for all of your best friends in one stop. Bam! Take that, Santa.
Get this set from Dealznet for $10.99
Feminist SocksYou and your BFF hate everyone but each other, so this is perfect. Okay, that might be exaggerating, but you get it. Compared to everyone else, you two would really rather not. I love Blue Q socks, personally, so if this phrase isn't for you, you can totally poke around for something else that's interesting. These socks are funny, feminist, and totally affordable, so they're pretty much perfect especially if you want to make an impactful gift this holiday season without going overboard with sentimentality or your money.
Get these socks from BlueQ for $9.99
A Mug That Says How You Really FeelYour best friend is the weirdest person you know and that's why you love them, right? Even if they aren't weird with everybody else, you can only be your true, strangest self with your BFF... which is why this mug so fits. You know you won't judge each other for the weird stuff you say, but that won't stop you from laughing at the other person's strangeness. If you also have resting "I love you and I'm trying not to judge you" face, you need to give your BFFs this mug. Only you two would truly appreciate the full meaning of this sentiment.
Get this mug on Etsy for $17.86
Girl Power EmbroideryEverything Leslie Knope says should be cross stitched by hand and given a place of prominence in anyone's home. You don't even need to be a Parks And Rec fan to get with this sentiment: your BFF is your #1, regardless of whatever guy comes into your life. Also, the word "brovaries"? Come on - it's awesome. There's something retro and funny about putting this phrase on some embroidery, but it's too funny to pass up. This gift is perfect for your ride or die BFF who's there for you no matter what. Ovaries before brovaries forever, dudes.
Get this gift on Etsy for $32
A Jar Of Things Only You Two Would UnderstandOne of the best things about having a best friend is the inside jokes, shared memories, and things that only you two would find special, hilarious, or meaningful. Enter, this jar. Customize the outside then fill the inside with folded up paper with things only you two would understand written on them. They could be song lyrics, memories, or jokes, it doesn't matter, since it's the thought that counts. If you're old friends, this could wind up being a big jar, and even if this turns into a "year in review" situation, that could also be a fun tradition to start with your BFF.
Game Of PhonesHow is this the first time I'm hearing about this game? It's like Cards Against Humanity, but with your phones, you guys. Forgive me if this is old news, but this looks so fun. We all like to pretend that we put our phones away when we hang out with our friends, but we all know that we might even spend more time on them when we're together: there's too many texts that need reviewing and stuff pulled up in Safari that you need to show your BFF right now. Our phones are endless sources of entertainment already, so why not be real about it and turn them into a card game? This looks so fun!
Buy this game from Uncommon Goods for $20
Arrow BFF NecklacesYour best friend is your soul sister. Give her this broken arrow best friend necklace with this thoughtful card inside. Yes, it's a little sentimental, but I can totally get with the "follow your arrow" sentiment it talks about. Your best friend can guide you where you need to go and shoot you forward when you need a boost and ultimately, you're better together, which is why they split an arrow in this version of the classic BFF necklace. I think this version is extra meaningful, which is why it's something only your true BFF would understand and appreciate.
Get this set from Bryan Anthony's for $39
Coordinates RingsLook, I love the heart over a state custom geographic art as much as anyone else. I also don't have the time or patience to weave twine between nails forever. You might not even know what these coordinates belong to when you look at them, but on the inside, you can get a custom transcription about what they all mean. If you and your crew have special places you like to go together, this is a great set to get for either one person or to divvy up among a lot of different people. You can wear it wherever you go. This gift is perfect if your crew is getting separated due to college, a move, or if your favorite spot is closing. You can google the exact coordinates, send them to this Etsy shop, and sit back and wait for the mail to get here.
Get this ring set from Etsy for $25.90
A Code NecklaceLet your BFF know she's a badass by getting her this secret code necklace. Actually, it's not secret, it's morse code, but do any of you know someone who's fluent in morse code? Thought so. If she needs a different word, there's tons of other phrases available on this Etsy shop, but I think it's fun to walk around with a semi-swear word and not have anyone know what it really says. We could all use a little more girl power and love in this world, and this seems perfect.
Buy this necklace, or one like it, on Etsy for $35
A Custom Care PackageIf there's one thing we can all steal from sorority sisters it's attention to detail and the level of die-hard commitment they have for caring for one another. I found this custom care package under a sorority rush pin board, but you can take this concept and customize it for whatever your BFF needs. I got one in high school from a friend when I bought my first car - it was the most perfect gift ever! Do they wake up early to train for a sport? Customize a care package for that! The possibilities are endless with what they can be used for and what things you can put inside. Have fun with this - it only costs as much as the materials you use.
An Exploding Box Of LoveI'm sure you've all seen some version of this gift as a video or something of the like. Basically, what it is is a DIY box that you make, including flaps to keep exploding and unfolding with new shared memories, pictures, and mementoes from the year. It went viral for romantic reasons, but you can totally give one to your best friend, especially if it's "too soon" for your new bae. It costs as much as the materials you need to make it, which is mostly paper and glue. Easy, breezy, super personal, meaningful, AND it doubles as it's own gift wrap. What's not to love?
Tutorial Found At Glitter Adventure Blog
Custom Scrabble OrnamentsThere's something about Scrabble tiles that makes it the coolest mode for customizing anything. You can mod podge tiles together to spell out names or phrases, then string it up with some twine and voila - it's an ornament! I've seen this done with coasters and shadow boxes, but for the holidays, you might want to opt for an ornament. They're easy, affordable, and look like they're made with a ton of thought and heart. Not everyone has craft skills, so you can totally order them online if that's more your speed. Either way - especially if your BFF is a literary nerd, these ornaments are going to be a hit.
Buy this on Etsy for $4 or DIY some yourself
What are you getting your BFF for Christmas? What’s the best gift your BFF ever got you? Let us know in the comments!
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