Finding great gift ideas for friends sounds like a piece of cake, right? Wrong. Sure, they might be the person you know the most (besides yourself) but when it comes to gifting, things can get tricky very easily.
While trying to come up with the perfect gift idea, you might hastily go through all of their belongings in your head before venturing out to find just what they need. But what do they need? What do they want? A million questions take over your mind, and that's when you realize you're not so sure what the ideal gift for your BFF is — and it doesn't help that you forgot to take note of all the subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints they’ve been dropping all year!
It's okay; it happens to the best of us! That's why we're here to share the gift-giving tip that hasn't failed us yet: Don’t gift anything you wouldn’t want to receive yourself. The only downside to that tip is that, well, you might want to keep the gifts for yourself. But since holiday gifting is all about spreading the love and showing your friends how much you appreciate them and their individual quirks, you can practice self-control quite easily. That, and budgeting. We all wish we could gift all the cute things to all of our closest friends, but alas, money doesn't grow on trees (unfortunately and despite what Kendall Jenner might have once proclaimed.)
As gifting season approaches, we've rounded up the best gift ideas for friends — no matter their interests. Whether they are ARMY, love to read, are going through a crafts spree, or can't get enough of skin care TikTok, see what gift you'll be giving them (and maybe even yourself) below.
For Your Friend Who's Obsessed With TikTok
With TikTok here to stay, it's time to help your BFF up their content game with the best lighting and mini microphones out there. They'll be following in Charli and Dixie D'amelio's footsteps before they know it.
For Your Friend Who's Really Into Anime
You can never go wrong gifting your otaku friend some merch from their favorite manga or anime. Whether you want them to celebrate Demon Slayer's second season or take advantage of all the time you can spend together scratching off this 100 anime poster, they’ll surely appreciate the thoughtful gift(s).
For Your Friend Who's a Baby Army
If your BFF discovered BTS at the beginning of the pandemic and has since gone on to follow their every move… Well, they aren’t the only ones so make sure you keep them in the loop with the right accessories!
For Your BFF Who's a Wellness Guru
The last two years have been stressful and even your friend that always has a positive mindset might be feeling it. While it’s completely normal to feel under the weather, these gifts are cute details to remind your friend to enjoy the little things that currently bring them joy.
For Your Friend Who Loves to Stay Active
Health is wealth and this friend knows that well. So, make sure they’re always stylishly prepared with a cute new workout 'fit and a subscription to a fitness platform filled with fun (and sweaty) classes.
For That Friend Who's All About #SkinCare
While your friend might already have all the beauty products that have gone viral on TikTok, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can gift them. They might need a cute place to store it all or some restocking on their new fave K-beauty products.
For That Friend Who Always Blames Mercury in Retrograde
If your friend’s obsessed with all things astrology, a fool-proof gift this holiday season is either a tarot deck, a personalized book based on their star chart, or both so they can further get in tune with their spiritual side!
For Your BFF Who's a Movie Buff
If your friend isn't quite ready to head to a movie theater, bring the joy of the big screen to their homes with a mini projector — and popcorn maker, of course.
For That Friend Who's Redecorating Their Apartment
Did your friend just move into their first apartment and they need some decorations that aren’t their still-unpacked cardboard boxes? Gift them this adorable wall art set or one of TikTok's viral sunset lamps to make their new space homey.
For Your Friend Who's Into Crafts
CraftTok has made us all want to be creative. True, we might all be tired of puzzles and board games, but there are still plenty of DIY projects that have caught our eye, like resin creations and DIY bracelets.
For Your Friend Who Loves Caffeine
Grab some trendy Chamberlain coffee or Golde Matcha for the friend who's always frothing up some fancy coffee or matcha. Want to make it a bit sweeter? Pair it with this adorable mug.
For Your Gamer Friend
Whether they haven’t stopped playing Among Us or they just got a Twitch account and started streaming, there's plenty of tech accessories the gamer in your life will always appreciate. (Just take a quick glance at the setup before hitting buy!)
For Your BFF Who Loves to Read
Your BFF might always be heading to the library, but do they get a book (or three) delivered to them every month? We didn't think so. This Book of The Month subscription and these handy (pun-intended) bookmarks are the perfect stocking stuffer for your BFF who loves to read.
For Your Friend Who Has a Serious Sweet Tooth
If you and your BFF are in a long-distance relationship within the 50 states and you want to give them a treat you know they'll love, you can't go wrong with cookies or chocolate!
For The Friend Who Is Always On Trend
Is your BFF always keeping you in the loop regarding the coolest trends? Beat them to the latest and greatest by snagging these TikTok viral rings or claw clips.
For The Friend Who Is One With Nature
We all have that one friend who can't get enough of the great outdoors. This reusable tumbler set will get tons of use on their next trek, and when they're home, they can reminisce on their favorite hikes with this candle.
For Your Budding Photographer BFF
You simply can't go wrong with anything photography-related for your bestie who's always snapping photos. Let them get some experience using a film camera (before they invest in a pricey one) or give them some inspiration with this book filled with photographs by Tyler Mitchell.
For That Friend Who Wants To Upgrade From Instant Noodles
Nobody can live off of Instant Ramen forever. That's why an Always Pan and Maman's cookbook are the perfect gifts for the budding culinary artist.
For Your Music-Loving Bestie
If your BFF is always jamming to the latest tunes, opt to snag a synthesizer or pair of wired headphones. It'll allow them to take their melodies to the next level.
For Your Plant Parent Friend
Let their dreams of becoming a plant parent finally come true with this ZZ Plant or a Click & Grow Planter. Both are relatively low maintenance and easy to care for, so you'll be able to watch them put that green thumb into action.
For Your BFF Who Seems to Have Everything
We all have that friend who seems to have everything. However, take the gift ideas above and further expand on them and something will come up. For example, they might have sunglasses and a camera but do they have both in one stylish product? We think not! Or, if they have mentioned they want to stop buying clothes, why not gift them a subscription box?
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