What would we do without our friends? Life would be painfully dull without the people who remember our birthdays and cover our desks with balloons, the folks who will take that tai chi class with us, and the go-getters who get us off the couch on winter weekends. Our friends take care of us more than we’d care to admit, being right on time when we need them most and knowing the best ways to raise our spirits when life gets the best of us. Don’t such people deserve a reward for their kindness? What kind of gift says “hey, thanks for being in my life” the best? Here are some great gift ideas for your besties.
You can buy anyone a set of bath towels or a handy canvas bag, but when you personalize the gift for your friend, it becomes much more special. Lands’ End not only has all sorts of options for embroidering gifts with your friend’s name or initials, but they also have a wide variety of designs and icons your friend will love. Is your bestie an animal lover? Adorn a comfy women’s sweatshirt with a cute fox or puppy. Have a friend who loves to travel? Decorate a personalized backpack with a colorful tent and forest design. You are sure to find a design that will bring a smile to your friend’s face every time they see it. It will also remind them of you!
One of the job requirements of being a best friend is to tell your bestie bluntly what other friends might be too nice to say. I know you love those jeans, but you’ve got to replace them before those holes get any bigger. Those sheets from your first college apartment have got to go. If your best friend has been putting off replacing something or have been complaining about needing this and that for weeks, get it for them. Not only is this a useful and thoughtful gift, but it also shows your friend how much you care. The best gifts for friends might not be the most fun gifts ever, but they might be exactly what your friend needs. Don’t worry about the flannel sheets you bought being a boring gift for your friend if they’ve needed them for a very long time.
Sometimes, what a person needs the most is a little R&R. Help them take some well-earned time off by giving them everything they need for a relaxing afternoon. Fill a canvas tote bag with teabags or other hot beverage mixes, some warm and fuzzy socks, a couple of self-care items like a soothing scented lotion, and a book or movie for them to enjoy at their leisure. The gift themselves might not be very expensive, but you can’t put a price the time you give them to decompress after a busy week at work.
You and your friends are busy people, there’s no doubt about that. This might mean that you can’t see them as often as you like, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help them out on a daily basis. The best gift for them might be more practical. Remind them of your constant love and support by giving them a present that will make their lives a little bit easier, like travel bags they can take to work or a set of facemasks they can split up between home, car, and purse. Keep them warm in the chilly winter months with comfy winter gloves that still allow them to use their tech’s touch screens without exposing their fingers to the bitter cold. Fleece gloves are cozy and soft yet weigh very little, meaning they’re easy to stash in a coat pocket or purse for when you need them the most. Your friend will be grateful for your gift when they find themselves somewhere cold unprepared!