Best Friend Gifts — We’ve rounded up our favorite unique gifts for friends for any occasion, but sometimes a “just because” gift is perfect too. From monthly subscriptions to personalized gifts, and even a walk down memory lane, we’ve got something for everyone…
Updated December 2020
We’re sharing gift ideas that work for your long time BFF, your best work friend, and everyone in between.
Finding the perfect unique gifts for your best friend can be tricky when you already share so many memories.
When you know them so well, you want to find the best “best friend present” that isn’t overdone. Naturally, a token gift card won’t do.
Luckily, these unique gifts work for any occasion, and you can even mix and match them to make the ultimate custom gift basket.
Whether it’s Christmas gifts, birthday gifts for friends, or even a just because gift, we’ve got you covered.
Best Friend Gifts | Unique Gifts for Friends
1. Personalized Catch-All Pouches
You can never have too many types of organizational accessories, and a real BFF will gift you with personalized pouches. These custom catch-all pouches from Minted are less than $30, but you’d never know it.
2. Rose Gold Soda Stream Sparkling Water Maker
Whether it’s work from home life or for a cool party trick when friends are over, this sparkling water maker is always a hit. It’s perfect for carbonated water at home or for mixing up cocktails for a dinner party.
3. Portable Bluetooth Speaker
A bluetooth speaker is pretty much a must-have these days, and cool ones like this make a nice gift for guy friends and girlfriends. We may even want one for ourselves!
4. Portable Solar Charger
If your friend loves the great outdoors, get them this solar-powered charger pack. It charges any device so that they can stay connected – even while they’re off the grid. It also doesn’t hurt to have for power outages, either.
5. Custom Initial Birth Month Necklace
This personal gift is both delicate and timeless. You can spell out your best friend’s name or even use a combination of their loved one’s birthstones to create this custom necklace.
6. Custom Handwritten Trinket Dish Gift
Turn your favorite memory into a thoughtful gift with this custom trinket dish. This Etsy seller will take your own handwriting to create this ceramic keepsake to remind them of you.
7. Movie Trivia Game
Get together for game night with your friends and play this movie trivia game featuring all the greats while you walk down memory lane.
8. Ice Cream Delivery
An ice cream delivery in the mail? Yes, please! Pick and choose your friend’s favorite flavors for the perfect long-distance surprise gift idea. Heck, you can even order some for yourself, we won’t tell!
9. Tile Mate
If your best friend has a tendency of losing their things, then this is the gift for them! Help them keep track of their most important belongings with Tile Mate.
They can attach the tile to their keys, wallet, phone, earbuds, or any other object and find it with ease through the connected app. It’s genius, really.
10. The Mini Bar Cocktail Recipes Book Set
The Mini Bar: 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes comes in this beautiful box set and each book has recipes based around a different type of alcohol. It also doubles as pretty home decor.
11. Essential Oil Diffuser
This cool modern essential oil diffuser is a nice gift for your friend who is into aromatherapy. Pair it with a pack of essential oils for a complete gift set, and a spa night is only a click away.
If you’re into homemade gift ideas, you can also make our DIY reed essential oil diffuser, too!
12. Instax Film Flip Frame
Photo frames are great presents for friends and family – especially when they are pre-filled with your favorite memories! This gold flip frame works with instant polaroid photos and is a very cool take on a personalized friend gift.
13. Champagne Truffles
If they’re not your friend already, they will be after you give them a box of Champagne truffles! Maybe not everyone would agree, but surely you can’t go wrong with this combination.
14. Cast Iron Fire Pit
Catch up together in the backyard, on the beach, or at a campsite with this modern cast iron fire pit. It’s small enough for downtown living, and your friend will always welcome you over after this one.
15. Custom Personalized Marble and Wood Coasters
Everyone can use a good set of coasters and these custom personalized coasters are the perfect added touch. They’re also made from real wood and marble to last a lifetime.
16. Pour Over Coffee Maker
Give your friend a minimalist pour-over coffee maker and be the first thing they think about every morning! Okay, so maybe that won’t be the case, but it is a classic kitchen staple that will always go to good use.
17. Modern Bar Tools Set
Gift him or her a set of matte black bar tools so they can whip up something special the next time you come over! It’s also pretty enough that they can leave it out on the bar cart until next time.
18. From Crook to Cook by Snoop Dogg
Gift your friend Snoop Dogg’s cookbook and try some of his recipes during your next dinner party or hang out. It might be funny but it’s also surprisingly delicious.
19. Crosley Woodgrain Bluetooth Record Player
This wireless Crosley Wood Cruiser with built-in speakers is perfect for music enthusiasts. It’s made even more special if you pair it with some of your favorite shared albums.
20. Gold Wine Caddy and Display
This adorable wine caddy is the perfect gift to accompany you both to your next dinner party! Fill it with wine and other accouterments for a close friend gift idea that doubles as home decor.
21. Winc Wine Box Monthly Subscription
This monthly wine subscription by Winc is the best friend gift that keeps on giving! It’s also a fun idea for long-distance friends to catch up and have a virtual happy hour together.
22. Mistaken Lyrics Coasters
This is the funniest coaster set we’ve ever seen. Each coaster has mistaken lyrics printed on it that will surely get a laugh, especially when you reminisce on some of your favorite musical memories.
23. Cool & Inexpensive Electric Mixer
Want a super impressive best friend gift? This electric mixer looks way more expensive than it really is. It’s also a very affordable alternative to the name brand version if you want to sneak one in for yourself.
24. Herbivore Skincare Set
Spa gift baskets never go out of style, and we love Herbivore skincare products. This affordable hydration trio is a nice gift for your friend in the dry winter months and it all smells amazing!
25. F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers by Richard Benson
F in Exams is page after page of hilariously clever wrong answers from Uncommon Goods. It’s a great conversation piece and the perfect gift for your funny friend! Plus you might have a few laughs from the good ole days a well.
26. Insulated Wine Tote
This insulated wine tote is perfect for a casual picnic, a day at the beach, or for your favorite local BYOB restaurant. It fits two bottles of wine or two tumblers with wine glasses. Fill it with your favorite bottles to share together or a park picnic.
27. Essential Oil Gift Set
Aromatherapy is so popular right, and for good reason! If your friend is into it, this is a great set of essential oils. Combine it with an essential oil diffuser for a thoughtful gift set.
28. Yeti Tumbler
A Yeti tumbler is a really nice gift that a lucky friend will get a lot of use out of. They can deem it a coffee mug by morning and cocktail glass by night.
29. Tipsy Tubes
Have funny memories of sneaking around when you were younger? Give him or her a gag gift that is as useful as it is funny. These sneaky tipsy tubes are actually flasks, surprise!
30. Personalized Dopp Kit
Personalize this water-repellant dopp kit that showcases fresh prints from independent artists and a leather handle. A friend that loves to travel will get plenty of use from this!
31. Personalized Custom Leather Name Tag Apron
Have a friend that loves to cook? Then they’ll love this personalized leather name tag apron. It comes in several patterns and there are matching oven mitts, too.
32. Scratch Off World Map
The perfect gift for the jet setting friend. This scratch-off world map is the utlimate way to track all the places you’ve been together. Plus it makes for cool wall art, too.
Gourmet Black Truffle Hot Sauce
Speaking of foodies, only the best of friends will splurge on a gourmet hot sauce for you! It’s the long-distance gift box addition for friends that miss food from home.
Hopefully, these best friend birthday gift ideas helped you find the perfect match! And in case you’ve missed our other gift guides, be sure to check them out too —
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