When you’ve been best friends with someone for many years, it can be hard to think of creative or thoughtful ways to surprise them, especially when it comes to gifts. A once-perfect gift idea can become outdated, whether that’s due to them becoming a parent, starting a new career, or if their interests have simply changed. To help you find the perfect something, we’ve rounded up 39 gifts that every type of best friend will appreciate, whether they’re obsessed with watching Emily Mariko’s TikToks, or if their love language is Spotify playlists curated according to your star sign. Our suggestions range from popular skin-care products, to tech and food gifts, as well as a selection of items from the Strategist archives.
For the best friend who brings their sketchbook to the V&A
For the best friend who hosts a weekly board-game night
Nice Buns is a strategy game for two to six players, and the aim is to be the first person to fill your “plate” with three sets of different-coloured bao buns. This involves rolling three separate dice and picking up, swapping, and stealing buns from other players, all while trying to avoid the grey fish-head buns, which spoil your plate. If you have Monopoly fatigue, this is a much simpler (and quicker) alternative.
For the best friend who spent 63,527 minutes listening to lo-fi on Spotify last year
For the best friend who’s more old-school in their listening habits
For the best friend who started a savings pot for a Cesca chair
StolenForm is a brand that takes inspiration from the urban environment, repurposing industrialised objects into unique home and giftware products — from pipe egg cups and skateboard wheel incense holders, to tin can mugs and manhole coasters. We’re particularly fond of this earthenware ceramic vase.
For the best friend spends every Sunday morning perusing their local farm shop
For the best friend who wants their living room to emulate the fern house at Kew Gardens
For the best friend who can’t even keep a snake plant alive
For the best friend who requests their coffee “extra hot” at Costa
For the best friend who argues the superiority of the pour-over brewing method
For the best friend who’s an aspiring Julia Hetta
For the best friend who loves the smell of the outdoors, indoors
For the best friend who throws ABBA-themed house parties
For the best friend who watches Abbey Yung’s beauty TikToks
For the best friend who’s a skin-care newbie
For the best friend who wants to make greener choices
For the best friend who’s determined to complete their 2022 Goodreads challenge
In Manifesto, Evaristo candidly reflects on her life and writing; from childhood to winning the 2019 Booker Prize for Girl, Woman, Other.
Klara and the Sun is Ishiguro’s eighth novel, and looks at themes such as memory, mortality and change, through the eyes of a child’s AI companion.
For the best friend who’s booked their first holiday in two years
For the best friend who updates their Strava more than their Instagram
For the best friend who has a Pinterest board for their new patio
For the best friend who just started Margaret Atwood’s creative-writing MasterClass
For the best friend who just bought their first home
For the best friend who’s watched all 12 seasons of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
For the best friend who’s nostalgic for their Heelys
For the best friend who refills their hot water bottle five times a day
For the best friend whose whiskey collection is alphabetised
For the best friend who does the same, but with gin
For the best friend who’s been dying to recreate the Circolo Popolare carbonara
For the best friend who’s played every Nintendo Switch game they own (twice)
For the best friend whose Off Menu dream starter is the Wagamama duck gyoza
For the best friend who orders Deliveroo three times a week
For the best friend who frequently misplaces their earrings (and necklaces and rings)
Stackers have a wide range of jewellery boxes designed to fit on top of one another, so your storage collection can grow alongside your jewellery. This set of three is a good (and stylish) place to start.
For the best friend who insists coriander goes on everything
For the best friend who’s still WFH
If they’re hunched over a desk all day, a handheld massager could provide some much needed relief. This option from RENPHO was the best-rated overall by Amazon customers. One person likening it to a “magic wand” after it alleviated 20 years of back pain, another reviewer, who said their chiropractor used the same model, described feeling as light as a feather after using it on their muscles.
For the best friend who’s manifesting their dream lineup for Glastonbury 2022
For the best friend who insists they don’t want any presents
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