What To Get Your Best Friend For Her Birthday?
Their birthday is coming up, which means one thing: Buy them an amazing gift and you’ll be their best friend for at least another year. Buy them a rubbish gift and, well, let’s just say your position is more precarious!
We know how it is: The two of you are best friends.
They can call you at 2am if they need to chat and you won’t be angry (you will be furious but you’re not gonna say that).
The two of you have done everything together, been on vacation together, would probably put each other before a relationship, made sacrifices for each other and know each other’s secrets.
(Including those really weird ones…)
But yet you still don’t know what to get them for their birthday!
We get it. It’s not necessarily that you don’t know what to get them – it’s more that you want to make absolutely sure that this is a very special gift that they’ll love.
Plus, you know how picky they are.
And you also know their secret about the time they returned a gift someone else bought them that they didn’t like – and you don’t want that to happen to your gift! Especially as it might mean that you lose your “best friend” status!
But it’s totally cool because Beauty and Tips is here to help you out. Let’s take a look at these…
50 Potential gifts you can get your very best friend
Is your friend a seasoned traveller?
Or perhaps they’re planning to go travelling a lot this year?
Either way, they need a travel wallet in their life. And as their best friend, it’s all on you to get them one.
A travel wallet is a great way for them to store all their documents so that nothing gets lost, such as their credit cards, passports, driver’s license and any other documents.
Without a wallet, it’s so easy to lose something and be left with anxiety in another part of the world.
Don’t forget to include a cute photo of you in the wallet, too! (This is a flawless way to maintain that coveted best friend status).
Imagine if your best friends favourite musical artists were coming to their city but you were “too busy” to buy them a ticket?
What kind of best friend are you?!
One of the most amazing gifts you can get your BFF are concert tickets.
Naturally, you have to go to too, so it would be even more amazing if you got tickets to see an artist you both like.
Otherwise, you’re just going to have to take the time to learn the lyrics.
It seems as though everyone owns a ukelele in 2018 – except your best friend, of course.
But you’re going to change all that.
Ukelele’s are a great choice because
a) Everyone would love to get a ukelele for their birthday
b) Ukelele’s are cheaper than grand pianos
A Bouquet of Flowers
What do girls really want?
Flowers, of course!
They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but since most of us can’t afford diamonds, flowers come a close second.
Flowers are the one gift a girl wishes her boyfriend treated her to more often. If you know that your best friend’s boyfriend has been severely lacking on this front, it’s time to step in and buy her some fresh, colourful flowers that will put a smile on her face.
Not sure what flowers to choose? Roses are always a winner, but carnations look great, too.
A New, Personalised Jewellery Box
Few things say, “I love you, best friend,” quite like a brand new, personalised jewellery box.
Let’s face it, all girls have a jewellery box, but all girls would love a new one.
Add some glamour and class to your best friend’s bedroom with a box that sparkles. Choose a high quality material, such as fibre, plastics or wood, and get it personalised with her name.
If your budget stretches far enough, consider inscribing a message inside the box, too.
Treat your friend this year to either a chic summer scarf or an extra warm winter scarf.
Scarves are always a winner. Go for one with a pattern that you know she’ll love, or just get one in her favourite colour.
If you’ve got the money, buy her a few scarves – some she can wear during the warmer seasons, and some that are designed to keep her wrapped up warm during the winter.
If you get her a winter scarf, accessorise it with a pair of gloves.
A Bath Bomb
All women everywhere appreciate a bath bomb.
Picture it: We’ve had a long day – the longest.
Nothing went right at work. Our boss stressed us out, and it rained on the way to work and on the way back.
Our heel snapped, we got splashed by a car, and we missed our train.
It’s been a nightmare, and we return home cold and hungry.
But we know we’ve got a warm, soothing bath to look forward to with a bath bomb, lots of bubbles and some champagne.
It’s the perfect way to finish the day!
So let your friend pamper herself and get her a bath bomb for her birthday.
If your friend is a bit rubbish at keeping up to date with technology and still doesn’t have an Amazon Echo (despite you knowing she’ll love it), why not treat her this year?
The Amazon Echo will transform her life. She’ll have her very own virtual assistant in her house who will play music for her, keep her informed about all the latest trending entertainment news and cheer her up with jokes when she’s having a bad day.
If she’s single at the moment, an Amazon Echo is literally the next best thing to having a boyfriend!
Either way, it’s awesome and she’ll just love it.
Best Friend Coffee Mugs
Wanna show your best friend that you’re the cutest, most adorable best friend there is, ever was and ever will be?
Of course you do!
And if so, buy her and yourself some matching best friend coffee mugs.
Find ones that say something like “Forever in my heart,” and – if possible – get the coffee mugs personalised.
Then, each time she drinks coffee at home, she’ll be reminded of you and your awesome friendship.
Aww, so sweet.
A Spa Gift Card
Some people look at gift cards as though they’re the most boring, uncreative gift ever. On the contrary, gift cards are a really cool present that people always love.
A spa gift card is even better, and it’s the ideal present if your best friend has been feeling really stressed lately. A spa gift card gives her the chance to enjoy some pampering and “me time” and it shows her that you care about her wellbeing.
Put the card in a cute little box along with some soap and any other extras you can think of.
A Candy Dispenser
Are you prepared to show her that you’re the best BFF ever, EVER?
Then do it with a candy dispenser.
A candy dispenser is a super funky gift that’s a great gift for any friend who’s got many sweet teeth. Buy one with a top-quality wood finish, and add a few extra candies of your own and watch her face light up as she unwraps it.
Just make sure she doesn’t eat all the candy in one day, yeah?
Chewable Coffee Cubes
It’s 2018 and we now have … chewable coffee cubes!
Each cute cube contains around half a cup of coffee’s worth of caffeine, which means they’re perfect for a coffee addicted best friend. There’s lots of flavours to choose from, including latte and mocha and because the cubes contain other supplements too, your friend should be able to chew without experiencing the nasty crash that usually comes after too much coffee.
And while this gift is really funny and quirky, once she’s stopped laughing your friend is sure to realise that, actually, coffee cubes will be great to chew on at work!
Now you’re getting all practical.
But you know what? Sometimes, a practical gift is the best gift.
Sure, coffee cubes are cool and make us more alert and hyper and OH GOSH WE SHOULDN’T HAVE HAD SO MANY, but practical gifts are what people tend to want the most as they get older.
And you can’t get much more practical than a flashlight.
A flashlight is the ideal gift for any best friend who goes camping a lot.
Or who just doesn’t own a flashlight but needs on in case there’s an emergency.
Make sure you buy one that’s waterproof!
Also, don’t forget to include batteries.
Going to the cinema is so expensive these days.
Perhaps your best friend complains about the same thing:
“I’d go more often but it’s just so expensive.”
If your BFF is a bit of a movie buff, why not buy her a cinema pass?
Get her a cinema gift card and add a few $$$ to it so that she can watch a few movies for free, basically.
Don’t forget to join her once or twice, too. Going to the cinema alone isn’t the same – especially a scary movie is on.
Hey, we all need someone to hold us!
A Box Set
What girl doesn’t love a box set?
Your best friend will have a TV series that she absolutely LOVES.
So why not be a doll and buy her the box set?
If you can afford it, why not buy her two box sets?
If you can afford it, why not buy her two box sets AND two movies?
If you can afford it, why not buy her two box sets, two movies and a house?!
Seriously, though, there are some awesome shows on at the minute but make sure you buy her a box set of a series you already know she loves.
Kate Spade New York“I Need A Vacation” Francis Tote Bag
If your friend loves quirky, fun accessories and actually for real legit needs a vacation, buy her a designer Kate Spade New York “I Need A Vacation” Francis Tote bag for her birthday!
This is an especially awesome gift for any bestie who’s overworked, overstressed and underpaid.
Make sure you don’t buy it purely because it’s a gimmick. Only buy it her if you know for sure that she’s into this kind of fashion as it isn’t cheap – just under $200.
It’s also worth mentioning that it’s a PVC bag. The advantage of this kind of bag is that it’s easy to clean.
It also comes with a zipper.
Cute New Pyjamas
Because what girl wouldn’t want cute, snuggly new pyjamas for her birthday?
Buy your best friend some new pyjamas (preferably ones with animals) and give her something fresh and different to change into when she gets home from work.
Careful, though – she might like them SO much that she wears them all the time.
Even on cocktail nights out.
A Fun Colouring Book
A unicorns colouring book, anyone?
We think so!
Colouring books are a spectacular present – a much more spectacular present than a lot of people give them credit for.
Colouring books are fun, they’re a great way to pass the time on long and boring train or plane journeys AND they’re a great way to de-stress when life is getting on top of us.
Find a fun colouring book for adults that you know your friend will appreciate and buy it her for her birthday.
Remember – the funnier the book is, the better.
And don’t forget to buy the pencil crayons and felt tip pens!
New Running Shoes
Because you’re fed up of watching your best friend almost ruin herself in her “legendary” battered old running shoes?
Because you want to encourage your best friend to go out there and do something she said she’d do on new years eve 2009, which is “I’M GONNA RUN MORE”?
Because you two said you would run more this year?
Because you know she really really really really really really REALLY wants to get fitter but needs some help?!
Everyone should have good running shoes in 2018 (except Beauty and Tips because we hate running). Treat your friend to a pair of Nike Air Max – she deserves them.
A Bottle of Gin
We’re starting to think that your best friend doesn’t deserve you. She really doesn’t. You’re going to get her a bottle of her favourite gin (or her otherwise favourite spirit) for her birthday?
Seems to us like you’re just too much of an awesome best friend.
Heck, you’re amazing!
(Yes, we are trying to sweet talk you so that you’ll give us the gin instead because, dang, we really want some now)
Essential Oil Diffuser
From gin to essential oil diffusers.
Hmm, it’s going to be a tough choice!
On the one hand, you could help your best friend celebrate her birthday in style with alcohol that helps to ease the pain that comes with acknowledgement of the fact that she’s another year older … but on the other hand, you could get her a gift that makes her life so much easier and stress-free or at home.
A small, electric aromatherapy oil diffuser that she can take anywhere with her is an AMAZING gift. All she needs to drop a few hints of peppermint, lavender or whatever essential oil she prefers into the diffuser, and it will calm her down and help to de-stress her.
She can take it to the office, use it at home, bring it to your house … she could even take it to the cinema!
(though we wouldn’t recommend it)
Does your best friend love to light candles in her room at night?
Has she not bought any for a while, either through lack of money or lack of time?
If so, now’s the time to treat her to some brand new ones that will light up her life and room (how’s that for the corniest line ever?)
Candles are inexpensive, smell great and will add a real rustic, homely touch to her home.
Awesome gift for an awesome person, right?
A New Book
All girls love to read (much more than boys who prefer to blast zombies on their video games), but does your best friend prefer fiction or non fiction?
As her bestie, you should have some ideas regarding her tastes. You’ll know who her favourite authors are, the kind of books she loves and the kind of books that make her cringe.
Scour Amazon or Barnes and Noble for a book you know she’ll love and buy it for her.
A book gives you the chance to write a personalised note inside it too. Make sure to write a note that she’ll treasure forever.
Don’t forget to sign it “love from your best friend in the universe,” too, just so that she knows you’re determined to remain her bestie!
A Spotify Subscription
“OMG you’re the best!”
That’s exactly the reaction you’ll get if you buy her a Spotify subscription for her birthday.
With a subscription, your best friend in the world can listen to the music she loves without being disturbed by ads.
If your budget stretches far enough and she doesn’t have one yet, why not get her a Netflix subscription, too?
Such a great BFF you are.
Not just any new headphones – awesome surround sound ones that make your best friend feel as though she’s at an actual concert.
We know how it is for so many people.
They struggle away each day, listening to music through their tiny headphones that fail to block out any exterior noises while making the music sound all tinny.
If this is your best friend who – for whatever reason – still hasn’t invested in a brand new pair of better headphones, rescue with her some top of the range ones that make everything sound amazing.
Adele will have never sounded better.
A TV Show T Shirt
What TV show has your best friend been such a fan girl over recently? Is it Stranger Things?
Whatever it is, surprise her with an awesome, funky TV show t-shirt!
Go the whole hog and get her a hoodie and a baseball cap, too.
If you can afford it, buy the box set like we mentioned earlier as well.
She’ll be in TV heaven!
(you could buy her an actual TV, too. Just putting it out there)
Does your best friend love wall art?
Does she need some more?
Does her house literally have nothing on the walls but needs something?
Wall art really jazzes up a home, giving it a touch of “us” as we project our likes and desires onto our walls.
Wall art can include movie prints, band posters, or it could even include art prints or original art canvases.
Have a think about your BFF’s tastes and what she’d like to see on her wall, and then buy her a visual gift that she can adorn on her wall.
Let’s just hope the next time you visit you don’t spot the piece of art you bought hanging over her toilet. Hmm.
A Waffle Maker
Who doesn’t like waffles?!
A waffle maker means that your best friend never has to leave the house ever again to eat waffles. Instead, she can make her own from the comfort of her home!
A waffle maker is also a great excuse for you to visit more and it will come in super handy whenever she’s entertaining.
Don’t forget to buy her some syrup, too!
Otherwise, you’re just a rubbish friend and you know it. There, we said it!
A Toast Maker
If your friend isn’t really that into waffles, or if she’s actually trying to lose weight in 2018, buying her a waffle maker won’t be a good idea.
But if she enjoys cooking and likes to get creative with her food, you’ll want her to make something. So how about you get her a toast maker?
A toast maker will make it super duper easy for her to maker her own toasted sandwiches. It will encourage her to get creative and there’ll never be an excuse from now on for making boring cheese toasties.
If your budget stretches far enough, buy her a cookbook dedicated to toasted sandwiches! This way, she’ll be armed with lots of cool ideas and can make a start straight away.
A Blender Or Juicer (Or Both – Such A Good Best Friend)
If 2018 was meant to be the year that your best friend finally went on a diet and achieved her weight loss and body goals but she STILL hasn’t got a blender or juicer, now is the time to help a gal out.
Blenders and juicers are amazing. They enhance our lifestyle, making it more efficient while improving our health. From now on, your BFF will dazzle in the kitchen with smoothies, soups and juices that energise her and help her to slim down.
Buy her some fresh fruit and veg to get her started.
A Personalised Notebook
Guys don’t get it, but girls love to make notes of things.
We make shopping lists in our notebooks, record doctors appointments, make notes regarding our diet plans and so on.
Many women would be lost without a notebook, and if your best friend has had to somehow survive without one all this time, now’s the time to buy her a personalised notebook for her birthday.
Don’t forget to leave her a message inside, too. It could be as simple as “Love from your best friend,” or you could go into detail about why she means so much to you.
A Bottle of Prosecco
This shouldn’t be the only gift you buy your BFF this year, but if she’s a big fan of Prosecco, it should definitely be at least one of your gifts.
Get the glasses ready – it’s going to be one heck of a classy celebration!
Well, until you’ve both had a little too much to drink at least.
What do girls love doing on Sunday mornings? They love to lie in, before kicking back with a pot of coffee and their favourite magazine.
If anyone knows your best friend’s reading habits, it’s you. Pick a magazine you know she loves, and get her a yearly subscription.
She’ll never have to miss an issue of her fav magazine ever again.
Feeling generous? Buy her a novel to go along with her magazine subscription. She’ll love it!
A Collage of Old Photos
“But, but, but,” we hear you protest, “why do I need to go to all the time and effort of physically making a collage of all the old photos of us together when Facebook pretty much does all that for me?”
If you’re asking that question, we’ve got a question to shoot at you: We thought you were her best friend?!
Best friends go the extra mile for each other. Yes, making a collage of your old photos will take you some time and effort … BUT THAT’S KINDA THE POINT.
Make the effort. Dedicate the time.
A gift as personalised as this? She’ll love it forever.
And if you get demoted from best friend status anytime in the future?
Just remind her of this gift.
We were going to suggest a treadmill. And, hey, if you can afford to buy your best friend a treadmill, you totally should.
Otherwise, exercises DVDs are the next best thing.
Well, they’re not, but they’re still a great, affordable gift to buy the best friend who wants to work out more but needs some encouragement.
Just make sure you buy her a bottle of wine, too.
Come on, she’ll need a bit of cheering up.
An iTunes Gift Card
Yes, this is the second gift card in this list but #sorrynotsorry because gift cards just WORK.
Especially for girls and best friends.
An iTunes gift card means she won’t squander her money on cocktails and a 70th pair of shoes but will instead finally download all those amazing tunes she’s been wanting to download for ages.
If she’s not a huge fan of music, no worries. Why not get her a grocery store gift card or – ooooh – an Amazon gift card? That ones always a good one.
Whatever gift card you buy her, remember to include a note listing your recommendations.
We’ll be severely disappointed if you don’t list Titanic on the Amazon gift card, even as a joke.
Gifts For Her Child
If your best friend is also a mom, why not buy her something for her child, too?
Don’t make this the only gift you buy her (you’ll run the risk of her lamenting that ever since having a child, her child stealing all the limelight – probably kinda true but STILL) but buying her child a gift is definitely something your BFF will appreciate.
After all, buying things for our own kids is kinda expensive and your friend will surely love it when someone shares the burden and relieves some of the financial pressure.
And no, Prosecco is not a suitable gift for a child.
A Babysitter Voucher
If she’s got children, make your own babysitter voucher and tell your friend she can use it whenever she wants.
It’s only valid for one night only, but when she and her partner want to go out for the night and needs a babysitter, all they has to do is call and you’ll be right over.
Unless, of course, you’re enjoying a bubble bath with champagne. In which case, #donotdisturb.
If your best friend has always wanted to try yoga, or if she does yoga but doesn’t have a cool mat, now’s the time to sort her out with a brand new, super chic yoga mat.
Get her a yoga mat with a suede-soft nonstick surface. It’s kinda expensive, but at least it won’t slip and slide around while she’s doing her best to focus.
Moreover, this high quality yoga mat also comes with extra padding that will support her knees.
If you care about your friend and want her to be healthy, this is the gift to go for.
Iced Coffee Maker
Does your bestie lover her iced coffee? Bet she’s always complaining about the price.
“Did you know iced coffee has gone up in price again?”
She’ll keep on buying it, of course – because she loves it.
But if her fav drink keeps hitting her hard in the wallet, maybe it’s time you helped her out by purchasing her an iced coffee maker.
This cold brew machine will cost you a fair bit, but surely it’s worth it if your BFF can save a fair few pennies over the long run?
Don’t forget to make yourself one on her birthday. Hey, it cost you enough!
Is your best friend a bit of a badass who goes boxing?
If so, show that you support her hobby with a brand new pair of training gloves.
Pick a colour you know she’ll love – blue, green, black, red or pink? – and make sure you buy a pair that will fit her.
And, no, don’t get drunk and wear the gloves yourself. It isn’t going to end well!
Is cat wine a thing?
It sure is!
Cat wine is THE perfect gift to buy a best friend who has at least one cat, and who she probably loves as much as she loves you.
If not more than she loves you (WE’RE KIDDING).
The problem with this gift is that there’ll come a time when you want to hang with your best friend but she’s “busy.”
You call her up and she’s clearly drunk.
“I’m busy!” she repeats, slurring her words.
Concerned that it’s only 4pm in the afternoon, you pop over.
What do you find?
Both she and the cat are having a party.
And the cat is more drunk than she is.
So you decide to join in!
Best. Gift. Ever.
(Just avoid the cat wine)
What is it with people buying each other socks for their birthday?
We reckon at least 1 out of 3 people get socks for their birthday.
Socks are just socks, right?
Normally, we’d agree.
But avocado socks? They’re a bit special.
Buy your bestie a pair of avocado socks and accessorise them with an actual avocado.
For this hipster best friend who’s rejected the digital age and all its meaningless values.
The polaroid camera has never been fashionable per say, but neither will it ever go out of fashion.
It’s the ideal gift for the bestie who loves to take pictures and create instant memories, but who doesn’t want to mess around with a complex, expensive camera that she has to hook up to a computer.
This is especially a great gift if she’s planning a trip soon.
What is a travel bottle?
A travel bottle keeps beverages hot for as long as twelve hours.
It also keeps them cold for as long as twenty four hours.
It’s the perfect gift for best friends who travel a lot.
Seriously, buy this for your BFF who’s filled with wanderlust and she won’t be able to thank you enough.
Book – In The Company Of Women
In The Company of Women is a pep talk aimed at strong-minded, ambitious females with a craving for success.
Penned by Grace Bonney, it examines the lives, methods and routines of businesswomen who’ve achieved more in life than the average woman.
It’s a great gift for any BFF who wants to be inspired to take action.
This time next year, your friend could be launching her own business. And you can take some satisfaction in the knowledge that you helped to kickstart her into action.
If your friend declared on new years eve that this year would be less pizza and more sweating at the gym, show that you support her with a brand new, funky cool gym bag.
She can stuff all her essentials in here, from her workout clothes to her post-workout snack.
Don’t forget to slip a surprise inside the bag, too!
This one is for the best friend who’s a total beach bum/babe/actual goddess.
If she can’t get enough of the beach and is looking forward to this year’s summer holiday in the sun, put her in the mood with a brand new, colourful beach blanket.
She’ll literally be counting down the days until it’s time to get on the plane.
Subscription To A Food Box Service
Food box services are awesome. You pay a fee each month (usually in the region of $10) and the service sends you ingredients.
Then, you make a meal.
Footing your best friend’s bill for a whole year is going to be a tad expensive, but if you can afford it this is one heck of an amazing gift for foodies.
All you need to do is pick a company you reckon she’ll love, subscribe, and enter her address.
When that first food box arrives, she’ll be ecstatic.
Let’s just hope she’s the type to share her food …
Wine of the Month Club Subscription
If your friend is a big fan of wine, we simply can’t think of a better gift to round this list off with.
What to get your best friend for her birthday? What are your best ideas and tips?