Best Gift Ideas for Friends

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Find the best gift ideas for friends is easy with this collection of 40+ gift ideas. Gift are included for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s Day and more. You’ll find simple DIY gifts to impress, subscription box gifts that are perfect as a one-time gift box or a monthly subscription and more.

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Gift ideas listed below include simple handmade gifts, experiential gift ideas and subscription box ideas that can be purchased as a one-time gift box or as a recurring monthly gift box for as long as you’d like.

The gift ideas for friends are listed by:

  • Thoughtful gift ideas
  • Gifts for birthdays
  • Gifts for Christmas
  • Valentine’s Gifts
  • And More Gifts for Friends Ideas

Best Gift Ideas for Friends

It’s important to know your friend, their interests and their gift personality. Some people are happy just knowing you remembered them with a gift. Other people need to see that you thought about them carefully when you chose the gift. Some people don’t want to receive items (or clutter) as a gift. Some people prefer homemade gifts.

Knowing which type of gift personality your friend has will help you select the best gift for your friend.

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What are some thoughtful gifts?

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Best Gift Ideas for Friend’s Birthday

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  • Movie Tickets – take your friend to see a movie and create a memory together. Choose a movie you’ve seen together in the past and loved or a new one that you’ve both been wanting to see. Make this cute movie gift card sleeve to hold the tickets or gift card. My two favorite movie ticket options are:
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Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends

  • American Cocktail Club – Share holiday cheer with this gift box that includes instructions and supplies to mix a new drink each month or give it as a one-time gift surprise.
  • Easy-to-Make Flannel Blanket – Personalize this cuddly gift in the choice of pattern and color.
A personalized handmade gift is the perfect gift thanks to this easy-to-make flannel blanket tutorial.
A personalized handmade gift is the perfect gift thanks to this easy-to-make flannel blanket tutorial.
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  • 80+ DIY Christmas Gifts – These are easy-to-make gifts that list the amount of time and cost of each project idea. There’s something for everyone on your list.
  • Best Planners for Mom and Anyone – This list of my favorite planners was originally created for moms, but makes great gifts for anyone looking to be organized in the new year.
  • 20 top Creative Hobby Subscription Boxes – Twenty popular gift boxes in five different hobby categories; crafting, gardening, mystery and puzzles, baking and cooking.
  • Food Care Packages – There are wonderful Christmas food gift ideas listed with these care package ideas in the categories of food, candy and snacks.
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Valentine’s Gift for Best Friend

  • DIY Cup Sleeve – A simple DIY craft that is the perfect accompaniment to a coffee shop gift card or bag of special roast coffee.
  • Send a decadent gift of fruit.
  • DIY Sharpie Heart Dot Cup – You can make this charming gift in minutes and fill it with candy or homemade cookies.
  • 16 of the Best Candy Subscription Boxes – There’s something for every kind of sweet tooth.
  • DIY Rice Heating Pads – These cuddly heat pads are easily made from heart bandanas or fabric.
  • Flowers or a plant – Who doesn’t love receiving a gift of beautiful flowers or a charming plant. Take a few minutes to look over my favorite sources for sending flowers and find what works best for your area and your budget:
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Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

I’ve created a library of gift giving ideas for every person on your list and almost every occasion. You’re certain to find something here for everyone on your gift giving list.

Pin so you can always find this comprehensive guide of the best gift ideas for friends in the future (you know you’re going to need it again!).

Find all our best gift ideas for everyone on your list in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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