19 Thoughtful Christmas Gifts for Your Friends—Because They're the Best
Whether they’re a workout buddy, office bestie, or long-distance childhood friend, your crew is important. Show them just how much you care with a gift that suits their personality and style. Our Christmas gift guide for friends features an affordable range of gift ideas, including travel items, self-care essentials—like jade facial rollers and plush slippers they’ll never want to take off—plus personalized presents such as a hand-cut birth flower necklace.
For the Beauty Buff: Glossier Balm DotCom Trio
It’s not just the trendy packaging we love. These skin salves really are the balm dotcom, and we can vouch. Customize a set of three to gift to your closest friends. Go with tinted or untinted, then choose from 8 different flavors like cool mint or fragrant rose. They’ll never go anywhere without one!
For the Cook: Antoni in the Kitchen Cookbook
Binge-watch Queer Eye with your friends every time a new season hits Netflix? We get it. This Christmas, gift your own fab five with a cookbook from one of our favorite cast members, Antoni Porowski. Not only is it the perfect way to get reinspired in the kitchen, but you can bet it’s full of delicious avocado creations!
For the Brown-Bagger: Takenaka Bento Box
For the Fashionista: Love Your Melon Hat
For the Commuter: W&P Design Porter Ceramic To-Go Mug
Perfect for your morning tea or cold brew, this ceramic mug makes it easy to get out the door and on with your day. Not only is it dishwasher-friendly, but its millennial pink color is sure to put an extra pep in your step. Pair it with a matching bowl for the ultimate take-to-work duo.
For the Candle Queen: Capri Blue Volcano Blue Signature Jar
For the Shoe-Obsessed: Rothy’s Leopard Flats
These leopard-print flats from Rothy’s will be your fashionista friend’s new favorite shoe. They’re chic, comfy, and made with upcycled plastic water bottles. Who knew? You can even throw them in the wash (on cold, of course) and air-dry them, which means these sustainable shoes will be super long-lasting.
For the Sentimental: Made by Mary Birth Flower Necklace
For the Fit Friend: OPTP Lorox Aligned Travel Foam Roller
For the Traveler: Ban.do Travel Pillow
Everything’s coming up roses this Christmas, thanks to this pretty neck pillow from Ban.do. This eye-catching floral design will make you feel like you're on a tropical getaway, even if you're just taking a short road trip. Featuring a removable microfiber cover, it makes jet setting all the more enjoyable and can be washed after each use.
For Bookworms: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Whether they’re big into hiking or just want to drink more water in the new year, a stainless steel Hydro Flask is always a good idea. The BPA-free bottle has TempSheild insulation, keeping liquids cold for up to 24 hours. Choose from five different colors: lilac, frost, black, white, and graphite.
For the Golfer: Callaway Supersoft Matte Pink Golf Balls
Give the golfer in your life a gift they’ll use over and over. These matte balls feature an advanced core that promotes a slow spin, making for longer, straighter shots. Plus, with a batch this bright, they’ll never lose a ball again. Not a fan of pink? Choose from neon yellow, orange, red, or green.
For the Self-Care Fan: Skin Gym Jade Face Roller
Treat your gem of a friend to the ultimate self-care tool: a jade facial roller. Using stones for skincare may seem like a new thing, but beauty enthusiasts have actually been using them since the 17th century. Their crystal healing properties are said to help reduce puffiness, increase circulation, and give skin a radiant glow.
For the Farmers Market Fan: The Little Market Purposeful Tote
Lauren Conrad does it again. This adorable tote comes from her nonprofit, The Little Market, where she teamed up with co-founder Hannah Skvarla to create a fair trade shop selling gorgeous handmade products from artisans around the world. Gift one with black or white lettering—either way, this tote will be a staple come farmers market season.
For the Minimalist: Stella & Dot Stacking Ring
These delicate stacking rings will be an elegant addition to your friend’s jewelry collection. They’re made with more than 70 hand-set pave stones and come in gold or rose gold. Plus, you can get free gift packaging with every order! Perfect for shipping to your long-distance bestie.
For the Cozy Queen: Genuine Shearling Slippers
For Winter Skin: Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve
Because their typical wintertime lotion just won’t do. This hand salve is a go-to for our editors. It’s formulated with avocado oil, eucalyptus oil, and sesame seed oil to give dry cracked hands an ultra-conditioning treatment. Trust us, this stuff is so good they’re going to want one for the car, office, and nightstand.