It’s frustrating but oh so common to feel stuck when you’re looking for the right gifts to give your besties for their birthdays or other celebrations. Remember, this is not a reflection of your relationship. Gift-shopping is difficult for many people, no matter how well they know the recipient. To help you with your present shopping experience, here are five sweet gift ideas for close friends:
1. A Beautiful Aromatherapy Oil Kit
Aromatherapy home kits are one of the most universally beloved gifts because anybody can use them, regardless of their knowledge of aromatherapy. All you need to buy is a beautiful aromatherapy oil diffuser and a couple of essential oils. If you’re not familiar with your friend’s preferred scents, you can get an idea by considering the fragrances they wear, their favorite foods or flowers, and natural environments they enjoy the most (i.e the sea, gardens, or forests). Or, you could just ask them!
2. A Spa Booking
In line with this theme of relaxation, a day spa booking is a great gift because it will allow your friend to feel pampered without having to lift a finger. There are all kinds of ways you can customize this gift to suit them. Some examples include:
- Day spa packages with inclusions like spa, massage, body wraps, and facials
- Bathhouse, spa, and sauna-based therapies
- A health-focused treatment like remedial massage
- Alternative therapy such as flotation tanks or chocolate body wraps
- Beauty treatments your friend has been craving (like lash lifts, brow feathering, or even cosmetic tattooing)
Just make sure you choose a center that is convenient for your friend.
3. A Personalized Keepsake Book
You may have seen these cute personalized books on social media during the holidays. While they may seem like a fad at first, a personalized book is a thoughtful and unique present, especially for friends you have known for a long time.
You will need to do a bit of research as there are various things you’ll need to collect, including photos, stories, questionnaires, and information about the recipient. These are then turned into a hardcover book about the person! The other thing you can do is create your own book from scratch, or go classic and put together an annotated photo album.
4. A Wine or Gourmet Food Hamper
If your friend is a foodie, there’s no better gift than a gourmet food or wine hamper. You can choose hampers that are filled with decadent oils, sauces, and savory snacks, or hampers that contain only fine sweets and desserts.
If your friend is a bit of a wine connoisseur, you can spoil them with one of the many wine and champagne hamper options that are available. For an even more personal touch, customize the hamper yourself so it has a little bit of everything.
5. A Special Dinner
If you like the idea of a food-related gift, another thought is taking your friend out for dinner somewhere special. Whether it is to their favorite restaurant, a venue that’s recently opened in your area, or somewhere a bit fancy, this gift will be appreciated. On top of the decadent dining experience, you get to spend time together and celebrate your friend’s milestone in person! If you don’t see each other too often or are overdue to catch up, you could even use this gift as a surprise.
Hopefully, these ideas are able to provide you with some inspiration. With a bit of time, you’re bound to find the perfect present!