On top of existing Christmas stress, you may still be stuck when it comes to the most unique best friend gifts. But now’s your chance to take a deep breath, relax and read our list. Because instead of scouring the mall for a gift that hits the $50 limit, we’ve come up with unique best friend gift ideas that will give even the smuggest holiday commercial antagonist something to be jealous about. (And yes, we know that’s not what Christmas is all about.)
1. Create a memory
Before we say anything, let us assure you that we’re not about to encourage you perfect the art of scrapbook-making (unless that’s what you’re into, and in that case, feel free to teach us). Naturally, the best unique best friend gift ideas come from creating those once-in-a-lifetime memories, so instead of giving her something along with a gift receipt, treat her to a play, a musical, a concert or even a sports event. (Then you can scrapbook it – again, if you’re into that sort of thing.)
2. Provide a soundtrack
Are you strapped for cash this holiday season? With budget and responsibility on most of our minds, you may do best to channel the type of best friend gift ideas that come a little cheaper. And if you’re a student or an intern, you can try your hand at a old-fashioned mixed tape (how retro) or downloadable playlist. Made up of the songs that define your friendship, you can accompany this with a memento from one of your famous hangouts, and then bust some moves to tracks like “I’m Every Woman” (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything).
3. Favourite things
Since a little goes a long way, think about how long a lot of little things can go. Translation? The most unique best friend gift ideas can come from both the heart and The Sound of Music soundtrack, and by picking up a collection of her “favourite things” (get it?), you can create the ultimate care package. Whether it’s flavoured coffees, teas, a bath bomb, nail polish, a $5 coffee shop gift card, a bottle of her favourite wine or even a scented candle (some of us love them), you can breathe new life into Christmas gift baskets. Just remember that gift bags tend to look better.
4. Antique art
Worry not – we’re not about to advocate you shelling out thousands for one heck of a present. But if you’re hoping for one of the most unique best friend gift ideas, head to an antique market or a vintage store to find an old classic advertisement, magazine cover or even postcard to frame and present. Of course, this only works if it suits her taste or hobby preferences – but when it comes to helping spruce up her apartment, note that this unique best friend gift idea will reign supreme.