Unique Gift Ideas For Your Best Friend!
Shopping for a birthday or just want to get a little something to say “I love you, friend!”? You’ll find the perfect gift idea for your best friend here! I’ve broken down the suggestions by friend type as well as three separate price ranges, so there is a suggestion that fits every friend and in every budget!
The DIY Friend
Dremel Rotary Tool Kit
Don’t scoff. To the uninitiated, at first glance a Dremel kit seems like a horrible gift idea. What’s so exciting about a rotary tool? I’ll tell you what’s so exciting. It can sand, it can cut any number of materials in need of precision cutting, etch glass, carve wood, polish, sharpen other tools, and more. It’s the perfect gift for a friend who doesn’t yet have a similar multi-purpose tool. Not to mention, there are hundreds of attachments to go with it. And who doesn’t love a new attachment every now and then?
Dremel Precision Butane Soldering Torch
I swear I’m not a shill for Dremel, they just make so many awesome tools. I’m just a sucker for any tool that can be used for multiple purposes. Their 2000-01 Versa Tip kit allows you to solder, heat cut plastic and wire, burn designs into wood, and so on.
Xacto X5282 Basic Knife Set
Everyone has the standard, angled blade Xacto knife. But did you know that you could purchase a kit containing blades of all different shapes and sizes? #allBladesAreBeautiful #sharpAtEverySize
The Friend Who Loves Handmade Things
Merino Wool Chunky Blanket
These blankets are super soft, super stylish, and super cozy. You can buy them on Etsy where they comes in a variety of colors and sizes, or you can learn to make one yourself using this video tutorial.
A Nip Bouquet
Flowers? Pfft. Instructions here.
Homemade Blueberry Jam
Blueberry jam is so easy to make, anybody can do it. You only need a handful of ingredients and a case of canning jars to preserve it in after it’s finished cooking. I’ve used this recipe with great success.
The Foodie Friend
Try The World Box Subscription
Try the World is a subscription food box service which enables you to try a box of selected foods from a new foreign country every month. For just under $100, you can purchase a 3-month gift subscription for your food-loving friend who enjoys trying new things.
Le Creuset Stoneware
Any home cook worth their salt knows that Le Creuset is the best of the best when it comes to bakeware. It is also a high-end, brand with high-end prices. However, there are several products that can be had in the $50 and under price range that would make wonderful gifts for people who love cook! I suggest taking a look at their stoneware line.
Olivelle Sea Salt Sampler
People who love food also love fancy salt. Himalayan pink salt is particularly popular, but there are so many others to try too. A collection of assorted artisan salts for sodium lovers everywhere is a no brainer.
The Practical Friend
I don’t think you realize how life-changing comfortable, noise-cancelling bluetooth headphones really are. Personally, I own these Sony headphones which at the moment are a touch over $100, but I have seen them on sale for under. I use them constantly. If I’m at home, I use them to listen to podcasts or audiobooks while I cook. Or connect them to my TV to watch solo while other family members do their own thing in the same room. At work, I put them on and turn up the music to tune out the office chatter in order to focus.
I received them as a birthday gift last year and I have since given the same ones as gifts to two other people. Highly recommend.
Roadside Emergency Kit
Soooo…I know most people don’t think of preparation supplies when they think about gift giving. This is a gift idea for the truly practical friend. Being that most people do not have any sort of emergency kit for their car, gifting one to a person who can see the value in such a gift is a great way to say “I care about you and want you to be safe and ready to face anything life throws at you!”. This roadside kit contains the most commonly needed items and a few extras, too.
Let me tell you something about this little electric kettle. I bought one because I needed a quick way to boil water for my Aeropress since I was sick of microwaving water every morning. (Which, by the way, you’re not actually supposed to do since it can superheat and explode. Fun fact!). Anyway, so I bought this kettle. I mainly chose this one over the other kettles in the same price range because I mean..it lights up with a cool blue light while it’s heating the water. Also, it comes in a multitude of awesome colors.
Let me tell you: we are using. this. thing. constantly. We use it every morning to make coffee (and let’s be honest – several times after that to make more coffee). It’s used it to sanitize things. And we use it to heat water to pour into a pan if we need to boil water faster than the stove can. This kettle gets more use than pretty much any other small appliance I own. And, seeing it in action has convinced at least 3 other people I know to go get one for themselves. It is awesome. Buy it for yourself, and as a gift for your bff.
The Adventurous Friend
Websites like Cloud9Living.com let you browse by city/region for experiences rather than physical gifts. Just in my area for under $100 you can: go indoor skydiving, go on various food/wine tours, enjoy lunch or dinner cruises, ride in a race car, go whale watching, sailing, kayaking, indoor surfing, and take numerous private musical lessons. Experiences are perfect gifts for your best friend if they’re the type of person who is always up for adventure. If you’re willing to pay over $100, there are even more options – skydiving and helicopter rides, for example.
Mini Road Trip Kit
What’s more fun than a random day trip with your best friend? Put together a little kit to take with you as you spend some time bonding on a mini-trip someplace close!
- Gas money
- Favorite snacks
- Hand decorated box to put it all in
- Track list of the playlist you’ve made for the occasion
- Tickets to somewhere fun (event, museum/park admission, etc)
Travel Journal: Exploring the World in Lists
Everyone loves a good list. This little book lets frequent travelers fill in all kinds of lists pertaining to travel and adventuring around the globe! Travel Listography: Exploring the World in Lists