Isn’t it lovely to receive the perfect gift from a friend? It doesn’t matter if it is a special occasion, or a just-like-that gift—we all enjoy the ideal gift, especially if it is something from our wishlist, or something that makes life better. Great gifts feel like a reflection of the beautiful bond we have with the giver—we cherish them all our lives.
When I think back on some of the best gifts I’ve got from my closest friends, I feel blessed. We went to great lengths to make sure we picked the perfect item, and later, reveled in the joy it brought. Good times!
So, after a really enjoyable discussion with my besties, we came up with 7 gift ideas that rock. You can totally steal them—what with it being the holiday season and all!
My friends love their jewelry. Not necessarily precious jewelry—because we enjoy wearing ethnic stuff, the gorgeous stuff made by artisans. But every once in a while, we like to get that special piece. Doesn’t have to cost a bomb. It can be that simple elegant something engraved with the date or year in which you met, or something else special. I remember, almost three decades ago, I had collected a box full of 20 paise coins. I had them melted and made into two anklets—one for me, one for my friend. When I met her three years ago, the first thing we did was show each other our ankles—and feel excited that we were still wearing those! Of course, we’ve gifted each other loads of jewelry since then, but this one is so special.
A day at the spa
If anyone deserves a day off to pamper herself and relax, it is that special friend. A relaxing day at the spa is the perfect gift for that friend who refuses to take time off and recharge! You know how she’ll do everything for everyone, but when it comes to herself, uh uh! How about a gift certificate for a day of pampering at your favorite local spa? I am sure she’ll be thrilled! Because, you see, sometimes you just gotta take charge! Go the whole hog and give them the full princess treatment, or pick a list of services you know your friend will prefer to make the spa experience completely blissful and perfect.
All my friends are voracious readers and books are always a winning gift option. But it is sometimes inconvenient to leave that 400 page novel behind when you travel, especially if you’re just getting warmed up with the plot! So how about an ereader? Several libraries allow you to download electronic books straight to the E-reader, which is a boon for avid book readers. With the price of the E-reader going down it has become easy to present this wonderful gift to your book loving friends.
Gift of health
Yes, gifting needn’t be all fun stuff! A gift for good health like an air filter for home is a gift almost everyone seems to love getting in today’s highly polluted environment. Consider gifting a portable purifier to keep their home circulating with clean air, particularly if they are prone to respiratory problems or have little ones around. For instance, Kent Ozone Table Top Air Purifier is a convenient appliance that can be used anywhere around the house. If your friends have little children, they will love this gift.
With the weather turning cold outside, we naturally prefer to bundle up at home and stay cozy, making it more important than ever to breathe clean home air. A home air purifier, besides removing household pollutants and germs from the air, has many benefits—and it makes the perfect gift. It will help your friends stay healthier and less stressed, which also means a calmer mind and better relationships. Win-win!
A diary or a journal
Ah, remember the days when we enjoyed writing in a journal and hiding that diary from prying eyes? I still feel excited about that gorgeous diary. I am already all set for 2017 with two desk planners, and a couple of 5-subject notebooks, because I love to write. Many people remember and cherish a beautiful and well-decorated diary given to them by their friends. I’ve seen some unique ones with a small lock, so your friend can keep it private. Writing is so therapeutic! We all have special moments in life we enjoy reflecting upon. So go ahead and choose a fabulous diary or journal for your friend, and make her think of you! She will appreciate the thoughtfulness of this gift, each time she uses it!
What better gift than the gift of travel? If your friend enjoys seeing places, simply gift her a weekend getaway—solo or with a partner. Better still, buddy up and plan an adventure together—maybe a wildlife safari, or a lazy beach resort trip—or a trek. I am sure your friend will cherish it forever!
A scrapbook or a photo album
Have you ever received an album from your friend with all the funny and amazing moments of togetherness, compiled in a single book? I have! And it is amazing. Pick a few of your favorite photos together and make a special scrapbook for your friend to love and cherish! Celebrate your friendship! An even better idea is to create a collage and have it framed, so she can place it where she can enjoy seeing it!
Gifting needn’t be a chore. Of course, the greatest gift is wrapped in love!
So which one of these is your favorite?
What’s the best gift you’ve received this year?
Tell me in the comments!