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Best Gifts for Friends

’Tis the season for giving, but you don’t want to wrap just anything for your friends—you want to find thoughtful gift ideas to show them how much you care. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these 42 amazing gift ideas. From your best friend who has everything to the amazing mom (or pregnant friend) in your life and the male friend on your list, all your pals are included here. Happy shopping!

For the BFF who has it all

3-Wick Tropical Dreams Jar Candle

Candles are always appreciated, especially with most folks staying cozy indoors for the foreseeable future. This coastal breeze scent will transport anyone to far-off tropical locales without ever leaving home.

For the BFF who has it all

Nivea Bath & Body Care Gift Set

Sometimes the best gift solutions are the simplest, especially when it comes to self-care. This skin-loving kit comes with body lotion, hand cream, body wash and lip balm that will keep her hydrated all winter long.

For the BFF who has it all

Safdie & Co. Weighted Blanket

Help your best friend fully relax and get a good night’s sleep with one of this year’s top gift ideas. This weighted blanket will feel like they’re getting a nice hug, even if you’re apart.

For the BFF who has it all

My Makeup Brush Set Pop Champagne Brush Set

Upgrade your friend’s makeup routine—and her vanity—with this six-piece essential makeup brush set in a matte gold-toned finish.

For the BFF who has it all

Luxury Designs 14K Yellow Gold Hoop Earrings

These 10mm, 14K yellow gold hoops are a jewellery must-have—they add a touch of classic flair to any outfit, from loungewear to a little black dress.

For the BFF who has it all

Olay Age Defying Gentle Nourishment Gift Set

Wrap up a softer, smoother complexion in this three-piece gift set, complete with Olay’s Age Defying cleanser, night cream and day cream.

For the BFF who has it all

Fitbit 2 Versa Smartwatch

This amazing smartwatch is the perfect gift for your friend who’s into wellness. It’s worth the price since it tracks sleep, heart rate and movement. Plus, it allows them to check the weather, listen to music and receive notifications from their phone.

Find even more inspiration for the friend who can’t get enough gadgets with these 51 Best Tech and Electronic Gifts.

For the awesome mom friend

Dove Women Complete Care Essentials Gift Set

Self-care is essential for everyone, but this kit will help your amazing mom friend feel especially pampered. It comes with Dove’s iconic Beauty Bar, plus body wash, shampoo, antiperspirant and a cute toiletry bag she can use for makeup or skincare.

If you’re shopping for her kids, too, don’t miss 50 Best Toys for Kids, 60 Great Gift Ideas Girls Will Love and 60 Cool Gift Ideas for Boys.

For the awesome mom friend

Farberware Copper-Plated Tea Kettle

This sleek retro-looking kettle works on any stovetop and will make it easy for her to brew her favourite cold-weather beverages to unwind with on a chilly day.

For the awesome mom friend

Champs Express Wallet

Set her up in style with this budget-friendly wallet. It’s cute and compact but still has enough space for eight credit cards, plus five pockets and a zippered center divider.

For the awesome mom friend

Revlon Facial Roller

Nothing feels more indulgent than a soothing facial massage. This jade facial roller—which helps de-puff skin and reduce redness—will give this time-starved mom that extra moment she craves.

For the awesome mom friend

George Women's Elle Slippers

These comfy and cute plush slide-on slippers will keep her feeling cozy whether she’s prepping lunches or working from home (or snuggled up watching Netflix after the kids go to bed).

For the awesome mom friend

One by One by Ruth Ware

While downtime is hard for her to come by, this thriller will give your friend a bit of incentive to take a breather for herself and savour this page-turner from a bestselling author.

For the awesome mom friend

Katy Perry Meow Ladies Eau De Parfum Spray

A good scent has the power to boost anyone’s mood and this fun combination of pear, jasmine, tangerine, gardenia, lily-of-the-valley and orange blossom will do just that.

Need more shopping inspiration for your mom pals? Check out 50 Great Gifts for Every Mom on Your List.

For your best guy friend

Libbey Giant Beer Glasses

Beer tastes better in bigger glasses, right? This affordable set of four makes an easy gift, especially if you pair it with a pack of his favourite brew and some snacks.

If he’s also a father, find more gift inspiration with The 50 Best Gifts for Every Type of Dad.

For your best guy friend

Lacoste Essential For Men

Woody and aromatic with a fresh, youthful feel, this classic fragrance is understated but unforgettable (just like your friend!).

For your best guy friend

QualitChoice T2 Outdoor Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

Whether he’s looking to enjoy patio hangs in the summer or just amp up his home office music setup, this (super affordable) waterproof Bluetooth speaker will set the tone in any space.

For your best guy friend

Every Man Jack Sandalwood Body Kit

Upgrade his daily grooming routine with this sleek, sandalwood-scented set. It comes with deodorant, body wash and 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner, all in a handy toiletry bag he can use for travel.

For your best guy friend

Innovative Technology Wireless Headphones

These budget-friendly over-the-ear wireless headphones are as comfortable as the sound is clear and will make everything from bingeing his favourite show to listening to podcasts even more enjoyable. Plus, it comes with a bonus pair of earbuds and a case to carry both.

For more audio gift inspiration, check out The 8 Best Headphones for School, Work and Play.

For your best guy friend

Axe Apollo Gift Set

He’ll feel (and smell) so fresh and so clean with this Axe gift set, featuring deodorant body spray, body wash and 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. The mix of mandarin and sandalwood scents will make these his new favourite grooming products.

For your best guy friend

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm

Practical and ideal for pairing with another gift (or as a stocking stuffer), this three-pack of soothing Burt’s Bees lip balms will hydrate and take on even the most chapped lips.

Find more great gift ideas for him with 56 Unique Gifts for the Men in Your Life.

For your pregnant friend

George Maternity Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Sweatshirt

Comfy clothes for lounging are essential for anyone, but especially when you’re pregnant. This soft, cowl neck sweatshirt will keep her super snug both pre- and post-baby.

Find gift inspiration for her little one with our 50 Best Gifts for Babies and Toddlers.

For your pregnant friend

Formation Brands Printed Mug

This cheeky 26-ounce mug is the perfect size for her to enjoy her daily coffee or tea. Stuff it with some chocolates or a coffee gift card for a simple, perfect gift.

Black handheld Kobo eReader showing the page from a book

For your pregnant friend

Kobo Clara HD eReader

Whether she’s reading baby books or the latest fiction, this e-reader will make it easy for her to do so—even in the wee hours of the morning—with the blue-light reducing technology.

Buhbli diffuser

For your pregnant friend

Buhbli Organics Essential Oil Diffuser

Help her set the scene for a peaceful, relaxing environment with this lighted essential oil diffuser, ideal for any space. Include some lemon essential oil to elevate her mood or lavender to help her relax before sleep.

For your pregnant friend

Nurture Me Organics Premium Large Spa Basket

If she can’t go to the spa, bring it to her with this soothing gift set. It’s packed with all the handmade products (including bath salts and bath bombs) she needs for a calming at-home spa experience.

For your pregnant friend

Keurig K-Latte Single Serve Coffee and Latte Maker

With this versatile and compact machine, she can make indulgent café-worthy beverages—from drip coffee to fancy lattes—all from home. Consider this her mat leave essential!

For your pregnant friend

Coffee Mug Warmer

Welcoming a new baby means lots of joy—and cold coffee. We can’t promise she’ll enjoy her morning brew in peace, but she can at least enjoy it hot with this safe mug warmer that automatically shuts off when she removes her mug.

For the friend who always hosts

Bamboo Cheese Board Set

This luxe bamboo board comes with four utensils (nestled in a cute holder) to create a stunning cheese board, whether it’s an appetizer spread for a dinner party or a quiet charcuterie-for-dinner kind of night.

Don’t miss 30 Unique Gift Ideas for the Host with the Most for more gifting inspiration.

For the friend who always hosts

Popflix Hot Air Popcorn Popper

With this countertop machine, your pal can serve up fresh, hot popcorn and melt butter in minutes. Upgrade their at-home movie nights by pairing it with a cute serving bowl, some popcorn flavouring and a copy of their favourite flick.

For the friend who always hosts

Libbey Glass Nebula Stemless Wine Glasses

These patterned stemless glasses are sure to impress guests. Throw in a bottle of their favourite wine for the perfect host gift.

For the friend who always hosts

Canadiana Antler Wine Rack

Your Canadiana-loving pal will adore this rustic yet elegant three-bottle wine rack, which doubles as a sweet piece of home décor. They’ll think of you whenever they open a new bottle.

For the friend who always hosts

Faux Leather Coaster Set

These faux-leather marble-patterned coasters will look stylish against any table backdrop, plus they’re easy a cinch to clean. Wrap up this set along with a few other handy hosting necessities and you’ll definitely secure your invite for cocktails.

For the friend who always hosts

Uncork and Unwind Wine Tool Set

This handy five-piece wine tool set comes with everything they need to fancy up their vino game, including a corkscrew, drip catcher and bottle stopper.

For the friend who always hosts

Bamboo Walnut Basket Bowl

Whether they’re putting out a gourmet salad or popcorn for a movie, this sophisticated bowl with handles makes for easy serving (and will look beautiful on their countertop).

For the DIY friend

Hamilton Beach Round Dutch Oven Pot

If they’re currently into making fresh bread or hearty winter stews, this pretty oven- and stovetop-safe Dutch oven will definitely come in handy. (Be a pal and let them know it will hold up longer if they hand-wash it.)

For the DIY friend

E.l.f. Cosmetics All About Eyes Clay Eyeshadow Set

Is she working on upping her makeup skills? This three-piece kit (with eyelid primer, a neutral eyeshadow palette and a liquid eyeliner) provides everything she needs to perfect a show-stopping look.

For the DIY friend

Smart Digital Earbuds

For the friend who’s always in the middle of a DIY project, these wireless earbuds will let them listen to their favourite tunes and podcasts while they work. The handy charging case means they can store them easily, too.

For the DIY friend

Sunbeam Mixmaster Classic Stand Mixer

This classic stand mixer comes with all of the attachments the baker on your list needs (plus two mixing bowls) so they can whip up the best cakes, loaves of bread, puddings and more.

For the DIY friend

Cricut Joy Machine

It’s a little pricey, but this machine is a DIYer’s dream. With it, they can create vinyl decals for water bottles, coffee cups and even shirts, or create their own cards and posters—the possibilities are endless.

If they’re creative, they’ll also appreciate any of these 25 Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts.

For the DIY friend

Farberware 15-Piece Tool & Gadget Set

If they’re new to the kitchen or just in desperate need of a utensil upgrade for all their homecooked meals, this budget-friendly set will arm them with everything they need to cook to their heart’s content.

For the DIY friend

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering (Volume 2) by Joanna Gaines

We may not be gathering quite the way we used to these days, but that doesn’t mean at-home meals can’t still be special. Help your friend create their own mini gathering for their household with this book full of tips and recipes.

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