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40 Amazing, Thoughtful Gifts Your Best Friends Will Actually Want And Love In 2021

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Whatever you call your best friend—bae, ride-or-die, bestie, sister, or BFF—there's nothing like the perfect gift to demonstrate just how much you really appreciate them. After all, what would you do without your partner-in-crime? Life would be more boring, that's for sure.

Of course, gifts aren't what define your friendship. But, they can be an amazing way to show your pal you care enough to really think about what they'd like for the holidays, their birthday, or to celebrate that new job.

Got an astrology-loving friend? They'll use this zodiac necklace and deck of oracle cards all the time. Maybe they recently took up cooking as a hobby—they'll brag for years about the BFF who got them an air fryer. And if your best friend also happens to be your workout buddy, they'll love a new pair of these cult-favorite Alo moto leggings (or these famous $20 butt-scrunch ones!).

Sure, you could just grab them a gift card, but how many times can you really do that before it gets old? All it takes to give the perfect gift is a little digging, depending on their interests. And the best part? You don't have to spend a fortune to gift them something truly special and thoughtful. (These gifts are all pretty affordable!)

See below for the 40 best gifts you can get your best friends in 2021—and don't forget a matching set for yourself, too.

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Best For The Slippers Lover
Fluff Yeah Slide Slipper
UGG

It's super fun giving our BFFs gifts to help them keep cozy, which is why these fuzzy, cable-knit slippers are at the top of our list. They're available in 43 fun colors, too.

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Best For The Long-Distance Best Friends
Best Friend Box
Sodilly
Now 10% off

If you and your bestie have managed to stay two peas in a pod while miles apart, this sweet gift box will put a huge smile on their face. The box includes handmade soaps, a tumbler, body butter, and a bath bomb—bonus points if you send them a bottle of wine to pair with it.

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Best For The Inspirational BFF
"Inspirational" Friendship Bracelets
Joycuff

You and your BFF always keep it real, so why wouldn’t your words of #inspo for each other follow suit? And since the engraving is on the inside, you don’t have to worry about this bracelet being too, ahem, real for professional situations.

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Best For The Astrology Lover
Zodiac Coin Embossed Necklace
Fremttly

Give your astrology-loving bestie the gift of keeping their zodiac sign close to heart. Get yourself a matching one, and it’ll remind them of your cosmic chemistry every time you wear them together.

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Best For The BFF Who Needs Some Self-Care
Self-Care Subscription Box
Thera Box

Some people just never spend money on themselves. If your bestie happens to be one of those selfless humans, this subscription box will be their monthly reminder of how much you feel they deserve some indulgence.

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Best For The Bath Lover
Women of Change Bath Balm Gift Set
Musee

This set of five delicious smelling bath balms comes in packaging that pays tribute to Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Maya Angelou (they each come with collectible magnets, too!). The brand is also committed to hiring women in recovery, those with disabilities, and people in need of a second chance.

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Best For The Early Riser
Morning Person Sweatshirt

If your bestie sets her alarm clock for 5:30 a.m. like it's no big deal, she'll love sipping her coffee while wearing this cozy sweatshirt made of a blend of organic and recycled material.

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Best For The Spicy Food Lover
UBAH HOT Hot Sauce
UBAH HOT

Spice up her life with this trio of hot sauces (in mild, medium, and hot flavors) straight from Oprah's 2021 list of favorite things.

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Best For The Stressed Friend
Cheer the F*ck Up: Positive Sh*t to Color Your Mood Happy (Swear Word Coloring Books)
St. Martin's Griffin
Now 20% off

Tough year? Cheer her up with this stress-relieving adult coloring book packed full of phrases like "You're a badass" and fun illustrations she can spend hours filling in. Don't forget to scoop up a set of colored pencils for her, too.

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Best For The Wannabe Early Riser
Own Your Morning: Reset Your A.M. Routine To Unlock Your Potential

Whether her New Year's resolution is to start eating breakfast every day or to squeeze more a.m. workings in, this book is packed with tips that will help her rise and shine, straight from Women's Health's editor-in-chief Liz Plosser.

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Best For The Pedicure Lover
Footnanny Olive Oil Pedicure Collection
Footnanny

If she loves a good DIY pedicure, it doesn't get any better than with this collection of goodies from cult-favorite brand Footnanny. She'll score foot cream, basil lemon soaking salts and sugar scrub, a foot massager, a buffer/file, and a pair of socks.

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Best Overall
Luxurious Sherpa Throw Blanket
Genteele
Now 17% off

This blanket is described as snuggling "with a cloud" on Amazon—so yeah, I'll be buying one for all of my best friends this holiday season (and one for myself, too).

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Best For The Tea Lover
Bottom Dispensing Tea Pot
VAHDAM

Whether you love gossiping over tea time or you know your bestie just isn't themselves till they pour their first a.m. cup, this tea-dispensing pot is a serious game changer for any tea lover. Pair with some chai to really complete the gift.

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Best For The TikTok Lover
High Waist Butt Scrunch Leggings
SEASUM
Now 29% off

Yup, these are those leggings you've seen all over TikTok. Your workout-loving BFF has probably been eyeing these for months—go ahead and bite the bullet for them.

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Best For The Amateur Chef
Electric Air Fryer
GoWISE USA

No home chef's kitchen is complete without an air fryer nowadays. It'll seriously expand their arsenal of (crispy!) recipes. And because you were kind enough to gift this to them, they'll be inviting you over for dinner way more often.

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Best For The Leggings Lover
High Waist Moto Legging
Alo Yoga
Now 40% off

If these high-waisted leggings look familiar, it's because celebs are obsessed with them. From Cara Delevigne to Gigi Hadid and Taylor Swift, the person in your life who lives in their leggings needs to have these comfy, trendy leggings in their rotation.

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Best For The Kardashian Fan
Cozy Knit Joggers
SKIMS

This might be a bit of a splurge, but will you just look at that cozy plush fabric?! If anyone deserves it, (and could use something to wear while marathon-ing KUWTK reruns) it's your BFF. Earn some major brownie points by pairing them with the matching tank.

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Best For The Jewelry Lover
BYCHARI Sade Hoops womens
BYCHARI

A fun and flirty take on basic hoops, these earrings will be the kind of item your bestie wears every day—and they'll brag about you every time they get a compliment on them (which will be very often).

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Best For The Environmental Fashion Lover
The Fanny Pack

ICYMI, fanny packs are back in a big way—and while it may take you a sec to accept the trend, this sustainably-made vegan leather one (founded by sisters/BFFs Salima and Samara!) should convince you and your bestie to hop on the fanny-pack train.

Still not a fan? It doubles as a clutch and comes with an extra strap to be a crossbody bag, too.

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Best For BFFs Who Should Have A Comedy Show
Amy Poehler Tina Fey Keychain
PeachyApricot

If all three of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s opening monologues at the Golden Globes have a permanent place in your and your bestie's most-watched YouTube videos list, you owe it to each other to get a matching set of these keychains.

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Best For The Grey's Anatomy Lover
You're My Person Card
iamnatdesigns

Let the Cristina Yang to your Meredith Grey know exactly how important they are to you with this Grey’s Anatomy-inspired card. (And you might wanna put a Netflix gift card inside, so they can get the next few months of their subscription on you.)

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Best For The One Who Always Has Fresh Flowers
Porcelain Bud Vase Coral and Gold
HoneycombStudio

Simple and elegant, this bud vase sort of falls under that category of pretty things that you know you want but don’t necessarily need. But you know who does deserve a little extra beauty in her life? Your best friend.

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Best For The Loungewear Lover
Zip Up Faux Shearling Shaggy Oversized Jacket
PRETTYGARDEN

There’s nothing better during those colder months than having an oversized sweater in which you can hide from the wind. This one is cozy on the inside and out, so it'll prob become your bestie's go-to jacket during fall and winter. It basically feels like loungewear, but looks super stylish.

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Best For The Plant Parent
Variety Pack Of 4 Mini Succulents
Shop Succulents

In addition to being adorable little decorating accents for around the house, plants have also been shown to have numerous health benefits, including air purification and just making you feel good. Plus, these succulents are easy to care for, whether your bestie has a green thumb or, uh, not.

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Best For The Planner
Weekly Planner, Notebook, and Sticky Notes
Kate Spade

I couldn't imagine a more chic way for your plan-loving BFF to stay on schedule. This one goes out to all the besties who are always initiating and organizing plans for you and your squad.

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Best For The Avocado Lover
Cartoon Print Tee and Shorts Pajama Set
DIDK

Just imagine how cute this would look paired with their a.m. avo toast. Everyone has someone in their lives who could use this adorable set.

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Best For The Bath Lover
Salt Soak Body Cream Duo
The Feelist

Upgrade your BFF's night routine with CBD-infused bath salts and body lotion (pssst: they're vegan and cruelty-free!) blended with detoxifying and nourishing ingredients to relax, restore, and energize. 

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Best For The Flowers Lover
The Juliet Bouquet
Urban Stems

Sending your nearest and dearest a bouquet of flowers just because you love them is one of the best best friend gifts to give anytime of year.

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Best For The Scent Lover
The Atomiser Diffuser
Aromatherapy Associates

I’m a firm believer that your home should be an oasis from the stress and anxiety of the outside world. This water-free diffuser will help your BFF turn their home into a spa.

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Best For The Tea And Wine Lover
Bolixir Tea-Infused Wine
Bolixir

If they always have a wine glass or tea mug in hand, now they don't have to choose. These herbal tea-infused wines are seriously delicious blends. They'll love taking out these bottles on special occasions (most importantly, for your wine nights together).

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