Looking for ways to show your friends you care this holiday season? You’re in luck. We’ve rounded up a bunch of unique gifts for your friends, whether their idea of a perfect day is spent hiking a trail or browsing the shops. Read on for a ton of great ideas—at a range of prices—for everyone on your list.
For Your Friend Who Loves the Outdoors ...
… and needs a place to stow gear.
If you have a friend who’s obsessed with hiking, biking, rock climbing, or anything that gets them outdoors and into nature, the Hatchet Backpack ($60) is a great choice. Modern and versatile, it’s got two side pockets for water bottles, a carabiner key clip, and a front zippered pocket to stash gear in.
… and always resolves to stay hydrated.
Another great option? The S’Well Teakwood Bottle (from $25 for 9 oz.) can keep water and other beverages cold for 24 hours or more, and hot for at least 12 hours. Plus, it looks like it was made out of real wood—a nod to nature that she or he will surely appreciate.
… and wants to protect plants.
One more great idea: the Recycled SuperBreak ($50), which is made out of the equivalent of 20 plastic water bottles. Because if your friend loves nature, chances are she or he cares about protecting the environment and being sustainable. And a backpack is a great gift for holidays, especially for a friend who’s returning to in-person schooling for the second semester.
For Your Friend Who Always Has to Have the Latest ...
… and loves nothing more than a cute bag.
Is your friend always on top of the newest trend? The Fifth Avenue waistpack ($17) makes for a fun stocking stuffer and comes in a ton of cool patterns and colors, including leopard and a dreamy light pink. It looks great strapped around the waist—and even better flung over one shoulder.
… and deserves a little rest and relaxation.
Set your friend up for the ultimate at-home spa day with one of Soko Glam’s Korean skin care sets or beauty boxes. The Mediheal x BTS Hydration Care Special Set ($21) includes 10 masks—five designed to hydrate dry skin and five that help calm inflammation and minimize pores—plus 14 limited edition postcards of BTS.
… and always has the best accessories.
Tie-dye just might be the fashion trend of 2020; it’s been spotted on everyone from Haley Bieber to Bella Hadid this year. There are a ton of pretty tie-dye headbands on Etsy right now. We especially love this sailor knot one ($12).
For Your Friend Who Loves to DIY ...
… and doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty.
If you have a friend who loves a project, you may want to get them a tie-dye kit of his or her own. This Tulip Tie-Dye Party Kit ($30) comes with 14 colors and enough supplies to tie-dye 36 different shirts, sweatpants, tote bags, and more.
… and is all about that hygge life.
Whether your friend knows how to knit or wants to learn, the Avanto Beanie Mini Kit ($40) has everything he or she needs to make a warm hat for winter. The yarn comes in nearly 30 different colors and patterns, including aquamarine and Millennial pink.
… and gives you serious lunch envy.
And if your friend’s favorite kind of DIY is to whip up a feast, consider the Big Break Lunch Bag ($20). This super cute lunch box looks like a miniature backpack. Inside, it’s insulated to keep food hot or cold. There’s also an exterior pocket perfect for holding utensils, napkins, or condiments.
Got to buy something for a gift swap too? Check out our favorite white elephant gifts under $40.
By: Jessen O’Brien