Are you looking for a gift guide for your best friend, your sister, mom, friends or your girlfriend? Here are over 50 gift ideas for her, that she will love!
This post will be organized into these categories, so click onto the table of contents to get directly to the section you are looking for.
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Gift Ideas for your Best Friend
Let’s look at some super cute and unique gift ideas for her in this category! If you are looking for more personalized gifts (although some will be listed here), you can always customize or DIY it instead of buying.
1. Open When Letters
These are great for any friend or girlfriend, but I think especially best friends would love this!
You can either buy them on Etsy or make them yourself.
Categories you can write the letters about can include:
- you miss me
- you’re sad
- you want to talk to me
- you are angry
- you’re upset
- you’re happy
- it’s your birthday
- on Christmas
I love this gift idea because it can be customized and it’s super personal!
Click here to see the open when letters that are sold on Etsy.
2. Bestie Wall Art
I think these are super cute and also affordable!
Download a poster digitally and print at your local pharmacy or drugstore. You only need to frame it and voila! You have a cute personal gift for your best friend.
Click here for the digital download.
3. Coupon for an activity together
This is another personal one in this gift ideas for her guide!
You can think of literally anything in the world to give as a gift. Here are a few ideas:
- Weekend trip
- Trip to a theme park
- Water park tickets
- Concert tickets
- Going skydiving
- Bunjee jumping
- Stand up paddling
- A diving course
4. Personalized Blanket
You can order these online, and they are so cute!
Add pictures of you and your best friend or choose characters to represent your friendship. Super cute and very useful in winter!
5. Personalized Mugs
I just love personalized gifts as you can tell:D Anyway, aren’t these mugs adorable?? I am sure your best friend would love them.
Click here to get to the mugs!
6. Board with Pictures
I saw this gift idea on Pinterest and I love it! Let me know in the comments what you think about it, but I’d love to get this from my besties.
Buy a wooden board and pin/glue Polaroids or printed pictures on it. Decorate with some cute tape, and done!
7. Care Box
If you don’t see your bff every day, this is the perfect gift idea!
Pick a theme, such as blue, yellow, Christmas, birthday, or anything else, and put her favorites in the box.
This can be great for when she is away (ex: in college) and needs a few essentials.
This personalized pillow is the perfect gift for your best friend! You can print pictures of the two of you or other friends on it.
Click here to see the personalized pillows.
9. Happy Jar
Another idea I saw on Pinterest that I wanted to share with y’all!
Take a jar and put little notes in it. It doesn’t have to be a “happy jar”, it can also be activity ideas that she can pick from the jar every time you guys don’t know what to do.
It’s just a cute idea that is on a budget!
Lastly, you can give your best friend a journal that you either have pictures of you two in it, or one that is blank and ready for her thoughts and ideas.
Both are good gift ideas for her, and I’m sure she’ll love it! You can barely ever do something wrong with a notebook/journal!
Click here to see my favorite journal.
Gift Ideas for your Sister
In this category we’ve got gift ideas for her, your sister!
While many of the “best friend” gift ideas would be amazing for sisters , (make sure to check them out above if you haven’t yet), here are some more ideas.
11. A huge stuffed animal
This is also a good gift idea for a girlfriend, but sisters love them just as much!
I got this big teddy bear for my sister to one of her birthdays and she loved it. Not everyone has a boyfriend to give them one, especially when they’re still young. But there is nothing wrong with still wanting cute gifts!
Here is one that is affordable AND cute! (although I would suggest you look in a local store first, since these are quite impractical to deliver).
12. A flash drive with funny old memories
I think this one is quite fun!
If you have old pictures, videos, and funny childhood memories, put them all on a flash drive and give that as a gift!
If you only have pictures, you can print them and put them in an album instead, but often it’s the videos that are even funnier.
I might do that for my sister sometime! We have the most hilarious karaoke recordings and one-take movies we filmed. Too good for her not to have.
13. Scratch off map of the US or the world
Scratch off maps are awesome, but why not get your sister one where you can add pictures!
There are also maps of certain countries, so if you are from the US you can get a map with the US states, or if from Germany, a map of the states/counties or Europe.
Click here to see the cutest map with pictures!
14. Matching Jewelry
I know, just giving jewelry can be boring. But how about matching or personalized jewelry?
There are necklaces for different zodiac signs, for sisters, or bracelets that can be engraved.
Here is an Etsy shop that sells cute matching necklaces!
15. Box with Sustainable Essentials
Striving for a less wasteful and more sustainable lifestyle is (hopefully) everyone’s goal. Many people think that it costs a lot of money, but that is simply not true if you do it right.
Getting your sister (or friends) sustainable essentials is a great way to spread awareness and make their lives easier too.
You can get 10% off with the code “zsuzsanna10” for all of these great products:
- Reusable Straw
- Lunch Boxes/ Food Containers
- Bamboo Toothbrush
- Stainless Steel Razor
- Water Bottle
- Compostable Phone Case
- Shampoo and Conditioner Bars
For more sustainable items, read my post the ultimate sustainability guide for students. That will have some more ideas on being more eco-friendly.
16. Fun activities
Again, activities can be great gift ideas for her, especially if your sister has pretty much everything she needs.
You can give away a coupon or tickets to some fun activities, whether that is a movie, camping, taking a cooking class, or going for a party weekend to the next big city near you.
A projector can be a great gift to your sister if she is into movies and shows!
They are not too expensive (although not on the smallest budget) but they are more unique than just getting DVDs (which is not the worst idea either haha).
Click here to see the projector I am talking about.
18. Water Bottle
If your sister doesn’t have one yet, it’s time!!
There are tons of cute water bottles out there. Some have filters, some are metal, some are glass. Pick the design she would like most and you can be sure she’ll use it.
Click here for some cute ones.
19. Coffee mug
Kind of related to a water bottle, but not everyone loves coffee.
If your sister does, jackpot! Get her a cute reusable coffee mug (one you can refill at the shop or at home) that saves her money at the coffee shop and also the planet from more waste.
Especially the travel mugs are great for students.
Click here to see some reusable coffee mugs!
20. Do a prank
While this is not exactly a gift on its own, it’s a fun idea for Christmas!
Take cardboard boxes in several sizes and put them into each other.
That makes the gift look huge at first, but when she opens it she will find another box, and another box. At the end she will end up with a small box that will have a gift in it.
I’ve done this in the past and it’s super fun, stretches the gift opening (who doesn’t want it to last a little longer…) and she still gets a little gift.
Gift Ideas for Mom
Let’s keep talking about gifts for families. Parents can be especially tough to buy for, because they usually don’t wish for anything and have too much stuff already.
21. Custom Apron
If your mom loves cooking and baking (or just does it a lot), you could give her an apron that she’ll love to wear!
Etsy has some amazing shops that customize them. Check them out here!
22. Zero Waste Kitchen Utensils
Similar to giving your best friend or sister sustainable lifestyle or school essentials, you can give your mom some utensils too.
Reusable produce bags, solid soap bars, wooden kitchen utensils, bees wax wraps (plastic foil substitute) a composter, etc!
Getting her items like that makes your household more sustainable and takes it off your mom’s shoulders to buy the products. Click here to check out this sustainable online store!
23. Picture Pillow
Moms LOVE personalized gifts, especially those with pictures of her kids. By getting her a pillow with pictures on it, you’ll be sure that she will love it!
Click here to get to customizing your pillow.
24. A Candle Set
My mom loves candles, so I like to get her some nice ones once in a while. Of course, if your mom already has tons she hasn’t used up, then wait with this until she needs new candles haha.
Click here for some cute candles!
Every woman loves flowers! To make it a little more special, you can arrange the flowers in a heart, or get flowers that don’t die! (there are special rose boxes that keep the roses fresh for years!)
Again, coupons are great gifts, especially for busy moms.
Whether it’s for an activity for the two of you such as a hike, weekend trip, or cooking class for Asian food, or you doing chores for her, it’s a great idea!
You can also give her a coupon for a spa day while you clean the house.
27. A mom-daughter bucket list book
This is kind of like a bucket list, but more like a book with pictures of the activities and empty space to write about your own experiences and add pictures!
I did this for my mom last year and she loved it.
All you need is a thin book or notebook, and some creativity!
Think of things you want to do with your mom, or things she might want to do with you. That can be to take a cooking class, paint together, or even future ideas such as picking our your wedding dress with her.
Moms love personal gifts, and I think this is a unique one!
Click here to get to a bucket list book you can use to write it in!
Plants are great gift ideas for her, except if she travels a lot! There are also hundreds and thousands of different plants and flowers that you can choose from.
29. Essential Oil Diffuser
These are amazing! To make your house smell even better and fresher, get your mom this diffuser.
You can choose from small ones that she can plug into her laptop or bigger ones that use outlets.
Click here to view them on Amazon.
30. Smoothie Maker
If your mom doesn’t have a smoothie maker yet, she should have one! It will nmake living healthy much easier.
I can recommend those smaller ones that are not bulky and also more affordable.
Here is a smoothie blender that is compact and affordable!
Gift Ideas for your Girlfriend
These gift ideas for her are perfect for girlfriends! Keep reading to get some ideas what to give your significant other.
31. A love letter
Sounds basic, but is honestly one of the cutest things you can do to make your girl happy!
If you feel like it needs a little more, add some pictures in the envelope or some flowers on the side. Simple but one a great gift!
32. A Surprise Trip
Memories are worth much more than things, so how about you take her somewhere while she has no clue where you’re headed?
Whether it’s a restaurant, a close by accommodation for the night, or a special place such as a tree house or cabin with a hot tub, I’m sure she’ll love it!
33. Reasons I love you
This is another cute gift idea for your girlfriend. Write down reasons you love her on small pieces of paper, fold them, and put them all into a jar.
Even if you aren’t the most creative person on this planet, this gift idea is cute even without much decoration.
Just make sure you write “reasons I love you” or “… reasons I love you” on the jar so she at least knows what’s in it.
34. Matching Shirts
This gift idea is also a gift for yourself, since you’re getting one too.
There are different versions of this, but you can get “King and Queen” shirts, matching pj’s, or other funny shirts that match.
Click here to check out the King and Queen matching shirts!
This might sound boring, but getting her a special necklace or bracelet is hard to beat!
My boyfriend got me this cute engraved bracelet with our initials on it, and it’s the cutest thing ever. So if I like mine, i’m sure your girlfriend will too!
36. Get a star constellations wall art
I’ve been getting these ads on Instagram with those start constellation picture frames.
The image below will probably show it better than my explanation, but anyway, I think it’s a super cute gift to your girlfriend.
You can choose the date of the day you met, the day you became a couple, or the day you proposed. The picture will show the star constellations of that day and it’s just such a meaningful gift.
Click here to get to the start constellation print.
37. A Map of where you met
A similar idea than the star constellations, but with the actual map of the place!
Again, you can choose if it should show the place you met at the first time, where you were when you got together, or where you proposed to her (if you have).
38. A cozy blanket
For those who are not that into romantic stuff, you can give her a comfy blanket for Christmas!
There are also weighted blankets that help with sleep and calming down, so if you have a long distance relationship or don’t live together yet, it can be a good gift she will love when you’re not around.
Click here to check out the weighted blankets!
39. A Onesie
Onesies are great essentials and not every girl has one!
If your girlfriend is one of them, you can get her a cozy onesie that is cute and warm. Especially if you live in a colder climate, this is a must have!
Click here to check out some onesies she might like.
40. Customized phone case
Last but not least, you can get your girlfriend a customized phone case that has a cute picture of the two of you (or even a collage with multiple pictures).
If you don’t know her for that long yet and don’t have pictures, you can also get her a biodegradable phone case which is good for the environment and is made with materials that is good for the planet (instead of plastic).
Click here to check out the customized phone cases.
Gift Ideas for Friends
The last category in this guide with gift ideas for her is friends!
So if you are looking for some smaller gifts for your friends who you’re not as close with as a best friend let’s say, these ideas will be perfect for you.
41. A Photo Puzzle
Personal, yet funny and not too much. You can choose a picture of your friend group and print it onto a puzzle. Here is where you can do that.
42. Polaroid Film
If your friend has a Polaroid camera, films are the perfect gifts. And, you guys can use them to make new memories together.
43. Phone Tripod
For the friend who likes filming videos or taking self-portraits, a phone tripod is a great idea!
You could also add a remote controller so she can release the ‘shutter’ from the distance.
Click here for the phone tripod!
44. Reusable Straws
These are perfect for a friend who always gets drinks at fast food restaurants and it hurts to watch the single use straws every time.
You can get her reusable straws or even combine it with a reusable cup.
Click here to get to the straws.
45. Hair Towel
Whether your friend is a makeup lover and loves to style her hair too, or is just annoyed by wet hair dripping everywhere after showering, a hair towel is a great gift.
46. Zodiac Necklace
Is your friend into zodiac signs and constellations? Get her a necklace that symbolizes her zodiac sign. Perfect gift!
Click here to get the necklace.
47. Card games
Whether you choose Cards Against Humanity or a regular deck of cards, games are always a good idea because you can use them together.
Check out the card games here!
48. Dorm Door Sign
If your friend goes to college, a sign for her room would be great!
This one is super cute and affordable! Check it out here.
49. Bullet Journal
Your friend loves to plan (or needs to be more organized)? A bullet journal is a must have!
I journal myself and plan all my assignments in mine, and I love it. You can also get here a few pens to start!
Check out one of the best journals here.
50. Cacti or other succulents
Plants are nice and all, until they die. So why not give your friend some succulents that look super cute but easy to take care of?
You are better off just buying them locally, but if you want to order them, here are some fake ones.
I hope you enjoyed this post with 50 gift ideas for her, and found something for the person you were looking for gifts for.
Remember, personal gifts are worth much more than any money you spend! Have fun getting gifts for the people you love and enjoy the holiday season together.
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