Gift Ideas for the Friend You Can’t Live Without


As Amy Poehler has said, “Every mother needs a wife.” So what are you getting your “wife” — a.k.a. the friend you can’t live without — for the holidays this year? Start your search with these ideas:

1. Snoozies

The name of these lounge slippers may be silly, but the comfort they provide is SERIOUS. Think of them as the lining of Uggs in slipper form (at a fraction of the cost).

Get it from Amazon, $13.95

2. Leather Wristlet

Gift her all the benefits of a wallet without the bulk. Plus, she can stick her phone in it to run out for quick errands (read: fro-yo runs) when she doesn’t want to lug around a 15-pound purse.

Get it from Coach, $65

3. All the Reasons Why She’s Awesome

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to make your friend feel special. Fill in the blanks of this book with all of the things that make her the best, and you’ll find yourself remembering all of the adventures you’ve had over the years.

Get it from Knock Knock Stuff, $10

4. Charm Necklace

For the minimalist friend, this everyday necklace can be customized with her initial (or that of a loved one).

Get it from Mark and Graham, $79-$89

5. Capri Blue Jar Candle

Pamper her on a budget with this beloved candle, whose citrusy, earthy notes will instantly make a room — and the people in it — feel calmer. Just what she needs after a long day.

Get it from Anthropologie, $28

6. Twill Weekender

The perfect-sized (and lightweight) bag for quick weekend getaways with the girls or spouse. Choose one in her favorite color!

Get it from Everlane, $95

7. A Super-Soft Pajama Set

If old ratty tees and sweatpants from college are all she sleeps in, a “grown-up” PJ set will feel as luxurious as 600-thread count sheets. Bonus: the dark floral pattern in this set is totally trendy this season.

Get it from Gap, $59.95

8. A Proper “Girls Night”

Sometimes the best thing you can give a friend is your time. Whether it’s a fancy dinner at the place you’ve always wanted to try or a Netflix marathon with plenty of snacks, carve out a few hours in your busy schedules for a night to catch up and do whatever you want — sans kids.

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