18 thoughtful friendship gifts to send to a loved one to brighten their day

2020 has been a strange old year, and we’ve relied on our support networks more than ever – despite the fact that for many months, we might not have been able to see them in person. It’s therefore probably of little surprise to you to read that searches for friendship gifts – tokens of appreciation for our nearest and dearest – have risen by 181 per cent compared with the same period in 2019, according to online retailer Not On The High Street.

Whether it’s an overdue thank you for a favour, a mood-lifter at a difficult time or simply just a gesture to remind them how much you love them, treating those we love to most to a gift that will make them smile is never a bad idea. Of course, no two friendships look quite the same, and so the definition of friendship gifts will be different to each of us – but if you’re after some inspiration, these stylish, thoughtful options are a great place to start.

Wine, chocolates and flowers are pretty solid crowdpleasers, in our books at least, and you can’t go wrong with homeware, or even jewellery, if you know their style well enough to nail in on the first try. That said, we can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be touched if any one of these presents arrived on their doorstep – the only thing better would be if you could deliver it in person.

18 of the best friendship gifts to shop now

friendship gifts mug
‘I Wish You Lived Next Door’ Friendship Mug, £15, notonthehighstreet

Until you can have a face-to-face brew again.

Cotton Luxe Soleia Leopard Print, £20, Desmond & Dempsey

To help them through stress and sleepless nights.

Yes She Can Embroidery Kit, £23.50, Oliver Bonas

A project and a motivational keepsake in one.

friendship gifts puzzleHerstory Museum 1000 Piece Foil Puzzle, £18.10, Amazon

If these ladies won’t inspire them, we don’t know what will.

friendship gifts bangleFriendship Knot Bangle, £21, Not On The High Street

Customise theirs with initials and birthstones.

partners in wine keyring‘Partners In Wine’ Friendship Keyring, £10.99, Not On The High Street

Raise a glass from a distance.

friendship gifts hugHug Enamel Pin, £7, Alphabet Bags

Not quite in person, but still very sweet.

blondies kitchen cookiesMixed Box of 6, £16.99, Blondies Kitchen

Turns out you definitely can eat your feelings.

nice wine gift set

Canned Wine Gift Set, £36 for 12 cans, Nice

Move over gin in a tin.

anthropologie dried purple bouquet

Dried Purple Bouquet, £26, Anthropologie

Dried flowers will last as long as you need them to.


Spacemasks, £15 for 5, Cult Beauty

Infused with jasmine for relaxation, and great at soothing headaches.

Pen Holder, £5.60, Typo

A timely reminder for their WFH set-up.

Wrapped Up In Love Scarf Gift, £24.99, Katie Loxton

Help them face the chilly winter days.

friendship gifts candle

Impressions Scented Candles, £21.95, Not on The High Street

Light up their life – literally.

A3 The Future Is In Your Hands Riso Print, £19.95, Ohh Deer

If they’re staying at home more often, this will brighten it up.

M&S Tea in Kensington HamperTea in Kensington Hamper, £40, M&S

Afternoon tea delivery is ideal for celebrating a special occasion remotely.

lush care packages

Clean & Sweet Hand Care Kit, £22, Lush

To soothe tired hands through constant washing.

Fresco 2021 Diary, £21.99, Papier

For all of the plans to come.