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
Until you can have a face-to-face brew again.
To help them through stress and sleepless nights.
A project and a motivational keepsake in one.
If these ladies won’t inspire them, we don’t know what will.
Customise theirs with initials and birthstones.
Raise a glass from a distance.
Not quite in person, but still very sweet.
Turns out you definitely can eat your feelings.
Move over gin in a tin.
Dried flowers will last as long as you need them to.
Infused with jasmine for relaxation, and great at soothing headaches.
A timely reminder for their WFH set-up.
Help them face the chilly winter days.
Light up their life – literally.
If they’re staying at home more often, this will brighten it up.
Afternoon tea delivery is ideal for celebrating a special occasion remotely.
To soothe tired hands through constant washing.
For all of the plans to come.