Buying gifts can sometimes be challenging and exhausting; you go from one store to another, looking for something that reminds you of your friend, only to end up buying the first thing you like in hopes that they will as well. Of course, that’s not always the case, but it’s easy to run out of ideas, especially if you’re shopping for a friend that seems to have it all. So, to help you find a gift that your friend is guaranteed to like, here are five suggestions for five different types of friends.
The best friend
We all have that one best friend who is always there for us, ready to listen to all our problems and give the best pieces of advice. They are there to support us, motivate us, and never give up on us no matter what we’re going through. Of course, they are hard to find, but once you do find them, you should cherish them forever. To show them how much they mean to you, the best gift you could give them is something personalized, like a photo calendar with photos of your adventures together. You can also plan some fun activities you’ll enjoy together as only two best friends can and make a day out of it.
The brutally honest friend
As hard as hearing the truth can sometimes be, we all need this kind of friend in our lives. If you’re about to make a huge mistake, like get back with your ex who mistreated you, this is the friend that would metaphorically kick your behind for even thinking about that. They are there to slap you with reality when needed, so you should definitely hold on to such a friend. Often, this friend is also your best friend, so the above-mentioned suggestion applies as well. Another great idea to consider, though, is something practical like a coffee mug or a soft bathroom robe with a personalized message about how much their honesty means to you printed on the gift.
The new friend
Sometimes, we meet people that we instantly “click” with, and their birthday happens to be right around the corner. Now, you’re not close enough to actually know what they like, but you get along too well for something as generic as chocolate and a picture frame. The problem is that you probably know only bits and pieces about their interests, and it’s not always enough. However, you still have things in common, so get them something that reminds them of how you met. For example, you can get them a quality notebook if you met in college, or you can get them one of the unique gift cards that you can customize to fit what you know about them.
In this day and age, many people don’t even know their neighbors. However, neighbors can sometimes become closer than family members, and if you’re lucky enough to know yours, you should nurture that friendship. As for the gift, you can never go wrong with a nice bottle of quality wine. Or, if you’re looking for something that’ll last a bit longer, you can buy them a houseplant that would go well with their home décor.
The motivational friend
If you have a friend who is a workaholic, perfectionist, and all in all, extremely ambitious, the perfect gift for them would be something that could help them slow down a bit. Of course, it’s great to have a friend like that, because they motivate us to work harder, but sometimes, they also need to be reminded that life is not all about work. So, consider getting them a couple of scented candles and perhaps a bubble bath bomb, so they can truly relax.
If you’re having trouble figuring out what to buy for your friend, consider some of the above-mentioned suggestions. Of course, the most important thing to keep in mind is their personality – think about their hobbies, interests, passions, and get them something that would fit into their lifestyle. This way, you can rest assured that your gift would not end up gathering dust on any shelf or be given to somebody else.