30 Best Christmas Gifts for Friends

30 Best Christmas Gifts for Friends

Buying Christmas gifts for your friends can get costly. According to Statista, U.S. consumers spent $830 million dollars on Christmas gifts in 2015. In addition to being an expensive time of year, it can also be the most stressful. 

Let us help relieve you of your stress. 

Personally, we understand that people like thoughtful gifts. That’s why we tried to steer as far away from gifts without purpose, without sincerity, or that force friends to do extra work they don’t want to do. 

Here’s the deal:

According to this survey done by UGiftIdeas, nearly 60% of “respondents said that gift giving makes their relationships more meaningful”. And we wholeheartedly agree.

While we at Faveable might not have personal insights into every single one of your friends, we bet we have a gift on our list that they're sure to love. That’s why, in the following list of Christmas gifts for friends, you’ll find suggestions for the nerds, the jocks, the frequent flyers, and all the other people you’re lucky enough to call friends.

And we've covered a wide range of gift prices, so you'll be able to find something for anyone, no matter what your budget may tell you.

30 Best Christmas Gifts for Friends

  • 30. Manduka Unisex PROLite Mat
  • 29. Passion Planner Compact Journal
  • 28. Beer of the Month Subscription
  • 27. Sphero BB-8 Toy Droid
  • 26. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit (4-Bulbs & Bridge)
  • 25. Deluxe 15 in 1 Tabletop Board Game Set
  • 24. Keurig K-Elite
  • 23. Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
  • 22. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
  • 21. AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty TV Wall Mount
  • 20. Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens Plus Macro Lens Plus 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens
  • 19. Foodie Dice
  • 18. Waterproof Silicone Computer Keyboard
  • 17. InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
  • 16. MIRA Insulated Water Bottle
  • 15. HTC Vive Cosmos - Virtual Reality System
  • 14. NeWisdom iPhone XS or XR Shockproof Hybrid Rubberized Cover
  • 13. Apple Watch Series 5
  • 12. MistoBox Gift Coffee Subscription
  • 11. Cloud 9 Living - Experience Gift
  • 10. Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • 9. 100% Pure Lambswool Blanket by John Hanly & Co. Ireland-Luxuriously Soft Woolen Throw
  • 8. OontZ Angle 3 RainDance Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
  • 7. YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
  • 6. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone
  • 5. Leatherman New Wave Multi-tool
  • 4. Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
  • 3. Luxury Scented Soy Candles
  • 2. Tea Drop Sweetened Organic Loose Leaf Tea
  • 1. Travelambo Leather Clutch Wallet

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Practice Yoga

#30

Manduka Unisex PROLite Mat

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Practice Yoga: Manduka Unisex PROLite Mat
44 Bought
76 % Editor Score
81 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Solid and durable
  • Comfortable without affecting stability
  • Offers excellent dry traction and stickiness

It's a reliable, workhorse Yoga mat; lightweight and fully portable, with excellent traction

Not as good for heavy sweaters

Meaningfulness: For a guy or girl who gets their Yoga on every day, this is a gift they'll use on a regular basis. The mat is eco-friendly, made with fully sustainable materials, and the fact that it's thinner than average (just 3/16" thick) makes it the ideal choice for excellent stability while still offering good cushioning. It's useful for men of any size and weight, and is a highly durable, long-lasting choice. Trust us, it will hold up under a lot of heavy use. Though the traction slips a little with VERY heavy sweat, for the average practitioner, it's an excellent option under both wet and dry conditions. It feels like a sturdy, resilient piece of equipment that will last for years of regular practice. It's also very easy to keep clean--just a simple wipe-down and you can let it air-dry.

Originality: It's definitely a gift that your buddy will appreciate, even if it's more practical than sentimental. Once they try this mat, they'll never go back to their old mat again!

Price: At $60, this is on the pricier side of the scale for Yoga mats, but it's eco-friendly, durable, comfortable, and a Yoga lover's best friend.

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Plan Ahead

#29

Passion Planner Compact Journal

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Plan Ahead: Passion Planner Compact Journal
40 Bought
76 % Editor Score
82 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • A handmade, faux-leather-bound daily planner
  • As beautiful as it is practical
  • The perfect option to stay organized and on-task

Organize your life in this stylish notebook that's filled with inspirational quotes and passages, divided into daily, weekly, and monthly calendars, features 30-minute sections, 6 AM to 11 PM, plus additional blank pages and a faux-leather cover that is vegan-friendly.

Handmade product may suffer quality control issues.

Meaningfulness: If your friend likes to plan their day, week, month, or year, this is the Christmas gift they're guaranteed to love. Bound with vegan-friendly faux leather, the handmade planner comes with all the organizational tools (gridded pages, blank pages for notes, 30-minute segments, calendars, etc.) required to keep their life organized. The paper is super smooth and high quality, and the journal will feel solid and comfortable in their hands. There are even quotes to help keep them motivated and inspired through their busy days!

Originality: It may not seem like a great gift for an average person, but many people will be thrilled to receive a journal like this for Christmas. If your friend likes to stay organized, this is a gift they're going to appreciate a lot.

Price: At $25, this is slightly on the pricier side. However, considering that it's handmade, it's worth every penny!

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Beer

#28

Beer of the Month Subscription

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Beer: Beer of the Month Subscription
77 % Editor Score
82 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Try a new type of beer each month
  • High-quality, award-winning craft beers
  • Wide selection of national microbrews

Beer delivered to their doorstep every month, four types of beer each month, choose your desired beer, and select from the best microbrews in the country.

Higher prices than you'd pay for local microbrews.

Meaningfulness: For the friend who likes to try new beers whenever possible, this is a gift that will bring a smile to their face every month. As a beer club member, they will receive 4 different selections of beer each month, with 3 bottles per selection (a total of 12). All of the beers are hand-crafted microbrews from award-winning breweries, and they are as high-quality as it gets. If your friend is the kind of beer drinker who stays away from anything too commercial, they'll love this gift.

Originality: You can get your friend beer, but nothing will beat these handcrafted microbrews delivered directly to their house every month. Definitely a gift for beer lovers to enjoy!

Price: At $350 for the cheapest 12-month subscription, this is on the pricier side. However, once your friend gets a taste of the microbrewed beers, they'll be happier than a pig in a mud puddle.

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Star Wars

#27

Sphero BB-8 Toy Droid

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Star Wars: Sphero BB-8 Toy Droid
38 Bought
78 % Editor Score
83 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • A perfect toy for a grown-up kid (and for kids, of course)
  • Awesome for a Star Wars memorabilia collector
  • Hours of fun playing with this remote controlled droid

It's voice-controlled, features a 30-meter range, and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Oh, and did we mention that it moves up to 4.5 MPH?

Not pet-friendly and doesn't work on carpets.

Meaningfulness: If your friend is a Star Wars fan, this is a gift they are guaranteed to love. This little droid is designed to run on hardwood and concrete floors (though it's not great with carpets), and can be controlled using Bluetooth-enabled voice commands. Your friend can talk into their phone (Android and iOS both work) to get it to move around, or set it to follow, patrol, or even customize its movement.

Not only will the droid recognize voice commands, but it responds in its classic whistles and beeps. Expect60 minutes of play time before the droid needs to be recharged. The gyroscopic propulsion keeps it moving around—and we're sure your children will want to get in on the fun too.

Originality: An actual replica of the BB-8 droid from the new Star Wars movie? Does it get any more original than that?

Price: The toy is pricey at $120. However, it's a small price to pay for something that a Star Wars collector will love to add to their collection.

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Want to Go Green

#26

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit (4-Bulbs & Bridge)

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Want to Go Green: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit (4-Bulbs & Bridge)
70 Bought
79 % Editor Score
84 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Expect to just fall in love; everyone else uses that word to describe their relationship with Hue
  • Super easy to setup and use
  • Set the mood for any occasion

Your friend can control these lights from their Smartphone or tablet, but they can also get a couple of switches at an extra cost. It works over Wi-Fi through a bridge plugged into their router and comes with plenty of color options.

Sadly, they can’t add these bulbs to another hub; they only work with the Philips system. And, they’re not exactly cheap.  

Meaningfulness: For a friend who wants to reduce their energy use, these smart lights are the perfect solution. The LED light bulbs provide the equivalent of 60-watts of light, using 20 percent of the energy! Your friend will get about 15,000 hours from the light bulb (roughly 4 years), and they can use their smartphone and/or tablet to adjust the brightness or hue of the bulb. They can use up to 50 Hue light bulbs with the same bridge (the controller device), and the starter pack is fully compatible with a number of home automation systems.

The lights work with the Philips Hue app, or Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, or Nest systems. The Philips Hue hub plugs into a Wi-Fi router, making it possible to connect to the lights from anywhere in the world. The lights deliver 800 lumens, more than bright enough for any home.

Originality: Not only will this gift allow your friend to go green, but they'll be able to automate their house. The HUE app makes it possible for them to remotely switch their lights on and off.

Price:  This is an excellent option for a friend who wants to cut energy use and make their home more "cutting edge"

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Board Games

#25

Deluxe 15 in 1 Tabletop Board Game Set

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Board Games: Deluxe 15 in 1 Tabletop Board Game Set
32 Bought
80 % Editor Score
84 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • The complete game board collection your friend needs!
  • Affordable, durable, and good-looking
  • Comes with its own built-in storage and organizational compartments

Every one of their favorite board games in one glorious set, durable, stylish, built of beautiful wood, reversible tabletops, and spacious storage drawers for all the pieces.

Pieces are very small and simple.

Meaningfulness: For a friend who loves board games, this is the gift they are guaranteed to love. It comes with 15 different games: Checkers, Chess, Chinese Checkers, Parcheesi, TicTacToe, Solitaire, Snakes and Ladders, Mancala, Backgammon, Poker Dice, Playing Cards, Go Fish, Old Maid, and Dominos. Built of beautifully finished wood, it comes with two slide-out drawers and reversible tabletops that provide all the boards for the games. The drawers provide organizational space for all the pieces, and there's everything your friend needs to play all their favorite games.

Originality: Instead of gifting them just one game, give them all 15 in the same set. Talk about original and awesome!

Price: At just under $30, this is a very well-priced game set. The pieces are simple and small, and it's certainly not the highest-end chessboard. However, for a 15-in-1 collection, it's well worth the price and as good as it gets.

Best Smart K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker

#24

Keurig K-Elite

Best Smart K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker: Keurig K-Elite
613 Bought
Brew
9.4
Design
9.4
Value
9.3
Overall
94%
94 % Editor Score
85 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Brews multiple sizes
  • Brews under 1 minute
  • Uses quiet brew technology

The Keurig K-Elite makes deliciously iced or hot coffee. This Keurig brews in less than a minute so you can have your coffee right away in the morning without any prior preparation. There is a large 75oz water reservoir meaning you won't have refill your Keurig as often. 

Only uses K-Cup pods.

Expert Ratings

Brew

9.4 / 10

There is a strong brew button that will increase the strength and boldness of your coffee and also an iced coffee button for deliciously fresh iced coffee. You can brew your coffee in four different sizes including 4oz, 6oz, 8oz, 10oz, and 12oz. 

Design

9.4 / 10

This Keurig has a brushed finish and a very modern design. All at the touch of a button in less than a minute you can brew the perfect iced coffee or tea, or make a bolder tasting coffee by hitting the strong brew button. You can make hot water on demand to create the perfect cup of oatmeal or soup. The drip tray is removable and can hold up to an entire cup of coffee if you accidentally hit brew without a cup. 

Value

9.3 / 10

This Keurig is priced at $168.16 - a great deal that also comes with a bonus 6-count K-Cup Pod variety pack, one water filter handle, and one filter. The Keurig brand is built to last and leave you satisfied for years to come. 

Overall Editor Score

9.4 / 10

Best Christmas Gift for New Parents

#23

Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier

Best Christmas Gift for New Parents: Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
49 Bought
82 % Editor Score
86 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Super comfortable (for wearer and baby) 
  • Excellent quality 
  • Good support and safe for baby

This super safe and secure Ergo baby carrier features a deep seat design that allows for natural hip development. It’s also adjustable in many ways to make it comfortable for many bodies. 

It’s a little difficult to secure alone; may require two people. The Velcro adjustments, while very safe, are very loud. 

Meaningfulness: For new parents, any and all baby gear will be an amazing gift. This baby carrier is as good as it gets: sturdy construction, machine washable, and doesn’t ever make parent or baby too hot. It’s exceptionally comfortable and it features easy to make adjustments so many different care givers can use it to carry baby around. Better still, it’s designed for natural hip development, so parents can feel great about putting their baby in it. No matter how the little darling sits—in one of the 4 different positions: front facing, front back facing, back and hip carrying--the infant's spine curves in the natural (and desirable) C position.

Originality: This is a gift that your new parent friends are guaranteed to love! Not only is it a super practical gift, but it's stylish—it comes in 18 different colors, and it's a sleek-looking baby carrier. It's also beautifully easy to clean, with a machine-washable shell and cotton padding for the little one.

Price: Yes, $160 is a high price to pay for a gift for your friends. However, it's a good way to make up for not showing up to their baby shower or getting them a congratulatory present on the birth of their little one. Plus, the carrier is worth every penny!

Best Christmas Gift for Shutterbugs

#22

Fujifilm Instax Mini 90

Best Christmas Gift for Shutterbugs: Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
37 Bought
83 % Editor Score
86 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Take instant photos like a boss!
  • Simple and user-friendly yet highly versatile
  • Great for beginner and advanced shutterbugs alike

Easy to take photographs on auto settings, versatile, good shutter speed, high performance camera, classic design, compact, and prints out pictures on the spot.

Some reviewers report quality control issues, and it's a bit pricey.

Meaningfulness: For those friends who want to graduate from selfies to real photography, this is an amazing gift. The camera is the modern version of the old Polaroid cameras, mixing instant photo printing with the high tech options and features only available in modern digital cameras. With settings like brightness auto-detect, bulb mode, shutter speed adjustment, double exposure mode, macro mode, fast moving mode, high performance flash, and brightness control, the camera provides everything required for amazing pictures.

Originality: This little camera is the perfect gift for a shutterbug, as it allows them to practice their photography skills and see the results in an instant. It's the perfect blend of old school charm and a modern product.

Price: At $120, this is slightly on the pricier side. Quality control issues (camera not turning on, developing errors after a few uses) are unfortunately a problem from time to time, but overall the camera is well worth the price tag for someone who wants a high-tech instant camera.

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Binge Watching

#21

AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty TV Wall Mount

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Binge Watching: AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty TV Wall Mount
34 Bought
85 % Editor Score
87 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • A quick and easy solution for mounting your TV
  • Tough, affordable, and a user-friendly design
  • Fully articulated design makes it easy to adjust your TV's position

Sturdy, handles large-size TVs, inexpensive, excellent articulation, flexible, versatile, easy to mount, and comes with all tools included.

Requires modifications, and studs have to be an exact distance apart for proper installation.

Meaningfulness: If your friend needs a good TV mount for their binge watching sessions, this will be a gift that keeps giving. Not only is the mount easy to install and very versatile—thanks to its articulated arm, which offers 15 degrees of tilt and 180 degrees of swivel—but it's a user-friendly mount that is easy to install (provided the wall studs are exactly 16" apart). The mount comes with a bubble level and all the hardware required for installation, and it's made of heavy-duty aluminum and steel. All in all, one heck of a durable gift!

Originality: If your friend already has a TV, a Netflix subscription, and a gaming console, this is the best gift you can give them. It's a highly original gift, one they'll use every day!

Price: At $21, this is an excellent price for a great product. The heavy duty materials will handle TVs between 22 and 55 inches, and it's a user-friendly tool that will come in handy any time they want to watch TV.

Best Gift for the Friend Obsessed with Social Media

#20

Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens Plus Macro Lens Plus 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens

Best Gift for the Friend Obsessed with Social Media: Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens Plus Macro Lens Plus 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens
50 Bought
86 % Editor Score
88 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Three different lens options (wide angle, macro, and fish lens)
  • Universal use for any smartphone
  • Gives the social media lover a new way to take shareable photos from their phone

Got a friend who loves to post pictures online? For hobbyist photographer friends that don’t want to pay for a DSLR camera, give them these lenses so they can get more creative with their impromptu photoshoots.

Professional photographer friends won’t have any use for these, but anyone dependent on their smartphone for picture-taking will. Just be sure they’re savvy enough to research how to use those lenses since they may take some getting used to.

Meaningfulness: You know how much your friend likes to take pictures of their kids, their food, and the beautiful landscapes they pass by on weekend trips. This three-in-one lens gift will be much appreciated.

Originality: I’ve seen a lot of gift lists this year include smartphone lens attachment gifts, so you may not be the only one with this idea.

Price: These are super affordable! Just make sure you’re giving them to someone who would want to use them.

Best Gift for the Foodie Friend

#19

Foodie Dice

Best Gift for the Foodie Friend: Foodie Dice
87 % Editor Score
89 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Because staying creative in the kitchen can get tough
  • They bring some fun into cooking
  • Unique gift for the friend with varied tastes

You could give your foodie friend a gadget they already have (they’ve probably already bought everything they need for the kitchen anyway) or a gift certificate to a one-off dinner, but that wouldn’t be very original or helpful. Give them something they can make use of regularly and have fun with.

If your friend has difficulty reading small print, this particular set of foodie dice won’t be a very good gift for them.

Meaningfulness: Foodies love everything about food, but that doesn’t mean they don’t fall into a rut in the kitchen every now and again. If you want to help them spice things up, these dice will do the trick.

Originality: You know your friend loves to cook and eat, but you don’t want to give them the expected gift or something that’ll go to waste. These dice are definitely a more original gift idea.

Price: These are a little pricey for such small dice, but they’re a practical gift your friend can put to good use. Plus, it beats having to pay for an appliance they may have already.

Best Gift for the Workaholic Friend

#18

Waterproof Silicone Computer Keyboard

Best Gift for the Workaholic Friend: Waterproof Silicone Computer Keyboard
62 Bought
90 % Editor Score
89 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Waterproof and dustproof
  • A lightweight keyboard that’s easy to take on the go
  • Super quiet typing

Got a friend that is needs to work anywhere and everywhere they go? Give them a lightweight, waterproof, and nearly sound-proof keyboard that’s great for home, work, and travel.

The keyboard needs to rest on a hard surface in order to work, so it’s not great for anyone who wants to work from the couch.

Meaningfulness: While you may not always support your friend’s workaholic nature, this gift will at least show them that you’re thinking about their needs.

Originality: I’m not sure that many people would think about giving a friend a keyboard (unless it’s a gag gift for that coworker who types too loudly), so you’re almost guaranteed to get a thumbs-up on originality.

Price: If you’re working with a tight budget and you think your friend could make good use of this, then this is a great value gift.

Best Gift for the Friend Who Needs to Chill Out

#17

InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Best Gift for the Friend Who Needs to Chill Out: InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
66 Bought
86 % Editor Score
90 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Easy way to add a touch of relaxation to the bedroom or office
  • Smells wonderful
  • Responsive and proactive customer service

If you’ve got a friend who really needs to chill out, don’t go the massage gift certificate route. This aromatherapy oil diffuser will bring the relaxation and better nights of sleep right into their home. And, if all else fails, it’ll at least make their home smell nicer.

Some customers have struggled to keep the diffuser clean, which has led to it breaking down. So your friend will need to be the mindful type that takes care of their home appliances.

Meaningfulness: Anyone who’s stressed out, could use a little break. Rather than give them the typical gift of candles or a spa gift certificate, branch out and give them something that’ll help with relaxation and sleep at home.

Originality: You probably won’t have to worry about anyone else coming up with this same exact gift idea for your friend.

Price: Get this while it’s on sale and then you can spring for extra oils, too.

Best Cheap Gift for a Friend

#16

MIRA Insulated Water Bottle

Best Cheap Gift for a Friend: MIRA Insulated Water Bottle
65 Bought
94 % Editor Score
90 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Excellent insulation capabilities
  • Sturdy stainless steel craftsmanship
  • Looks fancy

For the friend (acquaintance, coworker, Secret Santa recipient) who wants something stylish to drink their morning coffee or workout water from, give them this water bottle. It’s sturdy, insulates well, is easy to clean, and looks like something a celebrity would use.

Make sure you purchase this from MIRA and not from a knockoff. Previous customers have complained about receiving phony bottles that are dented or have rust inside them.

Meaningfulness: If you’re giving this gift, it’s more about aesthetics and price than about giving something meaningful.

Originality: Many websites (like Elle) are recommending the S’Well water bottle for this holiday season. I’m recommending this one because it’s an overall better bottle that’s well made, sturdy, and doesn’t lose its paint coating after a few washes.

Price: It’s not the cheapest gift on this list, but it’s a good pick for anyone who wants to buy something that looks nice without breaking the bank.

Best Gift for Gamer Friends

#15

HTC Vive Cosmos - Virtual Reality System

Best Gift for Gamer Friends: HTC Vive Cosmos - Virtual Reality System
77 Bought
90 % Editor Score
91 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Immersive and realistic gaming experience
  • Intuitive controls
  • Free games included

Bernie Deitrick, senior product tester for Consumer Reports, puts this virtual reality system above the competition for its ease of use. Customers who have purchased this also rave about how realistic the experience is.

One of the biggest drawbacks to this VR system is that it requires the use of a powerful computer in order to use it (unlike other products that work with your smartphone).

Meaningfulness: Virtual reality may be the next level of gaming, but it’s also a pretty expensive investment to make for something that’s not totally perfected just yet. That being said, if you have the funds to buy this for your gamer friend, they’re sure to love this immersive and unique experience.

Originality: Virtual reality headsets show up on most Christmas tech gift lists, though it’s usually the cheaper, smartphone-compatible headsets that make it to those lists. So while the idea of VR isn’t original, this system will stand apart from the rest.

Price: This virtual reality system comes with everything you need—headset, two wireless controls, and free games—so it’s a fairly good value for everything you get. Many customers will tell you to purchase this straight from the manufacturer though since it’s cheaper there than on Amazon.

Best Gift for the iPhone Addict Friend

#14

NeWisdom iPhone XS or XR Shockproof Hybrid Rubberized Cover

Best Gift for the iPhone Addict Friend: NeWisdom iPhone XS or XR Shockproof Hybrid Rubberized Cover
57 Bought
88 % Editor Score
92 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Well-designed iPhone case that fits like a glove
  • Looks great, with a variety of wood grain options to choose from
  • Creates a good grip

Got a friend who loves using their iPhone and who would appreciate adding a touch of style to it? Consider giving them this slim, smudge-proof, and durable cover.

The only complaint made about this cover is that people don’t believe it’s made from real wood (as advertised).

Meaningfulness: If your friend loves Apple products, then they already have a good appreciation for anything styled with simplicity and class.

Originality: iPhone cases are, surprisingly, a popular gift suggestion around the web. We haven’t seen this one show up on too many lists though, so you shouldn’t have to worry about anyone else copying your idea.

Price: Considering how expensive Apple products and accessories tend to be, this is cheap!

Best Gift for the Health Nut Friend

#13

Apple Watch Series 5

Best Gift for the Health Nut Friend: Apple Watch Series 5
150 Bought
92 % Editor Score
92 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Elegant in design
  • Water resistant
  • Built-in GPS for better fitness tracking

If you’ve got a friend obsessed with staying fit and keeping tabs on their progress, the Apple Watch is the Christmas gift for them. It’s water resistant (which is great for swimmers), looks great (which is great for people who want to wear it to work), and it’s got a bunch of built-in fitness apps (which is great for everyone).

It’s expensive.

Meaningfulness: Got a health nut friend? If they enjoy counting steps taken and monitoring their heart rate, they’ll love all the built-in functionality of this watch.

Originality: The Apple Watch Series 5 is on most gift lists for gadget geeks. Nevertheless, it’s a sharp-looking watch that your fit friends are sure to enjoy.

Price: This smartwatch is definitely more expensive than other fitness tracking watches, like the Fitbit, but it’s still a solid investment.

Best Gift for the Caffeine Addict Friend

#12

MistoBox Gift Coffee Subscription

Best Gift for the Caffeine Addict Friend: MistoBox Gift Coffee Subscription
50 Bought
93 % Editor Score
93 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Everyone from Eater to Gear Patrol recommends this coffee subscription gift
  • All coffee is made fresh (within three days of shipping)
  • Excellent selection of coffee to choose from

With a variety of subscription options, the MistoBox fresh coffee offerings make a great gift for the caffeine addicts in your life.

Because they are a new company, their customer service isn’t as quickly responsive as some customers hoped for. Also, the coffee offerings only come as whole bean, so friends without their own grinder won’t be able to use this.

Meaningfulness: For friends always looking to discover a new blend, they’ll appreciate the MistoBox—especially if you opt for the Discovery Box of tasters.

Originality: Many review sites recommend the MistoBox as a gift for this Christmas, so you may run the risk of giving a duplicate gift if other friends and family members know about your friend’s appreciation for java. That being said, if they really love coffee that much, they won’t mind.

Price: The cheapest subscription offering is $20, so you can spend as much on this as your budget allows or stick to the minimum.

Best Gift for the Friend Who Has Everything

#11

Cloud 9 Living - Experience Gift

Best Gift for the Friend Who Has Everything: Cloud 9 Living - Experience Gift
94 % Editor Score
93 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Wide variety of activity choices
  • Options to fit every budget
  • Great customer service

While I wouldn’t normally recommend a voucher as a gift, the Cloud 9 Living experiences offer such a wide range of experiences that it would be difficult to pick just one for your friend. And for the friend who already has everything, you may be surprised to find that they prefer the culinary tour over the thrill of driving a race car. Let them choose.

It seems like most complaints about this gift are related to the purchaser or user not understanding the difference between a voucher and actually booking an experience.

Meaningfulness: Unless you’re willing to drop $9K on a retro skeeball machine (because I bet this friend doesn’t have one of those already), this is an affordable way to give them a gift they can personalize.

Originality: If your friend really does have everything, they may receive similar “experience” gifts. If you go the route of the voucher, however, you can leave it up to them to pick and choose what they want to do with it.

Price: It’s up to you how much you want to spend. Pay for an experience that fits your budget or purchase a voucher. The cost of this gift is up to you.

Best Gift for the Frequent Flyer Friend

#10

Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

Best Gift for the Frequent Flyer Friend: Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
59 Bought
90 % Editor Score
94 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Noise-cancelling ear buds
  • Comfortable buds that create good seal
  • Convenient headphones you can use anywhere

Noise-cancelling headphones tend to be bulky and cause wearers to sweat a lot. Since these are in ear bud form, they’re lightweight, comfortable, convenient, and a great overall value.

The sound quality isn’t the best, so these might not be great if you’ve got a friend obsessed with perfect highs, lows, and in-betweens. The earpieces also have a tendency to split in half, so you’ll want to be extra careful when using these.

Meaningfulness: If you’ve got a friend who travels a lot and has a need for drowning out screaming babies, loud eaters, or just the general ambient noises on public transportation, they’ll be a big fan of this gift.

Originality: There are actually two pairs of noise-cancelling headphones that made this list, but these ear buds put an original twist on the typical over-the-ear sets people use.

Price: These are definitely expensive for in-ear headphones, but with their guaranteed noise-cancellation capabilities, they’re worth the price.

Best Gift for the Scholar Friend

#9

100% Pure Lambswool Blanket by John Hanly & Co. Ireland-Luxuriously Soft Woolen Throw

Best Gift for the Scholar Friend: 100% Pure Lambswool Blanket by John Hanly & Co. Ireland-Luxuriously Soft Woolen Throw
61 Bought
98 % Editor Score
95 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Super soft and warm blanket
  • High-quality Lambswool
  • Beautiful colors

This is for all the word nerds in your life that like to camp out on the couch, in bed, or in their own private little nook. There’s nothing better than having a soft, warm blanket to snuggle up under while reading, writing, studying, or daydreaming.

It’s expensive.

Meaningfulness: Rather than thinking about what sort of “things” you can give to your reader, writer, or researcher friend, you could focus on giving them something to increase their comfort while partaking in their favorite activity.

Originality: Books and notepads tend to be the go-to gifts for the scholarly types. This Lambswool blanket will be a nice (and warm) surprise.

Price: This blanket may cost more than some of the tech gifts on this list, but it’s an original pick and an investment your friend is sure to appreciate.

Best Gift for the Creative Friend

#8

OontZ Angle 3 RainDance Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker

Best Gift for the Creative Friend: OontZ Angle 3 RainDance Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
66 Bought
96 % Editor Score
95 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Lightweight and easily portable
  • Waterproof so it works just as well outside as it does inside
  • Easy to sync with Bluetooth devices

For the creative friend who finds inspiration in music, give them this Bluetooth speaker that works just as well while painting landscapes on the back porch as it does in the shower while thinking up a new story.

Some customers have had issues with the speakers cutting in and out.

Meaningfulness: It might be a tiny gift, but your creative friends will love that you took their inspirational sources into consideration.

Originality: Most creative types receive tools to help them do their work: pencils, paints, books, etc. This is definitely a thinking outside-the-box kind of gift.

Price: If you can get this on sale, it’s a great deal for a gift your friend will be able to use often.

Gift for Your Best Friend (male)

#7

YETI Tundra 65 Cooler

Gift for Your Best Friend (male): YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
42 Bought
98 % Editor Score
96 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Great multi-purpose cooler for the man who likes to have cold beverages or snacks at the ready
  • Works well in hot or cold weather
  • Solidly built

Your best friend doesn’t need to be an outdoorsman to appreciate this cooler. Whether they love to hunt, camp, tailgate at local sports’ events, or hang out by the pool, they’ll love this sturdy cooler.

This cooler gets really heavy once it’s been stocked up (so consider getting a smaller version if your friend wants to haul this around). Some customers have complained about the lid warping on this cooler, too.

Meaningfulness: This built-tough cooler will make for a great Christmas gift for the friend who appreciates a practical and useful gift.

Originality: When you think about all the gifts you could give to your best friend (the hikers, the workaholics, or even the road warriors), I don’t know that a cooler is typically the first gift you’d consider.

Price: This is definitely an expensive gift, but you get what you pay for with these sort of things. The 41-liter version of this is only $20 cheaper, so you might as well go for the upgrade.

Best Gift for the Music-Loving Friend

#6

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone

Best Gift for the Music-Loving Friend: Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone
51 Bought
88 % Editor Score
96 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Soft and comfortable
  • Look and feel more expensive than they actually are
  • Heavy on the bass (if you like that sort of thing)

For musically-inclined friends, these noise-cancelling, snug-fitting, on-ear headphones are the gift they need this Christmas. These wireless and Bluetooth-enabled headphones are also perfect for the friend that’s always on the go.

Because Beats is such a popular brand, there’s a lot of feedback provided on these—mostly good, though sometimes bad. Some customers report the leather on the cups ripping off after a few months of use. Others claim that the earphones stop working altogether. 

Meaningfulness: For anyone who loves listening to loud music, appreciates lots of bass, and wants to look stylish while doing it, these headphones can’t be beat.

Originality: These are definitely not the most original gift idea for the music-loving friend, so make sure you check with those close to them first to make sure no one else has the same idea.

Price: These are pricey, but they’re definitely worth the investment.

Best Gift for the DIY Friend

#5

Leatherman New Wave Multi-tool

Best Gift for the DIY Friend: Leatherman New Wave Multi-tool
54 Bought
100 % Editor Score
97 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • The perfect all-purpose tool
  • Built strong and built to last
  • Easy to take wherever you go

It doesn’t matter if your friend is a man or woman, outdoorsy or a homebody, this Leatherman multi-tool is a practical gift that anyone can put to good use. And with a high-quality, durable design, this is a gift that will last your friends for a long time.

Some customers have noted that the smaller tools are difficult to flip out. With extended use of the multi-tool though, that problem should be easily remedied.

Meaningfulness: Customers who’ve used this claim that it’s a lightweight and a much more convenient way to carry a toolbox around with them. So if your friend likes to be prepared and to have a great set of tools always handy, this gift will mean a lot to them.

Originality: Swiss army knives and multi-tools aren’t necessarily an original gift—especially for the DIYer in your life. But it doesn’t make this all-purpose tool any less thoughtful or useful.  

Price: Considering the alternative (you buy your friend a hefty toolbox and a new set of tools), you’re getting a great deal with this multi-tool.

Best Gift for the Friend with an Awesome Home Entertainment System

#4

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote

Best Gift for the Friend with an Awesome Home Entertainment System: Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
64 Bought
92 % Editor Score
98 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Inexpensive way to stream TV and movies
  • Voice control for enhanced search
  • Easy to use

For friends who like to spend time in front of their home entertainment system, there’s no better gift this year than the Fire TV Stick. It’s an upgraded and faster version than the previous model, and makes watching live and streaming entertainment a breeze.

Some customers have complained about the remote and system freezing up or breaking down shortly after purchase.

Meaningfulness: If your friends love watching TV, movies, and sports on their TV, and already have subscriptions to major streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and HBO Go, they’ll appreciate this all-in-one, easy-to-use tool.

Originality: This might not be the most original gift—especially since it ends up on most Christmas gift lists—but it’s a great pick for your entertainment-loving friends.

Price: Compared to the other tech gifts on this list, you can’t get a better price on one of the hottest gifts of the 2016 Christmas season.

Best Smelling Christmas Gift for Friends

#3

Luxury Scented Soy Candles

Best Smelling Christmas Gift for Friends: Luxury Scented Soy Candles
21 Bought
Why It's A Great Gift
9.8
Overall
98%
98 % Editor Score
98 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free
  • Long-lasting burn
  • Great for sensitive noses

These candles are eco-friendly, affordable, and smell incredible. What's not to love? They're made with 100% soy wax and are friendly to the sensitive nose. These candles should burn for 40+ hours, making them totally worth only $15. Get a gift your friends are sure to love this holiday season - Lulu candles! 

The only downside we can see is if you pick a scent that you wind up not liking - everything else about these candles seems to be great. 

Expert Ratings

Why It's A Great Gift

9.8 / 10

Want to get your friends a gift they'll love without breaking the bank? Get them this soy candle by Lulu Candle! It's vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free, and has one of the longest-lasting burns on the market! Candles are the perfect added staple to any home or apartment. 

Our favorite scent is fresh linen, but there are so many wonderful options to choose from. The scents add a fresh scent to your room without being too overpowering. The candles are made from soy and crafted in America. Honestly, you might want to purchase two - one for your friend and one for yourself. 

Overall Editor Score

9.8 / 10

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Are Tea Lovers

#2

Tea Drop Sweetened Organic Loose Leaf Tea

Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Are Tea Lovers: Tea Drop Sweetened Organic Loose Leaf Tea
22 Bought
Why It's A Great Gift
9.7
Overall
97%
97 % Editor Score
99 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • No teabags or sweeteners needed
  • Choose from an assortment of flavors
  • Very smooth tasting

For your tea-loving friends, the perfect gift has arrived. These Tea Drops are a fun alternative option to teabags. They're cleaner and already have the perfect amount of sweetener added to them, making your morning tea routine a breeze! 

This is loose leaf tea- it will leave sediments at the bottom of your cup. 

Expert Ratings

Why It's A Great Gift

9.7 / 10

Tea Drops are the perfect gift for your tea-loving friend. They're unique in that they come as little drops. Add them to boiling water, and you're good to go! They are slightly sweet, but not overdone, and the standard assortment box comes with eight different sample drops. Don't like your tea sweetened? No problem! Tea Drops also offers Tea Sprinkles that are unsweetened and equally delicious. 

These are eco-friendly and 100% recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable. Hooray for saving the environment! These drops are produced with genuine tea leaves that are delicately pressed with no added preservatives.  

Keep in mind that there will be sediment in your tea. The residue will gather at the bottom and is totally safe and nutritious to drink. Not a huge fan of particles in your tea? No problem, just skip the last sip of your cup! For $16.99 on Amazon, we think that this is the absolute perfect gift for a tea-loving friend. 

Overall Editor Score

9.7 / 10

Best Christmas Gift for Friends To Keep Their Cards Organized

#1

Travelambo Leather Clutch Wallet

Best Christmas Gift for Friends To Keep Their Cards Organized: Travelambo Leather Clutch Wallet
22 Bought
Why It's A Great Gift
9.8
Overall
98%
98 % Editor Score
99 % User Score

Why People Love it

  • Genuine leather
  • Handmade
  • Holds all your cards

This 100% handmade leather clutch is the perfect gift for a friend. It's thoughtful and will help your friend keep all their cards, cash, and IDs in order. All that, and it's on sale for only $16.99. 

The slots are secure and hold your cards in place; however, this sometimes makes it a little challenging to remove them. Mainly for the ID card slot. 

Expert Ratings

Why It's A Great Gift

9.8 / 10

This is the perfect sized wallet to fit inside a bag or tote. It measures 7.32"L x 4.05"W x 1.1"H. The wallet is built to store everything you need; it's got a large cash slot, a large accessory slot (can fit an iPhone), and 21 card slots. With all of that said, the wallet has a very slim design to it and comes across as very sleek. 

When the wallet is closed, it provides RFID Blocking, which is ideal for travel. Under the leather surface, there is an aluminum embroidered lining that works to keep identity cards safe - what else could we ask for?

You can pick from a wide variety of colors and styles, and this wallet comes with a 1-year warranty if the wallet comes with any defects so that you can buy in confidence. Get your friend a gift they'll love this holiday season (and use every single day!). 

Overall Editor Score

9.8 / 10

Faveable Ratings: 30 Best Christmas Gifts for Friends

30 Best Christmas Gifts for FriendsWhy It's A Great GiftOverall
Travelambo Leather Clutch Wallet Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends To Keep Their Cards Organized
#1Travelambo Leather Clutch Wallet
9.8
98
Tea Drop Sweetened Organic Loose Leaf Tea Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Are Tea Lovers
#2Tea Drop Sweetened Organic Loose Leaf Tea
9.7
97
Luxury Scented Soy Candles Thumbnail
Best Smelling Christmas Gift for Friends
#3Luxury Scented Soy Candles
9.8
98
Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Friend with an Awesome Home Entertainment System
#4Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote
 
Leatherman New Wave Multi-tool Thumbnail
Best Gift for the DIY Friend
#5Leatherman New Wave Multi-tool
 
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Music-Loving Friend
#6Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphone
 
YETI Tundra 65 Cooler Thumbnail
Gift for Your Best Friend (male)
#7YETI Tundra 65 Cooler
 
OontZ Angle 3 RainDance Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Creative Friend
#8OontZ Angle 3 RainDance Wireless Bluetooth Waterproof Speaker
 
100% Pure Lambswool Blanket by John Hanly & Co. Ireland-Luxuriously Soft Woolen Throw Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Scholar Friend
#9100% Pure Lambswool Blanket by John Hanly & Co. Ireland-Luxuriously Soft Woolen Throw
 
Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Frequent Flyer Friend
#10Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones
 
Cloud 9 Living - Experience Gift Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Friend Who Has Everything
#11Cloud 9 Living - Experience Gift
 
MistoBox Gift Coffee Subscription Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Caffeine Addict Friend
#12MistoBox Gift Coffee Subscription
 
Apple Watch Series 5 Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Health Nut Friend
#13Apple Watch Series 5
 
NeWisdom iPhone XS or XR Shockproof Hybrid Rubberized Cover Thumbnail
Best Gift for the iPhone Addict Friend
#14NeWisdom iPhone XS or XR Shockproof Hybrid Rubberized Cover
 
HTC Vive Cosmos - Virtual Reality System Thumbnail
Best Gift for Gamer Friends
#15HTC Vive Cosmos - Virtual Reality System
 
MIRA Insulated Water Bottle Thumbnail
Best Cheap Gift for a Friend
#16MIRA Insulated Water Bottle
 
InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Friend Who Needs to Chill Out
#17InnoGear Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser
 
Waterproof Silicone Computer Keyboard Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Workaholic Friend
#18Waterproof Silicone Computer Keyboard
 
Foodie Dice Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Foodie Friend
#19Foodie Dice
 
Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens Plus Macro Lens Plus 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens Thumbnail
Best Gift for the Friend Obsessed with Social Media
#20Amir 3 in 1 Fisheye Lens Plus Macro Lens Plus 0.4x Super Wide Angle Lens
 
AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty TV Wall Mount Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Binge Watching
#21AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty TV Wall Mount
 
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Shutterbugs
#22Fujifilm Instax Mini 90
 
Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for New Parents
#23Ergobaby 360 Baby Carrier
 
Keurig K-Elite Thumbnail
Best Smart K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker
#24Keurig K-Elite
 
Deluxe 15 in 1 Tabletop Board Game Set Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Board Games
#25Deluxe 15 in 1 Tabletop Board Game Set
 
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit (4-Bulbs & Bridge) Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Want to Go Green
#26Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Lighting Kit (4-Bulbs & Bridge)
 
Sphero BB-8 Toy Droid Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Star Wars
#27Sphero BB-8 Toy Droid
 
Beer of the Month Subscription Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Love Beer
#28Beer of the Month Subscription
 
Passion Planner Compact Journal Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Plan Ahead
#29Passion Planner Compact Journal
 
Manduka Unisex PROLite Mat Thumbnail
Best Christmas Gift for Friends Who Practice Yoga
#30Manduka Unisex PROLite Mat
 

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A six-year marketing veteran and a writer since the womb, Suzanne Scacca now specializes in writing content for a variety of audiences. She has been published on Inc.com, Examiner, SEJ, Elegant Themes, and other marketing, tech, hospitality, and business blogs. When not writing about the latest news and trends, Suzanne can be found hanging out with her dog, eating way too much dessert, and watching horror movies.

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