Do you have a friend who’s been there through thick and thin? Have you grown up together? Do you feel like you’ve never been apart, even when you’ve not seen each other for months? If so, you’re probably looking for something special when it comes to buying birthday gifts. If your best buddy is about to celebrate their birthday, here are some thoughtful gift ideas to inspire you.
Time and memories
Are you finding it increasingly difficult to see your best friend? Do your hectic schedules mean that months can fly by without any chance of a reunion? If so, why not offer them your time and undivided attention. Get your diary out and organise a day out or a girly weekend away. Even if you don’t have much money to spend, you can still enjoy an incredible day together. Go for lunch or catch a show. Treat yourself to some retail therapy or a relaxing massage. Watch films you’ve seen a million times before and laugh at all the same bits. Recreate days gone by with a visit to your favourite diner. Take a picnic and some magazines for a chilled day at the beach.
If you fancy making a weekend of it, why not visit a spa, or fly away for a chic city break?
Jewellery has sentimental value and you can really show you care with unique pieces. Lockets are a fantastic idea, especially if you personalise them with a message. You could also insert a couple of photographs. Charm bracelets are also popular and you can add to them each birthday. Classics, such as pearl earrings, are a timeless gift.
Vouchers may not seem like the most thoughtful idea and for some, they may be an easy option. However, if your friend is always shopping for other people and spoiling them, vouchers are a means of letting them enjoy a day of indulgence. Offer to babysit the children or dog sit, while your friend embarks on a well-earned spree.
If your friend is into interior design, or they’re a fan of art, a picture or print is a great idea. Frame an old photograph or turn a negative into a canvas. Peruse some local galleries and see if any of the originals catch your eye. Search online, or visit markets or art stalls for inspiration. Think about their style and taste and go with your gut instinct.
If you’ve grown up together, there’s nothing more thoughtful than creating a memory book. Print out old photos, collect cutting from newspapers and write captions to remind you of happy times. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed, and you can spend hours giggling at embarrassing outfits and crushes.
Buying gifts is never easy, especially if you’re determined to go all-out to impress. With these thoughtful suggestions, you’re sure to show your best bud just how much they mean to you. Think about their interests and don’t be afraid to shun conventional material gifts for something a little different. Remember, it’s the thought that counts.