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It can be a real challenge to shop for the people you care about the most, especially if you’re the type of person who cares about finding the perfect gift. Just because we know our friends well doesn’t make them easy to shop for, so you may want to start your search a few months in advance if you want to get something really special.

Luckily, it’s easier than ever to find inspiration online or pick up hints about your friend’s interests if you’re not sure where to get started. If you have a special occasion to shop for and still feel stumped, read on to learn more about four great gift ideas for your best friends.

1. Give the gift of a new skill.

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Whether it’s candle-making or knitting, spending more time at home due to the ongoing global pandemic has given all of us a chance to explore new activities and develop new skills. Finding ways to pass the time that are both rewarding and fun can be a challenge, especially after dealing with all of this for over a year, but if you head to your local craft store, you’d be surprised by how many different activity kits are out there for anyone looking to try something new.

2. Make your gift personal.

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Reminds of great memories from the past or that represent your relationship can be both memorable and meaningful for the closest friends in your life. A framed canvas print of one of your favorite photos together is a unique and creative gift idea to help decorate their home or apartment. If you’re looking for custom photo gifts, there is no shortage of choices online. From coffee mugs to scrapbooks to jigsaw puzzles, you can create a myriad of different products to help commemorate your friendship with one of the most important people in your life.

3. Help improve their health and wellness.

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If your friend has complained about health problems in the past, you can help them find solutions. There are plenty of supplements that can address areas in your diet that are lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients and even help boost your immune system. While Vitamin C and a healthy diet full nutrient-packed foods like grilled chicken, carrots, broccoli, and spinach can make a big difference, sometimes adding a supplement can help make up for any deficiencies in your diet. As with anything you plan to add to your diet or daily routine, have your friend talk to their doctor first.

4. Take them on a trip.

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After a year spent in some degree of quarantine due to COVID-19, there’s no doubt that most of us are itching to get out of the once. Once it’s safe to do so, getting away from it all with a friend might be the most welcome gift of all. There’s no better way to make lifelong memories with someone than to go on an adventure with them, and who better to take a trip with than your best friend?

Buying a gift for a special occasion can often produce a little anxiety, especially if you’re shopping for someone you care a lot about. The important thing to keep in mind is that your friends know and love you, and will appreciate any gift you give as long as it comes from the heart. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put in the effort to find something incredible, it just means that you shouldn’t stress yourself out too much over shopping. As long as you’re thoughtful and intentional in your search, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a present that your best friend will always remember.

Jasmin Peters