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Best gifts for your friends: fun and fabulous ideas to spoil your inner circle

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Good friends are hard to find - the pandemic has taught us that.

While some friendships may have ground to a halt without the oil of daily contact and a shared routine, others have shone through brightly, offering pin-pricks of laughter and light through the grey Groundhog days.

There are all kinds of relationships, and friendship is arguably the most special - many studies show that people value their inner circle more than their partners.

Whether it’s their birthday, a cheer-up gift, or something ‘just because’, there’s never a bad time to show your inner circle how much you value them.

In the name of friendship, we’ve put together a hit list of the best gifts to spoil your favourite people and send them a bear hug from across county lines.

From fancy fragrances to a corner shop’s-worth of chocs, here are some of the best gifts to send your BFFs.

See our selection below

instax mini Evo Instant Camera in Black

All the fun of an instant camera paired with all the convenience of a digital, Fujifilm's new evo is the perfect gift for your shutterbug pal.

Not only can you print retro-effect snaps with 10 lens effects and 10 film effects, but though the app, it allows you to print off your camera roll too - meaning you'll never waste precious film again. It's packed with tons of other fun features including a selfie mirror, self-timer and macro mode. They won’t be able to stop smiling.

Buy now £174.00, Jessops

SodaStream Spirit One Touch Electric Sparkling Water Maker

Whether they’re old enough to remember SodaStream at the dizzying heights of its fame (circa 70s - 90s) or you know they’ll just like the idea of fizzy water on tap, SodaStream is the must-have home carbonation system your best mate never knew they needed.

Putting the kitsch in kitchen, the Spirit device comes in a selection of fun colours and is perfect for making your own drinks with the brand’s syrups - flavours include lemonade, cream soda, orange mango, cola as well as flavourings from 7Up and Pepsi, alongside fizzing up plain old H2O.

Buy now £100.00, Amazon

GLOSSYBOX Subscription

Friends don’t let friends suffer with bad skin. Skincare is at the top of everyone’s agenda, so why not send them a beauty box subscription to breathe new life into their dressing table?

Containing products worth more than the box, a Glossybox subscription makes the ideal gift for your gals. They’ll get five new products to enjoy every month and boxes are often themed and designed to be kept as storage, minimising waste.

Buy now £13.25, GLOSSYBOX

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream, 125ml

A rose delivery of a different kind, Jurlique’s skincare is made using flowers bred specifically for the brand. The rich scent is addictive, but it’s not all talk and no trousers - the products work wonders too. If your best mate is new to the brand, this hand cream is a deluxe introduction: it smells divine and keeps paws soft and supple.

Buy now £43.00, Jurlique

Mermaid Gin

This gorgeous bottle from the Isle of Wight distillery is beautiful inside and out, and the perfect way to let your gin obsessive know you’re thinking of them.

Rich with ingredients plucked from the island (think ocean-splashed rock samphire and Boadicea hops from the famous Ventnor Botanic Garden), add a splash of tonic and a cucumber garnish to bring out its sparkling best.

Buy now £37.99, Master of Malt

Voesh 5 Step Glimmer Spa Pedi in a Box Golden Glimmer

With busy schedules and salons often booked out weeks in advance, getting a pedi slot can be tough. Bring the treatment home to them thanks to Voesh, which offers a pedi-in-a-box.

This isn’t just a standard foot mask, oh no. Each pack contains five single use sachets for the full pedi experience, from a sea salt soak, to a sugar scrub, masks and massage cream.

Buy now £10.99, FeelUnique

Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player

Roku continually offers a selection of deals on its Roku Express and Roku Premiere devices, making them ideal for nabbing as gifts. The streaming device - which allows you to watch Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Now TV, AppleTV+, Hayu and thousands more on one portal -is ridiculous simple to use. No wires, no fuss, just plug it into your TV and you’re set.

They’ll never again moan about not having anything to watch.

Buy now £19.99, Amazon

Grey Goose Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit

Your caffeine Queen will adore this new way to perk up Saturday night drinks. Containing everything they’ll need to mix up delicious espresso martinis, this kit includes miniature bottles of premium vodka, Grey Goose, Patrón XO Café (soon to be discontinued, so grab it while you can), plus a can of Cold Brew Coffee and a martini glass for the full home bar effect.

Buy now £39.99, Amazon

Floral Street Wonderland Peony eau de parfum 50ml

Peony season may have been and gone, but your pal can linger in the flower’s beautiful notes for longer thanks to Floral Street. It’s Wonderland Peony EDP is a celebration of the popular petal, and is so fragrant with notes of blackcurrant, pink berries and candy floss, that actual strangers have stopped us in the street to ask what we’re wearing. Bonus points for the display-worthy bottle, too.

Buy now £64.00, Selfridges

Reebok Classic Leather Shoes

No matter their style, a classic white trainer is a universal wardrobe staple. Give your best pal the joy of a box fresh pair with Reebok's timeless leather version - they can even be personalised if you're buying them for a special occasion. Available in sizes 3 - 12.

Buy now £70.00, Reebok

Impala Rollerskates Pink Quad Roller Skates

You know your best mate can take on the world - help them get there faster with a pair of skates from Impala. The brand offers both quad and in-line styles as well as accessories to protect newbies from the worst of the tumbles. The only thing more impressive is their colour selection which spans candy hues to attention-grabbing holographic.

Buy now £86.00, Urban Outfitters

818 Tequila by Kendall Jenner

Supermodel Kendall Jenner is the latest of her famous family to launch a product.

This time its tequila and the good news is, it’s ripe for gifting (especially for the one whose happy hour tipple is a margarita). The slow-batch spirit has been made with agave leaves harvested in Jalisco, Mexico before being cooked and aged in French oak barrells.

It’s been available Stateside for a while but has now made its debut in the UK. What better excuse to get your hands on a bottle?

Buy now £64.99, The Bottle Club

Rainbo Gyoza

Foodie friends will adore Rainbo’s gyoza and Japanese larder staples, which look every bit as good as they taste. Available separately (free delivery for orders £50+) or in party boxes of 60 or 100 (drool) they’re a great gift to fight weekday food fatigue.

As well as a mix of gyoza stuffed with chicken, pork, prawn, duck and vegan shiitake the boxes come with necessary extras like pickles, chilli oil and sauce for dipping. Pop them straight in the freezer for fresh gyoza when the mood strikes.

Packs of 12 gyoza from £9.50 | boxes from £65

Buy now £9.50, Rainbo

Pale Fox Gift Wrapped Coupe Pack

The gift of prosecco is a universally-adored thing. For best mates who set their watch by Prosecco O’Clock, present them with Pale Fox, a delicious single estate version of the UK’s favourite Italian sparkling wine.

Make it special with this gift pack, which sees a 75cl bottle (£25.95 alone) and pair of chic coupe glasses packed in a beautiful presentation box. Cheers!

Buy now £49.95, Pale Fox

Chelsea Peers NYC Stripe Satin Button Up Long Pyjama Set

If you're planning a pals night in, treat your BFF to sumptuous new PJs from Chelsea Peers’ Wellness Range. There are plenty of fun prints to choose from (including a giraffe print that we're bookmarking as the next leopard) but for timeless style, this satin stripe cream two-piece ticks all the boxes. Available in sizes XXS to XL.

Buy now £50.00, Chelsea Peers NYC

Freixenet Prosecco Doc 150cl

The bigger the bottle, the greater your love - perhaps not actual fact but it's one way to convey your affection that we're sure will be warmly received. Freixenet's magnum-sized bottles (twice the usual size) are the perfect gift to hand over to your mate to mark a special occasion.

Do it in person, so it can be a gift for you both.

Buy now £22.00, Tesco

YOLKE Silk Bra & Knicker set

Your next sleepover invite is in the bag with the gift of this strawberry-print PJ set from sleepwear brand YOLKE. Available in sizes 8 - 14.

Buy now £87.00, YOLKE

Floward Pistachio Blue

Keep last minute hero Floward on your speed-dial for last minute bundles of loveliness.

The company offers speedy deliveries in London and can even do same-day drops before 10pm if ordered by 5pm earlier the same day. We’ve fallen hopelessly for the cool tones in this Pistachio Blue bouquet which comes delivered in a mint green vase. So chic.

Flowers are the ultimate failsafe gift. Find more gorgeous bouquets in our edit of online florists.

Buy now £159.00, Floward

Estella Bartlett Mini Smiling Face Pendant Necklace

For the one who always manages to put a smile on your chops, what better gift than this dainty gold-coloured necklace with a 90s style smiley? The cute piece is slim enough to wear solo or layered with other pieces in their jewellery collection.

At this price, get two for each of you.

Buy now £21.00, Estella Bartlett

Boostology Volcanic Pot Pourri

Has your BFF got an expensive candles addiction? Help wean them off with this plastic-free all-vegan pot pourri set made from black lava rocks and a red heart-shaped Obsidian stone which naturally diffuses essential oils into the room.

There are seven essential oil blends to choose from including an energising Bergamot, Ylang Ylang & Grapefruit mix called Sunshine, and a spring-ready Rose Geranium & Patchouli blend named Bloom.

Topped with a red Agate stone lid, it's a lovely gift they can use again and again.

Buy now £40.00, Boostology

Gorilla Tents Emoji Night Glow

A pop-up tent with added light power, Gorilla Tents’ Emoji patterned tent is a thing of real beauty. Not only can it be set up single handedly in less than five minutes, but it’s a treat to carry at just 3.9kg in a bag with carry handles so you can sling it over your shoulder, or fasten to the loops of your backpack. The double lined tent offers ample protection against the infamous British weather and they’re more spacious than they seem, able to sleep three people or one with baggage. As for the design, well it’s a viral ‘Gram post waiting to happen.

The best thing about this tent is that it comes with a Tent Finder Controller which will light up your temporary home when you’re nearby. Handy on your way back from the main stage in the dark.

Buy now £39.99, Gorilla Tents

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