Thoughtful buys for when you've exhausted all your gift ideas (Photo: Mixed Retailers)
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Got a friend you’ve known so long that you’ve already exhausted all present ideas? Or perhaps your pal is going through a difficult time, and you’re struggling to find an appropriate gift that shows how much you care? We’ve all been there!
Before you reach for the go-to gifts of flowers or chocolates, have a browse of this collection of thoughtful buys.
From classy loungewear for the fashionable friend who’s about to go into hospital, to mindful kits and subscription boxes that’ll help keep a worried mind mindfully occupied, there’s sure to be something to suit your situation!
This crafty clay kit that’ll help still a busy mind
A clever gift for a creative and crafty pal, this kit comes with all the materials, tools, and instructions needed to build and decorate a donut vase from scratch. It’s not just fun to do – but also a really mindful activity for someone who could do with a little help slowing down, and just focusing on the task in front of them.
Just a pair of pretty pink goblets for the gin lover in your life
Whether you’re looking for a housewarming gift or a way to show a pal your appreciation, bar and drinkware are always a safe bet. With their exaggerated balloon silhouette, detailed floral etchings, and pretty pink hue, these gin glasses are sure to make any gin enthusiast grin.
This topaz bracelet for a friend who’s going through change
This gorgeous piece of jewellery is a definite upgrade on the string friendship bracelets given out in childhood! An appropriate and thoughtful gift for someone who’s been through a difficult season of life, it’s set with a round cut topaz – a gemstone that supposedly provides the wearer with clarity, awareness, and spiritual development.
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A doughnut-decorating kit for your plant-based mate
If you fancy treating a plant-based pal, then you can’t go wrong with a decorating kit of these cult-favourite doughnuts. Each kit comes with two ring doughnuts and two red velvet doughnuts, and then an assortment of buttercreams, glazes, and cookie chunks for decorating.
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Give a hair guru the gift of a luxurious silk pillowcase
For the friend who keeps her tresses in tip-top condition, you can bet that a silk pillowcase will make the perfect gift. Made from mulberry silk, this pillowcase helps to retain the natural moisture level of hair and skin overnight, and comes in eleven pretty colours.
A soothing gel mask for the pal in need of a pamper
Packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid, and soothing and strengthening aloe vera and vitamin E, this gorgeous and reviving gel mask would make a thoughtful gift for any friend who deserves to make themselves a priority for once. It gets to work within three minutes - so is ideal for those short on time.
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This protective pendant for a pal who’s off on their travels
Known as the patron saint of travellers, St Christopher is a symbol of protection and safety throughout one’s travels. So this necklace would make an ideal gift for a friend who’s going away for a while or moving abroad. Plus, it can also be engraved.
A crystal salt lamp for the heartbroken friend who’s life needs purifying
Not just nice to look at, salt lamps emit negative ions when lit, and therefore supposedly have the potential to increase serotonin in the brain, reduce stress, and improve sleep. The perfect gift for that friend who needs to completely cut their ex out for good!
This 3-month Glossybox subscription that beauty addicts will love
If you’re after a gift that keeps on giving, then treat your friend to three months of beauty boxes. Each box contains a monthly edit of five must-have beauty products, that have all been vetted and recommended by the expert team at Glossybox.
Buy a skincare obsessed bestie this top-rated body cream
Taking the skincare world by storm, this luxurious cream smells amazing, and leaves skin feeling soft, tight, and nourished. A pricey item that’s on everybody’s wishlist, a tub of this dreamy cream will go down swimmingly with any friend who loves a good pamper, and deserves a little treat.
Gift this cotton kimono to the poorly pal who still prioritises style
Got a pal who makes a truly terrible patient? Whether they’re convalescing at home, or heading for a stint in hospital, this gorgeous pure cotton kimono bathrobe is bound to help them feel far more fab than drab while they slow down and get better.
This soy wax candle that just perfectly sums up how you feel
If – like me – you’re not known to be particularly lovey-dovey with your friends, then this candle feels like a far more on-brand alternative to a bouquet of flowers. It’s a great way to show a friend who’s going through a tricky time that you’re always there – without being too sappy!
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.