You already know that Valentine's Day is all about love, but that doesn't mean it's just reserved to celebrate your significant other. There are a ton of people you love in your life, from your besties to your cool aunt, or even teachers you may have stayed in touch with over the years.
Platonic relationships can be some of the most fulfilling parts of your personal life. How many times have you called up your bestie to talk for *hours*? If you haven't already made an annual habit out of celebrating your BFFs on Valentine's Day, consider this your sign to start a new tradition. A unique, simple, or even funny gift can really go a long way in showing them how much you appreciate their presence in your life.
The 47 gifts below feature tons of ideas, ranging from cute things you can do together to inexpensive items that'll make them feel special and loved, no matter their tastes, hobbies, or interests. See below for the best Valentine’s Day gifts for your friends in 2023.
1. For The Artist: Pottery Starter Kit
Sculpting and painting pottery can be a pretty darn calming activity as well as a way to express creativity. Gift your bestie this pottery starter bundle, and they’ll not only be able to make whatever they want out of the available clay, but they can also paint their creation the colors they want, too. (It technically says it's for kids, but tons of adult reviewers say it's great for beginners, too!)
2. For The Wellness Lover: Golde Superfood Mask Set
If your BFF is all about skincare, they’ll love this superfood mask kit from wellness brand Golde. Both of the masks feature a powder-to-gel formula—just add water to activate the gel. Add a note that says it's for your next face mask and movie night for a sweet and personal touch.
3. For The Sober Friend: Non-Alcoholic Cocktail Kit
Yes, cocktails can taste absolutely delicious—but sometimes you’re just not feeling the actual alcohol part of the equation. If your friend doesn’t drink or is trying to cut back on alcohol, try gifting them this set of non-alcoholic cocktail mixers from around the world. They can blend them with their favorite sodas or juices, or blend with liquor when they are in the mood.
4. For The Baker: Cast Iron Pie Dish
For the friend who loves to cook, this cast iron pie dish is the best of the best (and an excuse for them to bake a pie for you). The wavy-shaped rim makes for the perfect-looking crust with every use—no crimping with a fork required.
5. For The Friend Who's Always Cold: Heated Blanket
A heated blanket is a total win for the friend who's always complaining about how cold they are. Their partner/roommates will thank you for letting the central temperature at home go down a few degrees, too.
6. For The Spice Lover: Hot Sauce Set
So, your bestie has been complaining about how nothing they eat is spicy enough. Give them this full hot sauce set by Da'tl Do It for V-Day, and voilà—problem solved. It includes seven bottles, all of which vary in flavor and spice level. Basically, it’s the gift of flavor they'll be adding to every dish that comes out of their kitchen (but don't be surprised if they keep a bottle in their purse, too).
7. For The Whiskey Fan: Jameson Black Barrel
Honestly, you can’t go wrong gifting your friend new spirits for their bar cart. If they’re an Irish whiskey person, this Jameson Black Barrel bottle has notes of butterscotch, green apple, and maple. TLDR? It’s the perfect addition to any whiskey lover's liquor stash.
8. For The Camper: S'Mores Maker
Let’s be real. Your outdoorsy bestie would love to live outside 100 percent of the time if it were possible. This little electric s'mores maker will bring a bit of their fave part of the outdoors in to the comfort of their living room (and, of course—you get to reap the benefits when you come over, too).
9. For The Hair Product Lover: Briogeo Scalp Revival Set
Their days of dry, lifeless hair will be gone-zo with this revitalizing haircare set. A brand loved by our very own beauty editors, Briogeo's scalp revival set is all they need to upgrade their boring haircare routine into a full-blown self-care sesh.
10. Best On A Budget: Handwritten Cards
Got too many friends to buy something special for every single one? Well, here's something that'll make each one of them feel loved. A handwritten card never goes out of style.
11. Best For The Skincare Lover: Laneige Hydration Set
Infused with cocoa butter, pure coconut, sunflower oils, and French beeswax, this lip and skincare set is packed with five of Laneige's clean, TikTok-viral essentials. It's probably already on your skincare-loving BFF's wish list.
12. Best Custom Gift: Sequin Pillow
With tons of customizable features from the sequin color to the actual picture you use, this pillow is definitely not something they already own. They'll never receive anything else like it, just like they'll never have another friend quite like you. (Cue the happy tears.)
13. For Spiritual Friends: Gratitude Journal
Your friend's already grateful for you (duh), but a gratitude journal will help them count all the other awesome things in their life they're thankful for—even if they don't always realize it. A year from now, they can look back at how all the little things added up.
14. For The Makeup Lover: Hourglass Glow Palette
This beauty guru-loved palette will add some serious glow to their everyday makeup routine. Plus, with packaging this pretty, they'll love showing it off on the 'gram.
15. For Wine Lovers: Insulated Wine Glasses
Your vino-loving bestie will never have to worry about spilling again with a handy-dandy insulated wine glass featuring a splash-proof lid. They're perfect for packing on a picnic or taking to the beach—and they come in 18 colors so you can gift a pair that goes with their style. Just remember to complete your gift with a bottle of their favorite wine.
16. For Jewelry Lovers: Custom Necklace
This custom necklace will become your bestie's new fave accessory. Not only will it have their name on it, it'll also feature their birthstone—for $25, it's a total bargain.
17. For Dessert Lovers: Milk Bar Truffle And Cookie Set
It's Valentine's Day, so you know sweets are a must-have. Milk Bar's iconic desserts are available for nationwide delivery, so they are actually the perfect gift—especially if your BFF has a sweet tooth. The box comes with 12 truffle cake balls and an assortment of 12 different cookies. The brand even does gluten-free options.
18. For Plant Parents: Best Friend Succulent Set
If your bestie is a plant parent, these adorable potted succulents will look absolutely fabulous on their wfh desk. It's sure to rack in tons of compliments from guests, too.
19. For The Friends Fan: AirPods Case Cover
If they're as addicted to their AirPods as they are to Friends reruns, they need this case. A bargain for less than $20, they'll use it nearly every day.
20. For The Crystal Lover: Himalayan Salt Lamp Plug
Made of 100 percent Himalayan crystal salt rock, this night light's claim to wellness fame is that it supposedly releases negative ions, absorbing dust and purifying air. That makes it perfect for your bestie's bathroom or bedroom. Since it's a plug-in, it works for small spaces, too.
21. For The Forgetful Friend: Sister Jewelry Dish
If your bestie has been known to lose track of their jewelry when they jump into the shower or do the dishes, this gift will be a legit lifesaver. It'll look gorgeous on their night stand or kitchen counter, and they'll love smiling every time they look down at the dish and its adorable message.
22. For The Music Lover: Marshall Portable Speaker
If your bestie is obsessed with music, they will love this stylish and portable Bluetooth speaker from Marshall that they can take anywhere. It has 20+ hours of play time per charge, so they'll never be without their jams.
23. For The Scent-Obsessed: Smart Wi-Fi Oil Diffuser
Essential oil diffusers are having a moment right now (they're basically a self-care staple), so why not gift one to the chillest person you know? All they have to do is download the TuyaSmart app to turn the diffuser on and off or change the mode. Oh, and it's compatible with Amazon Echo so they can even use their virtual bestie Alexa to control it.
24. For The Data Lover: Apple Watch
Good for any workout or afternoon stroll, Apple's bestselling smart watch will help your bestie time their next run, and even answer texts on-the-go with voice-to-text technology. It's even GPS-enabled.
25. For The Aspiring Vegan: Vegan Soul Food Cookbook
Real talk: Who wouldn't want soul food that skips the animal products? If your friend has been talking about going vegan for years or just loves to cook, they'll love this beautifully-written and illustrated book featuring mouth-watering recipes.
26. For The Tea Lover: Chai Gift Set
For your tea-loving friend, this cozy gift set by Oprah-loved brand Chai Box is bound to make them smile. Complete with traditional Indian tea biscuits, two loose-leaf blends, and a ready-to-sip concentrate, they'll probably come to love the brand just as much as Lady O does.
27. For The Creative Friend: Feminist Adult Coloring Book
With 30 stress-relieving pages, your socially-active pal can take a well-deserved break from canvassing and phone-banking to color in some badass ladies. Best part? A portion of the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood.
28. For The Stylish Friend: Kate Spade Crossbody
Running errands, but make it fashion. Oh wait, Kate Spade already did. Your BFF will look casually chic the next time they go grocery shopping or drop something off (your gift, perhaps?) at the post office with this super compact crossbody that'll keep them hands-free.
29. For The Morning Person: The Magic Journal
If you know anything about your beloved Women's Health editors, you know how important our morning routines are. This journal is all about making the most of your AM—not just to have the best day possible, but to live out your fullest potential in life. For your BFF who's really just trying to work on themselves right now, they'll love and appreciate this resource so much.
30. For The Candle Lover: Best Friend Candle
Not your typical candle, this one has a super elegant ceramic jar to match the elegant message written on it. It's also made with 100 percent unscented soy wax, perfect for sensitive noses.
31. For The Flower Lover: Female Form Body Vase
They'll love this vase that celebrates the body to put their fresh cut flowers in. It's going to rack in tons of compliments.
32. Best Funny Gift: Crown Chakra Tea Set
How does a keychain with a vow to pee on them sound? With this, they'll think of you and laugh every single time they fumble through their purse to find their keys.
33. For The Chocaholic: Vosges Chocolates
Chocolates are always appropriate for Valentine's Day. These Vosges chocolates are so pretty and unique, your bestie might not want to eat them...but they will.
34. For The Bibliophile: Bookstore Gift Card
Forgot the name of that book your friend has been dying to read? It's okay, you can still treat them to it with a gift card to their favorite independent bookstore. They'll be able to rack up on enough reading material to last them months—all thanks to you.
35. Best Matching Gift: Yin Yang Bracelets
Matching bracelets never went out of style, but they're trendier than ever now that the '90s are back. The yin to your yang will love wearing this every day.
36. For The Funny Friend: Funny Candle
This isn't your average candle—it's a funny, self-affirming one that'll give your BFF a boost of major confidence. Better yet? The citrusy scent is super uplifting.
37. Best Sexy Gift: Pleasure Pack
I mean, what better gift than the gift of pleasure? This set features Lovability's 100 percent natural, non-toxic vegan latex condoms (with easy-open, no-tear wrappers—finally) along with their pH-balanced lube.
38. For A Special Occasion: Pearl And Chain Link Necklace
Pearls are timeless, and this super cute pearl and gold chain link necklace is perfect for everyday wear or a fancier outfit. Your bestie will love getting it, and you can get one for yourself, too. It's pricey, but a great option if you have the budget or if Valentine's Day happens to align with another special occasion like their birthday or engagement (it's proposal season, right?).
39. Best Functional Gift: Monogram Tote
If you want to get your BFF a super cute tote that they can take anywhere, get 'em this custom monogrammed canvas tote. Not only is it super functional, but they will think of you (and how much you love them) every time they use it.
40. Best Group Gift: Winc Wine Delivery Service
You've had enough wine nights with your pinot posse to know their tastes almost as well as your own. This V-Day, get a gift for the whole squad that isn't just give a single bottle—give them a carefully curated selection of new and exciting ones you can have a wine tasting with every single month.
41. For The Coffee Lover: Mini Coffee Maker
Your caffeine-obsessed bestie will seriously appreciate this adorable, mini coffee maker. The slim fit can fit easily into any kitchen size (or even home office).
42. For The Potterhead: Harry Potter Stud Earrings
It may sound tacky, but these Harry Potter-themed earrings are actually super cute, whether you're an obsessive fan of the series or not. That said, your fave Potterhead will love wearing these chic studs on the regular—it's a meaningful gift that shows you really know them.
43. For The True Crime Lover: Serial Killer Trivia Book
Everyone has at least one serial killer or true crime-obsessed friend who would appreciate this book. Hey, it's not your typical Valentine's Day gift, but you're bestie is anything but average, right?
44. For The Cat Parent: Cat T-Shirt
Cat parents get a bad rep, and you may hate that they cancel happy hour plans to stay in with their fur baby. Well, you can show your (complacent) support with this adorably honest t-shirt.
45. For The Supportive Friend: Badass Affirmations Book
When you can't physically be with your friend to tell them how badass they are, this book will do just that. It was written to help empower people with tools to build self-confidence through positive affirmations—yes, you should get one for yourself, too.
46. For The Friend Who Enjoys Live Events: Stubhub Gift Card
Maybe tickets to Beyoncé's new world tour are a little out of your price range, but this $100 Stubhub gift card isn't. With this, your friend will be able to put some cash towards a live event of their choosing, and hopefully, invite you along, too.
47. For The Astrology Love: Zodiac Necklace
If your friend can't go a day without reading her horoscope, she won't be able to go a day without wearing this necklace either. It's a personalized gift, so you can buy that one that's decorated with her zodiac sign.
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