These gift ideas for friends are the perfect way to make sure your besties know you love them whatever the occasion

There’s nothing better than a best friend, except maybe the look on their face when you manage to nail the perfect gift.

We know how important it is to be able to show your friend you love them, and sometimes that’s just by picking up the phone or remembering their coffee order, but for birthdays, job celebrations, or just because you want to go the extra mile, we’ve come up with a handy list of perfect gift ideas to help show your bestie that you care.

Whether they love a quiet evening in or a big day out, are a beauty fanatic or a skincare convert, we’re bound to have something to suit your wallet that’s sure to put a smile on their face (even when they’ve insisted they don’t want anything).

From the memorable to the meaningful, unexpected and unique ideas to more practical gifts, scroll on to find their perfect present.

6 of the best gifts for your female friends

We know that some of our friends are our mirror image, while others are so different we sometimes can’t believe how close we are. That’s why it can be difficult to buy for the different women in our life. We’ve done the legwork to help take some of the guesswork out and have come up with our favourite present ideas we think your gal friends will love.

La Librairie Oud Poudré Eau de Parfum and Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer
Boots X REN Premium Beauty Box

• 4-piece set

• Suitable for sensitive skin

This is a present that feels like pure luxury, minus the price tag. This exclusive gift set comes with four of Ren’s bestsellers, including the brand’s Evercalm Day Cream, Overnight Recovery Balm, Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream and Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. It’s the perfect gift for a skincare-loving friend, or one who’s new to the game and looking for a full routine.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

• Size: 9ml

• Available in 6 shades

No one does gloss like Rihanna. Her Fenty Gloss Bombs have become make-up bag staples, and if your best friend doesn’t already have one, she’ll want one. The range of nudes have that gorgeous high-shine shimmer that’ll really level up her pout.

Smeg Drip Filter Coffee Machine Black

• Barista-style drip coffee

• 2 intensity levels
• Automatic start
• 1.4L water tank

You might remember your bestie’s coffee order, but if you’re really looking to treat them, why not give them great coffee every morning? This Smeg machine beautifully brews up to 10 cups from every use so your friend can stay well-fuelled throughout the day. Not only is the coffee barista standard and the filter reusable, the 1950s styling will look stunning in any kitchen.

La Librairie Oud Poudré Eau de Parfum

• Size: 100ml

• Fragrance family: amber
• Top notes: pear & jasmine
• Heart notes: vanilla & patchouli
• Base notes: coffee

We know buying fragrance is a risky game – but fear not, we’ve got you covered. This delicious scent from La Librairie is a crowd pleaser, making it the perfect gift for friends. The amber base with some lighter fruit and floral notes is cleverly curated to make her feel as though she’s spritzed a breath of fresh air. It will leave your friend feeling bright and breezy all day long.

No7 Silver Illuminated Make-up Mirror

• Normal view, plus 5x magnification

• 360-degree lighting

Now we know you and your friends are used to getting up close and personal, but you can’t really get more up close than the 5x magnification on this No7 mirror. Designed to eliminate shadows and glare and with a handy built-in light, it’ll be there for every step of their beauty regime.

Soap & Glory Fizz-A-Ball Bath Bomb Smoothie Star

• Effervescent bath bomb

• Cruelty-free

It may seem small, but we think a bath bomb is one of the most underrated presents. It tells your friend you’re thinking of them and that they deserve a little treat every so often. They just have to drop this Soap & Glory Fizz-A-Ball in the bath and watch as the water turns a beautiful dusky pink and the air fills with comforting sweet and creamy notes.

Shop more great gifts for her in our full range.

6 of the best gifts for your male friends

When we ask our male friends what’s on their gift wishlist, the answers are often pretty minimal. Not helpful! That’s why we’ve done the work for you (and them) and pulled together our top picks of Boots presents for male friends to suit any occasion.

Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Bergamot Hemp & Sandalwood Men’s Luxury Wash Bag Gift Set

• 4-piece set

• Vegan

Level up your male friend’s travel minis by giving him this luxury gift set. The bergamot, hemp and sandalwood scents really smell like a treat, perfect to help him feel like his very best self. We also love that it comes with such a good-quality wash bag, ideal for wherever he’s off to!

Tower 1000W 2.2 Litre Manual Air Fryer Black

• Vortx technology

• 30-minute timer
• Multiple cooking options

When air fryers first became a thing we were a bit sceptical, but now we’re convinced there’s nothing they can’t do. Turn them on, pop your food in and voila – dinner is served! Whether your friend is veggie, a fan of fish or prefers poultry, this Tower air fryer is incredibly easy to use and great value. If you’re lucky, maybe they’ll cook you dinner to say thanks.

Lacoste L.12.12 Blanc Eau de Toilette for Him

• Size: 175ml

• Fragrance family: woody floral
• Top notes: cardamom
• Heart notes: Mexican tuberose
• Base notes: suede

We love this classic Lacoste scent. If you could bottle confidence, it would probably smell like this – so it’s perfect for your most outgoing friends. With top notes of cardamom and a base of suede, there’s a muskyness to it we just can’t resist.

Boots Deep Tissue Percussion Massage Gun

• 4 attachment heads
• 2.5-hour battery life

• 3 intensity modes
• Compact size

If your friend loves physical challenges, is a little stressed, or has spent far too much time sitting at their desk lately, this is a really lovely unique gift idea. This deep tissue massage gun helps relieve stiffness and soreness, promotes muscle warm-up and post-workout recovery too. The four different attachment heads are each specifically designed to target a different muscle group, and with three intensity settings, it’s a brilliant multitasker.

Activity Superstore Thank You Gift Experience Choice Pack

• 250 unique options to choose from

• Vouchers valid for 12 months

Got a friend who already has everything? Or is particularly difficult to buy for? This experience gift is the perfect option as they can choose how they’d like to spend it. With 250 different activities, there’s bound to be something they’ll like, from skiing sessions to chilli-tasting nights and comedy tickets. It’s a brilliant way to treat them to an experience they’ll always remember.

Bulldog Oil Control Face Mask

• Size: 100ml
• For oily skin

• Contains 3 natural clays

The men in our life need to look after their skin just as much as the rest of us, and this Bulldog face mask is a great way to encourage them to do just that. It’s affordable and full of lovely ingredients like juniper and witch hazel to help minimise excess oil and deep cleanse skin.

Discover more top gifts for him in our full range.