2016 Holiday Gift Guide: for your BFF

Aka the easiest person on your list, because usually you can buy something you’d like for yourself! Anyone else LOVE shopping for their best friends and the ladies in the family? I feel like it’s so much fun, and so much easier than shopping for the dudes. (We’ll get to that gift guide tomorrow.)

I thought I’d share some ideas for your BFF if you’re shopping or participating in a Secret Santa this year. These gifts are a mix of fun, fancy, and functional; perfect for so many of the ladies on your holiday shopping list! (and easy subtle ways to drop hints to partners and hubbies for yourself!)

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for your BFF 

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I am freaking cold

Cute sweater or top:

I feel like these are such great gifts because you can pick something you know they’ve had their eye on, or something a little difference or festive for the season. 

I Am Freaking Cold sweatshirt

Winking eye (LOVE this sweater but couldn’t justify the price)

Gingerbread man ugly sweater

Winking Santa pullover 

Trendy velvet top (Is it weird that I’m obsessed with the fact that velvet is back in style? I haven’t worn it since like 6th grade, and many of the 90s trends that are back are freaking me out, but velvet? Yes. Yes yes yes.)

sparkle Mocs


The perfect comfy winter hanging out shoe (even though I’m guilty of wearing them as real-life shoes.)

Sparkly slippers



Sugar skulls planner

Personalized planner or stationary:

Erin Condren. I’ve been using an EC planner for years and it helps me keep my life (kind of) in order. You can customize the layout + bonus options -I’ll usually get extra stickers to indicate when the Pilot will be gone, if Liv has a school event, or I’m subbing a class- and they’re extremely well-made. 

Kitlife Planner. The girls at Kitlife sent me a planner to check out, and it would likely be my #1 planner if I hadn’t already ordered a sugar skull one above. (I’m gifting it to a friend that I know would love it.) The planners are BEAUTIFUL, well-made (they seem sturdier than my EC planner) and they have additional spots for health and wellness goals + doodle breaks. 

Graceful garden planner

Stitch fix gift cards coupon

Gift card:

Fitness studio she loves. Buy her a class pack to her favorite studio or an opportunity to try something new that you could do together!

Spa treatment or Zeel massage. We’re HUGE fans of Zeel in our house, and will often get Zeel massages when we travel. The massage therapist comes to your home or hotel and brings everything along with them. I highly recommend it. (You can check out a full review I did in this post.)

Stitch Fix! I’ve been using Stitch Fix for years now and absolutely love the convenience and excitement factor. It still feels like Christmas when I get a box! A stylist hand-picks clothes to suit your style profile and preferences, and I’m always blown away by the fit. It’s a great gift for women in the family (especially since it’s personalized but still gives them the ability to decide what they keep/request). It’s always been a huge hit, and a few people on my list are getting Stitch Fix gift cards this year. 

Beauty Counter Shimmer and Shine gift set

Beauty products:

Shimmer and Shine gift set. This gift set contains body oil (with a light bronze and shimmer; it smells like the beach), sugar body scrub (with real sugar) and luxurious body butter. The charcoal gift set is another really popular one, since it has the cleansing bar and the famous charcoal mask.

Tarte palette (<— I have that one and LOVE it)

Josie Maran collection

Mini purse

Jewelry and accessories:

Perfect opportunity to pick up something gorgeous she may not buy for herself. Here are some of my faves:

Red mini bag

Mantra band. Love that these provide a little bit of inspiration and encouragement.

Letter necklace (only $22 right now)

Stacking rings

Plaid scarf

Reversible vegan leather tote

Pave earring set (look expensive but awesome price point)

Festive af mug

Stocking stuffers:

Festive AF mug

Festive drinking buddies drink markers

Voluspa travel tin candles

The cutest cupcake sprinkles

Metallic water bottle 

Hanky Panky 3-pack (you know you’re BFFs when it’s not weird to buy each other underwear haha)

Pumped up phone holder

Super cute sunnies (these ones are up to 30% off right now with the code SPLURGE)

Mini dry shampoo

Hair ties (where oh where do the lost ones go?)

Nail polish (The Sally Hansen gel is my current fave, or I’ll use Essie with the Sally Hansen gel clear on top)

So, tell me friends: what are you getting for your best friends, or the girls in your family? What’s on your personal wish list this year?

Leave a comment below and I’ll pick a lucky winner for a I Am Freaking Cold sweatshirt + a couple of surprise stocking stuffers from this list. All gift guide giveaway winners will be announced in next week’s Friday Faves. For an extra entry, follow me on Instagram and leave an extra comment to let me know!



Everything on this gift guide was curated by yours truly, and companies are not able to purchase spots on my annual guides. The giveaway is sponsored by Liv and Penelope. Affiliate links are included, and do not affect purchase price. Thank you so much for supporting this blog!

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  1. Jessie on December 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I’d like some beauty items and a postpartum workout video for Christmas! I have a 6 day old so he is my gift this yr:)

  2. Jessie on December 9, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I already follow you on IG too:)

  3. Kristi on December 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I’m loving the uggs slippers and the mantra band….Great gift ideas!!!

  4. Kristi on December 9, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I follow on IG! 🙂

  5. china on December 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I usually gift a manicure for the ladies on my list or a book. I follow you on IG too!

  6. Heather on December 9, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    LOL this sweatshirt is hilarious and literally so perfect. i say that exact phrase at least once on a daily basis!!

  7. Heather on December 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    follow you on IG!

  8. Melanie on December 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Needed some gift ideas and these look great!!

  9. Melanie on December 9, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Also follow you on instagram!

  10. Angela Magdaleno on December 9, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Personal wish list is home decor for my new house!

  11. Angela Magdaleno on December 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I follow you on Instagram too!

  12. Haley on December 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Slippers and fuzzy socks are always good choices. I’m a big snoozies fan!!

  13. Laura @ SheEatsWell on December 9, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    On my personal wish list is new running shoes + running socks. How do I always lose running socks!?

  14. kelli on December 9, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    this is such a great gift roundup! i pinned it in my “gifts” folder on pinterest. i love having things to look at when deciding for gifts since i’m usually clueless on my own.

  15. kelli on December 9, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    i also followed under kailove07 on instagram.

  16. Shani on December 9, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    i follow on instagram

  17. Shani on December 9, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    my best friend is really terrible at buying the smalls things she needs for herself but i think i would get a her a pass at a yoga studio she likes

  18. Kelly Salomone on December 10, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Hey Gina! I’ve really loved your past two gift idea posts; you’ve given good ideas for me to give and get! ;-). As for the freakin’ cold, I’m sitting on my couch contemplating if I really want to go outside today, with the current temp being 20 :(. So, yea, the sweatshirt is totally appropriate!!?? I also follow you on insta!

  19. Becca on December 10, 2016 at 7:09 am

    This year I’m giving all the women in my life nice candles (love the ones at Anthropologie)!

  20. Becca on December 10, 2016 at 7:11 am

    I follow you on IG @blwilliams88!

  21. Margo on December 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Thinking about getting the bff the cold sweatshirt!

  22. Maryanne on December 11, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Love the Festive AF mug! I need one!

  23. Maryanne on December 11, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Following on ig solace76

  24. Christina on December 11, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Obsessed with that sweatshirt!

  25. Kathy on December 11, 2016 at 8:25 am

    I always get my girlfriends fun workout tanks. Current favourites are: “burpees don’t like you either” and “be kind to animals or I’ll kill you”.

  26. Alissa on December 11, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I’m getting everyone cute lounge pants. Most of the girls in my life are SAHM (including me), so wearing real pants all the time isn’t so appealing. 🙂

    My personal wishlist? Wireless headphones — based on your recommendation.

  27. Alissa on December 11, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    i already follow you on Insta! (love that freaking cold sweatshirt — because i am ALWAYS freaking cold)

  28. Kelsey on December 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I already follow you on instagram!

  29. Kelsey on December 11, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I am taking my best friends out for dinner at our favorite restaurant for Christmas!

  30. Katie Summers on December 11, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    My bf and I spend time together. That’s always our gift to each other. This year it was a coffee and movie date – we chose a dine and watch theater and it was perfect. More than a regular day out!

  31. Katie Summers on December 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I follow you on instagram. Ksummers8210

  32. Katy Craig on December 11, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    I’m hoping for some new crossfit nanos 🙂 Cute and cozy paamas are my favourite things to give to others!

  33. Monica C on December 12, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Thanks so much for all the gift guides this year! They’ve even helped me make my own list 🙂

  34. Alexandra on December 12, 2016 at 6:33 am

    There are some awesome ideas here! Thanks for sharing these gift guides!

  35. Alexandra on December 12, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Follow you in N Instagram

  36. Stephanie on December 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Following on Instagram!

  37. Stephanie on December 12, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I love that sweatshirt and the jcrew slippers (they are on my wish list!)

  38. Tracy on December 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I’m getting the girls in my family Jeopardy day by day calendars. Sounds weird, but people LOVE them. They’re really fun.

  39. Molly Penaflor on December 12, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I love buying my girlfriends and the girls in my family pretty jewelry! I rarely buy pieces for myself, but I love getting them for others!

  40. Maeghan on December 14, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Love the stackable rings. So beautiful and minimal!

  41. Sarah on December 14, 2016 at 11:14 am

    I bought my friend a beautiful pair of hoops with a turquoise detail that I know she’ll love!

  42. Sarah on December 14, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I follow you in IG!

  43. Katie M on December 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I have been wanting to try stich fix and that Tarte palette looks amazing!!!! love the choices.

  44. Katie M on December 14, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I follow you on Instagram as well!

  45. Shelly S. on December 15, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Cute sweatshirt 🙂

  46. Tressie on December 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    I usually get myself something new for use in the kitchen-love experimenting!

  47. Cara on December 16, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I am ALWAYS cold! This is perfect for me

  48. Cassie T on December 21, 2016 at 1:26 am

    Great list! I’ve been jonesing for an Erin Condren planner for awhile and that sweatshirt is really cute!

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