Gift Guides - November 23, 2018

Gift Ideas For 5 Types Of Friends In Your Life

While there’s a lot to love about the holidays—the tasty food, the nostalgic traditions, the gorgeous decorations—nothing really compares with the incredible feeling you get when you give someone you love the perfect gift. Of course, sometimes finding the perfect items that will bring joy to the people who fill your heart with happiness can be a tiny bit tricky.

Often, the secret to picking the perfect gift is getting to the heart of what makes someone tick. What defines them and what are their truest passions? Answer those questions and the perfect present becomes much easier to find. Here are gifts that are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of your friends on your holiday shopping list.

For the Instagram Addict: Like-Increasing Lighting

We all have the friend whose IRL passion is curating their digital brand. Maybe that’s a part of their job, maybe they just love expressing themselves through an on-point grid aesthetic. Whatever their reason, the Instagram Addict is glued to their phone and constantly viewing the world through the lens of like-generation.

For this friend, there is no better gift than one that will help them take DSLR-quality pics on-the-go from their phone. As any smartphone photog knows, the front-facing camera needs the most help when it comes to taking a like-worthy shot, and a portable, miniature LED selfie ring light is exactly what the social savvy person in your life needs to make those pictures the best they can be. Be sure to request a 💡: credit in their next perfect selfie.

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For the Perpetual Flake: An Organizational Arsenal

You know that friend who you love, but who kind of drives you crazy because they’re late (or absent) for literally everything? When you text to check in, this person consistently replies with a frantic, “OMG, I’m the worst. I totally forgot.” Flaky friends usually don’t mean to be unreliable—they’re just terrible at managing their time and their schedules.

If you have a flaky friend who truly wants to say goodbye to their forgetful ways in 2019, Erin Condren’s Life Planner is the perfect gift. This amazing day planner is designed to with all the tools needed to help even the most scattered-brained person take control of their schedule and make “sorry, I’m the worst” texts a thing of the past (and, if you’re already an organizational junkie, the planner is perfect for helping you layout your days and maximize your productivity, too). As a bonus, Erin Condren is a running an amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale this year—30 percent off sitewide from November 23 until November 27.

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For the Wellness Guru: Recovery Rollers

We usually think of the holidays as a time to indulge, but for people who are 100 percent committed to putting health and wellness first all year round, sometimes what they really need is time to recover. The wellness guru in your life is the person who always eats clean and always makes it out for the latest trendy fitness class. Help this friend take time to relax and recover over the holidays by gifting them a Gaiam Restore Cold Therapy massage roller. This will help your most wellness-obsessed friend restore for the new year and start 2019 ready to exercise their mind and body.

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For the Proud Nerd: Comic-Con Worthy Candles

We all know an unapologetic nerd—the person who becomes next-level obsessed with the latest TV craze, digging deep into fan theories and Reddit threads and organizing themed parties for the season finale of the latest It Show. This is the person who has been talking about the final season of Game of Thrones since 2017.  It’s the person who begged you to come along for a midnight screening of Avengers: Infinity War and who would rather score tickets to Comic-Con than BeautyCon.

The proud nerd knows what they like and they aren’t afraid to shout that love from the rooftops, even at the risk of being a little dorky at times. Show them that you love their passion (even if you don’t share their exact passions) by getting them something that melds their childlike enthusiasm for pop culture with something fit for a grown-up. These Game of Thrones Dragon Egg sculpted candles are fun home decor items, but to those in the know, they’re also a nod to intense fandom.

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For the Too-Busy-to-Function Friend: A Part-Time Personal Assistant

We all know someone who bites off more than they can chew every day of the week. Sometimes, these people are busy because they’re the type who love to take on “too much” and only feel truly fulfilled when there isn’t a free 15-minute block in their calendar. Sometimes, these people are busy because of factors outside of their control—work and family obligations that pile up or hit all at all once. The result is the same though: A harried human who runs around like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, rushing from one task to the next, fueled by anxiety and caffeine.

What this person really needs is a second person, someone to whom they can delegate tasks that need to be done but not necessarily by them. While bankrolling the salary of a full-time personal assistant isn’t within the realm of most people’s holiday budgets, buying some time from a virtual assistant is actually feasible. Services like AskSunday or TaskBullet will let you gift your frazzled friend with a few hours of virtual help to get them through their busiest days.

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Kayleigh Roberts is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, and Allure, among others.

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