21 best Christmas gifts for friends 2021

Get inspired with our guide to the best Christmas gifts for friends that'll they'll love and actually use

Three of the best Christmas gifts for friends 2021 from Revolve, Charlotte Tilbury, and Selfridges shown side-by-side
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These best Christmas gifts for friends are thoughtful and reflect their personalities. Moreover, there are practical and sentimental presents that appeal to most people, even chums who are notoriously hard to buy for.

This year has underscored the value of friendship, and the holiday season allows us to gift them something special. Be it a little pick-me-up or a kitchen gadget, it's important to spoil the people who offer a shoulder to lean on when the going gets tough.

Fortunately, we've created a hub of the best Christmas gifts for friends. Whether they love the best unique Christmas gifts or personalized Christmas gifts, our finds will show just how much you love your best friend.

Best Christmas gifts for friends under $50

Ready to feel inspired? We’ve found 21 top Christmas gifts for friends—all you need to do is pick your favorite.

1. Blomus Large Scented Candle

Blomus Large Scented Candle

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RRP: $17/£16 | Delivery: 5-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

As one of the best scented candles, the Blomus comes in an array of refreshing aromas, like Sea Salt & Sage, Rose & White Musk, and Soft Linen. Plus, it boasts 40 hours of uninterrupted burn time.

If your friend fancies multiple jars in one purchase, check out our guide on the best candle advent calendars.

Blomus Large Scented Candle at Food52 for $24 / at Anthropologie for £22


2. Lush Sleepy Gift Set

Lush Sleepy Gift Set

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RRP: $17.95/£13 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

This gift set is infused with a calming medley of lavender, sweet tonka, and rich ylang-ylang—a great alternative to the best sleep apps. Inside lies the brand's top-rated Sleepy Body Lotion and Shower Gel. Whereas the shower gel soothes the skin with oat milk, lavender water, and hydrating butters, the body wash formula gently cleanses impurities. Ideal for the friend who loves to be pampered.

Sleepy Gift Set at Lush for $17.95 / at Lush for £13


3. YETI Rambler Lowball Vacuum Tumbler

YETI Rambler Lowball Vacuum Tumbler

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RRP: $269.25/£185 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Give the ideal drinking companion, also known as the YETI Rambler Lowball. This compact tumbler features double-wall vacuum insulation, which keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for longer. The Lowball also includes the brand's unique MagSlider Lid: a durable barrier that protects the contents inside. Everything included is dishwasher safe, too. Available in eight colors (US) and nine colors (UK).

Rambler Lowball Vacuum Tumbler at YETI for $19.99 / at YETI for £19.99


4. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume Pocket Size

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume Pocket Size

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RRP: $44/£39 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Enrich their locks with sweet honey, courtesy of this mini-sized hair perfume. Honey is a natural humectant that maintains hair's natural moisture for silky, shiny hair in one go. One of the best flower fragrances, it's infused with rich floral notes that evoke lush greenery and cottagecore gardens. 

 Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume Pocket Size at Revolve for $44 / at Revolve for £39 


5. 8 Other Reasons Good As Gold Necklace

8 Other Reasons Good As Gold Necklace

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RRP: $46/£41 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy | Region: US and UK

A sophisticated set of gold-plated necklaces that elevates casual outfits and minimalist wardrobe essentials. It also features an easy-to-use lobster clasp closure. A great accessory for each and every occasion. 

Good As Gold Necklace at Revolve for $46 / at Revolve for £41 


6. Perimenopause Power by Maise Hill

Perimenopause Power by Maisie Hill

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RRP: $17.99/£10.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Empower your friend with Perimenopause Power. This read guides women through all aspects of menopause, from perimenopause and stages of menopause to sex and menopause. More notably, author Maise Hill encourages readers to embrace and celebrate this milestone. Unsurprisingly, it's one of our favorite feminist books.

Perimenopause Power at Amazon for $17.99 / at Amazon for £10.99


7. Canopy Plants Pachira Aquatica Money Tree Plant

Canopy Plants Pachira Aquatica Money Tree Plant

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RRP: £40 |  Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable? 28-day return policy | Region: UK

This decorative plant will spruce up any space, featuring a uniquely painted ceramic pot. It's eco-chic, too—from the recyclable wrapping paper to a fully compostable bag made from potato starch.

Canopy Plants Pachira Aquatica Money Tree Plant at Selfridges for £40


8. Riedel Mixing Champagne Glasses 4-pack

Riedel Mixing Champagne Glasses 4-pack

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RRP: $49.50/£42 | Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable? 28-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Adorn fruity cocktails in this set of crystal champagne glasses. Included, your friend will find luxe cocktail recipes designed by Mieke Zimmerman, an up-and-coming German mixologist.

Riedel Mixing Champagne Glasses 4-pack at Selfridges for $49.50 / at Selfridges for £42


9. Personalized Mini Round Travel Jewelry Case

Personalized Mini Round Travel Jewelry Case

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RRP: $36.86/£26 | Delivery: 2-10 day shipping | Refundable?: No | Region: US and UK

Made of faux leather, this mini, TSA-friendly case features velvet imitation ring rolls and other sections for her essentials. Choose from a range of fonts and colors, just as your friend likes it. A thoughtful gift for those who desperately need to organize their jewelry stash.

Personalized Mini Round Travel Jewelry Case at Not On The High Street for $36.86 / at Not On The High Street for £26


10. Gretchen Hoops

Gretchen Hoops

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RRP: $20/£18 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy | Region: US and UK

These gold-plated hoops are timeless for their capsule wardrobe. Best of all, they're easy to put on and take off, thanks to their hinge closure.

If your friend wants more variety, perhaps they'll love one of the best jewelry advent calendars of 2021.

Gretchen Hoops at Revolve for $20 / at Revolve for £18


11. Pinch Provisions Mini Travel Kit

Pinch Provisions Mini Travel Kit

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RRP: $20/£18 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Arm your jetsetter with the essentials, courtesy of this carry-on kit by Pinch Provisions. Enclosed in a holographic pouch, this 10-piece collection includes dental floss, earplugs, an eye mask, and more. Ideal for tropical getaways and festive adventures at one of the best Christmas markets

Pinch Provisions Mini Travel Kit at Revolve for $20 / at Revolve for £18 


12. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette Pillow Talk

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RRP: $47/£40 |  Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable? 28-day return policy | Region: US and UK

The Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk palette features shimmery-to-matte neutrals and sultry pinks, ideal for crafting eyeshadow looks they'll love. This coveted formula is buildable, imparts rich pigment, and won't crease. 

If your friend is a makeup guru, they'll also love receiving one of the best beauty advent calendars for the holidays. 

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette Pillow Talk at Selfridges for $47 / at Selfridges for £40 


13. Hayo'u Beauty Restorer Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Hayo'u Beauty Restorer Rose Quartz Gua Sha

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RRP: $45/£38 | Delivery: Depends on your region | Refundable? 28-day return policy | Region: US and UK

This rose quartz gem is one of the best gua sha tools for tightening saggy skin. Aside from that, the benefits of gua sha are endless. This do-it-all tool reduces inflammation, minimizes the appearance of fine lines, stimulates the production of collagen, and promotes blood flow. Needless to say, it's compatible with any skincare routine

Hayo'u Beauty Restorer Rose Quartz Gua Sha at Selfridges for $45 / at Selfridges for £38


14. Zulay Handheld Milk Frother

Zulay Handheld Milk Frother

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RRP: $14.95/£24.30 | Delivery: 2-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Designed to create creamy foam in seconds, the Zulay Milk Frother will delight your favorite caffeine connoisseur. It's easy to clean, portable to store, and adept at adding the finishing touch to any coffee drink. This gadget even doubles as a premier matcha tea whisker. 

Zulay Handheld Milk Frother at Amazon for $14.95 / at Amazon for £24.30 in White Green


15. UncommonGoods Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit

UncommonGoods Gourmet Oil Dipping Spice Kit

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RRP: $42 | Delivery: 7-14 day shipping | Refundable?: Unlimited return policy | Region: US

Expand their culinary repertoire with this set of spices. This bespoke find allows users to dip into various flavors around the globe. Tour through France herbs de Provence, or visit Italian hillsides with oregano and crushed red pepper flakes. Turns out, cultural immersion is quite tasty.

Gourmet Oil Dipping Sauce Kit at Uncommon Goods for $42


16. Mollygan Travel Duffel Bag 

Mollygan Travel Duffel Bag

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RRP: $24.99/£22.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

The Mollygan Bag is reliable for their travels at the gym, at the airport, and in virtually every scenario. Available in a variety of colors, this duffel features a soft shoulder strap that can be adjusted in three ways. In addition, it features multiple pockets: a large interior for devices, clothes, towels, etc.; a zipper pocket for keys; and a shoe compartment.

Mollygan Travel Duffel Bag at Amazon for $24.99 / at Amazon for
£22.99


17. PackIt Freezable Wine Bag

PackIt Freezable Wine Bag

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RRP: From $16.99/£20 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping (4-week shipping in the UK) | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

This reusable tote is a sustainable alternative to disposable bags. Suitable for 750ml-1L bottles, it's built with freezable gels that help keep drinks cool overnight. It also features a collapsible design, which lends for convenient storage in the freezer. To clean it, simply use interior wipes on the inside and exterior. It's that simple.

Pair this with one of the best gin advent calendars, and you're golden.

PackIt Freezable Wine Bag at Amazon from $16.99 / at Amazon for £20 in Celebration Dot


18. InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser

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RRP: $17.99/£14.99 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

The InnoGear Diffuser is a resounding bestseller for its compact size and thoughtful features, like waterless auto-off. It features two misting modes: the intermittent mist, which emits your fragrance every 30 seconds; and the continuous mist that keeps going until the water runs out. It also is pre-set with eight soothing colors, so you can create the ideal ambiance. Available in three colors.

InnoGear Essential Oil Diffuser at Amazon for $14.99 / at Amazon for £17.99


19. The Laundress Sweater Comb

The Laundress Sweater Comb

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RRP: $19/£17 | Delivery: 5-10 day shipping | Refundable?: 60-day return policy | Region: US and UK

If your giftee loves the best cashmere sweaters but loathes pilling, then present them with a solution. With metal mesh screens, this comb de-pills knits, cashmere, and fine-gauge woolens. It's delicate and gentle on lightweight garments, but aggressive when necessary on bulkier sweaters. Made from Cedarwood.

The Laundress Sweater Comb at Revolve for $19 / at Revolve for £17


20. Free People Running Armband

Free People Running Armband

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RRP: $18/£15 | Delivery: 3-8 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

When it comes to the best gifts for runners, you can't go wrong with a hardwearing armband for their essentials. It features a touch-capable screen, along with an interior stash pocket and top zip closure. With this functional accessory, your favorite runner can answer phone calls, change their music, and even text their loved ones. 

Running Armband at Free People for $18 / at Free People for £15


21. Navly Sleep Headband

Navly Sleep Headband

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RRP: $19.87/£24.16 | Delivery: 2-5 day shipping | Refundable?: 30-day return policy | Region: US and UK

Help them snooze with this multifunctional headband: a sleep mask, sports headband, and set of headphones in one. Compatible with Bluetooth, this plush gift provides 10 hours of power for listening to music, podcast episodes, and more. The outcome: an entire night of entertainment on a single charge. Don't forget to snag this with one of the best Christmas pajamas of the season.

Navly Sleep Headphones at Amazon for $19.87 / at Amazon for £24.16

Dominique McIntee
Dominique McIntee

Dominique (Dom) is a very online shopping writer at Woman & Home, where she covers products, sales/deals, and market news across categories. Before joining the team, she penned stories as an editorial fellow at Insider Reviews, the affiliate commerce team at Insider Inc./Business Insider. The bespectacled NJ transplant specializes in commerce journalism, women’s lifestyle content, and hoarding makeup—much to her mother’s dismay. 


Her foray into storytelling began in the early aughts, the era in which she developed a passion for fiction writing and an aversion to math. This passion, along with many failed math exams, led her to Marist College, where she studied public relations, creative advertising, and English. 


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