Gift shopping can be an absolute nightmare for those of us who aren’t great at picking presents. Showing the people in our lives how much we love and appreciate them can be tough to do, and we all want to get the perfect gift.

Fortunately, there are a few categories of gifts that just work, no matter which friend you’re shopping for. If you’re shopping for a birthday, Christmas, a going away gift, or anything else, here are four ideas that you should be able to make work. 

Skin Care

We all have skin, and we all need to take care of it! Whether your friend is a beauty guru or a total skincare novice, they need some great products to help them look their best. If she loves skincare, create a hamper of her favorite products, and if she’s unsure, then create a hamper of your favorites so she can learn about what’s good! 

You can shop around for the best gua sha stone or jade roller and pair that with a great serum you know they’ll love or benefit from, or even buy them a facial or skin treatment. 

Personalized Jewelry

Jewelry is almost always a safe bet as a gift for your female friends, and it’s even better when it’s personalized. Nothing says “I thought of you” more than a necklace with their name, star sign, or something interesting like their birth month flower engraved on it.

You could also get them a ring with their birthstone or a pair of earrings that you know will pair perfectly with their favorite outfit. A piece of jewelry is special and sentimental and will always serve as a reminder of your friendship. 

A Book They’ll Love

Sure, not everyone loves to read, but trust us; there are even books for people who don’t like to read out there – you just need to be thoughtful.

If your friend is a reader, you can pick up a book that you know they’ve been dying to read. You could also gift them a copy of your favorite book or perhaps a collector’s edition of something they’ve read and loved. If they love to cook, you could get them a recipe book, and if all else fails, you can get them a book that will teach them more about any topic they love. 

A Shared Experience

Spending time together is the most important part of any friendship, so what better gift could there be than that? 
Gift your bestie an experience that the two of you can share together. What you choose will depend on their interests and could be anything from a hike, a high tea, or a spa day. Doing something fun and different together will be an amazing way to bond and spoil her at the same time. If you’re on a budget, you could even plan a simple and sweet picnic for the two of you somewhere pretty and relaxing.