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Cool Best Friend Gifts to Buy or DIY

by Rachel Smith

Nov 30, 2016

Salute your BFF status with these creative make-or-buy gift ideas.

Photo by: Jill Makes

Your best friend is pretty much the greatest: You share in-jokes, a hatred for mushrooms (but not on pizza, weirdly), and even a Netflix account. She's not just any ordinary person in your life, so why settle for an ordinary gift? Today, we’re sharing a collection of memorable buy-or-DIY gift ideas to celebrate your BFF status.

A Stylish Vase


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Ceramic Planter by Clay Kedem, $38
To Buy: Pair a succulent with this hand-carved ceramic planter for an on-trend visual reminder of your friendship's deep roots.
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DIY 3D Planter by Almost Makes Perfect
To DIY: If you can glue and spray paint, you can give a basic planter a major upgrade. This DIY is totally budget friendly, but it looks like a million bucks.

A Memorable Pair of Earrings


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Red and Gold Leather Hand Earrings by Benu Made, $35
To Buy: These red and gold hand earrings are not only glam, they’re also a bit sassy (just like your BFF).
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DIY Leather Feather Earrings by Lia Griffith
To DIY: You don’t have to be an expert leather craftsman to create these stylish earrings. And if your friend isn't into feathers, you can easily adapt the project to any shape you want. Check out the easy DIY.

A Not-So-Basic Candle


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Sweet Grapefruit Candle by P.F. Candle Co, $18
To Buy: An eco-friendly soy candle with apothecary vibes? Just what the doctor ordered.
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DIY Copper Candle by A Merry Thought
To DIY: These simple DIY copper votive candles will delight the modern minimalist who's forever peeling off product labels.

A Snuggly Scarf


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Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf by DeBrosse, $48
To Buy: Chunky knit scarves are the epitome of warm and cozy — the best gift you can give, obviously.
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DIY Lip Print Scarf by Make and Tell
To DIY: Make a basic scarf better with this smart stamping technique. (Surprise! It's achieved with a toilet paper roll.)

A Personalized Keychain


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Hand-painted Wooden Initial Keychain by Jill Makes, $28
To Buy: She'll carry your love everywhere she goes with this snazzy hand-painted keychain. Bonus: The attached tassel makes keys easy to find and grab at the bottom of a cavernous bag.
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DIY Leather Keychain by The Polka Dot Chair
To DIY: Personalize a keychain with your BFF's initials or a cute inside joke.

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Rachel Smith

Rachel Mae Smith loves do­able DIYS and strives to make life colorful and fun on her blog, The Crafted Life. Named by the Huffington Post as one of the top ten DIY Instagrammers to follow, her work has also been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Real Simple and more. When she's not brushing glitter out of her hair, you can find her exploring and Instagramming in her current home of Philadelphia, PA.