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18 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for Best Friends

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18 Handmade Holiday Gift Guide for Best Friends

Whether your best friend is your sibling, the girl next door or, ahem, your dog, chances are you’re hunting down the perfect holiday gift. If they haven’t asked for something specific (or if you’re just going for the element of surprise), why not consider something handmade and original? While no one can argue that a DVD of their favorite movie or a gift certificate for a spa pedicure is a bad gift, sometimes we want something aimed more directly for the heart. Have you already come up with something awesome for your BFF? Share it with everyone in the comments below! PS – Just a gentle reminder that if you’ll be ordering any gifts of all the ‘ol interwebs, its best to do it by December 15th at the absolute latest in order to ensure timely delivery. Of course, if the present doesn’t end up in the right hands by the needed date, you can always print off a photo of said gift and included it in a handmade card.


It’s the new mix tape! Instead of a cassette tape (because who has players for that anymore) or a CD (because those are pretty wasteful too), why not make a “mix tape” of songs and simple put them on a flash drive? Chances are you already have an extra one laying around (or can, uh, steal one from your office). Whether you guys have certain tunes you always enjoy together, you have a great idea for a theme, you know these some great music she loves and is missing or you just like to dedicate some tunes to her (awwh!), putting together some music is a great gift for a friend. Simply research and write down a list of songs and then download them from iTunes (or another legal site) and toss the MP3s onto the drive. Viola! Bonus points if you do a handwritten letter explaining why you chose each song.


I’m a big fan of themes and curating something around a certain idea. Maybe your BFF just moved into a new home and needs some home supplies. Maybe she is thinking about growing a garden in the spring and needs some seeds. Or perhaps you’re planning on keeping it low and just buying her her favorite bottle of bubbly this year. Why not wrap whatever your gifts are into a cool basket. You can usually find great (and super cheap finds!) at a local thrift store along with some discarded ornaments and “trimmings.” Deck it out to look really nice – it almost won’t matter what’s inside!


Have an awesome photo of you and your friend that you’d love to have framed for her? Too bad having anything professionally framed costs some major dough. Luckily, thrift stores are once again a great haven for cheap finds. Make sure to measure your printed photo to make sure you shop for the perfect frame, and bring a measuring tape along with you to the local Goodwill (be prepared to hit a few incase options are low at the first place you go). The main thing is to find a frame you really love and don’t worry about the color or finish. You can always sand down a wood frame, repaint it, spray paint it or decorate it with glitter! Just think about her personality and her home – would she want something simple and sleek or big and bold?

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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3:26AM PST on Nov 3, 2013

The message behind the gift matters, rather than the price of that

12:49AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

looks very festive

12:49AM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

The basket is awesome

6:15AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

cool ideas!

4:54AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

5:35PM PST on Dec 15, 2012

I have always enjoyed hand made gifts from friends as they, really know you and you know they gave from their hearts!

1:49AM PST on Dec 15, 2012

Music flash drive, if you don't have one - "(or can, uh, steal one from your office)." I think NOT.

5:22PM PST on Dec 14, 2012

A little something for everyone.

7:42AM PST on Dec 14, 2012


5:31AM PST on Dec 14, 2012

I really had to wait awhile before posting this, but I just have to say something. In the very first suggestion, the writer advocates stealing from her employer (the flash drive), but then, makes a point of getting the downloaded music from a reputable legal site. How much sense does that make, to steal from the person/company that makes you able to live on your own, but be oh so scrupulously honest when acquiring a toy for pleasure? Really turned me off, even though i read the rest of the article, and some of the suggestions are great. But that 1st one... jeez, welcome to the new Christmas season, i guess.

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