5 Ways to Show Your Best Friend You Care

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Your best friend is the person who knows you better than anyone. You’ve been through the highest highs and the lowest lows together. Even if you go weeks without speaking, there’s comfort in knowing that you can always pick up where you left off.

While your best friend probably already knows how much you love them, it can be nice to share a special gift to show that they’re in your thoughts. Here are some of the best ways to show your best friend that you care.

Send Flowers

One of the simplest gestures to show your love for your best friend is to send them a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Make it a surprise by sending it to their work or during a time that you know is difficult for them. If your best friend is a single mom, sending her flowers on Mother’s Day is incredibly thoughtful. Conversely, you can send flowers on a random Tuesday, just because you wanted to.

There are various flowers that symbolize friendship, including sunflowers and mums. People often mistake roses as a purely romantic symbol, but that’s just good marketing — you can send roses for every occasion! Yellow flowers are often symbolic of friendship and gratitude. However, you can send anything that catches your eye or that you know your bestie will love.

If your best friend isn’t a “flower person,” consider sending them a houseplant instead. While it may seem hard to believe, some people don’t like flowers because they die. For that friend, sending an easy-to-manage house plant is a nice alternative that still shows your thoughtfulness.

Create a Memory Book

Memory books have been around for ages. Once upon a time, we used to take film to be developed and place photos into a sticky photo album with stickers and quotes. That practice evolved into the artistic scrapbooking trend of the early 2000s and then into the digitally printed photo books of today. 

Creating a memory book is a fantastic idea to collect all of your favorite moments together into a single, visually appealing collection. This project is something that your best friend can look back on when they want to reminisce or revisit happy moments. 

There are various options for putting together a friendship memory book. You can do the traditional photo book with a collection of snapshots from your time together. Alternatively, you can create a specific book of a trip you took together or a special event you shared.

If you don’t have a collection of photos that you want to put together, you can also take the written route. There are journals with prompts that ask you about your favorite experiences together. There are also customizable books that outline reasons why you love your friend, paired with fun cartoon versions of yourself.

The format you choose is irrelevant; the memories you choose are timeless.

Book a Spa Day

Every now and then, it’s nice to relax and unwind with your favorite person. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone in your friendship or just need some extra attention, a spa day is a great way to disconnect from the world and connect with your best friend.

Look for a spa that allows you to have services done together, like side-by-side pedicures or manicures. You can even book a couple’s massage together!

If the traditional spa services don’t appeal to you, look for some alternative wellness centers. Nordic spas are a huge trend right now, offering saunas, ice baths, hot tubs, salt scrubs, and everything in between. These spas are more free-form and allow you to move around throughout the day to the services you want.

If your area is in lockdown or money is tight, you can always do an at-home spa day together. Pick up some face masks, fill containers with hot water and Epsom salts for your feet, and relax in your favorite pajamas while listening to calm music or watching a true-crime documentary — do what feels right.

Create a Custom Playlist

If you’ve been friends for a while, you may remember how challenging it used to be to access the music you like. Remember trying to download music from Limewire and burning CDs? Going further back, remember trying to record your favorite songs on tape from the radio and hoping the announcer wouldn’t start talking until after it ended? Or that stress of hearing a song you immediately love but having no way of finding out the name of the song?

Regardless of how far back your friendship goes, you likely have some shared music that brings you back to a time in your lives. Create the modern-day equivalent of a mixtape for your bestie by putting together a playlist dedicated to your friendship on Spotify or Apple Music.

If you choose Spotify, you can make this gift even more meaningful with a Spotify Code keychain. This option also gives your bestie something tangible to unwrap and keep with them. Have the Spotify Code for your playlist printed or engraved on a keychain so that when they scan it with the app, it immediately starts playing your music.

Buy a Distance Gift

Life takes us in different directions. It’s not uncommon for best friends to be separated by miles or, these days, local restrictions due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Fortunately, there are many gifts you can give that can bridge the distance and make you feel a little closer.

Friendship lamps are a fantastic gift for besties who live miles apart. This gift comes in pairs, with one lamp for each friend. When you miss your best friend, you touch your lamp, and their lamp will light up, no matter where you are. They can do the same when they miss you.

For your best friend who moved away from home, send a homesick candle. These creative candles come in a variety of countries and cities and capture the best scents of that area. Canada, for example, boasts scents of butter, maple, vanilla, and fir trees.

While all of the gifts on this list are great for showcasing your friendship, the best gift you can give is your time. Spend time together, listen to your best friend, and let them know that you will always be by their side.

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