When it comes to holiday shopping, looking for presents for family is simple: socks, sweaters, chocolate. Thinking about holiday gift ideas for our friends, on the other hand, feels a little more complicated.
It seems like it should be easy. After all, they're the ones you rely on, confide in, and know better than anyone else. But our friends, our chosen family, seem to always be the ones that leave us endlessly scrolling to find the just-right thing.
If you're finding it difficult to choose something adequately thoughtful — or you're just running low on time — Best Buy has a wide variety of essential and affordable products for every budget, preference, and style.
Plus, you can take advantage of amazing deals right now with many that are already at Boxing Day prices! So you can go ahead and spoil your loved ones (and yourself) this holiday season.
Whether your friends are obsessed with fitness and self-care, like to unwind with a glass of wine and Netflix, or developed a serious interest in baking lately, these unique gift ideas from Best Buy, curated with your BFF in mind, are sure to impress.
There are even a few safe bets for the friend who already has everything so they can finally say "I love it!" but for real this time.
Gifts Under $50
Give The Gift Of Endless Netflix With A Google Chromecast
Why You Need To Get It: We're spending more time at home than ever, and if you don't have a smart TV that can stream your favourite shows and movies, life can get a little boring. With a Google Chromecast, you can watch content from over 1,000 apps streamed directly from your phone — all you have to do is plug it into your TV.
At under $50, this affordable gift could be perfect for the friend who enjoys unwinding with a glass of wine and hours of Netflix at the end of the workday.
Give Them A New Hobby With A Ukulele
Why You Need To Get It: Know someone who needs a new hobby? The ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to pick up. Get your BFF a natural wood ukulele they can proudly put on display, or splurge a little with a ukulele kit that comes with everything a beginner needs, like a tuner, picks, and even a virtual tutorial. At under $50, you could buy yourself one too.
Fuel Their Baking Passions With An Ice Blue KitchenAid Hand Mixer
Why You Need To Get It: With tighter restrictions and second lockdowns creeping up across the country, many of us are turning to sourdough and banana bread recipes to pass the time again. So why not help the baker in your life create some seriously mouth-watering treats?
KitchenAid's handheld mixer is compact, lightweight, and great for everyday mixing needs like cakes, cookies, mash potatoes, and so much more. And who knows? Your BFF might even send a few baked goods your way as a thank you.
Up Their WFH Game With A Selfie Ring Light/Phone Tripod
Why You Need To Get It: While we've had plenty of time to get used to working from home, converting our living rooms, bedrooms, etc. into an efficient workspace has been a tricky feat for many of us. Challenge #1? Good lighting.
Brighten up your BFF's workspace with a selfie ring light that ups her WFH situation. Once reserved for the likes of Instagram celebs at TikTok stars, ring lights produce soft, direct light and minimize shadows — perfect for Zoom and selfie lighting needs.
Give Them The Gift Of Relaxation With An Oil Diffuser
Why You Need To Get It: For your self-care obsessed friend. Best Buy has a range of oil diffusers that refresh the air in your space with the healing power of natural essential oils. Pair it with a set of six essential oils including lavender and eucalyptus or opt for the Ellia Essential Oil and Diffuser Gift Box, which comes with everything you need for on-the-go relaxation.
Gifts Under $100
Keep It Fun With Video Games And Accessories
Why You Need To Get It: If you're not a gamer, it can feel almost impossible to know what to get the gamer in your life for the holidays. Luckily, Best Buy has a huge selection of PC gaming, video gaming, and virtual reality tech to help you out. Check out their EA Sports game section or browse accessories like gaming keyboards and mice to find the perfect gift.
Make Memories That Last Forever With An Instax Camera
Why You Need To Get It: So you can give the gift of making memories. The Instax camera uses instant film so you can see what you've shot right away and its auto-exposure means you don't have to worry about lighting to capture the perfect shot. It even has a selfie mode with a close-up lens and a mirror so you and your BFF can take pictures together all holiday season long.
You'll have to buy the film separately, and if you want to add to the gift, pair it with an album to store all those tiny printable memories.
Start Their Mornings Off Right With The Lenovo Smart Clock
Why You Need To Get It: Colder weather means darker mornings, and that means it's getting really hard to get up in the morning. The Lenovo Smart Clock has a "good morning routine", so you can wake up to gentle music, see the weather, check your next meeting time, and everything else you need to know to start your day off right. When it's time for bed, the "good night routine" lets you turn off the lights and lock the doors (if you have a smart home), play relaxing music, and more so you can unwind and drift off to sleep.
Get Cozy Meals With An Instant Pot
Why You Need To Get It: 'Tis the season for hearty stews, steaming hot soups and delicious pies — and the Instant Pot Duo Crisp + Air Fryer can help you make all of it. It has 11-in-1 functionality so you and your friends can prepare everything from winter veggies to golden-brown fries and chicken. And for the less talented chefs, the Instant Pot has a built-in timer to ensure every meal comes out perfectly cooked.
Grow 100% Organic Herbs With An Indoor Garden
Why You Need To Get It: With winter just around the corner and balcony gardens becoming a non-option, the plant parent in your life will definitely appreciate a garden that she can look after indoors. For the friends with jungles in their apartment (and even for those who always seem to kill their plants no matter how hard they try), the Click and Grow Smart Garden is probably the easiest and most advanced indoor garden available.
It's seriously smart, expertly monitoring the health, growth, and life cycle of plants. All you have to do is plug it in, add water, and watch your organic herbs, fruits, and flowers thrive.
Gifts Under $200
Get Cafe-Level Coffee At Home With A De'Longhi Espresso Machine
Why You Need To Get It: What's a better holiday gift than one that can make you expertly-crafted espressos and lattes at home? The De’Longhi Espresso Machine is super easy to use and gives you great coffee every time — it even comes with a milk frother for those matcha lattes and caramel cappuccinos your BFF loves.
Best of all, if you happen to live with your friend, you get to use it too.
Get Your At-Home Workout On With A Fitbit
Why You Need To Get It: So your fit-obsessed friend can reach their physical fitness goals in style. Fitbit automatically tracks your calories burned, steps taken, heart rate, sleeping patterns, and pretty much anything else you can think of. Fitbits also sync with your smartphone so your BFF can read your texts, see when you tag her in a funny video on Instagram and get calendar alerts for your next coffee date.
Drown Out The Noise With Beats Headphones
Why You Need To Get It: We all know someone who deserves a little extra peace and quiet. Most Beats by Dr. Dre headphones come with noise-canceling features to block unwanted external noise (screaming kids or downtown construction, anyone?), a comfortable and adjustable secure fit, and rich, full sound so your BFF can get their at-home workout on.
Print Your Best Memories With The Instax Printer
Why You Need To Get It: Have a friend that's really into photography but doesn't have a camera? The Fujifilm Instax Mini Link is portable, super user-friendly and allows you to print off any picture from your camera roll. Once the app is connected to the printer, you're given tons of creative options like frames and filters, and the option to crop and even make a collage.
Step Things Up With A Google Nest WiFi
Why You Need To Get It: Since this is an unusual holiday season, connecting with loved ones is more precious than ever. The Google Nest WiFi lets you enjoy reliable internet access around the house so your friend can Skype with family overseas and stream her favourite TV shows in 4K from any room.
Sure, a wifi router may not be the most romantic gift, but it's definitely one they'll appreciate — and actually use.
You can have any of these gifts delivered straight to your BFF's door (there's free delivery on orders over $35), or you can order for curbside pickup and put together your own holiday package.
Shop as early as you can to not miss out on their great deals, with tons of products already at Boxing Day prices. Items marked as “Boxing Day Price Now” will be priced the same for the start of the Best Buy Boxing Day Sale or on Boxing Day, December 26, 2020. If Best Buy lowers the price during the sale, they'll refund you the difference!
If you find a lower price with another retailer or authorized dealer online, in-store or in print, you can get a price match either before you buy or within 30 days of your purchase. And if your gift ends up going on sale within 30 days, Best Buy will match the price and refund you the difference.
Whether the gift you choose is personalized, something that makes your BFF smile, or is simply a nod to your friend's impeccable taste, Best Buy has thousands of products that will have you gifting with the kind of confidence that lets you tick, "No, I don't need a gift receipt."