You remind your BFF that she's your person every other day, but when it comes to gifting her during the holiday season, you draw a blank. You know everything about her, but you struggle with finding something that will really speak to her. Gift cards can feel overdone so I compiled my favorite finds to take the guesswork out of gifting your best friend. And we won't fault you if you keep a few items for yourself. After all, everyone can use a little extra self-care during the holiday season, right?

Here are 20 gifts she's guaranteed to love, no matter what she's interested in:

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

This one's perfect for your stressed-out mama friend who needs a break or your bestie who's always telling hilarious jokes. It's a quick read that's great to peruse while waiting at the doctor's office or while you're in the pickup line at school.

$16.29

Madewell carina boot

carina boot

Your bestie already has the cutest heels in black, brown and gray, so gift her this snake embossed leather pair so she can live on the edge a little.

$198.00

Ellis brooklyn novellas travel spray set

Ellis brooklyn novellas travel spray set

Sweater weather season calls for full-bodied fragrances and these best-selling vegan scents are spot on. The refillable 10 ml travel sprays is also great for stocking stuffers—or keeping in your mini purse.

$85

NEST fragrances grapefruit 3-wick candle

NEST Fragrances grapefruit 3-wick candle

Reminiscent of a mix of autumn leaves and grapefruit, the sweet smell of this candle will instantly transport you to your happy place. The beautiful metallic maidenhair fern design also makes it a conversation starter for any room.

$72

Fawn Design the circle bag

Fawn design

When she needs a break from huge diaper bags and oversized backpacks, this circular premium vegan leather purse is the cutest upgrade. It feature an adjustable shoulder strap that can be worn messenger style, so mama can be hands free. And a sneaky interior pocket for keeping credit cards and money.

$79.99

Oh! Nuts holiday nut + dried fruit gift basket

oh nuts

When it comes to home décor items for hosting, she probably has everything. This holiday, help her impress her guests with a box filled to the brim with a variety of healthy goodies like dried fruit nuts that pair well with meats, cheeses, spicy hors d'oeuvres, red wines and microbrews.

$28.99

Google Nest hello video doorbell

google nest

We get it—a doorbell isn't your typical gift, but hear us out. Consider this a cool way to let her know you're thinking about her safety: she'll get an alert and talk to visitors at her door from anywhere, anytime. And, this guarantees she'll never miss a package again. Genius!

$229

Lenox contempo dinnerware serving bowl

Lenox bowl

If she's the hostess with the mostest, this gift has her name written all over it. And, if she's not into hosting, it's all good. The generous size of this microwave and dishwasher server bowl makes it a great fruit bowl.

$89.99

Heyday iPhone tortoiseshell case

Heyday iphone case

When you're gifting that friend that seems to have everything, ask yourself if their basics can be upgraded. You know she's hard on her phone (hopefully she'll get that cracked screen fixed one day) so give her a gift that keeps it chic and protected.

$19.99

The Collection prosecco sparkling white wine

The Collection Prosecco Sparkling White Wine

Trust us, if your mama friend loves to enjoy a good glass of wine, this one is a fab option. Show how much you appreciate your friendship with a bottle filled with notes of citrus, stone fruit and green apple on the nose and palate.

$9.99

Tacha little luxuries obento

Tacha Little Luxuries Obento

If your bestie is serious about skin care, then she'll go crazy for this kit filled with essential anti-aging products for all skin types. There are so many good ones in here, but we love the two-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that melts away even waterproof makeup, leaving behind only silky soft skin.

$88

Diptyque mini candles set

Diptyque Mini Candles Set

During the winter months, we're constantly on a quest to reach peak coziness, and there's nothing that screams relaxation louder than a sweet-smelling candle. Try these flower-scented candles for a light aroma that permeates an entire room.

$78

Brookstone biosense layer adjust pillow

brookstone pillow

Gifting your bestie a pillow isn't exactly high on our list—sure we love them, but they are rather personal. We hear you, but this layered pillow is a cut above the rest. She'll love these removable, interchangeable fill layers, that supports her head and neck with customized firmness that's great even if her head and neck isn't hurting.

$59.99

1-01 Babaton hyde sweater cape-sleeve sweater

Babaton hyde sweater cape-sleeve sweater

If she's over bulky winter sweaters, cape-sleeve is the new new. What can possibly be better than a dramatic cape sleeved sweater with a comfortable, loose fit? It's also made from a fine, Italian wool-blend yarn with metallic threads so she'll feel extra fancy.

$178

North Face women’s thermoball eco parka

North Face women\u2019s thermoball eco parka

For the outdoorsy type looking for style and function, this mid-thigh length coat keeps her warm for hours. And even if she's not into cold weather outings, this coat is the best way to signal that she's on-trend.

$230

Bite Beauty creamy color 4-piece mini amuse bouche supercharged lipstick set

Bite beauty

Perhaps she just started wearing makeup or she's been a lipstick pro since she was 16-years-old. Either way, this super-pigmented lipstick set is packed with powerful superfood oils like avocado, sesame, olive and coconut for your most for your most put together friend. Oh, and it goes on smooth, too.

$21

John Boos & Co. maple wood oval cutting board with juice groove

John Boos Block

Any foodie will love this hand selected maple wood cutting board. One side of the cutting board features a deep juice groove and the reverse side has a completely smooth and flat cutting surface.

$59.95

Drybar party of four kit

Drybar

For the girl who's so busy she can't keep regular visits to a salon, gift her this kit of her favorite Drybar products. She'll love that she can extend her blowout, refresh her hair and detangle in her own home.

$50

Purifyou's glass water bottle

This is perfect for that eco-conscious friend who wants to cut down on her plastics use. We love that this glass water bottle is super durable, easy to clean and will last her forever. It comes with a silicone sleeve for extra protection and a cute modern style. We adore the gray one but it comes in lots of different colors.

$14.97

Thermomix TM6

Thermomix TM6

Before you freak out about the price, hear us out. This is practically every kitchen appliance you own—in one. It operates as a kettle, slow cooker, and sous-vide, and you can chop, emulsify, mix, steam, blend, knead, grind, simmer, grate, whip, mill, cook and crush almost anything. The time-saving benefits are endless and it's perfect for mamas who have zero time to waste.
Thermomix also gets that figuring out this powerful machine can be challenging, that's why you can ask for an independent consultant to come to your home to show you how Thermomix best fits into your lifestyle. We tried it ourselves and we're truly obsessed.

$1499


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I have a love-hate relationship with maternity clothes. On one hand, I love them because they make me feel comfortable as my bump grows, without anything getting in the way of my breathing or baby's movement. On the other hand, I've really struggled finding items that are my style—which I admit is very particular—or don't cost a ton of money.

During my first pregnancy I bought a bunch of basic pregnancy outfits and tried to include some of my non-maternity favorites in the mix. Sometimes it worked, sometimes in the middle of a work day I had to run to the bathroom to unzip my high waisted skirt because it was too much to handle. By the time baby came, I realized I had spent a ton of money on clothing that I barely wore, and passed them on to other pregnant friends (some items still with tags on.)

With my second pregnancy, I decided I needed to be comfortable above all, but also not spend a ton of money on fast pregnancy fashion because these months go super fast and I'm trying to be more environmentally conscious. I had tried clothing subscription services before (hello wedding season!) and loved being able to wear different outfits I otherwise wouldn't have been able to. After doing some research, I found three subscriptions that offer maternity clothes. I tried them out in an attempt to dress better while sporting a huge bump and to save money and keep my closet decluttered. The best part was that if I really loved something, I had the chance to purchase it at a super discounted price.

Here are the three maternity clothing subscription services I tried:

Amoire

Amoire Style

About the service: This is a fairly new service and it's currently priced at $149 a month. Once you sign up, you take a style quiz by picking from a group of eight photos of the looks you like the most. Once you are done defining your style, you give your current sizing and then tell your stylist what you are looking for. You get four pieces at a time that you can wear as many times as you want, then return and get new items to wear.

More to know: Unlike other clothing services, you cannot pick from an endless list of clothes what you'd like to receive in your shipment. Instead, you have to go through a stylist who sends picks for you. To be honest, I found this a little annoying since I kept asking for rompers and pants, but kept getting blouses and dresses in my orders. So it did take some back and forth until my stylist sent me things I actually wanted to wear.

My thoughts: I received a mix of maternity and non-maternity clothes that were all bump friendly. The quality of all of them was great and some came with tags, which meant I was the first one ever wearing that piece of clothing.

$149

NUULY

Nuuly

About the service: This subscription is priced at $88 per month for six pieces at a time. The difference between Nuuly and other services is that you cannot return items to get new ones during the month—you return all of them at the same time and get six new ones the next month. This was a bit of a learning curve for me as I was used to sending back things that didn't fit or I didn't like to maximize my month of rental.

More to know: This service provides clothes from more edgy brands, like Urban Outfitters, Reebok and DL1961, which actually made it my favorite service because it was super aligned with my style. They offer both maternity and non-maternity clothes, so I was able to get super cool dresses (like the one pictured above) in a bigger size than my regular size to wear with my growing bump.

My thoughts: Their maternity catalog is pretty limited, however they have super unique items. One of the pieces I requested was already rented by the time my order was placed and they sent me something totally different to what I wanted. I understand the effort to make sure I was getting the full six items in my order but it was a non-maternity summer dress that didn't work with my bump.

$88

Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

About the service: I went with their Unlimited Plan which is priced at $159 for four pieces at a time (you can exchange over and over again during the month). Their return service is super fast so if you are organized and return pieces you don't love quickly, you can get so many new things to wear in a month.

More to know: They have the biggest catalogue of maternity clothes and brands, including Hatch. Like Nuuly, you get to pick what you want from their options. It can be a little overwhelming since you scroll through pages and pages of really good quality stuff so I recommend going into it with something in mind (do you need jeans or a party dress?).

My thoughts: Because the service is so popular, I got some clothes that were super worn already and even damaged. I returned those immediately and got new items, but you really never know in what condition they are going to be in, despite the service trying to keep super worn clothes out of their rental catalogue.

$159

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I don't think anyone told me I was "glowing" either time I was pregnant. I'm not sure that is the word I would have used to describe me in the early months, either—nauseated is more like it, or tired. Add to that some extra-dry skin and acne like I hadn't had since middle school, and let's just say I wasn't feeling my most beautiful. Apparently I wasn't alone.

"Hormonal changes, and, of course, all the ways your life is changing, can lead to some unpleasant skin changes during pregnancy," says Diana Spalding, Motherly's Digital Education Editor, midwife and writer of The Mother Guide to Becoming Mama. "It's so easy to get dehydrated during pregnancy, which can lead to issues like dryness and itchiness. And nights spent tossing and turning (because how is anyone supposed to sleep with all those sweet baby kicks?!) can lead to dark circles."

If you're suffering from any of the common pregnancy skin issues, but you don't want to pile chemicals on your skin, there are natural, healthy pregnancy-safe makeup and skin care products out there for you. Some even contain treatment ingredients that could help alleviate your skin symptoms, all while covering them up in the meantime. It's also worth noting that the FDA maintains an updated list and categorization of ingredients used in beauty and cosmetic products women should avoid if they are pregnant. A few include: retin-a, hydroquinone, formaldehyde, dihydroxyacetone, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acids.

Just remember that sometimes itching skin can be a sign of a "serious complication known as cholestasis, so definitely check in with your midwife or OB before trying to treat the issue on your own," says Spalding.

The bottom line is, whatever your pregnancy skin care issues are, we've got you covered.

Here is what you need to fix eight common pregnancy skin problems:

For oily skin: RMS Beauty 'Un' Powder

Un Powder RMS BEAUTY

Sweaty? Oily? Yup, you can thank those pregnancy hormones for that! The RMS "un" powder can help! This ultra-fine, super-silky powder has only two ingredients (mica and silica—not to be confused with silicone) and will never give you a white cast. It's so sheer but so effective. We promise no one will know you're wearing powder.

$34

For dull skin: Plant Makeup Pink Rose Shimmer Balm

Plant Makeup\u2019s Pink Rose Shimmer Balm

Pregnancy can make a lady tired, and along with fatigue comes dull skin. Plant Makeup's Pink Rose Shimmer Balm to the rescue! Made by hand with French pink clay and pure natural mica, this very subtle balm moisturizes, highlights and adds a little sparkle. We love that it's not glittery, but rather reflects light for a hint of highlighting.

$3

For breakouts: Juice Beauty Photo Pigments Perfecting Concealer

Juice Beauty Phyto-pigments Perfecting Concealer

Oh, hello, pimples. We meet again. Juice Beauty's Photo Pigments Perfecting Concealer will mask your blemishes while healing them with organic coconut oil, known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties.

Editor tip: For best results, warm formula with finger or brush before application.

$25

​ For dry + itchy skin: Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Face Suncsreen

Suntegrity 5 in 1 Tinted Face Sunscreen

Winter months can take a toll on your skin, and with low temps come flakes, bumps and cracks. And if you're pregnant, dry skin can during this time can be even worse. So how about a multitasking product that moisturizes, soothes and protects while providing a light tint for that no-makeup look? If you suffer from parched and dry skin during pregnancy, Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing face sunscreen is the product for you.

$45

For dark circles under eyes: W3ll People Bio Correcting Multi-Action Concealer

W3LL PEOPLE Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer

Tossing and turning at night because you cannot get comfortable? You know what that means. Dark circles and puffy eyes are sure to appear. We love W3LL PEOPLE Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer because it contains caffeine, so while the gorgeous mineral pigments cover those circles, the caffeine also depuffs your under-eye area.

$22.99

For capillaries + visible veins: Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

During pregnancy, your veins may make your body look like a country map. Nothing to worry about, your network of veins is actually here to carry your increasing blood supply and provide a support system to your growing baby. Unfortunately, you may also experience spider veins (also spider angiomas or spider nevi) on your face, which is also due to increased blood circulation. Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation is a serum-to-powder formula, almost like a multi-vitamin for your skin and provides seamless coverage.

$62

For dark brown spots: 14e Aloe Nourish Foundation

Aloe Nourish Foundation

Are you noticing, dark, blotchy brown spots on your cheeks and forehead? Blame it on an estrogen surge stimulating melanin production. Aloe Nourish Foundation by 14e Cosmetics provides medium, buildable coverage while leaving you feeling weightless with a satin semi-matte finish. It has only a few ingredients, and its base is aloe, which means it soothes as it covers.

$38

For tired eyes: Alima Pure Natural Definition Mascara

Alima Pure mascara

In my opinion, nothing wakes up a face like a good mascara. Alima Pure's Natural Definition Mascara makes one that's super-subtle, if you're not much of a makeup wearer and don't want to look like you suddenly went all-out.

$22

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At one of the most important nights of their career, celebrities made sure their hairstyles stayed put at the 26th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards. As a collective, the hairstyles were beautiful—french twists, bobs, pin curls and killer cuts filled the red carpet on the night to remember.

And surprisingly, the secret wasn't just the stylist team, mama. For many of the celebs, much of the look can be attributed to a $5 hairspray—yes, you read that correctly.

Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray was one of the top stylist picks for celebs for a lightweight, flexible finishing spray, leaving tons of body and bounce. Unlike most hairsprays that can take several minutes (even a half hour) to set the look, this extra-hold one contains a fast-drying, water-free formula that helps protect your hair from frizz in minutes. As a result, celebrities were able to hold the shape of their styles with mega volume.

"Dove hairspray works well by holding curls in place with maximum hold and ultra shine, while still maintaining soft, touchable texture that is easy to brush out," says Dennis Gots for Dove Hair, who styled Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the SAG Awards. Translation: It's great for on-the-go mamas who want a shiny hold that lasts, but doesn't feel sticky.

Here are a few awesome hairstyles that were finished with the drugstore Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray at the SAG awards:

Lili Reinhart's French twist

"I sprayed Dove style+care micro mist extra hold hairspray all over Lili's hair to lock in the shape and boost the shine factor, making the whole look really sleek," says stylist Renato Campora who was inspired to create the look by Reinhart's romantic gown. "Lili's look is sleek and sharp with a romantic twist."

Cynthia Erivo's finger waves

"This look is classic Cynthia! I knew I wanted to keep it simple, but it's actually quite detailed and intricate up close," says stylist Coree Moreno. "While the hair was still wet (yes—I needed to work fast!) I generously spritzed on the hairspray for all night hold without flaking. The hair continued to air dry perfectly while she finished up makeup."

Nathalie Emmanuel's curly high pony

"Nathalie wanted a retro Hollywood glam for the SAG Awards, so I used her natural texture and created a high pony with loose tendrils framing her face and neckline," says stylist, Neeko. "I finessed the look with the hairspray to lock in the style while keeping her hair looking and feeling touchable."

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's slicked back bob

"I used duckbill clips on different areas of her hair to keep the shape and curl while the hair air dried. Air drying the hair allowed for maximum shine and then I sprayed lots of hairspray all over to truly lock in the sleek shape and enhance the shine," says stylist Dennis Gots, who was inspired by a 90s vibe for Waller-Bridge's look.

Dove Style+Care Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray

Dove Style+Care Micro Mist Extra Hold Hairspray

Who doesn't want a hairspray that makes your hair feel as good as it looks? Dove Style+Care Extra Hold Hairspray holds body, volume and enhances shine. It gives your hair touchable hold while fighting frizz, even in damp or humid conditions.

$4.89

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Keeping up with a skin care routine isn't as simple as it seems when you're a busy mama. When you're trying to bathe kids and get them to bed, or rush out the door in the morning, the last thing on your to-do list is probably using a serum. Plus, figuring out which masks work for your skin type, or what is *really* worth that hefty price tag seems overwhelming.

Until now.

Amazon launched its first-ever skin care line called Belei last year. It featured 12 products that can complete your skin care routine, from moisturizers and serums to cleansers and masks.

Our favorite features? (Aside from the fact that you can Prime these goodies straight to your door).

  • Clean—free of sulfates, parabens and phthalates
  • Affordable—everything is under $40
  • Dermatologist tested + not tested on animals
  • Offers satisfaction guarantee—if not satisfied, they'll refund within a year

Right now, each product is up to 20% off so it's the perfect time to try it out. Here are some of the products we're adding to our cart:

1. Triple-Peptide Eye Cream

Amazon skin care line eye cream

For those inevitable nights with little sleep. Complete with caffeine to reduce puffiness and ingredients like shea butter to minimize the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

$14.40

2. Charcoal Balancing Mask

Amazon skin care line charcoal mask

Have five extra minutes? Lather this on to absorb excess oil, deep clean and balance your skin.

$14.40

3. Retinol Refining Moisturizer

Amazon skin care line retinol moisturizer

Retinol has so many benefits, from smoothing your skin to helping it retain moisture, but it often comes with a price—not this one, luckily.

$28

4. Blemish Control Spot Treatment

Amazon skin care line spot treatment

You can't always stop breakouts from happening, but you can fight blemishes with this.

$17.60

5. Dark Spot Solution

Amazon skin care line dark spot solution

Your body has gone through a lot and that usually means your hormones have fluctuated. For some, that causes dark spots or uneven skin tone. This is packed with rich ingredients to even everything out.

$17.60

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