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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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If you had to only choose one product to toss in your bag, what would it be? Our guess is you're looking for something that's easy-to-use, affordable, clean and multi-tasks for you—something that'll simplify your routine because you have other things to worry about than what beauty product to grab (like making that Zoom meeting in time while you're working from home).

Enter: Arrow Beauty—a clean beauty brand created by Birchbox with products designed to save you time.

I had the chance to try out the entire product line and, let's just say I've made sure to toss one everywhere—in my bag, on my desk, in the bathroom. And during this pandemic, it's made getting ready (okay, looking presentable for video calls) in the mornings so much simpler.

Each product is created to be something you grab and go when you're in a rush. Everything is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates and mineral oil, vegan and cruelty-free so you can still give your littles all the snuggles and kisses without stressing about transferring any bad ingredients over. And, they're designed to travel well. Birchbox made sure Arrow Beauty featured leak-proof and carry-on friendly items. Did we mention everything is under $25?

Here's what is in their first launch:

Nourishing lip oil

birchbox arrow lip oil

This one might be my favorite from the collection. A lip oil that leaves a high-shine finish that isn't sticky (!!!) and keeps your lips moisturized for hours. It comes in clear, perfect to top off your favorite shade, or color enhancing pink that reacts to the pH level of your skin, making a unique shade for you.

$16

Radiant skin moisturizer

birchbox arrow skin moisturizer

Have no time in the morning? Massage this into your skin for the ultimate pick-me-up. It has a subtle sheen that illuminates and nourishing ingredients—hyaluronic acid and aloe—that hydrates and gives you a glow.

$24

Color enhancing lip balm

birchbox arrow lip balm

The Birchbox team listened to customer feedback to reformulate their OG tinted balm and it's *so* good. There are three shades—berry, coral and blush—that look incredible on all skin tones because it reacts to the pH in your skin to enhance your natural color. Even better? It's buildable!

$15

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And this is the pregnancy book women deserve, from the experts at Motherly.

This is an unprecedented time to embark on the journey of motherhood. You are part of a new generation of women elevating empowerment in all its forms.

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, whether you're still deciding about pregnancy or already have a baby on the way, becoming mama involves your body, mind, emotions, lifestyle, relationships, schedule, spirituality, worldview—and most of all, your heart.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama celebrates the wonder of your new baby and honors you through this profound life transformation.Inclusive, holistic, and evidence-based, this book was made for you—a loving and supportive embrace of your unique motherhood journey in all its power, complexity and beauty.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on so many people's lives, and mamas everywhere are feeling it especially hard. The outbreak has been an especially scary time for pregnant women who worry about getting the support they need during this already challenging time.

At Motherly, nothing is more important to us than helping mamas everywhere feel supported and empowered from the very beginning of their motherhood journey. That's why we took two major steps toward helping pregnant women everywhere feel more confident right now:

First, we wrote the pregnancy + birth book you deserve.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama provides evidence-based, women-centered support for every stage of your journey, from trying to conceive to caring for your sweet new baby.


We wrote The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama to ensure that every person has access to high-quality, nurturing pregnancy and birth guidance. It is the pregnancy book you deserve. And we would be honored if you would consider pre-ordering it now.

You can pre-order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer, and it will be on its way to you when it releases on April 14th:

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For the thousands of women who are unable to attend their birth class due to the virus, our class, taught by Diana Spalding, Motherly's Digital Education Editor, certified nurse-midwife, and writer of The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama, is the nurturing, empowering resource you need to have your best, most supported birth no matter what.


This class will prepare you for your birth, while the book is about the entire journey—from trying to conceive, to pregnancy wellness, birth, postpartum and caring for your sweet new baby.

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Pregnancy and birth are some of the biggest moments of life—it can feel like an emotional roller coaster. Going through this process during a transformative world event—a pandemic—can make it feel so daunting. We want you to know that we are here for you.

You deserve to experience pregnancy, birth and motherhood with confidence and joy—and we are honored to be on this journey with you.

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We all know dry skin is a real thing, and since we've been washing our hands a lot more recently (thanks, coronavirus) and dousing them with anti-bacterial gel, they are much drier than usual. Combine that with the cool air and our hands feel like we're rubbing a piece of paper on our cheek.

As we're social distancing, we have a bit more time on our hands these days so we've given these hand creams a test drive to find what best works to keep moisture in.

Here are 10 of the best hand creams for combating dry skin, according to our editor:

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

L'Occitane shea butter hand cream

Did you know that this classic hand cream is sold every 2 seconds around the world? Honey, almond extract and coconut oil are blended with shea butter to protect and moisturize the driest hands. We also love the natural, smoky nutty scent that lasts between hand washes.

$29

Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

Origins rejuvenating hand treatment

This sweet-smelling cream is infused with rose of Jericho—also known as resurrection plant—and trehalose and sea haricots, which work hand-in-hand to help skin recover from extreme dryness. Just massage into hands as needed, apply as often as necessary.

$26

EltaMD so silky hand crème

EltaMD so silky hand cr\u00e8me

If your hands are scaly and rough to the touch, you'll love that the silky-smooth texture of this cream is very soothing. It seriously feels like butter. It also helps maintain moisture for up to 12 hours even after hand washing. Keep in your pocket to reapply during the day.

$19.99

Moroccanoil hand cream

Moroccanoil hand cream

Sure it's great to keep hands hydrated, but if they leave your hands feeling greasy and sticky, that may not be for you. This lightweight formula features argan and avocado oils plus cocoa, shea and mango butters that leaves your hands super silky and smooth.

$24

Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

Aveeno daily moisturizing hand cream

You don't have to spend loads of money on a good hand cream. This drugstore favorite helps heal dry skin and forms a protective barrier against the elements. It's also non-greasy, fast absorbing, steroid-free, fragrance-free and gentle enough for sensitive skin—even little ones.

$7.29

Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Skinfix eczema + hand repair cream

Plump, tone and tighten the skin with this cream that's clinically proven to treat eczema and dry, cracked skin on hands. A dermatologist-led clinical study found that after just one week users noticed a 111% increase in skin moisturization. Now that's a super-healer we can all get behind.

$18

Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

Kiehl's since 1851 ultimate strength hand salve

The cool thing about this cream is that it allows skin to draw and absorb water from the air, forming a "glove-like" protective barrier against moisture loss. It's also made up of a blend of botanical oils and wax derived from olive oil to soothe, moisturize and condition skin. We're obsessed!

$23

lano hand cream intense

lano hand cream intense

This silky hand cream is so good it's considered 'the hand cream for hand cream experts' because its primary ingredient, lanolin, is secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals. A 2017 study indicated that lanolin can reduce water lost through the skin by 20 to 30%. Now that's impressive!

$14.95

Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

Aesop resurrection aromatique hand balm

We must admit that an annoying feature of most hand creams is that they take forever to absorb. It seems like you're rubbing for hours, only to discover that it's sticky and the smell is annoying. This balm, which is one of Aesop's most popular products, instantly softens hands and cuticles with its blend of sweet almond and coconut oils, as well as cocoa and shea butter. Try it on your roughest hands for a quick moisture boost.

$30

La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

La Roche-Posay cicaplast baume B5

This face and hand cream helps nourish and soothe dry skin, as well as visibly irritated areas like cracked knuckles and dry cuticles. What's more? The formula is non-sticky so you can apply it all day without feeling icky.

$14.99

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