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36 Foolproof Gifts for Every Friend

In partnership with our friends at Dyson

Please meet our “who is she” guide to gifting—an add-to-cart spree where the only consequence is the afterglow of generosity. Whether you’re shopping for your mom, doula, sister (biological/spiritual/acquired freshman year), BFF, work wife, mail carrier, or newest friend, the picks below will help you indulge them in something you’d like for yourself, meaning that they’re all but guaranteed to love it, too.

SHE’S THE ON-SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Caddis blue-light glasses
    Caddis glasses goop, $95
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    When she’s not working on her laptop, she’s watching whatever’s hot on Netflix so she can talk about it Friday night at the standing Zoom happy hour. Get this girl a pair of screen readers, stat. Specifically, get her this price-is-right, not-your-grandpa’s-readers, blue-light-filtering pair from Caddis.

  2. Jennifer Meyer Necklace
    Jennifer Meyer Necklace goop, $350
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    From one of GP’s besties, Jennifer Meyer, to one of yours: a subtle, sweet, shiny heart pendant—the adult version of the best friends necklace. Delicately hung on a sixteen-inch gold chain, it’s refined enough for the minimalist and plays well with the rest of your more-is-more pal’s collection.

  3. Dyson CORRALE™ HAIR STRAIGHTENER
    Dyson CORRALE™ HAIR STRAIGHTENER Dyson, $500
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    This high-tech Dyson Corrale hair straightener is the ultimate Galentine’s Day gift: It looks good (name a chicer styling tool), it’s caring (Dyson styling tools work with less heat, so they’re gentler on hair), and if you live near a Dyson Demo Store in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Tysons Corner, Virgina, you can have the Corrale gift-wrapped when you pick it up at the store (for locations and info on shopping online, in-store, and via curbside pickup, check out the brand’s site). And if you mention goop at the counter, you’ll get a free full-size G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo with your purchase.

  4. Saie Mascara
    Saie Mascara goop, $24
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    She’s glowy enough to turn off the touch-up-my-appearance feature, but this amazing mascara —made with beeswax, shea butter, and a lash-conditioning mineral complex—will really make her eyes pop on camera (a double coat works wonders on Zoom date night).

  5. Music in She Oracle Deck
    Music in She Oracle Deck Music in She, $42
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    Is she a Beyoncé or a Babs? Maybe more Lil’ Kim? Björk? Possibly the most fun oracle deck ever—and the best way to liven up any Zoom room—each card in this set features an illustration of a different female musician, plus insight into her life and persona. Use the guidebook to pull spreads and reveal inspiration from the icons.

  6. RMS Beauty GLOW QUAD
    RMS Beauty GLOW QUAD goop, $25
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    This set from female-founded RMS Beauty takes versatile shades from its collection (dab the highlighter at the inner corner of the eye for a brightening effect), plus a universally flattering red shade of Lip2Cheek (the name says it all), and packs them into one perfect palette for easy, everyday glow—on-screen and off.

  7. G. Label Foster ribbed puff-sleeve Cardigan
    G. Label Foster ribbed puff-sleeve Cardigan goop, $550
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    Months of virtual socializing has us more or less sold on a go-to uniform that works for meetings, margaritas, even meeting the parents. Like a classic cream cardigan with our favorite modern twist: a pretty puff sleeve. Pulled on over a tee (or with nothing but necklaces across that deep-V), it’s the answer to every outfitting dilemma.

  8. Vinglace Wine cooler
    Vinglace Wine cooler goop, $90
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    Double-walled and done in sleek white, this will keep Mom from running to the fridge during the family reunion to fill up her wine glass. And once we’re living postpandemic? It’s beach-picnic perfection.

  9. The Wine Party Co. virtual wine course
    The Wine Party Co. virtual wine course The Wine Party Co., $99
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    The friend group has already invited a magician, then baby goats, then a tarot card reader to the weekly virtual catch-up. What’s next? Gift one another a pass to The Wine Party’s wine connoisseur course and learn to navigate the seas of Sauvignon like pros.

SHE LIKES SHINY THINGS

  1. HNDSM Bracelet
    HNDSM Bracelet goop, $55
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    Cuffing season isn’t just for couples. Spread the love with a slim bracelet that works whether the recipient leans minimal or loves a wrist stack. This androgynous piece is an eye-catching reminder that somebody loves them. Etched on one side are the coordinates for Paris—the best location for a future getaway.

  2. RMS Beauty highlighter
    RMS Beauty highlighter goop, $38
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    This pretty pot of luminizer (from RMS Beauty, a clean makeup brand with a cult following) lights up most complexions instantly, leaving eyelids, brow bones, and cheeks with a subtle golden-pink glow. Perfectly sized for keeping in a clutch or pocket.

  3. Glacce Water bottle
    Glacce Water bottle goop, $80
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    The clear quartz crystal inside this bottle infuses water with a dose of good vibrations. Be sure to share the story behind the bottle: Two best friends grow up together, captivated by the magic of NOLA, then join forces as grown-ups to launch a line of crystal-infused water bottles.

  4. Jane Win Necklace
    Jane Win Necklace goop, $298
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    Cute (heart pendant made of radiating fronds) meets cool (link chain that hits right beneath clavicle, for precision layering), and the result is gifting gold. Eye-catching without being flashy, it’s perfect for your MIL, your mentor, or the close friend who claims she doesn’t do jewelry but always compliments yours.

  5. WTHN Ear Seed kit
    WTHN Ear Seed kit goop, $45
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    This could work for the holistic healing advocate who missed acupuncture during lockdown or as a low-pressure intro to acupressure for the uninitiated. These twenty-four-karat-gold ear seeds go on easily with tweezers, look like teeny gold stud earrings, and come with a map for identifying pressure points.

  6. goop Beauty body luminizer
    goop Beauty body luminizer goop, $48
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    You and the crew aren’t hightailing it to Hawaii this winter, but here’s what you can do: Send them care packages of luxurious body luminizer packed with hyaluronic acid, antioxidant-rich kakadu plum, and dew-inducing, sugarcane-derived squalane. Lightweight and subtly tropical, the lotion creates a soft, flattering glow.

  7. Mateo earrings
    Mateo earrings goop, $325
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    This all-day-every-day set doubles down on the minimalist diamond bar earring by giving it an offset fourteen-karat gold partner in crime—making these earrings a gorgeous gift for the girlfriend you love to get in good trouble with. You might want a matching pair.

  8. Westman Atelier Beauty box
    Westman Atelier Beauty box goop, $173
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    Gucci Westman knows how to nail a boxed set, and this one was inspired by GP’s own minimal makeup routine. Inside the incredibly luxe Le Box, you’ll find a three-step kit for sun-kissed glow: Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter, Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, and the Lit Up Highlight Stick.

  9. WAVES PUZZLE Puzzle
    Waves Puzzle Puzzle goop, $40
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    Iridescent eye candy for the perpetual problem-solver who caught the puzzle bug, this Lucite version can be solved multiple ways—making it a gift that truly keeps on giving. When complete, it forms a gorgeous gradient pretty enough to earn a permanent place on their coffee table.

SHE LIKES TO SNUGGLE

  1. Les Tien Sweatshirt
    Les Tien Sweatshirt goop, $249
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  2. Les Tien pants
    Les Tien pants goop, $194
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    A matching set from Les Tien covers the cozy bases for your favorite snuggle bunny while encouraging them to get some fresh air, too. With an oversize trench and boots, this cropped-sweats-and-collared-pullover combo makes actually leaving the house tempting.

  3. Sarah Chloe NECKLACE
    Sarah Chloe NECKLACE goop, $138
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    So often the snuggler seeks solace because she’s too pure for this harsh world—which is exactly why your beloved softy needs a nameplate necklace sturdy enough to sleep in, done in warm (like her heart!) yellow gold. This piece also makes a thoughtful gift for a new mama or a recent bride.

  4. goop Beauty All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream
    goop Beauty All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream goop, $95/$86 with subscription
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    Plant-based ceramides, squalane, and seven highly active botanicals whipped into a luxuriously rich supercream that feels incredible smoothed on the face, neck, and décolletage and leaves skin feeling soft and supple. So nourishing, it even doubles as a night cream.

  5. Baloo weighted blanket
    Baloo weighted blanket goop, $169
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    Support their nap habit by sending a weighted blanket that feels like the hug you didn’t get to share in 2020. The weight comes from glass microbeads that stay evenly distributed—and absolutely comforting—thanks to double-quilting.

  6. goop Home Date night box
    goop Home Date night box goop, $265
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    The official go-big-and-stay-home gift of the year is the Date-Night Box. And it’s no one-night stand, either: This curated spread includes The Ballerina, a vibrator that goes both ways (for clitoral and vulval stimulation); that candle; clean lube; silky massage oil; and four chocolate bars.

  7. Roman and Williams Guild mug
    Roman and Williams Guild mug goop, $50
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    Reishi hot chocolate, biodynamic bone broth, freshly popped champagne, espresso with oat milk, fresh-squeezed OJ, OWL cleanse mylkshakes, mezcal Palomas—what won’t she drink out of this handmade porcelain mug while watching One Night in Miami?

  8. Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao mix
    Four Sigmatic Mushroom Hot Cacao mix goop, $20
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    This, plus a made-in-Japan mug: a sweet nighttime-routine upgrade. Four Sigmatic’s recipe for this decadent, totally delicious drink uses organic cacao, reishi mushrooms, and hints of cinnamon and cardamom.

  9. goop Beauty NOURISHING REPAIR BODY BUTTER
    goop Beauty NOURISHING REPAIR BODY BUTTER goop, $55/$50 with subscription
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    The most luxurious ritual after a warm shower and before a Netflix marathon? Smoothing on this ultranourishing body butter made with bacuri, cupuaçu, and shea butters plus nutrient-rich botanical extracts. Relaxing, moisturizing, and the perfect prep for a cozy night under a weighted blanket.

  10. Brave Robot vegan Ice cream pack
    Brave Robot vegan Ice cream pack Brave Robot, $58
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    Vegan ice cream in four different chocolate-adjacent flavors? We’re screaming. And your favorite sweet-loving friend will be, too, when this treat shows up. It uses whey protein made from microflora—a mind-bending concept brought to life with delicious flavors and packed in petroleum-free, sugarcane-derived pint containers.

SHE KILLS IT IN THE KITCHEN

  1. Staub  Kettle
    Staub Kettle goop, $200
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    Heritage cookware brand: check. Made in France: check. goopy grey hue chic enough for prime stove-top placement? Double check. For the friend who’s always FaceTiming you from the kitchen while cooking up kitchari or cacciatore, this teapot is a well-deserved upgrade built to last a lifetime.

  2. Staub pan
    Staub pan goop, $200
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    If you watched her cooking game hit some high notes last year, you’ve likely also watched her skills outpace her skillet. This classic frying pan from Staub is a kitchen power player done in dove-grey enamel that’s incredibly versatile and gorgeous enough for TikTok cooking tutorials.

  3. Activist honey
    Activist honey goop, $150
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    Want something sweet to send to your sister who hasn’t touched processed sugar since 1999? This manuka honey set will invigorate her oatmeal and mellow out her matcha, and the golden goodness in each jar is raw and unprocessed. (The MGO rating on each jar will send the ingredient-curious down a particularly interesting rabbit hole.)

  4. Nili Lotan top
    Nili Lotan top goop, $225
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    An easy, breezy baby-blue blouse that’s airy enough to handle a hot kitchen in August is exactly what the budding Alice Waters in your life needs under her apron.

  5. Linum Apron
    Linum Apron goop, $83
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    Perfectly placed pockets for storing spatulas and cell phones, blue-grey linen that softens with every wash, ties for cinching the waist while she waits for the kitchen timer to ding—this is the kitchen accessory every chic chef can use.

  6. Sandoval Aromatic spray
    Sandoval Aromatic spray goop, $46
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    A plate of perfectly fried chicken wings sprinkled with scallions is cute, but the lingering scent of oil in the kitchen is not. Sandoval’s room spray gives stale air an aromatic refresh and an energetic boost, thanks to the rose quartz crystals clinking inside the bottle.

  7. Upstate cup
    Upstate cup goop, $68
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    The rose, teal, and royal-blue swirls are handblown glass, so each cup is entirely unique. Paired with a bottle of her favorite wine (labeled “not for cooking”), it’s guaranteed to become her go-to.

  8. Grown Alchemist hand care kit
    Grown Alchemist hand care kit goop, $100
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    This gorgeous silver-bottled hand-wash-and-cream set makes an absolutely stunning gift—and looks good on any kitchen counter. Made with sweet almond oil, sweet orange peel, cedarwood, and sage, the hand wash is incredibly gentle and nourishing, and the hand cream sinks in instantly to soothe and soften dry skin.

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