They say that good friends are like stars. You may not always see them, but you know that they are there. We all know that friends don’t come along every day. When they do, they are to be cherished. Be it time or distance, true friendships can stand the test of both.
But it’s always nice to tell a friend how much you care and send them a little gift once in a while, isn’t it? And what better day than a day dedicated to friendship?
What’s more? At the end of the article, you’ll also find a bonus on how to spend the day with your bestie.
Let’s get started.
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When Is World Friendship Day?
While different cultures have different days dedicated to friendship, World Friendship Day is celebrated on the 30th of July every year.
Do you remember Winnie The Pooh? The world’s favorite book character taught us to live, to love, to laugh, and most importantly, to cherish friendship.
Well, did you know that Pooh was also chosen as the world’s first ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations in 1997?
Pooh was only a step in the process of official recognition of a date dedicated to friendship. The original idea goes back to the founder of Hallmark cards, Joyce Hall, in 1920. Initially celebrated by the simple exchange of cards, the United States Congress, in 1935, proclaimed the first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day. A lot of other countries followed suit.
It was in 1958 that Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho started a foundation called The World Friendship Crusade. After decades of trying to convince them, in 2011, the UN finally recognized the 30th of July as International Friendship Day.
Friendship Day Gifts’ Ideas – to Each His (and Her) Own
Whether a nature-lover or a computer geek, a bookworm or a party-animal, you know your friends like no other and we’ve compiled an expansive list of Friendship Day ideas for that perfect gift!
The great thing about the Internet is that no matter how far you are from your bestie, there’s no limit to the possibilities of Friendship Day gifts you can find online.
Friendship Day Gifts for Her
Whether you’re looking for a Friendship Day gift for your BFF or your girlfriend, there’s nothing like giving a woman a little token of appreciation. And if you give her something she loves, she’d be really touched by the gesture!
Evoking joy and everything bright, just like your best friend surely does, yellow flowers are a symbol of friendship and the positivity that comes with it. Should your friend have a green thumb, you could send her a pot of yellow beauties for her garden.
If you don’t want flowers to be the main gift, you could simply add a single yellow rose to any other Friendship Day special gift you may send her.
If your friend is the type who enjoys fragrances, a great Friendship Day gift could be a set of scented candles, some reed diffusers, potpourri, or a DIY aromatherapy kit.
If she’s a fan of aromatherapy, she probably already has the basics. You could get her a set of essential oils or go all out with some essential oil diffuser jewelry!
Frame Your Best Moments Together
Friendship Day is about celebrating the moments that have made your friendship as enduring as it is. There’s nothing more tear-jerking and heart-warming than little frames of those amazing memories together.
A Custom-Made Mug
Whether you get a personalized mug with a photograph to bring back a memory or an encouraging quote, the idea is simple, yet powerful.
You can easily make cups with photos as well as have them delivered. So, even if you’re far away, your bestie can wake up knowing you’re there for her.
Does your friend love to read? Why not gift her a book (even a couple!) of her favorite genre? Or if she’s the kind who likes to pick her books out herself, you can always get her a gift voucher from an online or local bookstore.
To add a personal touch, you can always throw in a few handmade bookmarks or personalized photo strips bookmarks you can get custom-made online.
Friendship Day Gifts for Him
What about him? Who said a man doesn’t love a good gift? Making it personalized, though, can be a bit of a head-scratcher. Don’t worry, here are a few ideas to help you out!
Gifts for the Bar
If your friend is a bar aficionado, there’s no dearth of cool friendship day gifts online. You could get him a bottle of his favorite scotch, a fancy decanter, a handy keychain-opener, some custom-made coasters, or some good-old wine with these uber cool personalized wine bottle labels!
Spruce Up His Garage
We all have that one friend who loves spending time in the garage. Why not help him liven up the walls with some vintage posters or some custom stickers for his tools and furniture?
All you have to do is source some great royalty-free images and designs available on sites like Freepik or Free Vintage Posters. Once you have sourced them, you can get them printed and delivered!
A Custom-Made Card Deck
Does your friend love a good game of cards? There’s nothing a poker fan needs and loves more than his own deck of cards. Now, if you can get him a personalized set of playing cards themed to the things he loves, how much do you think he would love that Friendship Day gift?
Friendship Day Gifts Handmade
A friend is priceless, and so is a handmade gift. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be super artistic. All you need are a few creative Friendship Day handmade gift ideas, and we’ve got you covered.
A Good Old Card
There’s nothing like going retro with handmade Friendship Day cards for your best friends. All you need is some colorful paper, glue, a pair of scissors, and maybe some glitter.
You can get printable stencils and cut-out designs available online for free. And if you need some inspiration, all you have to do is to check out what others are doing on Pinterest!
A Photo Collage
Another simple, yet much-loved, friendship gift is a photo collage. We’re not talking about a printed collage, although that could work as well. We’re talking about printing your photos and making a handmade collage the vintage way.
Surprise Them With a Postcard
If you’re thinking about a handmade Friendship Day special gift, then that best friend in question is most likely going to be a fan of slow mail as well. Who says you have to be traveling to send a postcard? Imagine the surprised look on your friend’s face when that postcard arrives at their doorstep.
You could simply create a custom postcard with a photo of you and Friendship Day wishes on it, or you could create a design using free online software like Canva. Throw in a hand-written message, and it would be practically handmade and, most definitely, valued!
A Friendship Day Scrapbook
Last, but certainly not the least, a scrapbook is a handmade Friendship Day special gift like no other!
All you have to do is get some of your favorite memories together in the form of mini prints or retro prints. Whether it’s a scrapbook of your travels or your childhood memories together, here are a couple of super easy friendship scrapbooks ideas for you.
Bonus – How to Spend the Day Together? Be Yourselves!
You and your best friend surely have a lot of things you love to do together. So, why not make a marathon of it? The important thing is to spend some quality time together – by simply being yourselves!
Have a classic sleepover and start the day off with a coffee. Once you’re done with your day’s schedule, set up a dinner date at your favorite restaurant and couple that with a few drinks, dancing, foosball, or karaoke at your usual hideout.
If you both love being indoors, why not do a potluck or cook together with a bottle of bubbly? Throw in that favorite movie, a round of video games, or whatever it is that you love to do together. And if you have kids, take them down memory lane with you – keeping it kid-friendly, of course! 😉
So, are you all set to make this World Friendship Day a memorable one with your best friend? If you liked our ideas or would like to share a few of your own, we would love to hear from you in the comments below. And if you’re ready to start custom-making that perfect Friendship Day gift, click here to get started.