The Most Perfect Birthday Gift Ideas For Every Southern Girl’s Best Friend
She’s your rock, your partner-in-crime, your confidante. She’s your pimiento cheese-eating, porch cocktail-drinking, reality show-watching other half. She’s your best friend. It’s no secret that Southern women are as thick as thieves, and no bond runs tighter than two longtime besties. (I mean, she knows what size Spanx you buy, for crying out loud.) So every year when her birthday rolls around, you know the drill: Don’t focus on the age. Focus on the perfect gift to make her forget about the age altogether.
You know her better than anyone, which means you know where she stands on the issue of sugar versus salt (be it concerning cornbread recipes or margarita rims), as well as her favorite pastimes. From fashionable statement pieces to fun kitchen accessories to beauty must-haves, these birthday gift ideas for your best friend are so good you might end up ordering two of each. One for your gal pal, and one for yourself.
Her Favorite Candle
So every time she burns it, she'll think of you—and let's be real: You'll probably be next to her on the couch for wine night when she lights the match.
Buy It: Votivo Aromatic Candle; $28; nordstrom.com
A Personalized Necklace
Because she deserves to feel as special as she is, and this customized necklace shows that you thought ahead. Pick from 12 different colors for the acrylic script.
Buy It: Baublebar Acrylic Custom Pendant; $58; baublebar.com
Her Favorite Cocktail Glasses
Maybe it's a set of martini glasses, whiskey tumblers, or mule mugs—you know her signature drink, and she'll love being able to dress it up at home.
Buy It: Hammered Copper Moscow Mule Mug; $7.99 each (on sale!); macys.com
A Framed Photo
Nothing says best friend status like displaying one of your favorite memories together in a pretty picture frame.
Buy It: Alma Frame; $32 and up; anthropologie.com
A Silky Sleep Accessory
She deserves all the self-care goodies on her birthday, and this pure silk mask is guaranteed to make her snooze sounder than ever.
Buy It: Slip Silk Sleep Mask; $50; sephora.com
A Handy Planner
This makes a charming gift for your most organized bestie—or a funny joke for your bestie who is always late!
Buy It: Rifle Paper Co. Midnight Strawberry Floral Planner; $36.95; papersource.com
The Perfect Hoops
Mama always said that a classy pair of gold hoops can make any outfit feel so much more put-together. Your gal pal can wear these with everything.
Buy It: Luv Aj Amalfi Tube Earrings; $55; shopbop.com
The Yummiest Cheese Board
How many charcuterie board nights are on the schedule for the rest of your friendship? The limit does not exist. Get her something to jazz up Wine Wednesday or book club.
Buy It: Marbled Acacia Cheese Board; $58; anthropologie.com
The Ultimate Skincare Set
As a rule, best friends face aging gracefully together—or not at all. This cult-fave Olehenrikson line brightens skin and keeps those fine lines at bay.
Buy It: Let's Get Luminous Brightening Vitamin C Essentials Set; $40; olehenriksen.com
A Cute Headband
You won't find an accessory that has as much personality as her—until this sunny headband that is definitely bound for a girls' trip.
Buy It: Kaanas Bora Bora Raffia Headband; $44; anthropologie.com
A Bar Cart Book
She might not be a certified bartender...yet. This cocktail book makes it easy to master the classics.
Buy It: 3-Ingredient Cocktails Book; $15; target.com
A Trendy Belt
If she ever needs a little something to zhuzh up an outfit, she can turn to this leopard print gift.
Buy It: Halogen Genuine Calf Hair Belt; $45; nordstrom.com
An Adorable Mini Dutch Oven
She'll never see anything cuter in her kitchen than these miniature pots that are perfect for individual pot pies, baked macaroni and cheese, or dessert.
Buy It: Le Creuset Stoneware Mini Round Cocotte; $26 each; williams-sonoma.com
A Classic Pair of Sunglasses
Every lady needs a dose of Old Hollywood glam, and these catty glasses are made for girlfriend road trips.
Buy It: Cateye Sunglasses; $24.50; loft.com
A Fun Nail Polish Set
Think of all the possibilities for an at-home spa night. Mix and match these sunset-inspired shades for the cutest mani-pedi ever.
Buy It: Nails Inc. Polish Palette Nail Set; $25; sephora.com
A Pretty Clutch
You can never go wrong with a beaded statement clutch to use for everything from date night to garden party.
Buy It: Farin Beaded Clutch; $58; anthropologie.com
A Baby Plant
Green thumbs aren't even needed for these sweet succulents. Grab her a couple pots to give new life to any room.
Buy It: 4 in. Succulent in Ceramic Combo; $24 for two; homedepot.com
The Coziest Slippers
We won't say that these will be her most favorite gift ever received—but we're not not saying it.
Buy It: Ugg Fluff Yeah Genuine Shearling Slide; $99.95; nordstrom.com