Oh no! Is your bestie having a rough day?
Luckily for you, this sad situation presents a major opportunity to go the extra mile for that incredibly special person in your life. Cure the bestie blues with this list of small but thoughtful gifts and gestures that are sure to make a big impact.
Sidenote: August 2 happens to be National Friendship Day (like we need a reason to spoil our closest friends - ha!). Giving feels just as good as receiving because when your friends feel good, all feels right in the world. Ain’t that the truth.
THE POWER OF WRITTEN WORD
More often than not, an encouraging message is all that’s needed to make a bestie believe in themselves again. No matter the source of their troubles, knowing that a friend is present, paying attention, and sticking in there...is more than enough.
That’s why we’re totally captivated by the porcelain clay creations from the husband and wife duo at MB Art Studios. Handmade in their Reno, Nevada home studio, these simple inspirational messages are sure to make your amigos smile. Plus, they’re just so darn chic!
Choose from a variety of lighthearted messages like “Mahalo for removing your shoes,” famous quotes by Rumi, Tesla, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, and simple sayings like “Be Present” and “Stop and Breathe.” Maybe your bestie loves the outdoors and is bummed out by all this necessary social distancing. The $12 “Never Stop Exploring” magnet is a perfect choice! Is your friend feeling overwhelmed by their never-ending to-do list that never seems to yield results? The $35 mini porcelain planter that touts “To Do: Enjoy Today” or the $15 wall tag that reminds them “Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying” are just what they need.
There are jewelry dishes ($29 each), house-shaped wall tags ($15 for all sizes: small, medium, and large), wall boxes ($42 each), and even a 100% cotton, screen-printed t-shirt ($25). We highly suggest exploring their Etsy shop. Fair warning, be ready to click add to cart.
Also, MB Art Studios is currently donating 10% of all sales to Black Lives Matter.
MEMES, FOR THE WIN
Thanks to social media, a good old fashion chuckle is never too far away. If you and your bestie don’t already send each other relatable animal-inspired pics and vids on the reg, get on it, man! Here are a few adorable, smile-inducing options to get you started:
Find someone who looks at you the way this doggo smiles at that plate of chicken wings.
If you or your BFF are job hunting.
When you get to see your bestie again post-corona.
Missing both wanderlust and hugs?
The best thing about these memes, they cost you only a little effort plus $0 with free shipping and free returns. Also, does it appear that we have a thing for golden retrievers?
A SOCK-SHAPED HUG
You may not be able to give your BFF a tight squeeze these days (unless they are part of your household)! Assuming they are not, then the compression socks from Comrad Socks are most definitely your next best option.
A short biology lesson: Compression socks are designed to help the blood in your legs flow more freely, which in turn, relaxes your muscles and keeps your legs from getting tired and achy.
The story behind this company is something you’re hearing more and more often these days. Goods and services once reserved for athletes, young people, old people, etc. are now accessible, beneficial, and most importantly, stylish, to anyone and everyone! So is the case for Comrad Socks.
Made from 91% nylon and 9% spandex, the “Companion” high-knee socks offer 15-25mm Hg (level of compression). This range of pressure is beneficial for the following activities: sitting or standing (decreases end-of-day soreness), traveling (reduces blood pooling in the feet), exercise and recovery (enhances lactic acid removal), pregnancy (legs feel supported), and those suffering from edema (swelling and pain caused by circulation issues). A single pair costs $29, or buy a 3-pack for $69, a 4-pack for $87, or 6-pack for $119. There are tons of colors, patterns, and styles to choose from for both men and women. They also sell ankle-length socks (1 pair for $16, 3-pack for $39, or 6-pack for $69).
A fun fact about this feel-good, fashionable footwear: they can be worn 3-4 times before being washed because of the antimicrobial SmartSilver technology, which kills odor-causing bacteria. That 3-4 great reasons this is a perfect gift for a bestie-in-need.
HOW FORTUNE-ATE WE ARE FOR FRIENDSHIP
If your bestie’s rough day has anything to do with the seeming-bleakness of the present, cheer them up with a tasty future-oriented treat: the “Make Your Own Fortune Cookies Kit” from Uncommon Goods! For $28, spend some quality time baking 40 of your very own cookies and then create your own customized fortunes to place inside.
The DIY kit comes with (almost) everything you need: flour, superfine sugar, cocoa powder (for chocolate cookies), an edible ink pen, paper fortunes (60 pre-written messages and blank ones), and step-by-step instructions. You will have to buy eggs, extract, and salt. With this kit, your bestie will have everything they need to create the future they desire.
Now, here are a few encouraging message recommendations for those blank fortunes:
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
If you want the rainbow, you have to tolerate the rain.
Stop procrastinating, starting tomorrow.
Don’t pursue happiness - create it.
For any allergy-conscious friends, this kit contains gluten.
Going the extra mile for a bestie in need feels so good on both sides, wouldn’t you agree? There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for our friends...so, we’re leaving you with this highly-relatable comic about friendship (by artist @yeevz_).