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SPY Guide: 8 Gifts That’ll Make You the Best Gift-Giver in Your Squad

The Best Gifts For Friends
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The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to find a gift for that special BFF in your life. Whether you’ve got a Secret Santa exchange lined up or a low-key movie soirée with your bestie, it can be tough to come up with gift ideas — even for your platonic other half.

So, how do you choose a gift for your favorite partner in crime? It’s tempting to go practical, but think about what you yourself have been eyeing lately. Would your pal go nuts for it, too? Put that gift card back on the spin rack and read on for our list of gift ideas sure to impress and spoil your best bud.

1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera

With the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera, you and your friend can snap away and get instant photo gratification. Fujifilm includes 60 Instax films in the Mini 9 accessory kit, so you don’t have to worry about buying film right away. You don’t have to worry about getting tagged on social media with your eyes half shut either. This little instant camera comes in a rainbow of colors, so you can match your gift to your friend’s personality.

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2. Merge Cube

This innovative little cube is seriously cool. It’s inexpensive but won’t disappoint. Use it with the companion smartphone app, and you’ve got your own mini hologram machine. Play a variety of games where you interact with 3D objects, including a world-building game that lets you hold your own 3D world in your hand or a holographic anatomy lesson that provides an up-close look at vital body organs. With the handheld Merge Cube, your friend will hold a world of infinite possibilities in the palm of his or her hand.

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3. Merge AR/VR Goggles

If you want to spoil your friend a bit more, pair the Merge Cube with this set of virtual reality goggles for an awesome techie gift. Simply slip your smartphone into the headset and voila: you’re instantly immersed. And because the headset is made of foam, it’s not irritating or uncomfortable to wear.

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4. Mi Box Android TV

Not everyone has a game console or smart TV to stream Netflix or Hulu. If your buddy doesn’t have a way to conveniently stream content, gift him with a Mi Box Android TV. Virtually any app can be loaded onto the TV, and it streams a myriad of content. You’ll be giving the gift of entertainment in a compact, easy-to-store peripheral.

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5. Harmony 650 Remote Control

Do you have that friend? The friend with numerous streaming services, several gaming consoles, and an amazing entertainment center? Fortunately, your friend doesn’t need an advanced degree in engineering to get any of it running. Present him with the Harmony 650 universal remote, and he can control everything in his system from the comfort of the couch.

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6. Personalized RedEnvelope Monogram Wood Cutting Board

For the foodie friend, choosing the right kitchen gift can be tough. Everyone has different tastes, so gourmet ingredients might be hard to settle on. But there’s actually a gift that can please the raw vegan, the paleo eater, and the smoker-obsessed carnivore: this personalized cutting board by RedEnvelope. No cook can ever have too many cutting boards, and with a thoughtful personalization of up to 25 characters, you’ve got a charming gift on your hands.

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7. Homedics Fb-600 Professional Hydro-Massage

Sadly, your friend can’t get a professional pedicure every day. But you can gift her with an everyday spa experience by giving her the Professional Hydro-Massage by Homedics. Your pal can sit back and relax while the warm water massages her feet and washes her cares away. And who knows? She might be willing to loan out her hydro-massager someday when you need it.

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8. Chef’s Basics Home Bar Set Cocktail Tool Kit

This cocktail tool kit from Chef’s Basics is a gift that you and your friend can enjoy together. Depending on your budget, you could pair the kit with a swanky bar cart, a book of drink recipes, or a bottle of quality liquor. It’s a classy addition to any space and a lovely token for the friend who loves to entertain.

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