12 Gift Ideas For New Friends You Know Well, But Not That Well


As time continues to move at an unbelievable speed, each year brings a whole new set of milestones, experiences, memories, and of course, friendships. No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s never too late to make new friends — and despite the length of your relationships, some of those new connections are inexplicably special. So when the holiday season of giving rolls in, it’s only natural to add them to your list of recipients. However, even if that bond is strong, having gift ideas for a new friend you’ve known for less than a year can be just as tough as selecting a present for someone you’ve known for a lifetime.

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for a friend whose tastes and interests have yet to be completely known is easier said than done — not to mention finding something that’s simply appropriate for such a new friendship. However, there are always a handful of foolproof gifts you can rely on during the holiday season, according to Sara Skirboll, the resident shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot.

“When it comes to shopping for those you don’t know, I suggest keeping it simple and not overthink your gift,” Skirboll tells The Zoe Report in an email.

If you have a better idea of what your friend likes, she also suggests to think about a coffee table book, which can be more personal. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with something simple. If they love to travel, opt for Taschen’s 100 Getaways Around the World, which will spark their inner jet setter. Always taking note of their outfits? They’ll probably love Condé Nast’s Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, which has iconic photo shoots from a number of past Vogue issues and costs $59.99. Or, if you happen to know that they recently returned from a vacation, give them a beautiful picture frame, like this Project 62 Metal Frame, to give them a place to keep photos from the experience.

“When in doubt, go basic. No one ever said no to a beautiful orchid or succulent or a nice bottle of wine or champagne,” Skirboll shares. Case in point? This Little Black Box from WineSociety, which costs $49, is the perfect set for a friend, especially if you don’t know what type of wine they prefer.

Another simple (but always welcome) gift is a candle — because, naturally, you can never have too many candles. The Palo Santo 14 Classic Candle from Le Labo is a great option to give someone since it's the brand’s signature scent. Or, if you want to go a more unconventional fragrance route, why not try an ambient spray? This Pomandére Ambiance Spray in Lavender and Rosemary, $34, is one that anyone will love to have in their home.

While you might still be getting to know the newest relationships in your life, that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a holiday present without thought. With Skirboll’s tips and suggestions, you’ll be able to navigate holiday shopping for each of your most new friends like a pro. Keep scrolling to see more gifts that any friend, new or old, would love to receive this season.

Coffee Table Books

Condé Nast Vogue: The Editor's Eye



For the fashion lover in your life.

Taschen Rooms with a View



This book will inspire anyone to book a vacation, stat.

Picture Frames

SV Casa Capiz Shell 4" X 6" Picture Frame



This frame will be perfect in any household.

Project 62 Metal Frame




You can't go wrong with this classic frame.


Na Nin Places 5oz Candle Trio


Na Nin

These candles will fill the room with a beautiful scent all season long.

Le Labo Palo Santo 14 Classic Candle



Give someone Le Labo's signature scent in the form of a candle this season.


WineSociety Little Black Box



This box has the perfect selection if you aren't sure where to start.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery Sofia Rosé


Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Who doesn't appreciate a good rosé?


LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask Holiday Edition



Even if you don't know her skin type, everyone can appreciate a hydrating lip mask during the winter.

TenOverTen Perfect Neutrals Trio Set


The Dreslyn

Give her nail colors that are pretty and timeless.

Ambiance Spray

Pomandère Ambiance Spray



Anyone can appreciate the scent of this room spray.

Jo Malone London Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround Spray



This will be gone before you know it.