When the holidays come around, we’re used to the mad rush of buying gifts for family. There are toys, tech, and clothes to pick up for kids, holiday gifts to show mom some love… but what about our friends? Our besties? Our close confidants?
It’s not only appropriate to get your best friend a gift—it’s a sign of love for everything she does for you on a daily basis. Whether it’s offering relationship advice at 12:23 a.m., watching the kids (or cats) for a weekend so you can have some self-care time, or simply stopping by with a coffee on a down day, your ride or die friend is the woman in your life who is there for you in ways nobody else is.
We think that one of the differences between a true friend and an acquaintance is that a friend ends up on your gifting list year after year, so if you want to knock it out of the park with gifts for her this year, we’ve got you (and your BFF) covered.
Here are some of our favorite on-trend holiday gift ideas for your best friends in 2022.
Earrings Are Always en Vogue
If you can’t figure out what to get your best friend for Christmas, stylish earrings are never a bad idea.
2022 is the year of warm gold tones. We’ve got some amazing holiday earrings on this list that fit the bill—including holiday hoops worthy of wearing all year!
To kick things off, we think our Gold-Tone Leverback Fireball Double Drop Earrings are a fantastic choice. With a crystal fireball suspended from a warm gold bead, they’ll make a great addition to your best friend’s wardrobe to go from the office to any holiday parties on her planner.
If you want to take it up a notch with multiple pairs, we recommend earring sets like our dazzling three-piece earring set in warm gold tone. Earring sets are also great for a friend who has multiple piercings and wants to rock a coordinated set.
What about earrings for a bestie without pierced ears? We’ve got you covered there, too. Our gold-tone braided knot clip earrings are a great choice for on-trend earrings—no piercing required!
Holiday Hoop Earrings We Love
Got hoop lovers on your list? We’re big fans of hoop earrings at Anne Klein—especially the chunky style of hoop earrings that have hit the top of the trending list again. We thought that was one of the better fashion finds to come out of the 80s. Now you can make it part of your bestie’s style with a modern twist on the classic look.
One of our favorite options for a friend stuck in the 9 to 5 office grind is our Woven Braid Pierced Hoop Earring. It’s professional enough for the office—and fun enough for the annual office holiday party.
Another trend we love is the multi-hoop earring. This is a great gift idea for your best friend when they don’t have multiple piercings but want the fierce look of wearing more than one pair at once.
Last but not least, we’ve picked out a cool pair of hoop earrings for your best friend that doesn’t have pierced ears. Go for gold with our thick and chunky Omega clip earrings! We think these will absolutely dazzle her—you may even want to gift yourself a pair!
Want to browse more options? Head over to our collection of earrings to discover our available selection for both pierced and non-pierced ears.
Throw the Right Shade
Sunglasses are the gift that keeps on giving all year long. They're not only stylish (when you choose the right pair) but highly functional as well.
Protecting your eyes from the glare coming off of snow and ice is just as important as blocking the sun’s rays during summer. It helps that they’re also a versatile and classy accessory, too.
Let’s start our list of favorite picks off with our Classic Square Frame Sunglasses in our blush colorway.
Reasons we love it:
With a 70’s inspired finish, these frames make the perfect gift this year for bold and fun looks.
We think these shades look amazing paired with a vegan leather blazer and a belt, another trending style for fall and winter.
These stylish sunglasses are also part of our Gifts That Give collection—which means they also support a good cause.
Our Aviator Combo Sunglasses are another great option for your best friend if you’re thinking about gifting stylish shades. These sunglasses never go out of style—they’re perfect in 2022 and beyond. Plus, we don’t think Tom Cruise should be the only one rocking the iconic look of aviators.
While these sunglasses retain the classic aviator shape, they feature more flair with a tortoise-shell style top bar and warm gold tone.
We also think they look fantastic with our fierce vegan leather moto jacket for a great gift pairing.
For the friend that wants warm color and texture, we love our Blonde Horn Oversized Square Sunglasses as a great gift idea. This is the kind of accessory that turns heads—these oversized square sunglasses feature a rich horn color throughout and the Anne Klein lion logo on the inner temple.
Keep in mind, this is just a list to get you started! If you didn’t see anything here that you think your best friend would love, we have more on-trend options available in our collection of sunglasses if you’re looking for other holiday gift ideas.
Give the Gift of Time
It can be hard to find time for your favorite people when you’re stuck in back-to-back Zoom meetings at best—or a two-hour long commute to the office at worst. While we all wish we could spend more time together, sometimes showing you care is the next best thing.
With that in mind, elegant watches are great holiday or Christmas gifts for your best friend. Watches add subtle flair to a formal outfit or take casual looks up a few notches without requiring additional effort.
With the warmth of gold tones (and the season) in mind, we’re starting our top picks off with our classy Octagonal Crystal Accented Chain Bracelet Watch.
Your BFF can add some spice to her outfit with this one—it features premium crystal accents and a vintage-inspired chain bracelet. She’ll love opening a gift with this beautiful gold-tone watch inside!
If rose gold is more her thing, we’ve got something special. Our Rectangular Case Leather Strap Watch features a sleek design with a Roman numeral dial and a classy leather strap for a luxurious look.
Reasons we love it:
Bold watch faces are trending this year—think square faces, octagonal faces, and rectangular faces—so this watch is a winner.
We also love that this watch is part of our Gifts That Give collection, and helps support the fight against breast cancer.
Looking for a unique watch that doubles as jewelry? Our Crystal Accented Charm Bracelet Watch is so much more than just a watch—it creates a layered, textured look by combining a charm bracelet and watch all in one. Plus, it features a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial.
Looking for more gift ideas for the 2022 holiday season? We’ve got many more watch styles to choose from—including some eco-friendly options for your gal pals that care about how their purchases impact the planet.
Totes & Bags That Sleigh
Bags are equally functional as they are stylish. There are bags and totes that cater to commuters, travelers, and urban explorers. Depending on your best friend’s style, we’ve got some great options on our top gifting picks list this year.
Let’s start with our Quilted Nylon Shoulder Bag in our rose apple colorway. Crossbody bags are all the rage in 2022—if you want an on-trend Christmas gift for your best friend this year, this bag is it.
Reasons we love it:
This trendy quilted bag can be worn in hand, on the shoulder, or as a typical crossbody bag.
Quilting is a style we love to see every year in fall and winter, and this bag adds a pop of color to dreary days.
This is a great gift idea for an urban fashionista that wants something with enough room to haul her essentials while still looking fab.