‘Tis the season to get your friends a gift that says, 🎶I’ll be there for youuu!🎶Whether it’s sparking conversations about which friend is the BEST friend or just talking about how there are no apartments that size in New York City, Friends lives up to its name and really does bring friends together! And when in doubt during the gift shopping season? Let the sitcom of sitcoms be your (TV) guide. We all know a super clean-freak like Monica, a jokester like Chandler, a free spirit like Phoebe; shop for your friends based on your (or their) favorite Friends characters and get them something so good, they won’t want to share it.
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The Monica in your life
This is one of the few cases where getting gifts of convenience isn’t lazy – it’s appreciated. While the “Monica” in our lives can drive us all a little crazy sometimes, let’s face it – we need them. They’re the one who’s always hosting group parties (and wouldn’t have it any other way), who gives your hangouts an itinerary, who’s constantly cleaning up your messes both figuratively and literally.
Get them something that shows the effort and care they put into their (very organized) life and yours doesn’t go unnoticed. Like a laundry bag with laundry instructions on the bag, comfy and stylish shoes for their cleaning escapades, or a bathmat for ALL the times they’ve told you to not get shower water on the floor when you stay over.
The Joey in your life
Give this flirt a design so good they’ll look at it and say, “how you doin’?” You can probably think of a lovable man or lady in your life who has big dreams yet simple tastes: specifically meat-based tastes. Get them their very own food design (paired with their favorite 12″ sub), or perhaps a practical gift for their budding acting career; like a water bottle for those long days on set (with a movie spoiler cheat sheet on it, just in case they need it).
The Phoebe in your life
You go to all of their shows (even the bad ones). You let them cleanse your apartment with sage once in a while. Maybe you pretend to love the (really rough) paintings they make you every year for Christmas. They’re the free-spirited friend, and while they’re not quite sure where they’re going or whether that creative career is going to take them anywhere, they’re always there for you. Get the Phoebe in your life a “Smelly Cat” inspired design on a mug that will help fuel their musical energy or a zip pouch for their guitar picks (that also donates to a great cause they support – they’re also the activist friend!)
The Ross in your life
This friend may be a little neurotic, a little all over the place, but you love them all the same (even when you have to be ‘on a break’ from them for a bit). And really, if there’s a Ross in your life? You have two gift categories to worry about: science and dinosaurs. Get them something they (or their pet monkey) will love.
The Rachel in your life
To some, this friend may come off as a little bit spoiled, but you know that they have a heart as full as their walk-in closet. When shopping for the person who has everything, think about what makes them uniquely them. For the friends more like season 10 Rachel, consider getting them things for their busy, fashionista lifestyle – an artsy phone case to keep up with work at all times in style. Or if you’re shopping for someone who’s a little more season one Rachel at The Central Perk? Maybe avoid mugs (they see enough of them at work). Or, better yet? Get them a gift certificate so they can choose their own gift – you know how picky they are!
The Chandler in your life
Could it BE more fun to find a gift for someone? Maybe you don’t quite know what this friend does for a living…what you do know is that if it’s a joke, play on words, or pun? They’re usually behind it. Get them something that appeals to their classic Mrs. Chanandler Bong sense of humor (if you get this reference, YOU PASSED! You’re a true fan). Or get them a design on a notebook that expresses their true sentiments about work (while also doubling as a place to store ideas they have for that writing career they’ve always wanted to pursue!)
Featured design: “Fronds” from the Total Baby Cakes Artist Shop.
Content & Strategy Manager at Threadless by day, dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I’m not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.