Picking out the perfect gift for a friend can be tough, even if you guys are really close. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of options out there, and even worse, to second-guess yourself on your choices. The last thing you want to do is buy a good friend something they think is completely out there or totally useless. One way to pick something good is to think about who your friend really is and what their lifestyle is like. Are they obsessed with reading? Get them something involving books. Do they love yoga? Get them some cool leggings. Do they need a little help getting focused? Buy something useful for your friend who needs help getting their life together.

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That might sound a little harsh, but it’s totally possible to get them something super helpful that is also really cute and doesn’t send the wrong message. You can give them something productive that’s also fun, which is sometimes the best kind of gift out there. Below are a few ideas that will help your friend be their best self in 2019… all thanks to you.

1. The Five-Minute Journal ($24.95)

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This is a cute, inexpensive gift idea that really anyone could use. It has prompts for each day that are supposed to take only five minutes to fill out, and it’s supposed to improve well-being and help you focus your attention on the positive parts of your life. It’s a great way to help your friend get organized.

2. A Crockpot ($35.99)

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If your friend doesn’t have a slow cooker already, then you need to buy them one. This is a game-changer in the kitchen that can make it easier for anyone to cook up some meals, whether they’re good at cooking or not. And this one is a great price!

3. A Smart Water Bottle ($69)

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Do you know that your BFF never drinks enough water? If so, this is the perfect gift. It’s a smart water bottle that tracks and monitors your daily hydration. It alerts the user when they need to drink throughout the day, notifies them when the water is warm or stale, and works with an app to help them figure out exactly how much water they need. It’s genius!

4. A Skin Care Set ($98)

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The first step in getting your life together? Getting your skin care in order. Okay, maybe that’s not 100 percent true, but it’s very close. This set of deluxe sample-sized Drunk Elephant products is a must-have for any skin care beginner or lover. It comes with a bunch of their best-selling products, and it’s guaranteed to convert anyone.

5. A Useful Phone Case ($88+)

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You know that one friend who is always losing her phone, ID, or money, and who never seems to carry an actual bag around? Get her this phone case. It doubles as a crossbody bag so that you can have your phone on you, hands-free — and you can squeeze a card or some bills in there as well. It’s super convenient and very adorable.

6. A Travel Mug ($29.99)

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A travel mug is a clutch gift for anyone, any time. This one is extra cute because of the motivational saying on it: “Everything will be OK.” It’s great for your busy friend who’s always stressed and on the go.

7. A Bobby Pin Necklace ($40)

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Help your BFF keep the little things close and give them a cool piece of jewelry with this necklace. The bottom opens to store a few bobby pins, and you would never be able to tell just by looking at it.

8. A Self-Help Book ($11.49)

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Self-help books get a bad rep. They can make a great gift! This one is more of a memoir than a self-help book, but a lot of readers have raved about it being inspirational. In each chapter, Hollis writes about a lie she once believed that made her feel overwhelmed, unworthy, or ready to give up, and then she writes about moving forward.

9. A Fitbit ($149.95)

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If you’re willing to splurge a bit and you know your friend has been getting into fitness more (or wants to), a Fitbit could be a great gift. This one is sleek and sporty, and will help your friend reach their goals by calculating steps, calories burned, elevation climbed, and distance traveled throughout the day, as well as recording workouts, measuring your quality of sleep, and tracking your food intake.

10. A Blank Journal ($16.75)

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Having a journal with prompts can be helpful, but sometimes someone just needs to vent and let it all out. Give your friend that option with this simple journal with a sweet message on the front. It’s easy and perfect!

11. Pep Talk Postcard Book ($12)

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You can never go wrong with a pep talk.

12. A 2019 Calendar ($20)

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A calendar makes it easier to stay organized… and to always know what day it is. Ban.do makes really cute ones, and this one is super fun.

13. Self-Care Cards ($33)

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If your friend needs to spend more time focusing on themselves than others, get them this deck of self-care cards. There are 55 gorgeously illustrated cards that each have a self-care activity idea printed on them.

14. A Diffuser ($39.99)

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Sometimes getting your life together could be as simple as taking more time to relax. This diffuser allows you to do that with calming scents. It also acts as a cool piece of home decor.

15. An Instant Pot ($89.95)

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Aside from a slow cooker, an Instant Pot is just about one of the most useful things anyone could have in their kitchen. You can make almost anything in there and it’s super easy to use. This is a great splurge-worthy gift for your bestie.

16. An Infuser Bottle ($30)

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This is also for the friend who needs more water (and health) in their life. It’s a water bottle that includes an infuser for making fruit-flavored water quickly and easily.

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