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BFF Holiday Gift Guide


There’s nothing better than spending the holidays watching Elf and eating (vegan and paleo) cookies with your bestie. But when it comes to finding the perfect gift for them, it can be quite the challenge: What do you give the person who is pretty much a carbon copy of yourself? In today’s post, Shaped Up Sam and I have created a gift guide that will help spark some interest for you and your bestie this holiday season. Cheers!



When you and her are planning to go out for the day, she always takes the longest to get ready. But that’s okay, because she always looks amazing afterwards.


Sammy: Beautycounter Ultimate Nudes Palette

Beautycounter is a 100% non-toxic women run company and  from someone that used to use Maybelline Falsies mascara, this makeup works. One of the best investments to make from BeautyCounter is the Ultimate Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. It’s like the Naked Palette on steroids! They also have so many more makeup and skincare options!

Amanda: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Vegan Palette

Tarte is one of those cosmetics brands that everyone knows and loves. From their vibrant packaging, to whimsical names, Tarte is a go-to brand for many beauty lovers. While their prices may be a little more steep than other brands, their products are cruelty-free and vegan making them one of the best brands to buy your makeup from.



Whether dinner, drinks, or a SoulCycle class, your bestie is capturing every second on Instagram, Snapchat, and for her albums on Facebook. In the words of Taylor Swift, she “captures it and remembers it…” (if you know this song, NAME THAT TUNE!).

Amanda: HP Sprocket

Printing out images directly from your phone has never been easier. With HP’s newest Bluetooth “Spocket” printer, you can connect your phone and print your fave images directly from Instagram or your camera roll! My favorite part of this printer? It’s white and gold, making this prezzy #aestheticallypleasing.

Sammy: Inkdot Prints

Ever wish you could print photos directly off of Instagram? You can with Inkdot! They produce beautiful prints on cardstock, and you can even opt for metal and wood if it’s a super special picture!



Everytime you go out shopping, she just has to buy another pair of leggings.

Amanda: Bandier Ultracor Star Leggings

Getting your sweat on is 10x more fun when it’s done in style. These Ultracor leggings from Bandier are the perfect edgy chic pants to wear during a run, spin class, or hot yoga sesh.


Sammy: HydroFlask Waterbottle

Did you know you’re supposed to drink half of your body’s weight in water? HydroFlask makes that super easy! They have high quality, varied-sized, adorable water bottles that are perfect for on-the-go, or during a workout!



Sammy: Modern Sprout Grow Kit!

Whether your friend loves to cook, or is a total plant lady, Modern Sprout has all kinds of grow kits! They have everything from lavender to cilantro, along with a lot of other herbs and spices!

Amanda: Hand-Lettering Bundle

Do you know someone who is constantly doodling? Then this the gift for them. This hand-lettering bundle includes a how-to book on creating the prettiest calligraphy, plus it comes with high-quality pens to achieve a professional look. Trust me, I’m a doodler and I can tell you I would love to find this book under the Christmas tree with my name on it!



Sammy: Lululemon 3mm Reversible Mat

This mat is affordable and light. It’s perfect for a yogi that travels often because it literally fits in your purse!

Amanda: Rifle Paper Co. Phone Case

Whether traveling or spending the day out-and-about, your BFF always has her phone in hand (or in her purse). Rifle Paper’s Anna Bond is known for her beautiful and whimsical illustrations of nature, animals, and trinkets. Treat your gal to one of these phone cases to amp up her style while scrolling through Instagram or chatting with you on the phone.



Amanda: eKO Lite Yoga Mat

Flow it out and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time with this recycled-made yoga mat. For your bestie who cares about the environment as much as she does her A.M. or P.M. yoga session, then this is the ideal gift for her.


Sammy: Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets/Necklaces

If you know someone that’s into essential oils, or you want to introduce them to someone, this is the perfect gift! Diffusers are great too, but they’re a little on the pricey side. These accessories keep you calm and smelling great wherever you go! Lavender is my favorite to keep me stress free at all times!



Sammy: Tees from Farm Fresh Designs and Crave the Day Clothing

Who doesn’t love cute, “Punny” shirts! Food puns get me everytime. Two of my favorite companies that make adorable, comfy tees are “Crave The Day Clothing” and “Farm Fresh Designs.” You can even use the code SHAPEDUPSAM at Farm Fresh Designs for 15% off your order!

Amanda: Sararose Dresses

There’s nothing easier than throwing on a dress in the morning and calling it an outfit. Because let’s be honest: who has the time to figure out a matching ensemble? Sararose–the Chicago-based fashion designer and boutique owner–has mastered the art of curating sustainable and ethical brands all under one roof. If your best friend loves a good dress, then Sararose is the one-stop-shop for her!

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