20 Holiday Gifts That Let a Best Friend Know How Special They Are

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Whether it has its roots in elementary school, college, or a local moms' support group, a friendship that could be considered a best friendship is no doubt an incredibly important, heartening, and wellness-boosting relationship for any woman. Research supports it, especially as people grow older: A study published in the journal Personal Relationships found that having supportive friendships in old age was found to be a stronger predictor of well-being than having strong family connections. 

Some of the research, which involved 270,000 people in nearly 100 countries, found that both family and friend relationships were associated with better health and happiness overall. 

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And at advanced ages, people who said they had strong friendships were the ones who maintained that improved health and happiness.

Maintaining those friendships could be as simple as making and keeping phone dates, chatting over text, sending lengthy emails, catching up over brunch, or planning annual vacations together. Months may go by when it's hard to keep in touch, but most lifelong friendships seem to have a way of picking up right where they left off.   

Obviously, the holiday season presents the perfect opportunity to celebrate, honor, and share joy with loved ones. For that reason, plenty of moms are determined to find their BFF the ultimate holiday gift. 

Here are 20 gifts for a bestie that are perfect for the merriest time of the year -- or anytime, really.

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