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Don’t feel like you get enough gifts at Christmas or for your birthday? Want to break up the year with another day filled with pointless gift giving? Worry not: there is another National holiday approaching, and it’s the perfect excuse to exchange a gift or two with your closest friends! August 4th is National Friendship Day: Friendship Day began in 1935 when the United States Congress dedicated the first Sunday of August every year as a day to celebrate friendship, or “Friendship Day.” On Friendship day people make the time to spend quality moments together, exchange gifts and cards, and give each other wrist bands that exchange their eternal friendship.
Like the sound of this, and want the excuse to give out a gift or two (and hopefully get a few back too)? Well then here are our picks of the perfect gifts to give for National Friendship Day:
Here’s a little friendship day fact for you: In 1997, the United Nations named Winnie the Pooh as the world’s Ambassador of Friendship. That means that a teddy bear is the perfect gift for friendship day. But let’s face it, who wants a cuddly toy gathering dust at the end of their bed? And what would you do with it anyway? Instead share a bear with a more functional purpose! These Boozie Bear Flasks come in three different colors and can be used to hold your favorite cocktail (or water if you’re the designated driver!) It’s time for your favorite little bear to be a little less cuddly and a lot more boozy! Buy one for you and one for your pal, and you’ve got the makings of a party!
Boozie Bear Flask, $10.95
As the original concept of Friendship Day was masterminded by Congress, it is a perfect day to celebrate with work colleagues. Want to celebrate Friendship Day with a work friend or colleague but want to exchange something a little more intimate than a sleek and professional corporate gift? Well then have no fear, because nothing says “Let’s be pals” like putting a sushi stapler on your friend’s desk! It’s much cheaper than taking them out to buy them lunch, and it lasts longer too. Because Friendship Day can be practical as well as overly schmaltzy. Choose from shrimp, salmon or tuna sushi, knowing that it doesn’t matter if you can’t use chopsticks: you don’t even have to like fish! This is a gift that is guaranteed to put a smile on your work colleagues face and it’s affordable enough that if you like everyone in your office, you could buy them one each.
Do you like the lady in your life, but you’re not ready to put a ring on it? Is your girlfriend waiting for you to make a commitment, and using every special occasion as an excuse to hint that she’d like that special piece of jewelry as her gift? Then we have got the perfect National Friendship Day gift for you! Add a little bling to her morning coffee with this ring embellished mug. It features a Swarovski crystal and is bound to be the envy of fellow coffee drinkers in the office. The best thing? This porcelain cup comes in a large jewelry box that opens to show only the ring. Sure it’s cruel, but we can just picture her face when she realizes her dream engagement ring is actually just a pimped out mug!
Are you a Momma’s boy or girl? Then why not use Friendship Day as an excuse to tell your mom that you love her and buy her a little gift! Moms love receiving unexpected gifts, so you’ll secure yourself a few extra brownies points too, which is always an added bonus. The Gold Bar Coin Bank looks just like a standard gold bar (but will set you back considerably less) and is made of sturdy ceramic to keep your coins safe and tidy. It is the ideal gift if you’ve ever borrowed money from “the bank of mom and dad!” because, let’s face it, it’s hard to get through college without that particular financial establishment! If you get really lucky, perhaps they’ll lend you the money back once the bank is full: bonus!
Article was written for the the 2Shopper Blog by Julie Maggs.