Celebrate National Best Friends Day with the perfect gift for your bestie!

Near or far, old or new, find the ideal way to say thank you for all that they do.

While this may seem like just another made-up holiday (although I am all-for any reason to celebrate friendship), National Best Friends Day is an actual US holiday that was established during a United States Congressional hearing and declared to be celebrated annually on June 8th. Let’s explore the many ways friends bring goodness to our lives and how we can give back to our best friends this June and celebrate the friends that enrich our world!

What’s In It for Me?
Did you know that aside from the run-of-the-mill enjoyment you get out of your friendships there are other actual, medical benefits, too? According to the Mayo Clinic, good friends can be beneficial to your health; they can provide support during bad times, help you celebrate good times, prevent isolation and loneliness, and give you a chance to offer needed companionship. Friends can also:
  • Increase your sense of belonging and purpose
  • Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-worth
  • Help you cope with traumas
  • Encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits
Adults with strong social connections have a reduced risk of many significant health problems including depression, high blood pressure, and an unhealthy body mass index. Studies have even shown that older adults with more meaningful relationships and stronger social support are likely to live longer than their peers with fewer connections. Those same true friends also make that extra long life worth living!

Tell me about your friends
For some people, gift giving comes easy. If you are anything like me though, you may suffer from analysis paralysis. You might stand in the aisle of the store and look over all the beautiful options, considering and weighing your choices… over and over… thinking about your loved one… unable to come to a decision for quite some time (or in this case, staring at the gorgeous colors and packages on your computer screen). Don’t fret! I have done all the looking, considering, weighing, and thinking for you, and come up with some go-to categories that your best friend might fit into – and some great gifts that she (or he) will love! Here is a great way to celebrate friendship if your best friend is…
  • A new mom: Your best friend has just welcomed a brand-new teammate to the world: a baby. JAFRA's Tender Moments collection to the rescue! This baby-friendly line of products is the ideal gift for a friend who has a little one that has just become their whole world. With products ranging from shampoo to sunscreen to cologne – Tender Moments has you covered!
  • Your mom: It’s time to give back to your number one fan; after all, you got it from your mama! Chances are you caused mom some sleepless nights, whether as a newborn or a teenager, and it would be really great if we could give her back some of that lost time. JAFRA’s Revitalize Longevity Crème can’t give her more time at night, but it will help her skin rejuvenate to reveal visibly smoother, firmer skin! This ultra-nourishing intensive moisturizer is one of my personal favorite products!
  • Your dad: If you’re a daddy’s girl who has grown up to be dad’s best friend, honor that friendship with a gift that celebrates the amazing man that he is. JAFRA Legend is the perfect fragrance for a friendship for the ages. 
  • An artist: For the artsy bestie it’s a good bet that they would appreciate the bold, bright blues, and splashes of coral that cover the bottle of JAFRA’s Art = Life. Their creative and fearless spirit will appreciate the citrus pops and expressive floral layers of this fragrance. Whether your bestie is a fearless female or magnificent male, there is a his and hers version so you can be sure about your choice and send your gift with confidence!
  • A twin (or maybe YOUR twin!): Best friends are often a kindred spirit in another person – and sometimes they are literally our twin spirit! Whether they are your literal or figurative twin, Double Nature may be a great fit for them! Within the Double Nature line there are a number of options to choose from to fit their personality to tailor the gift to your friendship. JAFRA’s Double Nature is available in Rock (juicy red apple and black cherry), Crazy (uplifting florals and vibrant, fruity notes), Glam (sweet notes of berries and flowers), Cool (fresh fruits and soft florals), Sexy (white peach, hibiscus flower, and sweet sugarcane), Tender (white cherry blossom and playful fruity notes), Peace (pure musks, ripe mango, and hyacinth blooms), Wild (crisp notes of red currant and velvety jasmine), Nature (golden grapefruit, green basil, and grassy vetiver), and Tech (pink peppercorn, purple iris, and creamy white woods).
  • A nature lover: When your bestie is also besties with mother nature, it is best to embrace the competition. Thankfully, JAFRA just released an amazing new fragrance called You Bloom that encompasses many of the beautiful things we love about flowers and the natural environment around us. You Bloom has a lovely story to explore!
  • A traveler: If the line where the sky meets the sea calls to your best friend… then Navîgo Ocean is the ideal fragrance to gift them for National Best Friends Day! Feed their desire for something new with this adventurous aquatic fragrance that inspires with fresh sea salt and sparks a flame of intrigue with rich, distinctive notes.
Celebrate Friendship
In addition to gift giving there are several other ways you can use JAFRA to celebrate with loved ones! You can have a fun spa night with your besties using JAFRA self-care products; some of my personal favorites include the Revitalize Volcanic Micro Polish Mask, Boost Detox Clay Mask, Beyond Brilliant Gel Nail Lacquer, and the JAFRA Spa Foot Scrub. If spending time outside is more your thing, you can invite your besties on a hike or to a picnic in the park – but don’t forget to protect your skin and put on some JAFRA Sun Body Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ before you go!  

Send Your Gift with Love
With all that has happened in the last two years, it might be some time since you have spent quality time with your BFF. If possible, try to hand deliver your gift to your bestie! Presents are always best when given with a smile – and of course a hug! One of the great things about JAFRA products is that the packaging is already beautiful, so there is minimal work needed to jazz them up; a basket or bag, some tissue paper, and a little ribbon is really all you need.

If you need to mail your gift, it’s always fun to throw in a little extra sparkle to really make your recipient feel special. Here are some fun ideas:
  • Choose shiny/glittery tissue paper rather than plain
  • Add confetti (instead of glitter, choose something larger that would be easier to clean up if it spills – your friends will thank you)
  • Throw in some candies in shiny wrappers
  • Add some costume jewelry that would compliment the makeup products you chose
  • Buy JAFRA make-up brushes that match JAFRA’s packaging
How ever you choose to celebrate your best friends this year… Here are my Best Friends Day wishes for you!
May you always have best friends to meet up and unwind.
May you always have besties to wipe running mascara from your face.
May your friendships be vibrant, joyful, and long-lasting.
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” — Muhammad Ali
Mom of two, freelance writer, Realtor, and crafting enthusiast, Nicole is a multitasking maven with a passion for helping people. With almost a decade of experience in hospitality, she is an expert in personal customer service, active communication, and creative problem solving. While a staff-writer for JAFRA's Beauty Scene, she's a real life JAFRA fanatic, with the Tender Moments collection and JAFRA ROYAL Boost Purifying Gel Cleanser among her most-loved personal care products.

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