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Thoughtful Gifts & Celebration Ideas for International Friendship Day 2024

These International Friendship Day gifts and celebration ideas are thoughtful and will strike a great note with the BFF or BFFs in your life. 

And there’s a great no-spend ideas list at the end of this article as well if you’re skint on this special day.

Why Do We Celebrate International Friendship Day?

We celebrate International Friendship Day as a representation of the importance of friendship.

It’s a day to bridge the gap, reach out to old friends and foster more robust and new relationships. 

The origins of International Friendship Day are not completely clear but the idea of dedicating this one day to celebrating it has existed for a long time. 

In 1958, Dr. Ramon Artemio Bracho proposed the idea of a Global Friendship Day in Paraguay.

July 30 was proposed as the celebration day and was adopted by several countries going forward. 

The United Nations designated July 30 as the International Day of Friendship in 2011.

International Friendship Day is aka Friendship Day and Friend’s Day.

Interesting Fact: Instead of Valentine’s Day on Feb 14, Ecuador, MexicoDominican Republic, Estonia, Finland and Venezuela celebrate Friendship Day.

When is International Friendship Day?

International Friendship Day is celebrated on July 30 every year. However, celebration days differ in a few countries:-

  • April 16 in South Africa
  • June 9 in Ukraine
  • July 19 in Pakistan
  • July 23 in Bolivia
  • July 30 in Nepal

Learn more about International Friendship Day here.  

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How To Celebrate International Friendship Day

Celebrations of International Friendship Day differ from country to country and culture to culture.

However, exchanging gifts, flowers, organizing social gatherings and community activities are just a few of the ways to celebrate that remain universal. 

Personalized Friendship Day Bracelets

Personalized Friendship Day bracelets are a thoughtful way to share the bond between you and your BFF. 

Keep your friend (s) tastes and personal style in mind when choosing these types of bracelets. Some great personalized Friendship Day recommendations include:-

Sterling Silver Engraved Friendship Bracelets

These bracelets are a minimalistic style and can be engraved on a single or double side.

There’s also an option to choose between silver, gold, and rose gold. SEE MORE HERE.

Customized Name Beads Friendship Bracelets

Very chic design handmade just for you and your bestie! 

Gold ball beads link together with the name discs for your preferred customization plus it comes with a gift bag. SEE MORE HERE.

Personalized Name Heart Friendship Bracelet

These 3 pieces set are made to order and the hearts can be customized with a name, date, word, or special phrase. SEE MORE HERE.

Personalized Birthstone Friendship Bracelet

Personalized birthstone and coin charm friendship bracelet available in gold, silver, and rose gold.

You can customize the coin font and add up to 6 coins to the bracelet. SEE MORE HERE.

Personalized Mens Friendship Leather Bracelet

This personalized bracelet is more suitable for men. It’s made out of leather with a chain closure. 

Custom beads and birthstones can be added to the bracelet. Up to 9 beads can be added as well. SEE MORE HERE.


International Friendship Day Necklaces

Necklaces that have a special meaning can be ordered as a set or more to give to your friend or group of friends. 

Interlocking pieces, birth month flowers or stones and infinity symbols are a few examples of friendship necklaces. 

Friendship Day Birth Month Flower Necklace

This dainty and stunning necklace sports a minimalist design with a floral engraving and names. 

Available in sterling silver, gold and rose gold and can include up to 3 discs with single or double side engraving. SEE MORE HERE.

Personalized Multiple Names Friendship Necklace

Up to 6 names can be added to this gold friendship necklace and you can choose from 9 different fonts.

Tribe Friendship Necklace 

This handmade pendant features 2 interlocking hearts embellished with cubic zirconia on a gold chain.  

The presentation box includes a beautiful statement in honor of friendship.

Knot of Friendship Necklace

This necklace features an infinity knot that symbolizes timeless friendship. 

It includes a touching message and is available in yellow gold and white gold. The presentation box also includes a polishing cloth and a blank greeting card.   


International Friendship Day Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are always an impressive gift no matter the occasion and for International Friendship Day, you can do a mix of gift baskets such as:-

Sweets and Treats Gift Baskets

Need more ideas for sweet and treats gift baskets? Have a look at the other options here.

Liquor Gift Baskets

You can swap out pretty much any of the items in these liquor gift baskets or you can customize from scratch here.  

You can view even more liquor gift basket ideas here.  

Spa Gift Baskets

Self-care and pampering never go out of style and loads of this is offered in this selection of spa gift baskets for International Friendship Day.

You can view more spa gift baskets here.

More International Friendship Day Gift Ideas

Willow Tree Friendship Keepsake Box

The handpainted keepsake box features a carving of two seated figures in cream dresses.

The bottom of the box also reveals a sweet message about friendship. 

Soft Blanket Hoodie

This is just the cutest blanket hoodie for your bestie with a message about how much you love him or her.

The blanket is soft and made of fleece; is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and can also be used as a throw. 

Love and Friendship Jar

The jar features 31 positive, uplifting, and motivating messages about friendship.

The messages are packed in a 300 ml glass jar with an elegant lid. 

Handmade Friendship Lamp

THE friendship lamp among friendship lamps! Handcrafted out of knotty alder wood for a unique finish.

Touch your lamp and your friend’s lamp will light up and let them know you’re thinking of them. 

You can pick from over 250 color options to customize each lamp and you can buy as many lamps as you like. 

Bestie Can Glass

The white frosted bestie can glass is multifunctional and displays the definition of “friend” in an elegant font. 

Made from high-quality BPA-free materials and suitable for warm and cold beverages. 

Friendship Ceramic Jewellery Dish

Ceramic jewelry dish with a friendship quote – “Our laughs are limitless, our memories are countless, our friendship is endless.”

For even more International Friendship Day gift ideas, head over to this curated collection of gifts.

Friendship Books

Is your bestie a reader? Even better if you’re both readers. A reader is always going to love a new book. Some great books about friendship include:- 

Related Content: 18 Amazing Gifts for Book Lovers

No Spend International Friendship Day Ideas

Don’t have a big budget or no budget at all? You don’t have to spend money on International Friendship Day. 

Here are 4 great ways to celebrate the day with your friends without spending any money:-

1. DIY Friendship Scrapbook

You can create a friendship scrapbook from your memories over the years. You can include photos, notes, cherished mementos, and anecdotes about your friendship.

All you’ll need for this type of project is glue, scissors, card stock paper, and scrapbook items. 

2. Host a Movie Night or Game Night 

You can host a movie night to watch a marathon of your favorite movie franchise or shows. 

Or you could host a game night to play board games or get to know you games. 

If you don’t have any games at home, you may need to invest a little in a game. Check out some options like:- 

3. Volunteer Together

Volunteer at your favorite charities for the day. You’ll give something back to the society and you’ll get to spend time together.

4. Long Distance Friends Hangout 

Friends spread out across the city, state, or world? Host a virtual hangout instead. Do a Zoom call, play games online, or have a watch party on your favorite streaming channels.

Happy International Friendship Day!

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