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Fingernails offer a fun way for a friend to express herself, so give her a gift that lets her play up her talons. No matter what your budget, you can find a present that puts a smile on her face and some color on her well-manicured hands.
Emery Board Bouquet
Why give flowers when you can surprise your friend with a gift she can use for months? Select several printed, foam-cushioned nail files in fun colors and designs. Choose a variety of grits as well, so she'll have the right file handy whether she breaks a nail or merely needs to smooth out a tiny snag. Add a colorful gerber daisy, bundle your bouquet with a cheerful ribbon and wrap it in cellophane just as you would flowers. Presto--you've got a beauticious gift!
If your gal pal loves impeccable nails, treat her to a gift certificate to a nail salon or spa that offers nail services. If it's her birthday, ask her what time she'll be free and make an appointment for the two of you to have some quality girl talk while enjoying some nail pampering. Consider a mani-pedi to cover all the bases, or spring for a hot wax treatment so she'll have soft, glowing hands to show off her glossy nails.
For a friend who likes to do her own nails, put together a nail kit that includes polish in her fave colors, nail files, clippers, a buffing block and cuticle sticks. For an extra touch, include some hand cream in her favorite scent. If your buddy likes her bling, add nail accessories such as faux diamonds and crystals, nail jewelry and stickers. This gift provides your friend the perfect opportunity to invite her pals for an evening of mutual manicures.
Not all women can pull off wearing leopard print nails. But if your friend is one such person, buy her a few sets of faux nails that she can match to her mood and outfits. Popular in the '70s, these fun fakes feature zebra prints, stripes, dots, flowers and other designs. Press-on nails don't require the commitment of professionally applied nail tips, and can be switched out for a new set once she wants a new look.