15 Ways to Show How Much You Love Your BFF

For all the cray things we've put them through, it's time shower them with love.
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  1. Knapsack of Hope
    A collection of everyday items to remind your best friend: It includes a star to keep on shining, a paper clip to hold things together, an eraser to fix small mistakes, a key to open doors to new opportunities, a coin for prosperity, and a rubber band to stretch beyond their limits.

  2. Friendship Box
    Reuse an old box and jazz it up with washi tape and wrapping paper. Then simply place your favorite things inside that you'd like to share or remind your BFF of.

  3. Happy Jar
    The perfect present to make your best friend's smile even when you're away. Simply fill up a jar with notes of memorable times, fave quotes from books and concert or movie tickets.

  4. 20 Things in a Jar
    A fun alternative, fill the jar instead with items that only you and your best friend understand. Get creative and relive the moments together!

  5. BFF Photoshoot Ideas
    Take out the selfie stick and amp up your IG game with ideas from this list, plus get guaranteed fun with your own shoot.

  6. Galentine's Party
    Valentine's might be over but who says you can't throw a Galentine's party in honor of some bestie love. Gather all your friends for a fun night!

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  7. BFF Emoji Necklaces
    Show friendship love with BFF jewelry. This diy features a cute emoji design but you can totally do the fave emoji you and your bff use the most.

  8. 27 Next-level Friendship Bracelets
    From simple knot bracelets to wooden cuffs and flower bands, take your friendship to the next level with this DIY.

  9. DIY Photo Playing Cards
    Gift your bff a customized deck featuring a fun photo or quote on each one.

  10. DIY Mexican Mugs
    Great to give to a tea or coffee loving bff, instead of the usual monogram or message mug create one in a fun print similar to this Mexican-inspired pin.

  11. Countdown Calendar Candle
    Give your bestie a pre-bday present in a form of a vanilla-scented sprinkles candle that she can light each day as she counts down to the big day.

  12. You're Like Really Pretty Message Mirror
    Give a boost of self-esteem each time your bestie looks in the mirror. Add a message or quote from a movie, this pin shows one from Mean Girls and use black tape to cut and tape it on.

  13. DIY Eye Slippers
    Make your best friend feel glam right down to her toes with a pair of customized slippers. This pin features a cute wink design but you can also make your own.

  14. DIY Marbled Makeup Brushes
    You and your makeup-loving bestie will enjoy doing this DIY project together. With some nail polish and a bowl of warm water, gently swirl handles of your makeup brushes to create the marbled effect.

  15. Realistic Best Friend Contract
    On a simple notebook, write down a contract between you and your best friend inspired by this pin. Use the journal to jot down moments and photos.

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Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by candymag.com and share the stories she comes across.

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And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

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