A rainbow of colorful gifts for your BFF who could use a pick-me-up


Some of us struggle with the holidays, and a little affordable holiday cheer in the form of these happy, colorful, rainbow gifts for a best friend can be just the thing she needs to put a smile on her face.

Or a smile on his face — men dig color too!

A rainbow of gifts for your BFF who could use a pick-me-up




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All prices accurate at time of publication but subject to change.

Be sure to visit our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide posts and our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide posts for even more fabulous gift ideas
including 50+ cool gifts for kids and teens, all under $15





Susan Alexandra Maya Bronze Cuff Bracelet

Rainbow over bronze? We’d never take it off.

$135, Nordstrom


Rainbow lashes by Sephora x Museum of Ice Cream

She comes in color everywhere…she likes like a rainbow

$18, Sephora


$21.41, Amazon


Rainbow Glitter Edition Sparkling Brut 

Buy more than one: Every 4 bottles funds 1 hour of operational costs for the Trevor Project.

$59, One Hope Wine; or $89.99 in a Love is Love gift box


RuPaul Rainbow Mug

Sashay away!

$15, The Popped Culture


RBG Paint-by-Number Kit

She always lifts us up, too.

$22, Paint the Town by Number

Save 10% with code COOLMOMSPAINT site wide 


Wooden Kokeshi Prince Doll

Just like the sun, the Rainbow Children rise…

$42, MoMA Design Store with discounts for members


Verloop Colorblock Texting Gloves

They come with three! THREE! Genius.

$32, Nordstrom


Colorful Handwoven Apple Earbuds

A pick-me-up before she’s even hit play on her playlist

$85, Nordstrom


Create 2019: A 15 day ecourse for framing the new year

A beautiful gift to help someone create their own color.

$60, Chookoolonks

Just $49 with code MAKELIGHTFAMILY if you’re a newsletter subscriber


Rainbow Wine Growler

Sure, it can hold water too. Whatevs.

$19.99 on sale, Macy’s

Get free shipping when you spend $25+, and check site for additional holiday discount codes


$21, Sweet Caroline Confections

Use code COOLMOM15 to save 15% off site wide


Mom’s Rainbow Gift Box

Carefully curated by Studio DIY with 100% of the profits supporting No Kid Hungry

$100 on sale, Studio DIY


Rainbow keyboard cover

She’ll smile every time she opens her laptop. Even if she’s doing work.

$6, Amazon

See more of our favorite affordable tech gifts and stocking stuffers here.


Big Gay Ice Cream Cookbook 
Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats: Going All the Way with Ice Cream

By founders of the cult West Village ice cream shop, Bryan Petroff and Douglas Quint, with a forward by Anthony Bourdain. 

$45, Nordstrom


Mamma Mia! 2-DVD box set

C’mon! It’s the sing-along edition!

$24.94, Amazon


Giant tin of Tattly rainbow temporary tattoos

You can never really have too many. Trust us.

$45, Nordstrom


Handmade rainbow of bud vases

The flowers inside can be colorful too. Or…not.

$115, Uncommon Goods


Foreo UFO Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Mask

“Designed to push the mask essence into skin’s surface and lock in moisture while reducing the appearance of pores. T-sonic pulsations gently massage mask essence into the skin, while full-spectrum LED light therapy completely rejuvenates skin—unveiling a refined, radiant complexion.” 

That’s a long way of saying, we want one too.

$279, Sephora


Rainbow Chopsticks

And maybe a night in with dim sum take-out, just the two of you.

$38 MoMa Store with discount for members

 Be sure to visit our 2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list.

See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here

And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50.