Somehow the most popular gifts are the ones that make the recipient gasp, "Awww -- that's so cute!" From button earrings to crocheted earphones, if you're looking for gifts that score high on the cute-o-meter, consider gifts that encourage your friend to celebrate her inner child -- or even her inner fuzzy Japanese cartoon pet. You can buy these gifts online, or for something truly unique, you can even make some of them yourself.
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Small and clever is always cute. If your friend is going off to college or likes her own stash of soft drinks at the office, a tiny mini-fridge for her colas will come in handy. Buy her the kind that stores a half-dozen cans of soda; many have adaptors that can be plugged into a car lighter, so they can also be used for tailgaiting parties or vacations.
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If your friend likes retro candy (and who doesn't?), give him a trip back to his childhood with a giant gummy bear on a stick, or a box of 1950s, '60s, '70s or '80s nostalgia candy mix, including goodies ranging from NECCO wafers, Bit O' Honey and Tootsie Rolls, to Sweetarts, Runts, Bubble Tape and Atomic Fireballs.
If your friend is going away to college or on an extended trip, comfort her by giving her a stuffed likeness of yourself (or anyone else) to hold close while she's gone. Send in a photo or yourself, or your friend, and receive a stuffed doll in that likeness -- or alternatively, a bunch of mini-me's. You can also get stuffed dolls made in the likeness of famous people.
If your friend spends her time glued to her iPod headphones, buy her something that will help her listen in style -- a pair of crochet-covered headphones. These are available covered with crocheted headbands in various colours, a red crocheted ribbon, or even in black crocheted yarn topped with pink cat ears.
Earrings made out of old buttons make a cute and quirky gift for a female friend. They can be purchased at a retailer, or if you're crafty, you can make your own out of anything from a '50s-era plastic-shoebox find at a flea market, to gold or silver antique buttons found at an estate sale. You can find earring posts at most craft or art stores.
What could be cuter than a giant stuffed panda? Give your friend a 3.5-foot panda doll to cuddle up with, and tell her she's in good company. The ancient emperors of China kept pandas as pets as well.
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