30 Gifts For Your Introvert Friend Who Just Wants To Be Alone

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By definition, an introvert is someone who tends to turn their attention inwards to their own thoughts, and who tends to prefer their own company or the company of a small group of friends, as opposed to interacting with large groups of people.

Contrary to popular belief, not all of us introverts are shy. Many of us can be, though shyness and introversion aren't interchangeable terms. Nor do all of us hate talking to people, though many of us might hate small talk. In fact, a lot of us love interacting with people; we just also may need to take a break from said interactions. Whereas extroverts gain energy from being around other people, we introverts often need time alone to recharge from social situations.

For the most part, though, we often just like to spend a lot of time in our own heads — which is great for us, but sometimes (understandably) baffling and frustrating for the people around us. If you've got an introverted friend for whom you're struggling to find the perfect gift (because they haven't responded to your texts for five days, and you can't read minds), allow us to help.

Ahead, we've compiled a gift guide full of everything an introvert might want, whether it's for some uninterrupted time alone, or for (begrudgingly) getting through social interactions.
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In case your friend wants to wear his heart on his sleeve.
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Or, y'know, she might prefer to wear something a little more instructional.
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Perhaps not as ubiquitous as the iconic Diptyque candles, but your friend will love this unique take on your average "here's a candle" gift.
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A cuddling pillow for the introvert who loves to snuggle — alone.
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One free "coupon" that allows your friend to flake out on a social event.
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This literary subscription box comes with a book, snacks, tea, and a candle, because nothing says "I love you, introvert" better than the perfect kit for a night of self-care-and-chill.
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Do people still use the word "fangirl"? Because we fangirl so hard over Issa Rae, and after reading this book, so will your friend.
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What better way to recharge than with a charged-up electric warming blanket?
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And of course, a reading lamp to go with those books. This one comes with five color modes according to time of day, so that the introvert in your life can stay in bed all day with a book.
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Noise-canceling headphones, because there will come a point when your friend has to spend time in the company of others, whether they like them or not, and may need these for sanity.
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This projector will turn any home into an introvert's movie-watching haven.
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Record players are perfect for the introvert who wants to host a listening party and needs the downtime afterwards to listen to whatever the hell she wants.
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A yoga starter kit for the friend who wants to get fit without having to deal with other people at the gym.
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A fondue-maker just for one (though it comes in a set of two if your friend feels inclined to invite you over).
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This slow-cooker makes cooking for one way less of a pain.
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Help your friend avoid dropping a brand new iPhone 6s into the bathtub during a long, solitary soak.
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If your favorite introvert wants to spend all their time inside and away from people, they'll need a pretty lamp.
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The best part of spending time alone is wearing whatever the hell you want, such as chic monogrammed pajamas.
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These cashmere sweatpants are comfy enough to sleep in, but luxe enough to wear on a Sunday errand run.
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Nothing goes better with cozy sweats or PJs than a pair of fuzzy socks.
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If he doesn't already have Netflix, you'll be his hero. You may never see him again, but at least he'll love you forever, even when he's too busy marathoning Black Mirror to respond to your texts.

Netflix subscription, prices vary, available at Netflix.
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Should your friend want a break from the screen, this therapeutic coloring book will give them a moment of peace and quiet.
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Meditation is one of our favorite ways to decompress and reenergize, and the Headspace app is a great way to get started.

Headspace subscription, prices vary, available at Headspace.
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A place to put all the thoughts that she'd rather not have to tell anyone else.
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Not all introverts want to be inside all the time — some of us like to go out and take long walks away from people, thank you very much.
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Treat your friend to a mini-spa session that she can do all by herself.
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Show your love with a subscription to one of her favorite magazines.

The New Yorker magazine subscription, prices vary, available at The New Yorker.
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A sleek teapot that brews just enough tea for one.
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For the perfect solo cup of coffee or tea.
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A wine bottle so chic, he won't even feel guilty for not sharing it.
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