We’ve already got bucket lists for seasons, for life and for travel, but how’s your bucket list of things to do with your best friend shaping up? Creating one might be something that’s never even crossed your mind, but it’s definitely something you should do for many reasons.
For one, conquering goals and having new experiences with your BFF will create a lifetime of memories. Also, it’ll offer you a variety of activities instead of getting stuck doing the same thing all the time. And lastly, all the ideas in the below bucket list are just plain fun in general. I challenge you to do them all!
The Ultimate Best Friend Bucket List: Goals & Fun Things to Do With Your BFF
1. ✦ Binge Watch a TV Series
How about getting together with some snacks, comfortable jammies, maybe mani-pedis and face masks, and spending chill time together binge watching a fun TV series? This is an easy way to spend time together – just put on Netflix or Amazon Prime and stream the show together! Maybe there’s a TV show you’ve both loved and are eager to watch again while commenting on all the points you’d forgotten about? Or maybe you’d like to try out a new one together?
The Office, Friends and Grey’s Anatomy are pretty popular series, but if you and your BFF are struggling to find a show, then the 33 of the best TV shows to binge-watch list will help you out.
2. ✦ Volunteer
Like the old adage says, it’s better to give than to receive. There are plenty of causes, from animal shelters to soup kitchens, which would appreciate our earnest help. Get together with your best friend to choose a cause you want to volunteer for, then go ahead and do it! Not only will it be meaningful, but it’ll be plenty of fun. You can even make this goal a monthly thing!
Don’t know where to start? Visit VolunteerMatch who has opportunities in many major cities or check the United Way website.
3. ✦ Explore a New City Together
One of the most fun things I’ve done with my BFF has been to explore a new city together. Trying to figure out where you’re on the map, taking a billion photos of yourselves in front of iconic spots, testing new funky restaurants and getting swept up in adventures… What’s not to love?!
4. ✦ Go on a Shopping Spree
Going shopping together with your best friend has been a popular bonding activity since at least the creation of shopping malls! Having your BFF there to support and encourage you with buying new outfits adds an extra spark on the already fun activity that shopping in general is. Your good friend is best for telling you what absolutely does not fit you and what you totally should bring home with you.
5. ✦ Be Roommates
Becoming roommates with your BFF can be the best (or worst) thing you do! If you’re a good fit to live together, you get to hang out all the time! Plus, so many more amazing and crappy moments get shared between the two of you, possibly bonding you for life. Becoming roommates can also be a great test of your friendship, hopefully one you’ll find insightful and valuable.
6. ✦ Go to a Paint (& Wine) Night
You might have heard about these creative events where you can learn to paint a masterpiece while sipping on wine, but now it’s time to try it out for yourself! Ring up your BFF, choose the event to try and go have an absolute blast painting while drinking wine. Open up Google right now to find your local areas paint & wine night – there’s probably one arranged closer to you than you’d imagine.
If you don’t want to leave the house, then opt for an evening doing an adult paint by number kit!
7. ✦ Get Mani-Pedis
Especially if there is a special occasion coming up, getting your nails done together is a great way to bond, all the while letting a professional create some gorgeous nail art on you. To show the world just how close you are with your BFF, how about matching mani-pedis? Choose a color or design you’ll both love to wear and pop a photo on Instagram once you’re done to show off your cool mani-pedis!
8. ✧ Get Matching Tattoos
Ready to make your friendship truly eternal? Head over to a tattoo shop and get matching tattoos! Even better if it’s something with special meaning to you two, like an inside joke or a memory.
9. ✧ Do each other’s Makeup
Before you head out the door for a girls’ night out, why not make the night extra special and do each other’s makeup in preparation? It’ll be a fun way to get ready and to include some additional giggles in your evening, before you’ve even left the house!
10. ✦ Go on a Girls-Only Trip
Going on a trip with your BFF or a small group of female friends is one of the most incredible ways to bond. You’ll get to create special memories together, share new experiences with one another, and have a great time in each other’s company as you travel and explore.
11. ✧ Bake Cupcakes
Let’s face it. It’s enjoyable to eat just the frosting. But try to refrain, and set up shop on the kitchen counter for some serious baking. Find a yummy recipe online or get inspired by the signature cocktail and try creating your own recipe. There doesn’t even need to be a special event coming up, you can just bake cupcakes to treat yourselves on any random Tuesday.
It doesn’t matter the flavor of cupcakes, but If your creative juices aren’t flowing, these 36 cupcake recipes will help (and so will this top rated cupcake pan).
12. ✧ Set Each Other Up on Blind Dates
Nobody knows your taste in partners better than your best friend! So if one of you is ever single and ready to mingle, why not set your BFF up for a blind date? Even if nothing long lasting comes out of it, it might make for a fun story to recount over some wine.
13. ✦ Take a Cooking Class
There’s so many benefits to attending a cooking class whether it’s solo or for your best friend bucket list. But, with the two off you together you’ll get to have a blast laughing as you try – and maybe fail – in creating something delicious; and then you’ll get to eat your successful creations! Just a warning: you might get obsessed with this goal!
14. ✧ Find Your Favorite Brunch Spot
You may have to do A LOT of research for this best friend bucket list goal—bummer! Has one of you already discovered an unbeatable spot for having brunch or have you heard of some place delicious that you’ve been meaning to try? If yes, then it’s time to get to eating. Keep trying different spots until you find the one that both of you love.
15. ✧ Drink Rose All Day
Get together with your BFF on a day off (especially if the day after will be free as well!), pop open a bottle of delicious rose, and enjoy a chill day of girl talk and maybe some movies. There’s never a time when this isn’t just what you need!
16. ✦ Take BFF Selfies
A fun way to immortalize your friendship is by taking selfies together! You can easily snap fun ones on the go. Or you could put on a whole photoshoot with a theme and outfits thought out in advance; either going for a super silly look or your own fashion photoshoot! Once you have a load of BFF selfies to choose from, print a few of them and form a lovely collage on your bedroom wall.
17. ✦ Have a Spa Day
Sometimes life gets stressful and there’s nothing better than taking an entire day to relax with your BFF. Decide you two need some pampering and go book that spa day, either at a local spa or make it an overnight trip over the weekend to a great spa in a different region.
18. ✧ Go on a Camping Trip
As far as things to do with your best friend go, a camping trip is something truly rejuvenating. Spending some time in nature away from technology and stress of daily life, roasting hot dogs and eating s’mores, and maybe finding a lake to chill by, is some of the best time you’ll spend together!
19. ✦ Have a Girls Night In
Get into your cutest PJs, order some pizza, pop open a bottle of wine, and have a blast with a night in! You definitely don’t need to leave the house for a great time with your BFF, and sometimes staying in for the night is more fun than going out.
20. ✧ Ride a Scary Roller Coaster
When you have your best friend by your side, even that scary roller coaster will look just a little bit less so. And even if it happens to be terrifying, sharing that experience will make it worth it and exceptionally fun.
21. ✧ Write Each Other Letters to Be Opened in the Future
Writing a letter to your future self is already popular to do, but what if you wrote a letter to the future version of your BFF? Inside the letter you can share why they are important to you and your hopes for your friendship in the future. This is such a meaningful and unique bucket list idea to have and cross off for your friendship!
22. ✧ Create a BFF Hashtag
These days we’re all obsessed with visualizing our lives on Instagram. Which means it’s time to take your friendship further and make yourselves IG official! Create a hashtag for you and your bff to use whenever you post photos that relate to your friendship.
23. ✦ Have a Beach Day
Whenever summer rolls around and the weather gets amazing, you better not miss out on taking your BFF out for a beach day! An awesome, chill day at the beach should really be a general bucket list item, on every kind of bucket list you create.
24. ✧ Throw a Dinner Party
Another fun way to spend an evening without going out is by throwing a dinner party! Whether you’ll arrange one just for you and your best friend or if you co-host one with all your friends invited is up to you. Or, you could even do both!
25. ✦ Pull an All Nighter
It doesn’t have to be just because you are both cramming for a test, it can also be for something fun. For example, you may want to have an overnight horror movie marathon or you’ll want to stay up to see the first sunrise of the year.
26. ✦ Stalk All Your Exes on Social Media
In case you ran out of things to talk about as you drink that rosé mentioned above, or just feel like you’re in the mood for it, sometimes a little bit of stalking your exes on social media does no harm!
27. ✧ Go to Disneyland
Put on one of those cute headbands you can get at Disneyland – matching, if possible – and make good use of that BFF Hashtag as you conquer Disneyland and its rides. Before heading out, you could even make a Disneyland Bucket List of all the things to do together while there!
28. ✧ Go to a Bonfire
Especially on the summer and fall evenings, attending a bonfire is a lovely way to finish off a day. You can even do it the same day you’re checking off have a beach day from your bucket list. Having your best friend there with you to experience it only makes it all the more special.
29. ✦ Go Wine Tasting
If you both like to drink wine, then sometimes you might want to change from an afternoon of rosé to go out for wine tasting instead. There are plenty of restaurants offering such an experience, but look into possible wineries near your area, as well.
30. ✦ Go on a Double Date
Are you really BFFs if you don’t do this at least once?! If both of you are taken, then arrange for a night out with all four of you joining the fun. Or even better, if you both are single, how about a double blind date of sorts?
31. ✧ Be Each Other’s Maid of Honor
Perhaps the ultimate bucket list goal on your best friend bucket list is this: being each other’s maid of honor! There’s hardly a better indication of how close of a bond the two of you have than having this amazing honor. And is there anything more meaningful that you two could do for each other than help plan for each other’s weddings?
32. ✧ Help Each Other With a Bedroom Makeover
If one of you is moving homes or in general wants to change up their bedroom décor, a fun way to decorate the bedroom is by doing so together. Maybe one of you has a great idea that you’ll execute together, or perhaps you’ll even plan it from scratch together!
33. ✦ Play Mini-Golf
Although I’m rubbish at it, one of my favorite activities with a friend is to play mini-golf together. It can be really hard to hit that tiny ball into a clowns moving mouth, but the worse you are at it, the more fun (or at least funnier) it can actually be!
34. ✧ Buy Matching Best Friend Jewelry
Though typically likened as something girls in middle or high school might do, it can be charming to do with each other even as adults. Either buy actual best friend bracelets, or simply go for matching set of jewelry. Etsy has some of the cutest best friend jewelry—click here to see it!
35. ✧ See a Psychic
Surely the idea of seeing a psychic or getting tarot cards read for you has tempted you in one point of life! If you’ve found yourself nervous or skeptical of such activity, perhaps going with your best friend could make it more enjoyable?
36. ✧ Have a Board Game Night
This is something I’ve found myself eager of doing with my best friends for some time now! Stay in for the evening, get cozy in your jammies and have a game night marathon with your closest friends. There are different games for everyone, but Scrabble is a favorite for almost everyone.
My favorite adult game night involves a few fierce rounds of Cards Against Humanity, but Smart Ass and Drink-A-Palooza will also make it a lively night. Still unsure of which games to play? Check out this list: Board Games Bucket List: 50 of the All Time Best Ones to Play
37. ✧ Join a Book Club
If you’re looking for a new hobby to take on together, perhaps joining a book club is just what you need? Reading a good book is always incredible, but being able to share your thoughts on it with someone who has also read it makes it that much better.
38. ✧ Take Pictures in a Photo Booth
Taking pictures in a photo booth is something that’s been around for ages and won’t go out of fashion anytime soon! Not only will you get to be super silly in a small space, you’ll get a small tangible memory to keep in your wallet or on your wall.
39. ✧ Make a Photo Memory Scrapbook
You will not believe how fast this time flies. Before you know it, you will be off to college or married with children and living in different states, and you will start making new memories. Creating a scrapbook is a great way to be able to look back and reminisce about all the adventures and good times you have had together. You can preserve all your experiences in the form of pictures, ticket stubs, pressed flowers or just about anything else. And by doing this project together, it will be something you cherish for a lifetime. PS: Here are some super cute layout ideas!
40. ✧ Create Your Signature BFF Cocktail (or Mocktail)
This is another best friend bucket list idea that’s going to require lots of research! Become your own mixologist by concocting the perfect cocktail. The best part about this bucket list goal is that you will have to do a lot of sampling before coming up with your own perfect harmony of flavors. Practice makes perfect! If you’re not the best at creating drinkable concoctions, you can check these 10 tips on how to make a great cocktail.
After many trials and errors, my signature cocktail creation was a Lemon-Basil Fizz made with prosecco, coconut rum, raspberries, basil and lemon sorbet (see the video below and get the recipe here).
41. ✧ Sing a Karaoke Duet
When it comes to karaoke it doesn’t matter how good your voice is, it is all about having fun! So muster up the courage to take the stage and belt out a duet together. There’s plenty of great songs to choose from, but for some help see these epic 31 karaoke songs for you and your girl squad.
42. ✧ Have a Pajama Day
It’s a luxury to be able to spend all day in your PJs and you’ve already got plenty of great ideas listed here to make your pajama day complete! Put on your most comfy pair and opt to have a home spa night, watch movies, play games or just eat lots of yummy food.
Don’t have a comfy and cute pair of PJ’s? Try Pretty Garden’s cheetah print pajama set or the dreamy cloud set that can be monogrammed.
43. ✦ Go Bowling
Let’s face it, bowling is a fun thing to do at almost every age, even when you only get gutter balls! This could also be the perfect thing to do on a double date, you could even get a little competitive by splitting up into teams and having a full blown tournament.
44. ✦ Try Something New – Face Your Fear
Does either one or both of you have an adventure in mind that you’d love to do but you’re scared to? Let your best friend—or be that BFF—encourage you and join you in facing your fears and go on that adventure or do that adventurous activity together! Life is too short to hold yourself back from experiencing new things just because of fear or anxiety. One of the best ways to get over your fear is to have someone special by your side to encourage and support you while you are facing it head on. So, hike up that mountain peak, go on that roller coaster or swim in the ocean.
If you need a little push read my 8 tips to facing your fears in this article about overcoming anxiety to live your dream.
45. ✧ Have an Arts & Craft Day
Above I mentioned going to a Paint & Wine event, but you might want to alternate between that and having an arts & craft day at home. So, clear off the kitchen table and spend the day getting crafty. Arts & Crafts can range from simple seashell bracelets to intricate dreamcatchers to deliciously smelling soap. Make of plan to take your creations and put them to use, whether it be using it, wearing it or putting it on display in the home.
Need some crafty ideas? Try one of these 19 cute crafts for adults or these 50 fun projects that can even be used for gifts.
46. ✧ Go to a Drive-in Movie
If you are looking for a unique and cheap night out, how about going to a drive-in movie? They may be more difficult to find these days, but they are a whole lot of fun when you do. Look at the Drive-In Movie Website to locate the nearest one.
47. ✧ Go on a Picnic
A super chill and delicious activity to do together with your best friend is to go on a picnic, in a park, by the rocks or on the beach – or wherever else your imagination takes you! Remember to bring along your favorite snacks and some simple games. And don’t forget to include a music playlist for the day, which you can play from your phone.
You can even pack a traditional wicker basket with your favorite picnic foods and enjoy the feast. Real Simple magazine can help you out with their Picnic Packing Checklist. If you want to set up an Instagrammable picnic, here’s a cute red checkered picnic basket.
48. ✧ Make Vision Boards of all Your Dreams & Goals
Break out old magazines, a pair of scissors and some glue to make a collage of all the things you want to do in the future. It can be related to anything from vacations you want to take to foods to cook or new activities to try.
49. ✧ Go on an Epic Road Trip
This might take some planning to work out the perfect route, or just pack up your bags, take time off work and hit the road with choosing your destinations on the fly. Either way, your BFF road trip will be epic. It doesn’t even have to be a long trip, it could just be for a day or two, but make sure you have plenty of entertainment along the way. Try these 16 road trip games that will surely keep you occupied for the duration of the trip.
50. ✦ Run a 5k Race
Another exhilarating activity that you and your BFF will remember forever! You can run a regular one that’s set up for a good cause or you might want to try a quirkier one like color run, where you’ll come out all soaked in different colors and not necessarily running the whole way through. Check Active’s 5k Race Finder for runs near you and use this guide to start preparing: How to Train, Run & Finish Your First 5k Race
51. ✦ Go Somewhere You Have Never Been
Accomplishing this bucket list goal doesn’t mean that you have to travel to the ultimate dream location, just go somewhere you both have never been. It could be something as simple as visiting a new park in your city or taking a day trip to a nearby town that you have been meaning to explore.
52. ✧ Attend a Music Festival
In the United States, 40 to 50 million people attend outdoor concerts each year—it’s popular and a top thing to do with your best friend! Attending a music festival together will truly be what’ll make it so memorable to you. Listening to bands you’re crazy about and ones you’ve never heard of, getting all dressed up with that festival look, maybe even staying in a tent overnight. Find the perfect venue in your area, bring a lawn chair and spend a bucket list worthy evening listening to tunes.
Unsure of where to see your show? Check out the 10 Outdoor Concert Venues Worth a Summer Road Trip.
53. ✦ Go Backpacking
You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced wilderness and gone backpacking. Grab your adventurous friend and take on Mother Nature. You can do something as simple as visit the local park or the neighboring county or plan a multiple day trek.
Bonus Things to Do With Your Best Friend:
- Talk in Different Accents for a Day
- See Your Favorite Musician in Concert
- Travel Abroad
- Be Her Wingwoman
- Cook a Fancy Dinner
- Eat an Entire Tub of Ice Cream
- Go Gambling
- Prank Call Friends
- Go on a Booze Cruise
- Try an Extreme Sport
- Create Special Playlists for Each Other
- Make up a Dance Routine
- Have a Disney Movie Marathon
- Wear Matching Outfits
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How many of these activities have you already picked up for your own bucket list to start suggesting as things to do with your best friend the next time you two hang out? Is there a bucket list worthy activity still missing from this list that totally should be on it? Just how excited are you to get started on checking off these bucket list items and have the time of your life trying them out with your BFF?
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