U.N. Resolution A/65/L.72 calls friendship "a noble and valuable sentiment in the lives of human beings," and notes that friendship contributes to "the promotion of dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation."
Let's face it, next to love, friendship is probably the most important part of all our personal lives. A good friend can offer support, encouragement or advice during tough times, and can add to the joy of our happiest times, as well.
Here are five fun ways - from inexpensive to pricey - that you can celebrate International Friendship Day and let your friends know how much you care:
1. Send a Friendmail
Rentapal, "the world's first professional friend" will send anyone an official "Friendmail"
2. Give Green
Etsy.com offers many organic gifts suitable for any type of occasion, including a positive mantra t-shirt that reminds your friends to "Keep Calm and Hang On," for $20, plus delivery.
3. If not green, how about orange?
At 1-800-Flowers, you can ask "orange you glad we're friends?" by giving a vibrant, all-orange boquet of mixed flowers, which comes with a glass vase and delivery, for $49.99.
4. Help out a friend you've never met
The William J. Clinton foundation is rated as one of the top "peace and international relations" charities by the American Institue of Philanthropy. The former U.S. President's charity puts donations to use fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, childhood obesity, and other significant challenges around the world. You can even make a donation in a friend's name.
5. Friendship at Tiffany's
Finally, is budget not an issue? Then, you might want to consider the sterling silver friendship "Pineapple Key Ring" from Tiffany & Co. For $325.00, you can open your wallet and your BFF will think of you whenever he or she opens locked doors.
Of course, one of the great things about friendship is that it is freely available. So, if none of the options above entice you, then a phone call or visit to a friend is most always welcomed. In any case, be sure to at least take a moment to remember your friends this coming International Day of Friendship.
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