Courtesy Giving Keys
Some stars get inked together to show off their #friendshipgoals, others invent cute couple names for themselves and announce it on matching T-shirts (we’re looking at you, Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner!) but sometimes, you just can’t beat a good old friendship necklace like the kind you wore in middle school. And that’s just what real-life besties Julianne Hough and Nina Dobrev think.
The duo are two of the faces of The Giving Keys’ new #bestfriendkeys collection, which upgrade your glitter-adorned versions from the fourth grade and transform them into something much more sophisticated. Each piece features a half key with the words “best friends” split down the middle and come on a sleek gold or silver chain or trendy ribbon choker depending on you and your bestie’s vibe. (They’re also affordable — the pair costs $85 for 18 inch chains.)
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And being that Hough and Dobrev are thick as thieves (Hough recently gave Dobrev the cutest get-well gift we’ve ever seen) it’s fitting they were tapped to front the campaign. “We were actually introduced by our friend and hair stylist Riawna Capri,” Hough tells PeopleStyle. “We just hit it off instantly. We’re really similar so becoming friends was easy.”
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When they’re not gift giving (there’s a lot of it) and out on adventures together, Hough says her favorite times are when they have girls’ night in. “We cook dinner, open a bottle of wine and just chat.”
And Dobrev knows exactly what to do when her friend needs cheering up: “I bring Jules sweets — cupcakes, cookies, you name it. But what girl doesn’t have a sweet tooth!” Hough appreciates her friend’s generous nature and knack for making her day. “Nina is always full of surprises!” she says. “She surprised me on my 25th birthday; I thought she wouldn’t be able to make it because she was working out of town, and then magically appeared when they brought the cake out! I was so shocked!
So it makes sense that the stars would want to align with a brand that has “giving” in the name, and which works in partnership with the non-profit Chrysalis, which works to improve self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing resources and support for them to find employment. The Giving Keys also espouses a “pay it forward” message with their pieces, encouraging owners to pass theirs along to someone who needs it at the right time. So the BFF message works on more than one level, says Dobrev.
“As much as I try to, it’s impossible to do everything on your own. Having help and having a strong support system is the key to success and quite frankly your sanity,” she explains to PeopleStyle. “I believe that is what drew me to this campaign. Unity. Friendship. Finally accepting that it’s okay to need someone who in a sense is a pillar in your life. The Giving Keys has always been an amazing pay it forward company that supports and helps homeless people. They’ve been ‘that friend that you need’ so many who haven’t had that this far to get them off their feet.”
“I’ve been so fortunate to have so many of those loving amazing figures in my life — Julianne, my best friend, being one of them,” she says. “We’re both each other’s biggest cheerleaders in personal and professional successes and we’ve also been the first one at each others doors when things haven’t gone the way we wanted. That’s why I wanted to be a part of this amazing campaign supporting and celebrating Best Friends worldwide, and The Giving Keys.”
Will you get (or do you have) a BFF necklace with your bestie?
— Colleen Kratofil