What Surprising Gift Did Courteney Cox Get Jennifer Aniston for Her Birthday?

Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox are famously good friends in real life, not just on TV. So it comes as a surprise to no one that Cox attended Aniston’s recent birthday party at the Sunset Tower in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 23. 

The party was full of Hollywood star power, but the drama wasn’t limited to the party. Aniston and Cox had an eventful trip prior to the big celebration. With the two buds going through a hair-raising experience before the big bash and the party gaining so many headlines in Hollywood, it led many to wonder: what did Courteney Cox get Jennifer Aniston for her birthday? 

How long have Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston been friends? 

Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston
Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Cox and Aniston first met on the set of Friends. The show debuted on NBC in 1994. According to a Collider interview from 2015, Aniston said that initially, she wanted to play Cox’s role of Rachel and Cox sought Aniston’s role of Monica. While this didn’t come to pass, the sitcom’s place as one of the most popular of all time showed that it didn’t turn out so bad for either. 

Cox and Aniston remain close friends to this day despite sharing an ex-boyfriend: Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz. The two have grown extremely close in the last 25 years of friendship. For example, Cox served as Aniston’s maid of honor in her 2015 wedding to actor Justin Theroux. Aniston returned the favor by acting as Cox’s maid of honor in her wedding to Snow Patrol lead singer Johnny McDaid. 

The two have also served as each other’s support system when times are tough. Cox was there for Aniston when her marriage to Brad Pitt fizzled while Aniston provided support after Cox’s marriage to David Arquette ended. 

What happened on Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston’s flight before the party? 

Prior to Aniston’s big bash in LA, the two friends headed to Cabo San Lucas for some sun and sand. They took off in a private jet. Unfortunately, the plane they were riding experienced issues with the landing gear leading to an in-flight mini-emergency.

In an interview, Cox said she even texted her daughter and FaceTimed with her boyfriend during the flight to tell him about the scary takeoff. Despite worrying throughout their four hours in the air, Cox reported that the landing was smooth. 

What other famous friends of Jennifer Aniston’s attended her birthday party? 

According to People, Aniston’s 50th birthday bash was a real star-studded affair, including the likes of Kate Hudson, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Streisand, Gwyneth Paltrow, George and Amal Clooney, Keith Richards, Demi Moore, and Cox and Aniston’s Friends co-star Lisa Kudrow. There was a strict “no social media” policy that some stars, including Paltrow and Hudson, carefully broke to post pictures. 

The attendee that had the most people talking, however? That would be Aniston’s ex-husband Brad Pitt. Despite many fans hoping to see a former reunion, it appears it was not meant to be on this night. The two were rumored to share some kind words and a brief embrace before Aniston returned to entertain her guests. 

What did Courteney Cox get Jennifer Aniston for her birthday? 

For two friends as famous and wealthy as these two, you’d expect a gift that’s extravagant beyond words. 

Or, for two down to Earth friends like these, maybe you’d expect one to get the other something simple, creative, artistic, and fun. 

That’s exactly what Cox did. She chipped in with a few other friends to get Aniston a pottery wheel. In an interview with the TV show Extra, Cox said, “A bunch of us got her a pottery wheel and lessons, even though she’s a great artist, and a table, a big beautiful antique table.”

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