Whether you’re happily single or in a serious relationship, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance. This sweet holiday is also the perfect time to celebrate all the people you love—including your best gal pals. We’re planning to break from tradition this February by celebrating “Galentine’s Day” with thoughtful gifts for our closest girlfriends. Here are five sweet and simple Galentine’s gift ideas to surprise the ladies in your life on February 14.
A Gift to Eat: A Galentine’s Day dinner with all of your closest friends might seem like the perfect idea at first glance, but Valentine’s Day can be a minefield of prix-fixe menus and impossible reservations at your favorite restaurants. Instead of going out on the town, invite the girls to your house for a festive cocktail hour. Embrace the holiday by mixing up a few themed drinks, serve some indulgent snacks, and prepare for a night of fun.
A Gift to Make: It’s nearly impossible to celebrate Valentine’s Day without snacking on a few sweets, but you can definitely do better than that heart-shaped box of chocolates from the corner store. Treat your girlfriends to a healthy yet satisfying alternative to store-bought sweets with some homemade chocolate truffles for Galentine’s Day. We love these two-ingredient truffles from Minimalist Baker; they’re vegan, gluten-free and incredibly simple to make, even if you’re not a pro in the kitchen.
A Gift to Relax: If you have a friend who’s been feeling frazzled—maybe she’s extra-busy at work, has a new baby, or went through a recent breakup—an at-home spa day might be just the Galentine’s gift she needs. Put on some relaxing music, light a candle, brew a pot of calming tea, and settle in for an afternoon of self-care. You can keep things simple with a few drugstore sheet masks, or go the DIY route if you’re feeling crafty. Here are our tips for four easy skin treatments, natural nail care, and a homemade sugar scrub to get your skin glowing.
A Gift to Wear: For the friend in your group who’s always ahead of the trend, consider gifting a few creative accessories that will brighten up her winter wardrobe. Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with a cozy hat that’s pretty in pink, or spread the love with a heart-shaped necklace. (Here are two more great necklace options!)
A Gift to Watch: Nothing recalls fond memories of high school sleepovers with your BBFs quite like an old-fashioned romantic comedy. If one of your friends loves to cozy up on the couch with a good rom-com, make her a gift basket that’s stocked for a movie night. Include popcorn, her favorite candy, a bottle of wine, and copies of some classic rom-coms she’s sure to love. Not sure which titles to pick? This list of the 25 Best Romantic Comedies from Vanity Fair is a great place to start.
Will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day with your gal pals this year? Tell us your plans for the holiday in the comments—we can’t wait to hear!
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