Valentine's Day is all about love, but let's not forget there's an unofficial holiday on February 13, called Galentine's Day, to celebrate friendship. After all, there are all different kinds of love. There's self-love, romantic love, familial love, and most definitely friendship love. While it's lovely to go on a date and exchange traditional Valentine's Day presents, more and more people are moving away from the '90s rom-com equation of V-Day and instead making Galentine's Day a time to celebrate all kinds of relationships.
Because of that, we put together an unorthodox Galentine's Day gift guide to gift your closest friends. Whether they're near or far, it takes just a small portion of your budget to send your friend a thoughtful treat and instantly make their day.
Scroll down to see some of our favorite picks, reflecting all kinds of interests. Is your friend trying to be more mindful and self-reflective? Then how about a gratitude journal with thoughtful prompts? Is your gal pal tired of sitting around in sweats all day? No worries, how about a monthly subscription box tailored by a stylist? Or do you have a friend who moved out of state and you miss her dearly? We have you covered there with a digital frame that you can upload photos into! Check these picks out and show your friends just how amazing they are.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed with what's going on in the world, so it's not always easy to notice all the positive moments in your life. This Gratitude Journal is the perfect gift to get a friend. It will encourage her to spend a little time every day reflecting on goals and appreciating the good around us.
This journal isn't dated — so no pressure — and it's filled with prompts to get you thinking about what you appreciate. It also comes with three smooth-writing pens, giving you a complete kit to become more mindful.
Whether your friend is happily single or looking to spice up a long-term relationship, she can add a little zest to her life with Formulary 55's Love Potion No. 9.
Alright, it might not be a real love tonic, but she can always pretend. This delicious-smelling shea butter soap combines smoky, sweet, and floral fragrance notes for a perfectly balanced blend that's as mysterious as your handsome next door neighbor. Specifically, it has scents of Italian Bergamot, with Smoke, Amber, Peru Balsam, Jasmine, Musk, Sweet Honey, Pale Rose….and a touch of Champagne!
It's also available as a Guest Bar ($5) or Bath Bar ($10), and it's the perfect thing to gift to a girlfriend or to yourself. Like all Formulary 55 products, every soap bar is formulated with vegan, cruelty-free ingredients including saponified oils of coconut, RSPO-certified palm, and shea butter, phthalate free fragrance oils, and essential oils.
Chances are your friend will get a box of chocolates this Valentine's Day, but how fun would it be if that was extended into her vanity setup as well? A rejuvenating Chocolate Heaven Facial Mask will make her skin feel soft and smooth, and what could be better than the scent of chocolate?
Packed with raw cacao which delivers antioxidants and vitamins, Thesis Beauty combines premium kaolin clay and other all-natural, organic ingredients for a mask that leaves skin glowing and feeling refreshed. Formulated for all skin types, it is also great at addressing winter dryness and dull skin thanks to the addition of organic oats and Vitamin C from oranges.
If you friend is the type of person who has hundreds of photos of her grandkids, girlfriends, or family members all over the house, then give her a Nixplay frame this Galentine's Day. You and her kids can create albums of photos online on the Nixplay interface, and then choose which albums go into rotation. You can also send photos from anywhere in the world using the Nixplay app, so it's a great way to stay in touch if your friend lives out of state!
And for the first time ever, every Nixplay Smart Frame comes standard with a proprietary wall-mounting and detachable cord-stand system, so you can hang them on the walls, too.
The pandemic brought forth a whole new wave of sloppy dressing. Why dress up when you're not going out and there's no one to see you except for your dog? Chances are, just like you, your friend is getting very tired of sweats and leggings.
Treat your friend to a personally curated Trunk, fit for any style (and budget), shipped directly to her doorstep, with outfits chosen by a stylist. Plus, Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company so the outfits are chosen from one of the biggest department stores in the US — and can even earn you Nordy points!
Here's how Trunk Club works: You take a quiz to discern style, preferences, and sizes, and then you'll chat with a stylist to explain what you're looking for. They will hand select curated monthly "trunks" for you, which will be sent to your door. Then keep what you love, and return what you don’t (with free shipping, always).
If this sounds like it would be a godsend to a special friend, find out more info at TrunkClub.com.
Sometimes a day feels much longer than 24 hours, and for those days you need fizzes and bath bombs that can help melt away the stress. Enter ESYM's Love Bath Fizz. Inspire an evening of romance and self-care with this bath fizz that’s scented with 100% natural, pure essential oils like Bulgarian Rose, Violette De Parma and French Rose Clay. It's also rich in moisturizing apricot oil, so it will leave her with baby smooth skin.
If your friend is the type of person who drools over just the mention of chocolate, then she will love this luscious truffle assortment from Vosges Haut-Chocolat. Each is filled with exotic flavors from around the world, like Hungarian paprika, first press extra virgin olive oil, wasabi, and Indian curry powder.
Chances are high she might just eat the entire box in one sitting — and who would blame her?!
Celebrate your women friendships this Galentine's Day with an Artifact Uprising book. Share the love by putting the mimosa brunches, girls' holidays, and birthday extravaganzas spent together in print with Artifact Uprising's customizable photo books. You upload your photos onto the website, and then use their easy interface to style the album exactly how you like. Print out a couple of books and pass them out to your best friends!
If you're on a budget, the Cover Series Photo Book is just $20, but there are other hardcover and flat-lay options that are pricier but will give you a "coffee table book" effect.
If your friend has a knack for crafts, then give her some pink Merino wool so she can create a Valentine's-themed chunky knit blanket to snuggle in.
This Etsy kit includes everything to get you started: seven pounds of 100% Merino wool and a pair of giant knitting needles (US size 70). Seven pounds of Merino wool is enough to make a blanket of 40x60 inches, which is medium size. The kit also includes an instruction sheet to help you get started. These chunky knits have been all the rage recently — thrown over couches and bedspreads to add some texture to a room — so now your friend can join in with their own DIY version!
If your friend likes celebrating holidays to the maximum, then she probably loves wearing pink and red during February. If that's the case, then this Parkland holiday bag collection might be just for her. They have everything from fanny packs to small backpacks in all-pink or red and pink heart print schemes. That way she can add a subtle V-day pop to any outfit. Plus, all Parkland products are made from recycled water bottles and focus on sustainability, so they're guilt-free purchases.
Bobbi Be Mine, $21.99, Parkland
Give your friend's skin some "love" this Galentine's Day with a special face oil. Love 31's potent cocktail is derived from 31 botanical extracts and vitamins to nourish, hydrate, repair and protect your skin. It took the label over 90 batches to perfect this oil, so you know it's working at optimum efficiency.
"I have been reluctant to try using oils on my face but after reading some very convincing reviews of Maelove LOVE 31, I decided to try it. I seriously saw improvement in my skin immediately. Particularly now, in the winter where it's cooler and heaters are in use," one reviewer wrote. "I'm probably older than the average customer of LOVE 31, but it's so luxe and has such an addictive scent that I can't imagine not using it day and night. It also is lovely under makeup."
If your friend has been spending a lot of time staying in and curling up on the couch (and who hasn't?), then treat her to some super-soft PJs. These heart-shaped ones are perfect for Galentine's Day — and you can buy matching kid-sized ones for her grandkids! Made from organic cotton, she'll want to stay in them all day long.
Everyone should value their me-time and put an emphasis on self care. Upgrade your friend's bath experience with a swivel bath tray. If she's the type who enjoys treating herself to a soak every now and then, this add-on will completely change how she take baths. It attaches to the side of your tub, and is the perfect place to put your paperback, a luxurious candle, or flute of champagne. This way you can lean back in your bubbles or bath salts, and leisurely reach for your drink without worrying about knocking it over from the side of your tub.
If your friend fancies herself a wine connoisseur, expand her tastes from the wine cellar and to the shower. "Even if Sunday brunch is a whole week away, you can still start your day with a refreshing splash of (soap) bubbly," the product description reads. But these soaps aren't just a cheeky way to display your love for wine — they also have skin benefits.
These all-natural vegan soaps match notes from popular red and white wines with complementary scents and oils — such as citrus for "chardonnay" and berries, plums, and apples for "pinot noir." Coordinate your shower products with the wine waiting for you on the kitchen counter!
Does your friend have more candles in her house than a five-star spa? Well, here's another one for her collection. This Wild Fig and Cedar-scented candle is a sweet gift to get for both yourself and a best friend. Instead of a friendship bracelet, show her that you got her back with Paddywax’s Pinky Promise candle — that way you can think of each other every time you light it. Notes of bergamot, rose, vetiver, and sheer spices make a cozy mix, adding a lovely ambiance to your room.
If your friend loves a nice cup of tea during all hours of the day, treat her to these Valentine's Day themed tea bags for February. She will feel festive dunking these heart-shaped satchels into her favorite mug, helping her get into the spirit of the holiday. The tea sets are made by Jacqueline Aliotti, who grew up in Lyon, France, and "spent hours at her parents’ tea shop, and wanted to capture the happy feelings she remembers from the customers who frequented it." The teas are inspired by memories of friends coming together to enjoy a cup with each other, making it the perfect Galentine's Day indulgence.
The enthusiast is always looking for the happy moments in life, and is always open to an adventure. They see each day as a chance to try something new with the people they love, and if that sounds like your friend, then this box of date night cards is the perfect pick for February.
The set has 52 sealed envelopes, with 51 date ideas to help inspire a different date each week. It also has five blank cards for you to write your own date idea. The cards revolve around ideas that both let you stay in and challenge you to go out, so it keeps your budget in mind.
While there's something magical about getting lost in a story while holding a physical book, there's something to be said about e-readers. They're super handy for the plane, the beach, and anywhere else you don't feel like lugging a chunky paperback to. Libraries also let you rent out e-books, so you can power through some of your favorite novels all without leaving your home.
If your friend is the type that devours a book a week, give her a Paperwhite this Galentine's Day. Its screen technology makes it look like an actual paper page (rather than a glowing screen,) offering a more convenient way to read when she can't make it out to the bookstore.
There's something special about getting a new scent. It's like a new signature, and it can put you in a completely new mood — you act differently when you smell light and crisp, or when you smell moody and spicy. With winter slowly coming to a close, treat your friend to a Tory Burch rollerball perfume to get her more into the spring mood. Plus, the rollerball version is super convenient — she can pop it into her purse to touch up her scent throughout the day!
For the woman who enjoys being the reigning host in your friend-group, gift her a chic new serving platter this G-Day. You know who we're talking about: She's the one who in normal times invites a few gals over for wine each week, or the one who brought together a book club as an excuse to drink wine and socialize.
This marble serving board was handcrafted in Puebla, Mexico, and each piece is made start-to-finish in a fair trade environment. Its black, matte material is the perfect background for cheeses or charcuterie, making it the perfect addition to your collection.
Our beds are our sanctuaries, and there is no better feeling than slipping into a bed covered in quality, soft sheets. The only down side with that scenario is that they're often very expensive...but brands like Brooklinen are disrupting the market with their quality sheet bundles with sane price tags.
Gift your friend the luxury of 5-star hotel sheets this V-Day with the help of one of their $200 Luxe Bed Bundles, which include one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, two pillowcases, a duvet cover, and two extra pillowcases.
Does your friend live an active lifestyle that's complete with yoga, daily workouts, and morning smoothie bowls? Or does she have a hard time battling colds in the winter and needs a solution to stop all of those sniffles? Then look no further than this Hey Dewy portable facial humidifier. It's sleek and compact, and can easily be carried from room to room (or packed in your suitcase!) Plus, it's cute enough to be proudly displayed on any shelf or table. It's quiet, it's affordable, and it will keep her hair and skin well hydrated.
If your friend loves updating her Facebook page with family photos, or she has more frames in her house than coffee mugs, then the Instax is a perfect Galentine's Day gift. We don't get around to printing out too many photos nowadays since everything is digital, but an Instax will give her instant Polaroids to decorate her fridge with. It's a fun way to capture a special memory, and the cameras come in all sorts of different styles. This one in particular has a more vintage feel, harking back to the old Fuji cameras.
Your friend doesn't need to have a partner to get beautiful jewelry — she can get it from a friend! Missoma is a great mid-level jewelry brand with classic designs that will never go out of style. A celebrity-favorite brand, you can get everything from rings to necklaces to earrings in the $50-$300 price range. And since it's gold plated on brass, you won't risk having it tarnish on you in a few months.
This timepiece is only $95 and is an effortless blend of elegance with simplicity. Inspired by principles from modernist architecture such as clean lines and a simple framework, it's a timeless watch at a budget-friendly price point. The case is made with rose gold and surgical-grade stainless steel, the hands are rose gold, and the strap is made from leather. The watches also come in a bevvy of different color schemes to tailor to every aesthetic, so if this black + brown isn't the right style, there are still plenty of looks to choose from.
Turn your friend's bathroom into a spa with the help of quality towels. It's not always a simple task to find soft, fluffy towels, but Wise Towl delivers those products at a friendly price point. Not only that, but these towels are eco-friendly and green. They are woven together with chemical-free OEKO-TEX rayon bamboo and GOTS organic cotton, and are finished by hand with durable double stitching. Because of this, these towels are naturally anti-bacterial, mildew-resistant, and built to last for years to come. Silky smooth and amazing for your body, they will upgrade your shower experience every time.
Forget chocolates and flowers — getting quality skincare is an even bigger treat. Gift your friend a pioneering treatment this Galentine's Day that tackles dryness, fine lines, and wrinkles. SKYN's new press-on patches have advanced bioactive dissolving microneedles that melt down into skin’s surface layers to help hydrate, firm and smooth your skin. Keep them on overnight, and let the teeny tiny spikes work their magic. Use them once a week, and see how they help lighten and smooth your under eye area. It's a dermatologist visit in an affordable price tag.
Has your friend switched over from plastic bags to canvases, decided to shop with sustainable brands, and is looking to be a more responsible shopper? Next step on her list should be ditching the plastic water bottle bundles from Costco and investing in a traveler bottle. This one is not only cute, but also very effective. This triple-walled, vacuum-insulated bottle comes with a removable infuser, which lets you brew tea or infuse your water with fruit. It also keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 14, and it's made with bamboo, which is a natural, renewable resource.
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