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“What’s Galentine’s Day? Only the best day of the year!”
We have Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler on "Parks and Recreation") to thank for the surge in popularity of the wonderful, playful holiday that is Galentine’s Day. On the show, Galentine's Day takes place on February 13, the day before the romantic holiday. Whether you have a sweetheart or not, it’s a great occasion to celebrate the female friendships in your life.
The best Galentine’s Day gifts will show how much you care and make each of your friends feel appreciated. Best of all, you don’t have to spend big to treat your gals to something sweet.
We’ve rounded up 25 cute ideas, from fancy candies and socks with hearts on them to beauty products with, uh, romantic names.
Best Galentine's Day gifts
If your gal pal is glued to Pinterest, she'll appreciate this subscription box filled with easy DIY projects and crafts to spruce up their home decor.
Christina Tosi's bakery always knows the way to up the ante on classic desserts, and this decadent red velvet cake is no exception. With layers of crunchy crumbs, cookies and cream cheese frosting and rich cheesecake filling, this scarlet stunner is perfect for the foodie friend who loves to indulge.
For the friend that can't resist a good lipstick, this limited edition set from Glossier is the perfect pick. It features three different balms that will be a surprise until they open the box.
If you're celebrating from afar, this self-care gift set will surely bring a smile to their face. It's full of all-natural, organic products perfect for pampering throughout Galentine's Day beyond.
If you're missing wine nights with close friends, this sweet treat is almost as good as their favorite bottle of rosé. Though there's no alcohol in them, they can enjoy them whenever they have a craving for candy.
This sentimental gift can be personalized with different hair colors, or you can even upgrade the drawing to include three friends rather than just two. All you'll need to do is pop it in a frame to deliver the perfect gift.
For the friend that hasn't worn real shoes in months, these fuzzy slippers will be greatly appreciated. They come in 12 different colors and feature a memory foam insole so your fashionable friend can look and feel their best while keeping cozy.
Coloring books are a calming, creative outlet that many people took advantage of throughout 2020. This one is filled with inspiring illustrations and phrases perfect for the social justice warrior in your life.
Sure, chocolates are the traditional candy of Valentine’s Day, but on Galentine’s Day, we're all for sour gummy lips! Each of these boxes from Sugarfina has three different flavors of lips, and all of them are delicious.
Putting a modern twist on the classic friendship bracelet, these gold-plated brass chains are a sweet accessory for any fashion-loving friend.
11. BFF Photo Mug
You can customize this Zazzle mug with one of your fave photos of you and your bestie. They'll think of you every time they pour a cup of cocoa or coffee.
If you’re hosting a virtual Galentine’s Day party, don’t forget the face masks! This kit from Memebox comes with 14 different masks with a variety of skincare benefits — just don’t forget to take a screenshot once everyone is wearing them!
Why are they your bestie? You can count the ways! Fill in the blanks throughout this journal before you gift it to your BFF.
Looking for the perfect Galentine’s Day gift for your friend who’s out there looking for “the one?” Give her a pretty lip balm so she’s ready for that goodnight kiss.
If your favorite friend is a fitness fanatic, surprise her with a trendy water bottle from Hydro Flask. These insulated bottles keep beverages cold for hours and look chic on the exercise bike or on your desk.
Novelty socks make a fabulous Galentine’s Day gift because they’re fun and practical. We love the sweet sloth print of these Target crew socks, and would encourage our friends to wear them with ankle boots to show off how cute they are all winter long.
Herbivore Botanicals' clean skin care products are some of the best, our favorite is this detoxing pink clay bar soap. And it’s pink, perfect for the holiday!
Encourage your gals to get out there with flirty, fluttery lashes using this wildly popular Too Faced mascara. It has a devoted following and is known for creating big, fluffy lashes guaranteed to turn heads.
Buy this set of four succulents and hand out one to each of your favorite pals on Galentine’s Day. Living plants that are easy to take care of are an inexpensive thoughtful gift.
Everyone loves a useful accessory gift. These affordable neckerchiefs can be styled a few ways: as a headband, tied onto a handbag or as a bandana. Either way, your BFF will enjoy this cute scarf!
These extravagant chocolates are almost too cute to eat! If you feel like splurging on your gal pal, these chocolates from Maggie Louise are a great option.
If you want a more budget-friendly option, this 24-pack of Ferrero Rocher milk chocolates are excellent, too.
Help your Galentine relax this holiday with a cozy plush robe. Nothing feels better than getting comfy in a soft wrap after a long day.
If your friend loves reminiscing about their home state, this Homesick scented candle is a great thoughtful gift.
These Starboard Button studs from Baublebar are chic, timeless and look great with any outfit.
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This article was originally published on Feb. 7, 2019.