Galentine’s Day, initially made famous by the television series Parks and Recreation, takes place every February 13. Meant to celebrate the importance of female friendships, it’s an occasion that’s often marked by lively brunches and gift exchanges with your BFFs. But in 2021, concerns about COVID-19 still abound, which means you might not be able to share a waffle and some gossip with your best girls this year.
That doesn’t mean you can’t show them how much you care, though. Whether you partake in a virtual brunch, watch your favorite film using Hulu Party, or simply send a text to share your appreciation and admiration, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate that don’t require you to be in the same room together. And, of course, you can still send a thoughtful gift their way. If you’re looking for some Galentine’s Day gift ideas that will be sure to bring a smile to your BFF’s face, we’ve got you covered.
Lathes are used to create all kinds of interesting products (including candlesticks!), but you don’t have to understand the mechanics of creating a candle to give a gift that will light up your friend’s life. You can never have enough candles — and there are lots of independent makers who have crafted candles especially for this occasion. Whether your BFF loves astrology, can’t get enough of a certain scent, or deserves a candle that shares a message of empowerment, you’ll be able to find something that’s affordable, beautiful, and truly special. Just make sure that your recipient isn’t sensitive to smells or has concerns about pets or children. Unscented candles or even battery-powered ones can make great alternatives.
Some gifts are classics for a reason. And although 73% of flowers are purchased by men on Valentine’s Day, there’s nothing that says you can’t gift a bouquet to your bestie. Even though 86% of people say receiving flowers makes them feel special, it’s not a gift we ordinarily purchase for ourselves. Arranging for a flower delivery to show up at your friend’s door can make their whole day, especially if you live far apart. The online flower industry is a big business, which makes it easy for you to send flowers on short notice to anywhere you need them. But it’s also worth exploring local florists in your area, as they could probably use the support right now.
Chocolates may be traditional, but you can put a sweet twist on a Galentine’s Day gift by sending cookie deliveries to your friends! If you have friends close by, you could make them at home and hand-deliver (at a distance, of course) to their doorsteps. But if you don’t feel like baking or need to send them to a friend across the country, there are a number of companies you can order from online that can easily arrange this for you. Whether you choose her favorite flavors or a variety pack decorated especially for Valentine’s Day, this unexpected and delicious gift will earn you some brownie points (pun intended).
Coffee mugs make great gifts for gal pals. Even if your friend isn’t a huge coffee drinker, they can be used for just about anything — and you can never have too many. Whether it be personalized, color-changing, or decorated with a sassy saying, it’s easy to find one that’s a perfect fit for your friend. If you’re sending it yourself, make sure to package it well to reduce the risk of breakage while en route!
Books can be incredibly thoughtful gifts and are an excellent way to share something you’ve found to be valuable in some way. Journals, adult coloring books, cookbooks, memoirs, crafting books, coffee table books, and funny pop culture reads are all amazing options that your bestie will be thrilled to receive. As long as it aligns with her interests in some way, your book of choice will be a truly touching choice.
You can encourage your BFF to indulge in some self-care with some selected spa items for home use. Sheet masks, nail polish, perfume, moisturizer, pumice stones, conditioning treatments, fuzzy slippers, or aromatherapy rollers can help your bestie slow down and practice some good old rest and relaxation.
While you might not be able to gift your friend some concert tickets or go on a shopping trip together, you can still enjoy certain shared experiences together. Enroll both of you in a virtual cooking class, learn embroidery together, or sign up for a Galentine’s trivia night with a bunch of friends. It doesn’t matter so much what you do, as long as you make some new shared memories — even when you’re physically apart.
Undoubtedly, Galentine’s Day will be different this year. But that doesn’t mean you have to sit around moping. Make some virtual plans, get your gifts sorted, and connect with your best friends from afar.