Galentine’s Day: What Is It & How Do You Celebrate?

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Every year, on February 13, women celebrate Galentine’s Day. Whether it’s your best friend, sister, or mom, Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let the ladies in your life know how much they mean to you.

What Is Galentine’s Day?

If you haven’t heard of it, Galentine’s Day is a day to celebrate female friendship and show appreciation for the special women in your life. The holiday was popularized by the television show “Parks and Recreation.” Since it’s introduction in 2010, it has become a beloved holiday for women everywhere. 

Is Galentine’s Day Only For Singles?

Galentine’s Day was never intended solely for singles. It was meant to be a joyful occasion for all women to appreciate and uplift each other.

Some may view it as an alternative to Valentine’s Day. But its essence lies in celebrating the diverse and meaningful relationships among women. It serves as a reminder of the importance of platonic love and companionship in our lives. So, whether you’re single or in a relationship, Galentine’s Day is for you.

FUN FACT: To make the holiday more inclusive, some people refer to the 13th as Palentine’s Day.

How To Celebrate Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is typically marked by gathering with female friends for a meal, exchanging gifts, and participating in other fun activities together. 

Brunch is an especially popular way to celebrate Galentine’s Day as it gives you and the ladies in your life an opportunity to catch up, relax, and enjoy each other’s company. But there’s no set itinerary. The beauty of Galentine’s Day is that it can be celebrated in any way that suits the women involved. Some women prefer to keep it low-key, spending the day at home with their closest friends. Others prefer to go all out, organizing elaborate parties and events. The important thing is to celebrate female friendship in a way that feels meaningful and special to those involved.

9 Ways To Celebrate With Your Friends

If you’re not exactly sure how you want to celebrate the day, here are some ideas to get you started …

  1. Have a Spa Day: Relax and pamper yourself and your friends with a spa day. Treat yourselves to massages, facials, or other spa treatments to celebrate the holiday.
  2. Go Shopping: Hit the mall or your favorite boutique. Browse the latest fashions, try on clothes, and spend the day shopping with your closest female friends.
  3. Have a Movie Night: Gather your friends for a movie night. Choose your favorite films, pop some popcorn, and settle in for a night of relaxation and entertainment.
  4. Host a Craft Night: Get creative and participate in a craft night. Whether you’re knitting, painting, or doing another type of project, spend the evening creating and having fun with your friends.
  5. Go Out to Dinner: Treat yourselves to a night out on the town. Dine at your favorite restaurant and enjoy a delicious meal together.
  6. Participate in a Fitness Class: Get active and participate in a fitness class together. Whether it’s yoga, dance, or another type of fitness class, spend the day working out and having fun with your friends.
  7. Take a Day Trip: Take a quick trip and explore a new city or town. Visit a museum, go shopping, or take a scenic walk and enjoy each other’s company.
  8. Have a Game Night: Gather your friends for a night of games. Whether you’re playing board games, card games, or video games, spend the evening laughing and having fun together.
  9. Organize a Potluck Brunch: Plan a potluck brunch with your closest gal pals. Each person can bring their favorite dish or treat to share, creating a delicious spread of breakfast and brunch foods.

Throw A Party

Another great way to celebrate Galentine’s Day is to throw a party.

Gather your closest gal pals and let the festivities begin with a Galentine’s Day party like no other!

Transform your space into a haven of love and friendship, adorned with vibrant decorations in your favourite colours. Set the mood with a playlist of empowering anthems, ensuring the perfect backdrop for conversations and laughter. Indulge in decadent treats and delicious cocktails, celebrating the bonds of sisterhood and the joys of female friendship.

From DIY crafts to themed games and heartfelt exchanges of affection and gifts (always optional), every moment is an opportunity to cherish the incredible women in your life … even if it doesn’t go exactly as you planned it.

Gift Ideas For Galentine’s Day

While gifts aren’t a must have, sometimes people prefer to show their affecton with a thoughtful trinket or experience.

Whether you’re shopping for your best friend, sister, or favorite colleague, there are plenty of meaningful options to show them just how much they mean to you.

  1. Personalized Keepsakes: Consider gifting a custom piece of jewelry engraved with a meaningful message or a monogrammed item like a cozy blanket or a stylish tote bag.
  2. Self-Care Essentials: Treat your friend to a pampering session with a selection of self-care essentials. This could include skincare products, scented candles, bath bombs, or a plush robe
  3. Friendship-themed Gifts: Consider something like matching friendship bracelets or necklaces, a heartfelt photo album filled with cherished memories, or a custom-made friendship journal where you can both document your adventures and milestones together.
  4. Galentine’s Day Themed Goodies: Look for cute and quirky items like matching “gal pal” mugs, a fun board game for a girls’ night in, or a DIY kit for crafting together.
  5. Experiences and Activities: Treat your friend to a spa day, a cooking class, tickets to a concert or movie, or plan a fun adventure like a hiking trip or a weekend getaway.
  6. DIY Gift Baskets: Create personalized gift baskets tailored to your friend’s interests. Fill them with goodies like their favorite snacks, a bottle of wine, a cozy blanket, scented candles, and a handwritten note.
  7. Book Club Subscription: If your friend is an avid reader, consider gifting them a subscription to a book club service. Each month, they’ll receive a new book along with discussion questions and exclusive content.
  8. Fitness or Wellness Gifts: Encourage your friend’s health and well-being with gifts that support their fitness goals or promote relaxation like a yoga mats, a set of resistance bands, or a subscription to a meditation app.
  9. Customized Artwork: Commission a piece of custom artwork or a personalized portrait that captures a special moment or inside joke shared between you and your friend.

There’s No Wrong Way To Do Up Galentine’s Day

No matter what gift you choose, the most important thing is to convey your love and appreciation for your gal pals on Galentine’s Day. Remember, it’s the thought and effort behind the gift that truly counts, and the joy of celebrating female friendship is the greatest gift of all.

Whatever you choose, remember that it isn’t the activities that matter. The key is to enjoy yourself and celebrate with the important people in your life. 

After all, Galentine’s Day is all about friendship!