What’s Galentine’s Day, you ask? Well, in the words of my spirit animal, Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation, “It’s only the best day of the year.”
See, the idea of Galentine’s Day originated on NBC’s Parks and Rec, and it’s a fictional holiday worth celebrating. For starters, the name is totally catchy… “Galentine’s Day”–I’m still a little upset I didn’t think of that. Let it be known, though, that Galentine’s Day is much more than a cute play on words. (You can get Leslie Knope’s explanation in this short YouTube video.)
Galentine’s Day falls on February 13. It is a celebration of the ladies in your life: Those who listen to you when you’re blabbering on about losing those three pounds, year after year; the women who are there to drink wine with you on a Wednesday afternoon because life is hard; the chicas who pretend to be your lover when a weirdo at the bar doesn’t get the hint; the gals that share your sadistic sense of humor and only minorly judge you when you inevitably cross the line of moral acceptability.
On Galentine’s Day, you and your female friends all get together and hang out. You leave the husbands, boyfriends, and Tinder dates for one night, and you celebrate your friendships, whether newly forged or long-lasting. Oh, and you get each other little trinkets. Because no fake holiday is complete without some gift action!
So, what to get your girls for your first-ever (or fifth annual) Galentine’s Day? I’ve rounded up some of the best Galentine’s Day gifts I could find–all below $15. Boom-shaka-laka. (Someone remind me to never say boom-shaka-laka again.)
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Best Galentine’s Day Gifts (Under $15!)
These cheeky little presents are super fun and don’t break the bank, making them ideal for Galentine’s Day. But, now that you’ve got your gifts, what are you going to do for Galentine’s Day? Below are some of my favorite ideas for some estrogen-fueled festivities.
- Brunch. This is the original Galentine’s Day activity. “My lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.” –Leslie Knope
- Wine. Galentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, and Mondays often call for some wine by the end of the day. See if you can’t find a local place near you with 2-for-1 bottles of wine–since Mondays are off-days for restaurants, they usually try to bring more people in with awesome specials like that. Just don’t forget the cheese.
- Hang at home. Pick the friend with the best and biggest lounging area, and hang middle-school style, making snacks and chatting all night long. Of course, rom-coms and similar cinematic masterpieces are encouraged.
- Potluck dessert. You could do a potluck dinner, but nothing brings people closer than indulging in a cheat day together.
- Get crafty. Pick a few of those Pinterest crafts you’ve been eyeing and get everyone to give it a go. Something like making candles or an at-home version of “Painting with a Twist” will appeal to a variety of ladies, even if they’re not the crafty types.
- Party. When in doubt, party it out. Whether you all go to the bar in your sweatpants or do a full contour, a good old-fashioned girls night out is never a bad idea.
And no matter what you do… No phone home!
At the beginning of your Galentine’s Day celebration, be sure to gather everyone’s phones so that there are no calls to significant others back home. It’s not often you can get all the girls together without the guys, so honor that time together. If you’re worried about not taking any pictures, either buy a disposable camera for a throwback feel or use one person’s phone–on airplane mode.
Happy Galentine’s Day to you and yours!
Are you celebrating Galentine’s Day? What are some of your favorite gal pal party ideas?