It all began in an episode of Parks and Recreations that aired in 2010, where Leslie Knope (a vivacious, bubbly soul always on a mission to shower people with kindness) decided that she would do something that American culture didn’t typically celebrate: the enduring power of female friendship. And so it was set in stone, that February 13th, pre-Valentine’s Day, would be officially coined Galentine’s Day. The festivities? Celebrating the pure and utter platonic love that existed between lady-friends through the thing that ladies do best: an endless, bottomless, boozy brunch (with waffles).
Well pseudo-holiday. Us gals have adopted the special day as an occasion to celebrate friendship in all it’s forms. It doesn’t matter if your single, taken or in what feels like the never-ending abyss that is called “something in between”, Galentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to tell your girls that you love them (yes, friendship is just as important as romantic love tyvm).
Think about it. Who is there for you through all the breakups? Who is on FaceTime with you as you have a “mini” breakdown in the changeroom because no one but them will give you a truly honest opinion. Who is your constant hype-woman and number one fan? And who goes with you on your monthly spa/facial/mani-pedi appointments? It’s time to celebrate the girls and Galentine’s Day is the perfect chance to get all dressed up, have a drink (or let’s be honest, lots of drinks) and shower them with all the love they deserve, in that kinda official way.
There’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Just like Valentine’s Day, you can go right ahead and skip Galentine’s Day if you feel like it’s not the right fit for you. But c’mon, who doesn’t want to shower their best girlies with some love and affection?
How you celebrate is entirely up to you. You could follow in the footsteps of the foremother of Galentine’s Day, Leslie Knope, and host a bottomless waffle brunch. Or you could have a group “spa” self-care day, or make a reservation somewhere fancy where you can pop a bottle, or head to the latest bar in town and have some drinks! And if you’re like so many of us out there and you have a long distance bestie (adulting is hard) then don’t forget to organize a special care package for her! It’s always the thought that counts.
Only if you want to. It’s your Galentine’s Day, celebrate it how you want!
But if you’re after a little gift guide, obviously we’ve got you sorted. Here are some small gift suggestions that are just too stinkin’ cute, your best gals will love them!
Not in the slightest. Despite it’s name, Galentine’s Day is for everyone! It’s cheesy, it’s gooey and it’s hella corny, but it’s good-hearted fun and all about celebrating the bonds of friendship. Just like romantic relationships, friendships come and go (it’s life) and Galentine’s Day is a celebration of the one’s who stay and stand by you. Appreciate them.