15 Galentine's Day gifts your friends actually want
Snag any of these gifts for under $25.
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If you’re preparing Galentine’s Day, the fictional holiday celebrated on February 13, made up by Leslie Knope from the TV show Parks and Recreation, you’ve come to the right place!
Whether you’re buying a gift for one BFF or for your group of friends to enjoy together, even if you're spending it apart this year, we’ve got you covered. These are the must-haves for “ladies celebrating ladies" in 2021. The best part is you can get just about all of them—with the exception of some plants from The Sill—for less than $25, so you can spoil everyone.
1. For the tea lover: Sips By Galentine’s Tea Party Box
Spending a cozy night in with your best gal pals on Zoom? This curated box comes with four chocolate-flavored teas, each from a different brand: Chocolate Raspberry from Teeccino, Mocha Organic Yerba Mate from Soul Maté, Chocolate Chai from Tealightful, and Cupiditea’s Somebody Loves Me Tea from Loose Leaf Women. The box includes enough tea to make 15 cups, disposable tea filters and a reusable muslin cloth tea filter for loose leaf tea, and an insert with steeping tips. If you ask us, Sips By is a perfect way to try out new teas or to make a tea-lover out of a friend. An idea: Order a box for all of your friends and turn your Zoom session into a virtual tea tasting!
2. For the Leslie Knope of your friends: Dash Mini Waffle Maker
If your friend is as passionate about waffles as the Parks and Recreation protagonist, she’ll thank you profusely for this mini waffle maker. Aside from being as adorable as a kitchen appliance can be, we love the Dash Mini because it preheats and bakes quickly and it’s super-simple to use, with a single blue light that lets you know when the waffles are done. There's a heart-shaped one, too, but it's currently sold out. The regular one is just as great, though!
3. For the beauty enthusiast: Boxycharm
Whether your friend is a makeup pro or curious about popular skincare brands, a Boxycharm subscription is a great addition to anyone’s collection. This beauty box won us over because of the value that comes inside each box. Each one comes with five full-size products, including ones from high-end brands, making the value of the box exceed the actual cost.
4. For the saucy friends: What Do You Meme? For The Girls game
If your group of girls is always down for a game night, introduce them to this one! For The Girls includes one die and five categories with 100 cards in each: “Truth or Dare,” “I Have Never,” “Rapid Fire,” “Best of the Best,” and “Most Likely To.” Enjoy round of belly laughs as you each go around and prepare to be in the hot seat.
5. For the stressed-out friend: Essential Oil Diffuser
When it comes to treating your friends, it’s important to think of things they may need, not just want. If you have a friend who could use some self-care, our favorite oil diffuser and a pack of relaxing essential oils are must-haves.
6. For the fashionable friend: Satin Ponytail Holder Set
Scrunchies are back and more fashionable than ever. Not to mention, they’re gentler on your hair than tight elastics are. For the friend who loves the trend, snag one of these four sets, each of which includes six satiny hair ties: Rose (light pinks and beiges), Neutral (tan, black, and grey shades), Blue (hues of blue and purple), and the accurately named Black and White.
7. For the one who’s passionate about skincare: BioMiracle Peel-Off Mask
No matter who you are, odds are you’ll enjoy a face mask, especially a satisfying one that peels off to reveal cleaner skin. The BioMiracle Peel-Off, a dupe for a more expensive mask, claims to remove blackheads, impurities, and excess oil, and minimize the appearance of fine lines. Your friend will thank you for smooth, bright skin.
8. For the friend with a sweet tooth: Sugarfina Bubbly Bears
Who doesn’t love a sugary treat? And if it’s champagne-flavored, even better! You can toast to your friendship when you snag a box of Sugarfina gummy bears for each one of your pals. The bears are made with Dom Pérignon and the cube come in two sizes: large and small.
9. For the book worm: “Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World”
Want to empower your pal? This book by Ann Shen is an “illustrated guide to some of the most interesting women in history,” including Coretta Scott King, Anna May Wong, and Tallulah Bankhead, offering a glance into the stories of powerful, courageous, and even rebellious women.
10. For the homebody: Capri Blue Candle Jar
We’ll stop recommending the Capri Blue Candle from Anthropologie when everyone owns at least one, but even then, no promises. The candle has notes of tropical fruits, oranges, lemons, and limes, and “lightly exotic mountain greens,” making for a fresh, sweet scent. Any one of your girlfriends will love—and get hooked on—this mega-popular candle.
11. For the gardener: Sunflower Garden Grow Kit
Store-bought flowers on Valentine’s Day are fine and all, but do your pal one better by giving a kit that lets her grow her own blooms. Whether your friend likes to garden or doesn’t have a green thumb, this unique kit offers an alternative to getting down and dirty. It includes seeds for six different kinds of sunflowers and the recycled egg carton needed to create a cheery sunflower patch indoors before transplanting them outside.
12. For the roommate: Prosecco Pong
Who needs beer when you can drink the good stuff? This twist on the college party mainstay contains 12 plastic champagne saucers and three ping-pong balls—providing the bubbly is up to you. Silly fun with a touch of classy that will enhance your Galentine’s Day celebration, as well as provide both of you with a fun game to play while stuck inside!
13. For your friend who’s the balm: Balm Dotcom
Give your friend each a little something new for their purse, home office desk, or vanity. The ultra-popular Balm Dotcom from Glossier comes in eight flavors for you to choose from: Original, Birthday (or vanilla), Rose, Cherry, Mint, Coconut, Mango, and Berry. All flavors moisturize the lips with castor oil, beeswax, and lanolin.
14. For the sentimental friend: “One Question A Day: A Five-Year Journal”
Sitting down to write every day isn’t an easy task for everyone. For a journal that your friend will actually use, grab this “One Question A Day” book. Each day of the year, your friend will be prompted to answer a question, and after five years, she can compare answers to see how her opinions and experiences change over time. It’s an actual time capsule that won’t have one entry saying “I’m going to write in this journal this year!”... and nothing else.
15. For the plant lady: A plant from The Sill
If you have a friend into greenery, a plant from The Sill, an online shop where you can purchase live plants and faux plants, would make an excellent Galentine's Day gift. Especially this year. If you can't be there to brighten their home (and day), send them something that will: an adorable plant. Our editor, Meghan, reviewed the service and loved it.
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