My favorite holiday began as fiction. In a 2010 episode of Parks & Rec, Leslie Knope declared Galentine’s Day would occur every February 13 aka Valentine’s Day-eve and would celebrate the joys of friendship, female empowerment, and the platonic love that exists between ladyfriends. Of course on the show, Leslie and crew celebrates with a long boozy brunch (one of my personal favorite activities!), but given that Galentine’s Day is on an arbitrary Tuesday, looks like we may all have to settle for some after-work cocktails.
This year, I’ve pulled together some of my personal favorite Galentine’s Day gift ideas to show the ladies in your life just how special they are to you.
- Support Your Local Girl Gang Clutch ($38, Etsy) – I’m obsessed with the idea of girl gangs. I love the idea of a group of women supporting & empowering each other. There’s one here local to me that I’m planning on joining after some further investigation. A post on that later.
- Boss Babes Coloring Book ($7.18, Amazon)– One of my personal favorite coloring books that I own. An ode to strong women, Boss Babes is a coloring and activity book filled with fun facts and whimsical black-and-white line drawings celebrating female powerhouses from Beyonce to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolly Parton to Malala, Tina Fey to Serena Williams.
- At Your Lip Service ($80, Charlotte Tilbury) – Is your Galentine obsessed with The Crown? Love the Royal family? Then she’ll love this lipstick straight from London. There’s three different colors, so there’s a shade of all skin tones & all times of day.
- Paper Source Adored Trinket Dish ($9, ModCloth) – Your Galentine can keep all her bff necklaces, enamel pins, and change safe in this adorable heart shaped trinket box from ModCloth.
- Ovaries Before Brovaries Sweatshirt ($24.99, Etsy) – In case celebrating Galentine’s Day wasn’t enough, this sweatshirt with one of Leslie Knope’s most famous catchphrases is perfect for any Parks & Rec fan.
- “Difficult Women” by Roxanne Gay ($9.79, Amazon) – “Bad Feminist” from Roxanne Gay is easily one of my favorite books & I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one. From Goodreads: “The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail….From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.”
- Feminist Baseball Cap ($9, Tobi.com) – Statement baseball caps are quickly becoming a new favorite for me. I love the simplicity of this one, while it makes a bold feminist statement.
Most of all, though, Galentine’s Day insists that women are awesome, and that a good way of acknowledging that might be to meet up with one’s fellow women and remind them of that fact. So round up a few of your favorite girls and go do something awesome.
XOXO. Happy Galentine’s Day!