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Galentine’s Day– an excuse to get your best friends together for, what started as a brunch of waffles and love, has now evolved into a widely recognized fake holiday. Perhaps you’ve celebrated it before or maybe you’re only just hearing about it now; either way, it’s clear to anyone that this holiday is a witty spin-off from Valentine’s Day, a holiday that has been celebrated for centuries.

Galentine’s Day has become an influential tradition that encourages women to celebrate friendship and reinforce self-love. If you’re new to Galentine’s Day, consider this guide as your initiation to the newly coveted holiday. We’ll tell you all you need to know and if you’re looking for great ideas for your next Galentine’s celebration, we’ll cover that as well!

So without further ado, let’s get started!

A woman giving a gift to one of her friends on Galentine’s Day

What is Galentine’s Day All About? 

Galentine’s Day, typically celebrated on February 13, is a holiday that is dedicated to celebrating our cherished friends. It occurs just before February 14, which is both Valentine’s Day and The International Day of Self-Love. It is, therefore, one of three traditions in February that celebrates love.

Now a widely recognized fake holiday, Galentine’s Day is one of those brilliant ideas that hit us and makes us think, “Why haven’t we thought about this before!?” So who is behind it all?

Amy Poehler, a producer, writer, and actress in Parks and Recreation is recognized as the inventor of Galentine’s Day. It was also her character,Leslie Knope that explained the concept in the show saying: 

“What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year… Every February 13, 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. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Top Galentine’s Day Ideas 

Though Galentine’s Day was originally introduced as a brunch date just hours before February 14, it has now evolved into a day/evening/night of whatever you and your best pals make it and follows tradition by taking place on the Eve of Valentine’s Day or #SelfLoveDay.

With that said, the best Galentine’s Day activities are those inspired by the spirit of enjoyment, camaraderie, and also self-love. Here are some of our top picks for the best Galentine’s Day activities which you can mix and match as you please:

A group of friends having spa treatments on Galentine’s day

1. Spa Day 

Going on a spa day with your BFFs is one of the best ways to treat yourself while also spending time with the beautiful people in your life. All the spa treatments that we know and love such as facials, body wraps, saunas, manicures and pedicures, aromatherapy, and more, are all the more fun when experienced with our nearest and dearest friends! 

If you want a more cozy environment, you can also opt to host a spa day at home. All you need are a few scented candles to set the ambience, chill music, and a wide selection of hair masks, sheet masks, eye masks, and other easy-to-use home spa treatments.

2. Beach Day 

If February isn’t too cold where you live, then going for a swim at the beach could be the perfect, relaxing Galentine’s Day activity to do with your cherished friends. It can be a day of beach volleyball, relaxing on the sand, sporting your favourite swimwear, and just enjoying the outdoors.   

3. Game Night 

Here’s an idea for all game-loving friends out there – this Galentine’s Day, you can have a get-together centred on playing the gang’s favourite board games, card games, tabletop games, or even video games – all while enjoying each other’s company. A little friendly competition, what could be better?

4. Road Trip 

If you have nothing extra special planned for #SelfLoveDay, then you should consider taking an extended Galentine’s Day celebration – like a road trip! Spend lots of quality time in the car, singing your favourite songs together, exploring the surrounding area where you live. If all work and family obligations will allow it, who wouldn’t love a good old road trip with their BFFs? 

5. Hiking Trip 

Looking for a more adventurous Galentine’s Day activity? Then you should try going on a hiking trip with your closest friends. Find that peak or forested area and hike to the top for beautiful scenic views, celebratory bonfires, and lots of snacks are all the sweeter when you experience them with your squad. 

6. Volunteering 

If you’re looking to give back to the community and want a Galentine’s Day activity that is fun to do with friends, is good for the heart, and supports a good cause, then volunteering is for you! Imagine a day of feeding the homeless, doing a coastal cleanup, or taking care of animals in your local shelter. The best part is such a precious day will live on as a shared experience among you and your BFFs.  

7. Movie Marathon 

If you’re staying at home this Galentine’s Day, how about a good old movie marathon? Spend the day reliving beloved classics, group favourite flicks, and a ton of feel-good movies. Pair this with some healthy and not-so-healthy snacks and of course, good company. 

8. Wine and Dine 

Looking for a more sophisticated yet laid back Galentine’s Day activity? Then grab your best friends and head to your favourite restaurant, try a new restaurant with them, or simply have a gorgeous dinner with wine pairings at home. Whatever the setting, it is sure to be an evening of life updates, good times, and good food. Bon appetit!

Thoughtful Galentine’s Day Gifts 

Some people like to give gifts on Galentine’s Day, after all, gift-giving is a love language that we all express in varying degrees. The best gifts are those with sentimental value or symbolic significance. With #SelfLoveDay just coming in hours from Galentine’s Day, you can even give your friends something that will encourage them to practice more self-love.

We recommend self-care gifts like thislavender loofah soap and thesehand sanitizersYou can even opt for more long-term sustainable self-care gifts like comfortable bedroom slippers, eucalyptus bed sheets, or100% organic cotton reusable menstrual pads. There are many options to choose from, but as long as the gift is from the heart, it will be just perfect.  

How ever you decide to celebrate this year – with friends or on your own – we hope you take some time to appreciate yourself and acknowledge your own personal achievements and accomplishmentsso far this year! You’re doing great!

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