Galentine’s Day is just around the corner and for those who are unfamiliar, the fictional holiday turned fun, actual tradition all over the world celebrates female friendships. It all began with a 2010 episode of the much loved sitcom, “Parks and Recreation,” in which Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, began a tradition of celebrating female friendship—aptly called Galentine’s Day—on February 13, just a day shy of Valentine’s Day. What started as a heartwarming little celebration on-screen was brought to life by fans of the show and people everywhere who wanted to celebrate their best friends. After all, a lifelong friendship is one to be celebrated, no matter where we are. Today, we’re checking out some Galentine’s Day 2021 gift ideas, as well as great picks for any woman in your life. Before we dive in, check out these tips on how to celebrate with your BFF distantly if they are self-isolating or are under quarantine.
- Get on a Zoom call. For most of 2020, a lot of us lived our lives online, going on Zoom or Skype, or any video calling app to keep up with friends and loved ones during the quarantine. For friends who are too far away to travel to, schedule an evening call and virtually share a glass of wine or even dinner with them! You can even order the same takeout so you get the same culinary experience while catching up.
- Hold a food basket swap. If you’ve learned how to bake over the quarantine, you can do a drive-by food basket swap with some fresh cupcakes and other goodies you’ve learned to bake over the course of the last few months.
- Drive-by movie date. For this, you’ll have to check out your local community to find out if anyone is hosting a drive-by film viewing. If you find one, you’re in luck! You and your BFF can drive in separately and watch the same movie in the comfort of your own vehicles.
For more great ideas on how to celebrate with your BFF distantly and great gifts for women, check out our recommendations in this list.
Galentine’s Day 2021 Gift Ideas for Women
1. 1901 Pop, Clink, Fizz Graphic Sweatshirt
Celebrate the rosé life with this fun graphic sweatshirt from 1901. This cotton and polyester blend sweatshirt is a cute BFF uniform that you’ll enjoy wearing together, especially during slumber parties and nights when you have her over for dinner, wine, and some reality TV binge-watching. It features a crewneck, long sleeves, and ribbed cuffs and hem. It’s a perfect gift for Galentine’s Day 2021! Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
2. BEAUTYBIO Cryo Dual Roller
This Galentine’s Day 2021, give the gift of better skin with the Beautybui Cryo Dual Roller, a dual-ended roller that uses cold temperatures to depuff, tighten, and detoxify skin to reveal improved skin appearance. Made of professional-grade stainless steel, this beauty tool harnesses the power of the critical 45°F temperature to help improve microcirculation, collagen production, and flushing out of toxins. Customer LoGar gave this product a 5-star rating, writing, “I’m a nurse who works 12 hr shifts and my skin is always so puffy after work and this facial roller has been a life saver!! Not only does it reduce my puffiness and make my skin feel tighter, but it helps relax me and works wonders when I have migraines. A beautifully made product.” The Cryo Dual Roller is rated 4.8 out of 5 stars among reviewers at Nordstrom.
3. ESTELLA BARTLETT Travel Wallet in Blush
Show your BFF how much you appreciate her with this handy travel wallet from Estella Bartlett, which is designed with two roomy compartments and a removable card holder. It features a snap-tab closure, exterior slip pocket, and eight card slots, making for an ultra handy wallet that keeps documents and cash safe no matter where one roams. Get 40% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
4. NORDSTROM Assorted 4-Pack Adult Face Masks
This Galentine’s Day 2021, remind your BFF of how much you care for her safety with this pack of 4 adult face masks crafted from cotton or polyester. These washable, reusable masks provide a snug nose-to-chin coverage thanks to its ear loops that can be tightened with adjustable sliding straps, which can also be tied behind the head for a perfect fit. This set has an overall customer rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars. Customer InsiderShopper gave it a 5-star review, writing, “These masks are very stylish and extremely soft to the touch. I needed adjustable ear loops as the back of my ears get really sore when I’m wearing them all day at work. These masks also have a pocket if you want to put a filter in. The shape and design keeps the mask on your face. It’s full coverage from ear to ear.” Get 50% off for a limited time at Nordstrom.
5. GOLDE Cacao Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend
Our BFFs are super special to us, which is why the gift of health is the perfect gift to give this Galentine’s Day 2021. The Golde Cacao Turmeric Superfood Latte Blend features essential superfoods that support the skin, helps with bloating, and relieves stress in a unique coconut base. Its cacao is packed with antioxidants and essential minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium to support the production of the bliss molecule called anandamide. It also contains turmeric, a superfood that’s good to the skin and the gut. This fun blend of amazing goodness is perfect to add to water, milk, coffee, or smoothies. Shop at Nordstrom.
Galentine’s Day 2021: Skincare and Pampering Must-haves
1. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask
Detoxify with your BFF with the Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask, a superpowered 4-in-1 mask formula that effectively reinvigorates dull complexion, tightens pores, and boosts radiance. This uniquely blended face mask contains organic liquorice for new cell production, Old Man’s Weed for pigmentation clusters, aloe vera for its pore-tightening, soothing, and astringent properties, and pomegranate for boosting collagen production. The result is amazingly brightened skin with refined texture in just 10 minutes. This product is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars at Birchbox.
Promising review: “Smells good and goes on smooth. This product works really well making my skin soft and smooth after using without over drying like some clay masks. It’s less stiff than they usually are too.” Birchbox Customer
2. The Birchbox + Hero Cosmetics Maskne Kit
Let’s face it: wearing masks cause maskne, or stubborn acne from keeping our faces tucked behind masks and shields. Good thing there’s the The Birchbox + Hero Cosmetics Maskne Kit, a functional and highly giftable kit that features 6 patches of the Hero Cosmetics Micropoint for Blemishes and Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack with 26 assortments, Hero Cosmetics Rescue Balm, and 6 Hero Cosmetics Micropoint for Dark Spots patches. The Hero Cosmetics Micropoint for Blemishes is an early-stage acne patch that contains 173 hyaluronic acid Micro points designed to deliver acne-fighting ingredients right to the pimple’s core. Meanwhile, the Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Variety Pack contains 3 essentials for fighting acne: Mighty Patch Original, Invisible+, and Surface. The Rescue Balm is a post-blemish solution that helps skin bounce back from acne faster. This kit is rated 4.3 out of 5 stars at Birchbox.
Promising review: “I’ve been getting a lot of maskne from working long shifts at work lately and these products seem to really be helping. I struggle with my complexion in general, so I’ve used a lot of acne products and you can tell that these are higher quality patches. This is such a bargain!” Birchbox Customer
3. Philosophy® Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer
We all need a little more hope nowadays. This Galentine’s Day Day 2021, give your BFF some hope with the Philosophy® Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer, a truly hydrating moisturizer that fights the signs of aging. This lightweight water cream is enriched with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and glacial water, resulting in a cloud-like formula that’s easy to wear and weightless, providing 72-hour hydration and anti-aging properties. This moisturizer has an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars at Birchbox.
Promising review: “This makes my skin glow and feels so refreshing. I even had someone at work comment on the glow. It’s in my daily routine now.” Skyler
4. Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
Do you and your BFF love clean beauty? Then you’ll absolutely adore the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, a 99% natural eye cream that harnesses the powers of hyaluronic acid and botanicals such as chamomile, cucumber, witch hazel, and aloe vera to deeply hydrate dry, sensitive undereyes for a better, brighter, more refreshed look. It features a lightweight texture that immediately soothes skin and relieves it from puffiness, fatigue, and irritation. This product has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars at Birchbox.
Promising review: “The selling point of this product for me is that it’s 99% natural. Ever since I learned the harms of regular deodorant I have tried using natural skin care. For those of you who don’t know hyaluronic acid is great to the skin. It helps hydrate and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This cream is light to the skin, and you can definitely see the difference within about a week.” Ra9de
5. Rael Beauty Vitamin C Facial Sheet Masks
Here’s another clean beauty pick for a highly giftable Galentine’s Day 2021 product: the Rael Beauty Vitamin C Facial Sheet Masks, a set of sheet masks powered by vitamin C to visibly transform your complexion by clarifying uneven skin tone and brightening up any discolorations. It’s packed with pomegranate fruit extract for its brightening properties, fig fruit extract for its exfoliating properties, and citrus fruit extract for its age-defying properties. Contains 5 sheets. This product has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars at Birchbox.
Promising review: “Loved it! Felt like it immediately brightened my complexion. Came with a generous amount of liquid that could be used for 2+ applications.” Birchbox Customer
More Galentine’s Day 2021 Gift Ideas
1. A delightful Terrarium Candle for plant lovers, made from soy wax paraffin, available at Uncommon Goods.
2. A truly one-of-a-kind birthstone wishing ball to keep all the milestones you’d like to achieve this 2021, wrapped up in a hand blown glass featuring hues that correspond to each month’s birthstone, available at Uncommon Goods.
3. A charmingly rustic swing sculpture by Catherine Murphy, who hand-sculpted each copper piece with a swing that really moves, available at Uncommon Goods.
4. A long-distance friendship lamp that will let your BFF know you’re thinking of them each time you touch yours. You can even create a group and assign colors to each member. Available at Uncommon Goods.
5. A rustic camping scene art piece by Rachel Kroh that reminds us how home is more about a person and not just a place. Available at Uncommon Goods.
For more great gifts for women, make sure to check out the stories that you may have missed in the links from our archive below. Celebrate Galentine’s Day 2021 safely with your loved ones while practicing social distancing or going on a Zoom call for those who are too far away.
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