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Everything you need for Galentine’s Day

12 Feb 2024 • 1 min read

Gal pals, assemble! While we’re all for celebrating romance, let’s not forget the friends that stick by our sides...

What is Galentine’s Day?

We’ll let its creator do the talking:

“What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, 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.” — “Galentine’s Day,” Parks and Recreation, 20101

First invented by the character Leslie Knope on Parks & Recreation, Galentine’s Day has evolved into an actual holiday based around women’s empowerment and togetherness.

It’s taken off as a time to gather your best girl friends and celebrate each other – whether that’s card and gift giving, mates’ dates, or just a text. 

If you like, turn it into Palentine’s Day, which celebrates platonic pals of any gender.

How can I celebrate Galentine’s Day?

Get crafty

Gifts don’t have to involve spending lots of money. Invite your friends for a crafting session at home where you can make cards, friendship bracelets, or paint portraits for each other.

Get active

We all need motivation to get moving sometimes. Whether it’s a gym session, a yoga class, or a walk in the park with a coffee, it’s a little easier with company.

Whip up some treats

Get your aprons on and hold a baking day. We’ll get you started with some ideas: 

Throw a pamper night

With snacks, self care, and spa-style treatments, of course...

1. Elements Lavender 20 Incense Sticks

First things first: a soothing atmosphere. Sweet, floral lavender shines through in these incense sticks, handcrafted in India. Just don’t drift off too early!

2. Sea Magik Algimud Active Seaweed Face Mask

Have a mud makeover and you’re in good company – Victoria Beckham’s a fan. Mud, salt, and Dead Sea mineral extracts hydrate and soothe the skin. Just add cold water to this powder sachet and leave on for 10-20 minutes. Then you get the satisfaction of peeling it off...

3. Weleda Skin Food Body Lotion

Galentine’s is about showing yourself some love, too. Weleda’s known for their celebrity-approved Skin Food: now there’s a soft, creamy lotion for a full-body glow.

Sweet orange, shea butter, and botanical extracts of calendula, pansy, and chamomile make this a treat for the skin and the senses.

Care for your skin with Weleda’s award-winning Skin Food in a soft, creamy body lotion.

4. Psychic Sisters Aventurine Gua Sha Facial Wand

Once you’re silky smooth, settle down for a face massage. This gua sha wand is made from Aventurine, which is associated with the Heart Chakra – what better way to spread the love? 2

Glide the wand across the face, starting from the centre and working your way out. You’ll help soothe the face and relieve tightness. Even better, pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes before use to help reduce puffiness.

5. Booja Booja Hazelnut Crunch Chocolate Truffles

Galentine’s is for sharing... but these truffles from award-winning Booja Booja might make it difficult. Each decadent choc is made from sweet roasted Italian hazelnuts and melt-in-the-mouth dark chocolate ganache.

Organic, vegan, and gluten-free, they’re a winner for everyone.

6. Holland & Barrett Milk Chocolate Peanut & Raisins

Keep the treats coming! Add these to a grazing board or make a DIY pick and mix. They’re the ultimate movie snack – need we say more?

7. Vego Fine Hazelnut Gianduja Hot Chocolate Melts

What’s a girls’ night without hot chocolate? Melt these hazelnut chocolate drops for a super-luxurious drink.

They’re vegan, Fairtrade, organic, gluten-free, and contain no palm oil – so that’s even more reason to relax.

The final say

“Real” holiday or not, why turn down a chance to celebrate love?

Mark your calendars and start up the group chat...
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