Every February, greeting card and candy companies make a killing selling sweet sentiments and sugary confections to attached men and women all over the country, invariably leading to some of the singles among us feeling left out in the cold. But there’s one holiday, arguably even more important than Valentine’s Day, that doesn’t discriminate between single or taken: Galentine’s Day.
Parks & Recreation’s leading lady and resident funny gal Amy Poehler popularized February 13 as this beloved holiday during which women can take the time to celebrate the ladies in their lives. We think Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for Feather Girls to show some love to our best friends and favorite females in ways only a girlfriend can.
Here are some of our favorite ways you can tell your BFF, sister, mom or favorite coworker how much you care about them on the 13th and every other day this year.
Celebrate Each Other
A lot of us put up a great facade, but as much as we’ve got this, sometimes we need a little bit of a boost. When the boss is breathing down her neck or mom won’t stop bugging her about when she’ll start getting grandchildren, make your friend feel special and loved with one of these little gestures:
Make a lunch date: Or brunch, or dinner. But here’s how to make this invitation different: Be specific. It’s easy to say “We should get together soon!” and forget to ever follow up. Look at your calendar and say to your pal, “Let’s get together for lunch on Saturday. I’m free at 1, how about you?” Making a concrete plan will make her feel like you prioritize her.
Grab some goods for a visit: Next time you swing by her apartment or meet her at her office before heading out to happy hour, stop at the bakery and grab a cupcake for each of you, or bring her a bouquet of fresh flowers. These “just because I thought of you” gestures can really brighten someone’s day and show you keep her in mind.
Brag about her: If your BFF has some awesome graphic design skills and a colleague lets it slip that he needs someone to design the cover of his sci-fi novel, suggest your friend for the job. Or if you’re single-and-looking gal pal is getting ready to throw in the towel, help her write a killer online dating profile, highlighting everything about her you think is special and unique.
Share her interests: When you stumble across a motivational blog post about self-love or find an article that would be right up her alley, email her a link with a little note: “Read this and was instantly reminded of how you rocked that presentation last week. Thought you might enjoy! XOXO.”
Gifts for Your Gals
Sometimes the smallest gift that says “I know you so well” or “I’m thinking of you always” is the perfect way to make a girlfriend feel appreciated. These options say both, and won’t break the bank:
A treatment she craves: It might be totally outside your budget to spring for a full massage or facial, but $10 or $20 to the nail salon can go a long way in most cities. Send her off with a gift certificate to get her brows shaped or her toes done, or go with her and make it a date.
A pamper product: Help your stressed out BFF relax and nourish her body after a long and demanding workday. She may not make the splurge for herself, but she’ll love a luxurious body butter or bottle of argan oil from you.
The tunes she loves: Go ahead. Treat her to Taylor’s new CD. She’s always singing along to “Blank Space” on the radio anyway.
A license to sweat: See a great groupon deal for the local yoga studio your friend always looks longingly into as you stroll past? Pick it up for her and help her stop making excuses to try something she’s always wanted to.
The right tunes can set your mood for the day, pull you out of a funk or turn any mundane task into a dance party. Create a Spotify playlist and share it with your gals before a night out or when you think they could use a lift. Here are some of our favorite Girl Power Anthems to get you started:
“Run the World (Girls)” – Beyoncé
“Can’t Hold Us Down” – Christina Aguilera
“Raise Your Glass” – P!nk
“Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
For the Faraway Pal
Long-distance friendships require some extra care and consideration. Life often gets in the way, but a little concerted effort can make you and your BFF feel closer than ever. Try these tips to bridge the distance:
Call her: Voice-to-voice interaction can often feel more personal and requires more concentration than texting. But you know your pal best—if she hates idle chatter, make an effort to instead text a few times a week with interesting anecdotes.
Write: In the sea of bills and jury duty notices and solicitations, opening the mailbox to a handwritten card or letter from someone you love can be such a sweet relief. Don’t wait for the holidays or her birthday to drop a “miss you” card in the mail.
Help her out: We all reach our stress limits at some point. When you notice she’s taxed to the max, outsource a daunting task for her to give her some room to breath. Pay for a cleaning service to get her place in ship shape one afternoon, or take dinner off her hands by placing an order for delivery from her favorite sushi place and picking up the tab.
Brighten her office: When you can’t be there with her, something visual that she can look at and be reminded of you makes for a worthy substitute. Have a bouquet of her favorite flowers or a fruit basket sent to her office on the day of a big meeting, or on a random Tuesday just because.