Galentine’s Day is the new Valentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day New Valentine’s Day

Traditionally, the month of love is focused on February 14th – Valentine’s Day. Yet nobody seems to get excited about Galentine’s Day. What is Galentine’s Day I hear you ask yourself? We’ll get on to that, don’t worry. I am here asking myself why should couples have a day that they get to celebrate the love they have for each other, whilst I can feel as much love for my friends but we don’t celebrate that? Well, I have fantastic news, we now have February the 13th to celebrate exactly that.

When, by who, and how did Galentine’s Day begin?

So many questions! Essentially, Galentine’s Day is a made-up holiday that first featured on the American sitcom television series, Parks and Recreation. One of the main personalities, Leslie Knope, wants to appreciate the love that she has for her female friends. The famous quote for the episode follows that: “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style’. From that moment on, I idolized Leslie Knope.

While Leslie prepared a bunch of waffles for her friends, the beauty of Galentine’s Day is that it doesn’t follow the stereotype of Valentine’s Day. There is no pressure to go to eat in a fancy restaurant, or post an Instagram photo of the biggest bunch of flowers, etc. By all means, celebrate the day however you ladies wish! Take some inspiration from our New Year’s Eve party suggestions. Alternatively, follow Leslie’s style by eating some waffles and wash them down with a cocktail made from our cocktail masterclass. In any event, what’s important is to do something that you love with the people you hold most dearly. Below, I want to share with you some of my and the girl’s ideas for this year’s Galentine’s Day.

Galentine’s Day Friends Night In

A girly night in sounds like a wonderful idea

For me & the girls, there is no better way to celebrate Galentine’s Day than to have a girl night in. Including all of the things that we love! Chick-flicks, wine, face masks, manicures, listening to a Spotify playlist from back in the day, & dancing like nobody’s watching. After all, these girls appreciate me for who I am, no one is judging here. Me and the girls are more than friends. We are our own little gang, who appreciated one another for who we genuinely are. Galentine’s Day celebrates exactly that.

Galentine’s Day Gift Exchange

Secret gift exchange – Galentine’s Day style

As previously mentioned, this is no Valentine’s Day. Hence, there is no pressure to buy the most expensive gift for your loved one. Instead, we have decided to do a secret gift exchange. Think of it like Secret Santa. We all have a budget of how much we want to spend, and we put our 4 names into a bowl and pick one out. Whichever name you pick out, will be the person who you will buy a present for. Simple, easy, & yet full of surprises!

To mention a few of the surprises/shocks I have received before, include everything from personalised clothing with the girl’s face on, to beautiful pieces of jewelry, to pajamas, to some other things which I dare not mention here. Regardless, this is all the fun of it! If you are thinking of trying it out with your friends, look no further than Cosmopolitan’s 10 Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas.

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