Who's amped for Galentine's Day this year? Whether you plan to celebrate it virtually one more time or are prepping for an in-person brunch in its full glory, you won't want to meet up with your mates empty-handed. In the midst of making extravagant waffle grocery lists and planning coordinating outfits with our favorite ladies, the MSA team has also thought up great Gal's Day gifts for February 13th!
Wondering what the heck we're talking about? Any fan of the satirical sitcom Parks & Recreation will recall the 2010 episode about a Valentine's Day Eve celebration. The unmatched protagonist, Leslie Knope, holds a boozy brunch to celebrate her girlfriends. In Leslie's own words: "Every February 13, my ladyfriends 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." An important detail is that Leslie's favorite food has become a hallmark of the holiday, that food being waffles. It's the perfect excuse to go big, like really big, on brunch!
The MSA Team's Recommendations for Galentine's Day Gifts
Need a few ideas to get your Gal's Day gifting brainstorm started? Our team is rarin' to share the items we've ordered in celebration of our most special ladies near and far. From plants to candles, wine to sip, and snacks to share, our besties, sisters, cousins, and, well, selves, are going to feel so loved on this season. Here's what we picked:
Gift idea: Winc Subscription
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get 4 bottles for $24.95! No coupon needed - just use this link.
Who it's for: My bestie
Why she chose it: "My best gal pal and I live in different cities, and we try and set some time aside each month to catch up via Zoom for a virtual happy hour. We both usually bring a glass of wine, so sending her a box of Winc wines feels like the perfect Galentine’s Day gift. If I’m lucky, maybe she’ll even tuck a bottle away so we can open it together in person the next time I visit!"
Image from our review.
Gift idea: Vellabox
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get 50% off your first box! (price varies)
Who it's for: Best friend
Why she chose it: "Vellabox is my personal favorite subscription box, but for Galentine's Day gifts, it's my go-to, too. I know candles are a tricky gift because scent preferences are so specific, but in over a year of receiving Vellabox, I've never received a candle I didn't love. It's even better now because, at the start of the year, the company added scent preferences for both personal and gift subscriptions. Hate floral scents? Skip them. Love sweet-and-spicy aromas? You can find them here. Can't decide? There's a 'surprise me' option.
In addition to a candle, every box includes a bonus gift (my favorites have included an amazing natural body lotion and a calming pillow spray for bedtime). Prices are so impressive for such high-quality artisan candles without toxic ingredients, with subscriptions starting at $12. If you want to gift a one-time box instead of a subscription, Vellabox even has a Galentine's Day box complete with a candle (choose from three scents for your bestie!), a soap bar, a face mask—the relaxing kind, not the COVID kind—and a really beautiful rose-colored scrunchie."
Read our Vellabox reviews and more from Paige here!
Gift idea: Cabin socks
Who it's for: My wife
Why he chose it: "She's always saying how cold she is. When she wears my winter socks, she loves them. So I'm going to get her her own. Especially since Punxy Phil just saw his shadow."
Read more from Carlos here!
Gift idea: Holo Taco Rainbow Nail Polish bundle
Who it's for: My sister or myself
Why she chose it: "This nail polish is absolutely stunning. It has a linear holo effect that mesmerizes, especially in sunlight. I love this collection because you get rainbows upon rainbows, a perfectly colorful mani or pedi to brighten up anyone's day. Holo Taco also has a killer range of base and top coats that help to keep your manis solid for days."
Read more from Abby here!
Gift idea: SnackCrate
ACTIVE DEAL: Get your first "original" size box for $5 No coupon needed - just use this link.
Who it's for: Gals who have February birthdays
Why she chose it: "I love snacks and therefore I gift snacks to people I love. I have friends whose birthdays are close to Valentine's/Galentine's Day, so they tend to celebrate both special days at once. That's no fair! I plan to gift 3-month subscriptions to February babies so they can feel cherished for longer."
Gift idea: HelloFresh Subscription
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! 16 Free Meal + Three Surprise Gifts + Free Shipping. No coupon needed - just use this link.
Who it's for: My two best friends who are moving to a new apartment.
Why she chose it: "First of all. Delicious meals delivered to your door? That's a gift made in heaven for everyone!
After trying HelloFresh with them for about two months during the holidays, it was evident that it’s such a HUGE time saver. Since they’re moving soon, I thought it would be great to take groceries and think about what to eat out of their minds. I might even send one to my Mom because this is so helpful for everyone, and it’s a nice break to deal with recipes instead of having to think about meal ideas every day!"
Gift idea: Witch Baby Soap Box
Who it's for: My best friend/cousin, Patrice
Why she chose it: "My best friend is also my cousin. We are so close; she truly is like the sister that I never had! I like getting her a few boxes of Hot Tamales (her favorite candy) and a few bath bombs for Valentine's Day. She is always doing things for her family and friends-- she deserves some treats and to be loved on too! She is always keeping up with the lunar phases and astrology, so this box is right up her alley! I used to review the Spell Box years ago and I can attest-- it is phenomenal! Each quarterly box has a theme for the seasons and a bath bomb for each lunar phase. The scent profiles they use are earthy, yet sexy and vibrant-- tremendously unique! The spring box is sold out presently, but that doesn't mean you can't surprise your bestie with a pre-order on the summer box!"
Gift idea: Garden Nook Box
Who it's for: My heart friend, Jesse
Why she chose it: "My friend Jesse is the most nurturing plant parent, it blows my mind. He moved across the country a couple of years ago, but often surprises me with the best gifts in the mail, like a handmade mug from a potter he knows and honey from an apiarist he's friends with. (Jesse, I wish I could hug you right now!) Meanwhile, my cousin Andrea is an equally amazing plant mom AND human mom, and the founder of Garden Nook Box, which is SO CUTE. Dude, supporting my family member's small business to bring joy to my heart friend sounds like kind of an epic Galentine's Day situation. So pumped about it."
Gift idea: Rainbow cake from Carlo's Bakery
Who it's for: It’s for me (but I’ll share)
Why she chose it: "Valentine's and Galentine's Day is always a good reason to treat yourself, and I knew that with my boyfriend being away on military orders I would be getting myself something sweet. The stars aligned when DoorDash offered a promo for 50% off for some of their national partners *and* Carlos Bakery had a buy one cake get one cake free promo. Yes, that is a lot of cake. I have zero regrets. And since I now get two cakes, I can bring one to work and share with my favorite female coworkers while having a cake I can eat at home- even choosing to start from the middle rather than cutting a slice if I’m feeling particularly deviant."
Gift idea: Bubbles & Books subscription
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 10% on your first box!
Who it's for: My Mama
Why she chose it: "When I think of Galentine's Day, relaxation and self-care are two words that instantly come to mind, and I can't of anything more relaxing than soaking in a hot tub with a bath bomb while reading a romance novel. This fun sub comes with two paperback novels and 4-7 handmade bath and body items which means your special gal can get more than one luxurious soak out of the box, turning Galentine's Day into Galentine's week!"
Gift idea: Backbone One for iPhone with Backbone+ Subscription
Who it's for: My BFFL (best friend for life), my ride-or-die bad boss babe
Why she chose it: "My bestie and I are two totally different people, and I think that’s what has made our friendship so strong and long-lasting. She is one of those genius tech girls that love ‘nerd' things like video games and reading product specs. This little gadget is perfect for her, and I know she will absolutely love it because it’s portable, lightweight, and is an innovative way to turn your phone into a convenient handheld gaming system for various apps that support controllers. The brand also has a subscription service called Backbone+, and a free year of the subscription comes with the product! It gives exclusive perks, like free months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, other service free trials, in-game items, and more. I seriously am so excited to gift this to her!"
Read more from Naomi here!
Gift idea: Facetory subscription
Who it's for: My Mom
Why she chose it: "I’m subscribed to Facetory because 1) I love sheet masks and 2) I like having sheet masks on hand to add to gifts on occasion. My Mom also loves sheet masks and we enjoy masking together any chance we get, which unfortunately isn’t very often since we live in different countries. When she visited me last year, she had to quarantine for two weeks when she returned home to Australia and I made sure to load her up with enough sheet masks to mask every day. My Mom is my greatest inspiration and I’d love to treat her to her own subscription."
Gift idea: Vine Oh! subscription
ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get $5 off and a FREE third bottle of wine with every box... for the life of your subscription!
Who it's for: Any wine lover!
Why she chose it: "Vine Oh! is a wonderful gift for any wine lover in your life or even a great gift to treat yourself with! Each box features two bottles of wine plus a few extras that will help you feel fabulous and relaxed. The thing that I love about this subscription is that each box feels like a little care package, curated with love that will make anyone in your life feel special!"
Gift idea: Massage gift certificate
Who it's for: My wife
Why he chose it: "Nothing makes my wife happier than an hour (or, honestly, many more) of quiet and relaxation. So what better than a massage? It's her favorite activity so, really, it's an easy decision."
Read more from Ariel here!
What are you planning on gifting for Galentine's Day this year, and who's the lucky recipient? Let us know in a comment below!