Ever since Leslie Knope brought Galentine’s Day into the public consciousness, women have been celebrating their best lady friends on February 13th. According to the fictional Ms. Knope, it’s “[l]adies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
Galentine’s isn’t a substitution for that other, more famous holiday one day later. It’s just a chance to make sure that some of the other people in your life feel appreciated as well. And we all know how important it is to feel appreciated.
But, what if your best gals are spread across the country, or even the globe? What if you can’t just meet up at JJ’s for brunch?
That doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the fun. Here are some ways you can make your favorite long-distance gal feel the love, even if you can’t hand deliver a mosaic made from crushed bottles of her favorite diet soda.
Revive the lost art of correspondence. Send your gal pal a set of personalized stationary and include a handwritten letter on stationary of your own. Consider including some artsy photos or drawings (if you have that particular talent) of where you live, use cool pens or do calligraphy. If you want to go full retro include a best friends broken heart necklace.
Studies have shown that we underestimate how much people truly appreciate a handwritten letter or not, and we overestimate how awkward it might make them feel. So, if you're thinking that your friend won't appreciate a handwritten letter, you're probably wrong. Give it a try.
Sure, flowers are nice, but they only last a couple of weeks at best. For some people, cut flowers are just a reminder that everything dies. That’s not the message you want to send to your favorite gal pal on Galentine’s Day. Instead, have a live plant delivered, signifying the lasting nature of your friendship.
Plus, indoor plants have all kinds of benefits, like reducing stress and improving air quality. Just make sure you’re not giving a gift that requires too much work. Try a plant that is easy to care for, like a Japanese Peace Lily or a Philodendron.
Maybe the reason your Galentine lives so far away is because she moved away from home for college or a job. Chances are pretty good there is some food from home that she absolutely craves, but can’t get where she lives now. Lots of hometown favorites can be shipped anywhere in the country. Opening a box to find her favorite chocolate sauce from home, or the absolute best ever cheese dip that she can’t find anywhere nearby will make her day.
For extra Galentine’s credit, buy some for yourself and video chat while you enjoy that little taste of home together. It will almost be like you’re both back home.
This may seem boring, but hear us out. We’re not talking about a gift card for Amazon or Target. If you know any of her favorite restaurants or shops, check out their websites to see if you can purchase a gift card online.
If you want to go the extra mile, create a special day for her by purchasing a gift card to the perfect brunch spot, one she can use for a manicure, one for a local movie theater or book store, and one for an ice cream or chocolate shop. Give her the gift of pampering herself for a day.
Personalized, Curated Gift Box
A great way to make sure she gets something she loves is to use a personalized gifting service, like EvaBot. Eva, an AI gifting assistant will chat with your Galentine to find out her favorite things and make sure she gets a gift she will truly love. Eva chooses from a catalog that includes coffee, wine, sweets, and much more. Plus, you can include a handwritten note, letting your gal pal know how much she means to you.
Bonus: it’s incredibly easy and the service is completely free; you only pay for the gifts and shipping and handling.
Galentine’s Day is a chance to show your friends how much they mean to you. That can be hard if they live far away, but there are lots of great options to still show them how much you care!