Valentine's Day was so much better in elementary school, am I right? You could easily give your crush a card without looking overly eager, forge a truce with candy hearts, and give a a Valentine's Day gifts for your best friends that truly showed you loved them.
Then, somewhere along the maturation time line, Valentine's Day became about solely one person: you're significant other. This makes sense. The day is meant to honor lovebirds. Of course the most important Valentine's Day gift you'll buy is for your actual Valentine. But what about all of the other people you love? Shouldn't you celebrate them, too?
This Feb. 14, don't forget about your other soulmates: your BFFs. On a holiday that's all about mushy movies, love songs and the color pink, it makes sense to celebrate with your girls. Leslie Knope had it right when she coined "Galentine's Day." Get the gang together, go out to brunch and take this cold, February day as an opportunity to remind your friends just how much you love them.
Since the day is marketed for significant others, finding good Valentine's Day themed gifts for your buddies is more challenging. (Although I doubt anyone would ever be opposed to receiving a box of chocolates, whether they be from a lover, a friend, a family member or honestly maybe even from a stranger.) If you're looking for the perfect present for your besties that still feel Valentine inspired, check out these awesome ideas below.
1For Your Super Sweet Friend
2For Your Practical Friend
3For Your Chardonnay-Crazy Friend
4For Your Hopeless Romantic Friend
5For Your Star Wars Obsessed Friend
I Love You/I Know Hand Towel Set, $25, Think Geek
Is there any scene more romantic in movie history? Yes, many, but this Luke and Leia hand towel set is perfectly passionate for any friend who wishes they lived in a galaxy far, far away.
6For Your Recently Engaged Friend
7For Your Fashionable Friend
Wildflower Scarf, $18, Nordstrom
This infinity scarf is so romantic looking you'd think it's straight out of a Jane Austen novel.
8For Your Funny Friend
9For Your Beer-Loving Friend
Beer holds the key to her heart, and nothing makes her more heartbroken than not being able to open a perfectly wonderful microbrew. With this heart-shaped bottle-opener key chain she'll never have to deal with a closed-off lover (aka beer bottle) again.
10For Your Beauty Obsessed Friend
Lancome Lipstick, $29, Sephora
Give the gift of a bold red with this Lancome lipstick. The color is even called Rouge in Love/Rouge Valentine, so it's great for the holiday.
11For Your Martha Stewart-esque Friend
12For The Super Feminine Friend
'Rosaviola' Candle, $35, Nordstrom
This scented candle will have her home looking and smelling like Valentine's Day all year long — which is the perfect gift for the right friend. (Caution: Do not gift to your favorite cynical companion.)
13For Your Best Friend
Mac 'N Chesse Card, $5, Urban Outfitters
Ok, so this one is just a cheesy card, but it gets the point across. Add on to any gift, and your BFF will know just how much you love her — as much as mac and cheese. Now that's a lot of love.