February is definitely not just for lovers anymore. Galentine’s Day, celebrated February 13, is a day devoted to spoiling and celebrating your best girlfriends. Nothing makes more sense than taking a full day to show the gals (or others) in your life that you love and appreciate their friendship all year round. While Valentines Day can be a dicey for some, Galentine’s Day dates will never stand you up. We suggest pampering your supportive gal pals with gifts and then enjoying them together. Here are our picks for some Galentine’s gifts your ladies will love! —Jenn Wint
Flowers die but potted plants live forever, or at least until we neglect them. Plantsome offers a great entry point into ‘plant parenthood’ with plants named Shania, Taco and Bruce.Having plants in your home or office reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves sleep.You can also talk to them. A vibrant potted plant will be an ongoing reminder to your favourite gal, just how loved she really is.
Chocolates are out, donuts are IN! Donuts are the trendiest treat on the block. They’re also easy to share and so delicious. Find your most popular neighbourhood donut shop and get the big box with the most exciting flavours to take to your Galentine’s Day event. Cartems in Vancouver offers a V/GF Double Chocolate, Blueberry Lavender and Dulce Crunch that melt in your mouth!
It’s scientifically proven that spending time with girlfriends is good for your health. So why not add some bubbly, celebrate your friendships and let the oxytocin flow! Divergence Brut pairs perfectly with charcuterie meats, cheeses and pastry based appetizers. For something special try award-winning Evolve Pink Effervescence from Time Family of Wines in BC’s Okanagan.
Empower your bestie by gifting an intimate portrait experience and photoshoot with Mateus Studios. Not a boudoir shoot but a personal confidence building experience, this isn’t just about portraits, it’s about sparking a flame and expressing sensuality without shame. You know she’s beautiful inside and out, now she’ll have photo proof.
Jen Sookfong Lee’s memoir, Superfan: How Pop Culture Broke my Heart, explores the Vancouver-based author’s life-long obsession with pop culture. The book shares 90s pop culture as a lens to explore family, grief, the power of female rage, Asian fetish, and what it’s cost to resist the trap of being a “good Chinese girl.”
Nurture your favourite gals with wellness tisanes, organic teas and medicinal remedies for daily rituals. Loose leaf tea from Ranger Tea revitalizes ancestral plant medicine for self-care, community and the next generations with respectfully gathered mountain botanicals and organic tea-crafting steeped in ancestral wisdom for the People, Plant Kin and Nunak “Land”.
Perfect for lounging, running errands, hitting the town or transitioning from one to the other, Lav and Kush rompers are made of breathable bamboo jersey fabric. The styles are super comfy and flatter every body. The wrap neckline offers coverage and the soft elastic waist offers all the confidence and relaxation whether on the go or on the couch. And there are pockets, need we say more?