These Galentine’s Day gift ideas celebrate the wonderful women in your life.

By Real Simple Editors and Lauren Phillips
Updated January 29, 2021
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Valentine's Day isn't just about finding the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for him—it's also the perfect excuse to indulge in overpriced chocolate, Galentine's Day gifts, and your favorite bottle of wine with your best friends by your side. Galentine's Day is a pre-Valentine's Day celebration made famous by Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. It's a day to celebrate your coworkers, friends, sisters, cousins, and more: essentially, the people you love who you don't typically show appreciation to on Valentine's Day itself.

Galentine's Day can be an alternative to Valentine's Day if you don't have a significant other to shower with roses and presents, or it can be an additional celebration for the non-romantic relationships in your life. One great way to celebrate is to plan a Galentine's Day gift exchange, where you and your girls can shower each other with playful, encouraging gifts. (Sharing Valentine's Day gifts for her is also an option.)

Planning a weekend retreat sans spouses or a low-key girls’ night in for Galentine’s Day this year? Show your closest friends you love them with these fun Galentine’s Day ideas. Our favorite BFF-worthy gifts include an illustrated history book that honors 100 remarkable women who changed the world and a cheeky $10 mug that pays homage to your bond and another tight-knit group of friends. Shop the Galentine’s Day gifts at the top of our wish list below and prepare for a girls’ night for the books, no Valentine card ideas necessary.

Galentine's Day gift ideas - No-Fail Watercolor: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Painting with Confidence by Mako

No-Fail Watercolor: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Painting with Confidence by Mako


Help your galentine on her creative journey with this colorful, beginner-friendly guide to watercolor. Created by Mako—the artist behind blog and YouTube channel makoccino—this guide will walk her through techniques, picking colors, and more.

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From $13 per month,

Help your gal-pal keep her candle game strong with this subscription service, which delivers as many as two artisan candles to her door each month. The scents have vaguely seasonal themes, but they’re different from month to month, so she can enjoy fresh fragrances every 30 days—and be reminded to call you to catch up every time a new box arrives.

Galentine's Day gift ideas - Left on Friday Sports & Rec Sweatshirt

Left on Friday Sports & Rec Sweatshirt


Made with 100 percent cotton, pill-resistant, and naturally odor-resistant, this lightweight sweatshirt is the mid-weight accessory she’s been looking for. If she’s a beach bum, it’s the perfect weight (and laid-back silhouette) to throw on after a swim; if she’s a happy hour die-hard, it’s just the thing to tuck into her bag in case temperatures drop. With nine vivid colors available, whatever her style, this sweatshirt will be her go-to.

Galentine's Day gift ideas - Formulary 55 Botanical Bath & Body Gift Set in Honeycomb and Neroli

Formulary 55 Botanical Bath & Body Gift Set in Honeycomb and Neroli


This soothing set carries scents of warm honey and sweet neroli for a pampering present she’ll be excited to try. With shea butter soap, hand and body cream, and a sparkling bath tablet, it’s everything she needs for a day of self-care.

Galentine's Day gift ideas - Knix Cozzzy Track Pant

Knix Cozzzy Track Pant


Upgrade her WFH wardrobe with supremely plush and comfy pants. This pair has an on-trend cut and an impossibly soft feel, so she’ll feel chic and cozy all at once.

Galentine's Day gift ideas - MelsysIllustrations We Workout for wine Fashion Sketch

MelsysIllustrations We Workout for Wine Fashion Sketch

From $18,

Celebrate your shared passions—wine and fitness, but maybe mostly wine—with this pretty illustration. Customize the women shown to look like you and your galentine, and pick up a good frame so she has ready-to-hang wall art that will make her think of you.

Galentine's Day gift ideas - Heart-Shaped Tea Bags

Heart-Shaped Tea Bags


For a Galentine’s Day gift she’ll really use, look no further than these adorable tea bags. Each bag is shaped like a heart, so this gift has plenty of cute factor, and the varieties—English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and White Berry—will satisfy any tea fan.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Gray Malin I Am Busy Balloons

Gray Malin I Am Busy Balloons


Sure, you’re all busy, but this adorable ocean print will remind your galentine that being busy doesn’t mean giving up the finer things in life.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Babygold Custom Name Ring

Babygold Custom Name Ring


If you really want to show your galentines how much you love them, order a custom ring with her name on it. Subtle, classy, and available in three different metals, this slim ring will be her new daily bling.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Bloomscape Ponytail Palm

Bloomscape Ponytail Palm


If you share a love for plant parenting, add to her green collection with this goofy, adorable plant, which is pet-friendly, very easy to care for, and available in your choice of five planter colors.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Chefanie Swinging Farfalle

Chefanie Swinging Farfalle


If your gal-pal loves pasta, help her take her noodle love to the next level with this set of bold, playful earrings. They have the farfalle shape she knows and loves and a resin and natural pearl make, so they’ll last for many Galentine’s Days to come.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Drink More Water Bottle

Drink More Water Bottle


Real friends encourage each other to hydrate. You can’t follow your friends around all day, so give them this uplifting water bottle instead. It’ll give them an hour-by-hour guide to drinking enough water for the day, so it’s almost like you are there, cheering them on.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Pottery Barn Friends I’ll Be There for You Framed Print

Pottery Barn Friends I’ll Be There for You Framed Print

From $59,

Give your gal pals a reminder that you’ve got their back (and enjoy a little nostalgia for that time you binge-watched Friends together) with this print, available in three sizes.

Galentine’s Day gifts - Wine Gummies Trio

Wine Gummies Trio


If wine night is your go-to group activity, give your Galentine’s Day guests these tasty wine-flavored gummies to tide them over until the next happy hour. Available in rosé-, Merlot-, and Chardonnay-inspired flavors.

Galentine's Day gifts - Cactus Bloom Throw Pillows

Cactus Bloom Throw Pillows

From $28,

If she loves her succulents but has no more room in her heart (or her windowsill) for another plant, gift one of these cute cactus pillows, which has all the prickly beauty of her beloved succulents without the water and light requirements.

Galentines Day Ideas: Pies, Fries, and Ice Cream Coloring Book

Pies, Fries, and Ice Cream Coloring Book


This delicious book is sure to be a proven stress reliever for your bestie celebrating Galentine’s Day. The mouthwatering food illustrations will likely have her salivating while she sketches. (Thank goodness takeout is always just a click away!)

Galentines Day Ideas: inspirational pencil set

Inspirational Pencil Set


Elevate her work space on Galentine’s Day with this chic pencil set. Each set contains five pencils—in shades of blue and green—for the perfect reminder of who really runs the show.

Galentines Day Ideas: Relationship Astrology Book

Relationship Astrology Book


For your ride or die pal, this beginner astrology book will guide her towards enlightenment—at least in the romance department. The 224-page book will reveal how to make relationships work and help her discover the truth about her romantic path. If you’re lucky, she’ll share some of her newfound wisdom with you.

Galentines Day Ideas: Enchanted Wild Flower Soap Petals

Enchanted Wild Flower Soap Petals


These lush soap petals, shaped like realistic rosebuds, would look gorgeous displayed in a beautiful dish on her bathroom vanity or shelf. She can even use a few petals at a time for hand washing, if she so desires.

Galentines Day Ideas: The Hungoevr Cookbook

The Hungover Cookbook


For friends who love to go out and love to cook, this collection of recipes has everything they’ll need on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Galentines Day Ideas: Bad Girls Throughout History

Bad Girls Throughout History


If she’s stuck in a rut or simply wants to educate herself on #bossladies of days past, she’s sure to find inspiration amongst the 100 women showcased in this book. The must-have tome is pretty, too—it features watercolor portraits alongside inspiring essays.