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

By Real Simple Editors and Lauren Phillips
Updated February 07, 2020
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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 shower with appreciation 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 ladies 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 girl’s 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.

The Wing Booked & Busy Pin

For your fellow book clubbers, this enamel pin can be worn with pride on a jacket or bag, so no one will doubt her commitment to expanding her reading list.

To buy: $10;

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.

To buy: $199;

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.

To buy: $180;

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.

To buy: $65;

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.

To buy: $185;

Melsy’s Illustrations Ladies in Black Pillow

If your friends tend to match in black, give them this illustrated throw pillow, which showcases both your friendship and how cute you all are.

To buy: From$33;

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.

To buy: $20;

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

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.

To buy: From $59;

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.

To buy: $24;

Cactus Bloom Throw Pillows

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.

To buy: From $28;

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!)

To buy: $15;

BaubleBar Granita Beaded Tassel Earrings

These lightweight beaded tassel earrings are available in a host of chic pastel and metallic colors, from rose gold to classic black. She’ll love elevating any outfit from a cocktail dress to jeans and a T-shirt with these stunners.

To buy: $38;

Cathy's Concepts Monogram Cheese Board and Utensil Set

With this wood and slate cheese board accented with a personalized monogram, she won’t be able to use it without remembering your thoughtful Galentine's Day gesture. It even comes with an accompanying cheese knife, shaver, fork and spreader.

To buy: $58;

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.

To buy: $12;

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.

To buy: $16;

Book* (Wine) Tote Bag

There’s no shame in having a tote bag that does double duty—after all, wine and books seem like the recipe for a perfect Valentine’s and Galentine's Day.

To buy: $20;

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.

To buy: $10;

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.

To buy: $8,

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.

To buy: $15;