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25 Galentine's Gift Ideas To Show Your Besties You Love 'Em

Galentine's Day gifts for your bestie
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Bev, Amazon
Jan 26, 2022

Sure, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to do something special with your partner — but it’s also the perfect time to celebrate the besties, sisters, and mom figures in your life. So for Galentine’s Day, we rounded up some amazing gifts that’ll show your crew just how much you love them. (Plus some options you’ll wanna scoop up to treat yourself, too.) It’s time to shower the Meredith to your Cristina with items they’ll absolutely adore. Now just make sure they text you when they get home. Love ya.

Need some V-Day gift ideas for your S.O.? Check out all our recs here. We’ve got practical presents, sentimental gifts that’ll make ’em say ‘aw’, items to upgrade your sex life, crowd-pleasing gifts under $50, and more.

Best friend mugs, because they’re the Oprah to your Gayle…

Or vice versa. These ceramic dishwasher-safe mugs have a glossy finish and a vivid print that shouldn't chip or fade with use. Just like your friendship, it’s strong and can withstand anything that comes its way. (Aw.) You can choose between two sizes — and can even double up on the order if you want to get yourself a matching one. ($24+, Etsy)

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A bathtub tray that’ll hold all their self-care accoutrements…

Made of 100% bamboo, this one has extendable handles so you can rest easy knowing it’ll fit your bestie’s tub. It’s got special slots for books, candles, wineglasses, and a phone so they can relax (or FaceTime you) without getting bubbles all over their stuff. Ultimate bath time goals. ($39.99, Amazon)

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Insanely delicious edible cookie dough…

If your friend is having a hard time this Valentine’s Day (and even if they’re not), there’s no better gift than the gift of a sugar high. With Deux, they can scoop and enjoy the dough straight from the jar or pop it in the oven to bake. It’s plant-based, so no raw egg to worry about here, plus it’s gluten-free. With this trio they’ll get a Brownie Batter, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter flavors. Psst: Chocolate Chip has zinc and elderberry in it for immune support. So they’ll have the calmest, most delicious V-Day ever, thanks to you. ($45/3 pack, Deux)

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An instant camera and film so they can make memories last a lifetime…

The Insta grid may be where most major moments live these days, but there’s just something special about an IRL photo they can hold and display. Pics from this lightweight camera (it comes in 10+ color options) will print immediately, and they’re small enough to stash in a wallet, purse, or mini photo frame. Long days and early nights may come and go, but pics with your bestie are forever. ($77.95+, Amazon)

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Artisanal honey from one of the buzziest food brands around…

The girls that get it, get it. And this honey duo from Brightland is *it.* They’ll get two jars of 100% pure, raw unfiltered honey — one from California, one from Hawaii — in recyclable glass containers. The California orange blossom variety comes from single-estate orange groves in the Central Valley and has a citrus finish. And the Kauai wildflower honey has a molasses-like finish that’s finger-licking good. Yum. ($42/2 pack, Brightland)

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A late-night bestie for your all-time bestie…

Leave the flowers and candy to their S.O. and come in hot with this hands-free vibrator. It’s made with smooth, medical-grade silicone that just so happens to be waterproof (hellooooo, bathtime enthusiasts). It also features a powerful three-speed motor, so your galentine can adjust as needed. Celebrating from afar? No prob. Your gift will ship in discreet, nothing-to-see-here packaging. PS: Skimm’rs get 15% off. ($135, Dame)*

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A ‘cat mom’ hat so she can show off her love for her feline(s)…

Because you love her almost as much as she loves her cat. This one’s pre-washed, 100% cotton, and has an adjustable strap in the back. All she needs now is a stroll around town and a few pics for the gram so she can rock her new fave accessory for all to see. Purrr. ($16.99+ HatphileMade via Etsy)

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A bubble tea kit that’ll help them get through a tough day of Zoom calls…

This set will let your giftee make black and rooibos chai bubble tea straight from their kitchen table. They can do a hot or cold batch of homemade boba, plus they’ll get two reusable stainless steel straws. Sip, sip. ($40, Uncommon Goods)

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And for more of our favorite Valentine's (and Galentine's) Day gifts from Uncommon Goods, shop here.

New Balance sneakers to level up her OOTD looks…

These trendy sneaks can be worn on a jog, while running errands, and everywhere in between. The cushioned insole packs all the comfort and support they’ll need. Plus the fun pattern will spice up any outfit. ($54.97, Nordstrom Rack

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A tiny rose puzzle they can tinker with while watching TV…

Looking to gift something that immediately sparks joy? This mini jigsaw to the rescue. It can be completed in 20 minutes or less — so it’s the perfect satisfying thing to do while rewatching eps of “Friends” for the hundredth time. Have fun, bestie. ($15, Amazon)

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A smiley-face stud to brighten their day…

Give their ear-accessory sitch a little upgrade. You can buy a single stud or pair of smiley jewels that are safe for sensitive ears. They have butterfly back closures to prevent them from easily falling out. To care for them, tell your giftee to avoid water and remove them before showering to keep them from tarnishing. Come on, get happy. ($24/single or $48/pair, Studs)

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A handcrafted jar filled with personalized messages about why your bestie is the actual best…

This is the perfect gift to show ’em how much you really love them. The messages (you’ll pick 12 from a list of 56) come printed on heart-shaped wooden chips. Plus, you can personalize the lid with your BFF’s name and their fave colors. ($40, Uncommon Goods)

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Hydrating eye masks for when they wake up on the wrong side of the bed…

Hey, it happens. And friends don’t let friends show up to Zoom meetings with under-eye bags. These illuminating and revitalizing gel patches help get rid of dark circles and puffy skin. They’re filled with nutrient-rich minerals that’ll work to rejuvenate your BFF’s eye area and provide them with an instant boost of hydration. Plus when kept cold, they can also have an extra cooling and anti-inflammatory effect. There’s no better way to say ‘ily bestie’ than with these. ($20/24 pack, Grace & Stella)

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Heart-shaped wooden spoons because home is where the heart is…

And the heart of the home is in the kitchen. These eco-friendly, 100% natural redwood carved spoons make the perfect gift. Every time your giftee uses them for their yogurt or to scoop their coffee, they’ll think of you. Aww. ($28.99/4 pack, Amazon)

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A gua sha facial massage duo tool…

Because they’re the yin to your yang. This one is carved from pure stone and can provide plenty of benefits when used right. From relieving facial tension and stimulating circulation to facial sculpting and reducing puffiness, this self-care tool is a straight-up home run. 10/10 recommend. ($9.99, Urban Outfitters)

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Heart-shaped hoya plants…

Because your life would succ(ulent) without them in it. This set of two easy-to-care-for plants come potted in cement planters with pink rocks. They’re safe for pets and require direct sunlight and a watering every two to three weeks. Grow get it. ($44, The Bouqs Co.)

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A moisturizing body stone that’ll change the way they think about self-care…

This one from Kate McLeod is literal magic. Think of it as a replacement for body lotions and creams (aka goodbye, stickiness and oily remnants). This waterless stone softens when it comes into contact with warm, dry skin. After using it, your giftee will feel glowy, soft, and oh-so supple. It’s perfect for anyone who dreads putting on lotion or cream at the end of the day. ($14+, Kate McLeod)

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A friendship necklace she’ll want to wear for years to come…

This dainty necklace has more than 15k reviews and is a cute way to show your appreciation for your nearest and dearest. The handmade piece has a little compass hanging as a charm — because no matter how far you are from each other, she’ll always be your North Star. ($39, DearAvaGifts via Etsy)

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A cookbook for anyone who doesn’t like cooking every day…

Microwavable recipes for the win. This one by Momofuku founder and chef David Chang and food writer Priya Krishna is all about improvisation, hacks, and how to use your microwave and other easy things in your kitchen to cook. It’s perfect for new moms, busy parents, or anyone who doesn’t always have the time or energy to coordinate a big, delicious meal. ($14.99+, Amazon)

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The perfect card for when gifts aren’t your thing…

Better with words? Here ya go. This ‘ovaries before brovaries’ card is juuust what you need. We have a strong feeling they’re gonna love it. ($5.95, Always Fits)

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A tiny filter that may help them avoid some classic hangover symptoms…

If your Galentine’s Day plans consist of drinking Mr. Red and Mr. White together, you should gift them this too. They can run this wand through their wine before drinking and it’ll filter out histamines and sulfites. Aka the things that can cause reactions like congestion, red cheeks, and headaches. And no, it won’t affect the taste of their drink. Cheers. ($19.95/10 pack+, Grommet)

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A strawberry ceramic vase…

Because your bestie is mostly sweet but can sometimes be a little sour. It’s an eye-catching piece that can hold flowers, kitchen utensils, desk accessories, or whatever they want to use it for. And anyone who sees it on display will ask, “Where’d ya get that?” ($25.95, Amazon)

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A cosmetic bag for all your travels together…

A perfect choice for the gal who’s your tried-and-true travel companion. This water-resistant neoprene bag from Dagne Dover is one of our faves. It’s hand-washable, tear-resistant, and shock-absorbent, which makes it super reliable and a go-to come packing time. Plus, they’ll think of you every time they go to grab it. ($40, Dagne Dover)

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A four-piece set of one of our absolute favorite lip balms…

Trust us that your BFF will say ‘wow tysm’ when you gift this to her. All-day moisture and some subtle color? Yes, please. The set comes with a mint freshening treatment, a honey lip balm with SPF 15, a rosé lip balm with SPF 15, and the advanced therapy lip treatment Skimm HQ’rs rave about. Kisses. ($35/4 pack, Fresh)

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Canned wines for your girls’ night in…

For when you wanna give a gift that you’ll benefit from too. Bev knows what's up. It’s fizzy wine, but portable. Your giftee will get a mix of canned Rosé, Blanc, and Gris. And bonus: There's no added sugar in any of their vinos (goodbye, hangovers and headaches). Pour it up. ($99/24 pack, Bev)

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