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8 Galentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back
February 12, 2024

Gather your besties and get ready for one of the best days of the year, Galentine’s Day! 

If you are not familiar with this holiday then you’ve come to the right place. Get ready to learn all about the origins of Galentine’s Day, what it is, and when it is celebrated. Plus, you’ll get some inspiring ideas on how to spend it with your gal pals and find the most meaningful gifts for Galentine's Day. 

Celebrating Galentine’s Day: What is it? 

Galentine’s Day is the non-romantic version of Valentine’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the love shared with your female friends and honoring the really special friendships in your life. 
Of course, you don’t need a special day to shower your loved ones with affection and heartfelt gifts, but it’s always nice to have an excuse to go the extra mile to show them how much they mean to you, and Galentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to do that.
Galentine’s Day origins go back to the popular workplace comedy "Parks & Recreation." It was invented by the lead character, Leslie Knope, portrayed by actress Amy Poehler who is shown celebrating the day with her girlfriends at a local diner in the episode “Galentine’s Day”. In Leslie’s words, Galentine's Day is "the best day of the year.”

When is Galentine’s Day Celebrated? 

This wonderful day of celebrating the power of female friendships comes right before the big V-Day, on February 13th. While Valentine’s Day is all about romance, Galentine’s is all about celebrating the special bonds you share with your girlfriends.

Galentine’s Day Gifts

No matter how you choose to celebrate your friendships on Galentine’s Day, a thoughtful gift exchange should not be missing. After all, what better way to celebrate than by giving meaningful gifts that not only make your loved ones feel special but also give back to a great cause?
At VOW for Girls, we are dedicated to supporting and empowering girls all around the world, and we offer a wide range of thoughtful gifts that support this mission. By making a donation or purchasing any of our products, you not only show your love and appreciation towards your friends, but also contribute to our efforts to keep girls in school, provide safe spaces for them to learn, and offer them job training and skills.
If you are looking for the best gifts for Galentine’s Day, you are definitely in the right place. Here are our top Galentine’s Day gift recommendations that we’re sure your friends will appreciate: 
  1. A Donation that Empowers Girls Around the World – For the friend who champions girls and women’s rights
Flowers fade, but impact is forever! Join us in supporting girls across the globe with access to resources and education, and help them take back their rights to choose love on their own terms.
Make a donation to VOW for Girls in your Galentine’s honor, and really share the love and support this Galentine's Day. Click “dedicate donation” when making your gift.
  1. VOW Ring Collection - For the luxury-loving friend From $125
The VOW Ring Collection is the perfect Galentine’s Day gift for your friends who love a little luxury as the rings not only showcase a stunning design but also support a meaningful cause. This collection represents a classic and embellished look that adds a touch of elegance to any outfit. 
Available in a variety of metal options such as 18K Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum, and Sterling Silver, these rings cater to different preferences and styles. 
30% of the proceeds are donated to VOW.
  1. Designer Womenswear - For the stylish friend - Price varies
If you’re looking for the perfect Galentine's Day gift for your stylish friend then look no more! Natori’s designer luxury womenswear is the gift that will meet all of your expectations. 
Imagine lingerie that demands attention, nightwear that whispers "extravagant sleepover," and chic loungewear that your friend will never want to part with.
A percentage of each purchase will be donated to VOW by selecting our charity on the product or cart page. 
  1. Hope Artwork - for the artistic friend - Price varies
Looking for the perfect Galentine's Day gift for your artistic friend? Look no further than  Hope Artwork by Artfolly Art Stories! 
This stunning art piece not only makes a beautiful addition to any space, but it also carries a powerful message. The Hope Artwork, the first piece in their empowering series called The Face of Empowerment, is not only a symbol of optimism but also a way to support a great cause. Show your friend how much you appreciate their artistic spirit while simultaneously making a positive impact on the world.
In celebration of International Women's Day, Artfolly Art Stories will be donating to VOW a whopping 50% of the profits from every art piece sold in March.
  1. Loungewear Staples - for the friend who loves comfort - Price varies
Looking for the perfect gift to surprise your comfort-loving bestie this Galentine's Day? Look no further than Loungewear Staples by Woodley + Lowe! 
These ethically made clothes from LA are designed to easily mix and match everything in your friend's closet, ensuring comfort and style. But that's not all! 
Another wonderful thing about W+L is that they believe in sustainability and reducing their fashion footprint which is why they launched W. You can also take their pieces to a whole new level by adding your artwork, and embellishments, or repurposing them to sell on their site.
With every purchase, 3% of the proceeds go towards supporting VOW, specifically women's education. So, by selecting "women's education" at checkout, you'll be making a difference while also giving your friend the gift of cozy perfection.
  1. Mikimoto - for your most feminine friend - Price varies
Mikimoto pearls are truly the perfect Galentine’s Day gift for your most fabulous girlfriend. They have been captivating the hearts of women all over the world for over 130 years.  With its dedication to blending tradition and innovation, Mikimoto has managed to constantly reinvent the world of beauty.
Mikimoto has recently shown its generosity by making a sponsorship donation to VOW, proving that it not only creates stunning pieces but also gives back to the community. So why not surprise your most feminine friend with a gift that embodies elegance, style, and a touch of philanthropy?
  1. Solstice Hoops - for your friend who values sustainability - $37
Looking for the perfect gift for your sustainability-loving friend this Galentine's Day? The Solstice Hoops might be just what you need. 
These contemporary crescent-shaped earrings are not only beautifully curved but also hand-hammered for a unique texture and finished for a stunning shine. These best-selling earrings are made from sustainably sourced brass and silver-plated brass and are handcrafted by artisans who have escaped human trafficking.
30% of sales made through our link will benefit VOW, so you can feel good about your purchase.
  1. Bridal Clutch & Accessories - for your soon-to-be-bride friend
If your friend just got engaged, surprise her with a luxury handmade bridal clutch from the Bella Rosa Collection, as a Galentine’s Day gift. You can also personalize it with an engraved interior plaque featuring her wedding date or a special message to make it even more meaningful. Plus, each clutch is handcrafted with love in Italy, ensuring the best in craftsmanship and elegance. 
2% of every purchase in the collection benefits VOW. So not only will your friend look stunning on her special day, but she'll be making a difference too.

Is Galentine’s Day Only for Women? 

Definitely not. Galentine's Day is not an exclusive holiday only for women. At its core, it embraces everyone, regardless of their gender or orientation, to celebrate friendship and the loved ones who remain constant. 
So, feel free to celebrate with any and all friends. Galentine's Day is all about honoring the value of true friendship and expressing how much you care for the significant individuals in your life, beyond your romantic relationships.

Other Ideas to Celebrate Galentine’s Day

There are countless ways to celebrate Galentine's Day and show your closest friends how much you appreciate them. Here are some other things you can do to make this day extra special:

Host a Galentine's Day brunch 

Invite your closest girlfriends over for a delicious brunch. Decorate the table with flowers and heart-shaped treats. Take turns sharing what you love about each other and create long-lasting fun memories together.

Host a 24-Hour Read-a-Thon

For the more introverted friends, this might be the best way to spend a lovely, relaxing day and enjoy each other’s company.

Go on a hike

If you have a beautiful natural setting in your area, going on a hike with your best friends can also be a very fun yet grounding and calming experience. Spending time in nature is always beneficial and doing it with your loved ones makes it even better. 

Hold a bake-off

Whether you and your friends feel talented in the kitchen, holding a bake-off is always a fun experience. It’s a great way to let your inner child shine in a friendly competition.

Go on a spa day

Going on a spa day is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a little self-care routine with your besties.

Exchange appreciation notes

A simple yet bonding experience to have with your friends. It shows everyone that they are appreciated for who they are which boosts confidence, elevates mood, and makes your bonds even stronger.

Host a slumber party

Go back to your childhood years by organizing a full-on slumber party with your closest friends for the ultimate Galentine’s Day girls night. Reminisce the good old days by watching movies, wearing face masks, and indulging in your favorite snacks.

A Galentine’s photoshoot

What is more fun than getting dressed up and doing a photoshoot with your friends? Here’s a few Galentine’s photoshoot ideas you can try out this year; dress up to a theme; set your house up with Galentine’s party decor like pink and red balloons, cushions, and candles, and snap some beautiful photos; do a 60s, 70s, or 80s costume-inspired photoshoot; pick an outdoor place and special clothes, and create your own Galetine’s day aesthetic for the photos. The list is endless, but you get the point, be creative! 
About VOW for Girls

From wedding registry donations to partner product purchases, everything donated to VOW (that’s 100% of donations!) goes directly to community-driven efforts to help girls around the world. Our grantees, which are mainly women-led local organizations, use the funding we provide to directly support girls.Twelve million girls a year, some as young as 8, become child brides. VOW is a global movement of the wedding industry community, partners and couples who are dedicated to a world where no child is ever a bride and where every girl has the chance to live the life she loves.If you’re in the wedding industry and you’re interested in becoming involved, please find more wedding inspiration and advice in our blog, consider becoming a VOW Pro partner and learning more about VOW’s mission to end child marriage. If you’re an engaged couple and want to learn more about supporting VOW, please visit our couples page. We can’t wait to see what good we can do together!
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