I just love love. And there are so many different types of love to celebrate. Romantic love sure is grand, but it’s not the only stripe on the rainbow of love. There’s the love we feel for brothers and sisters, love for our community, love for our pets and love for our fandoms. And most importantly, there’s the love we have for our friends.
I’d argue that platonic love is one of the thickest stripes on that rainbow. Friends are like a family that we choose for ourselves. They are the people that we select to surround ourselves with, to offer our support and to share our laughter. I’m so chuffed that there is now a whole holiday celebrating friendship: Galentines Day. Oh, you don’t know what Galentines Day is? That’s ok. I’m gonna let my buddy Leslie explain…
Now, I know that Leslie likes to celebrate her lady friends on February 13th, and that’s rad. But I like to do things a little differently. See, I have a lot of dude buddies as well as lady buddies, so I think that for me, Galentines Day is a celebration of all my friends, not just the lasses.
A huge part of Galentines Day is the gifts. You don’t have to be a Leslie-Knope-Level Gift Wizard to show your buddies you care this February 13th. Here are my top 5 picks for awesome-arse Galentines Day pressies.
I enjoy making knitted goodies for the people I love the most. And knitted socks are one of my favourite gifts. There’s something super special about reaching into your drawer and pulling out a hand-knitted pair of sockies to warm up your chilly toes. Knitted socks are like a hug for your feet, in a totally non-weird way.
Yummy treats are the perfect way to show someone you care about them. They’re delicious, they’re sweet and they take a bit of extra effort than a box of chocolates. What’s even better than home-made cookies? Making a batch and then inviting your friend over to enjoy them with a pot of tea and delightful conversation.
3. Comic books
Comics make a super rad gift because they’re inexpensive, they’re lightweight so they can be sent by post and they’re loads of fun. Grab a few different titles and give them to a geeky mate to enjoy at their leisure. You might introduce them to a new favourite series and it gives them something quirky to enjoy with their morning coffee.
4. A massage voucher
So many of us struggle to make time to do things for ourselves. How about giving your friend a chunk of time just for them? Massage vouchers don’t have to be crazy expensive, many places will offer neck and shoulder massages for as little as $15. Giving your mate that piece of paper gives them permission to take that moment for themselves and really enjoy a bit of pampering.
5. Your time
You don’t actually have to buy your friend anything to show them how much they mean to you. These days I find it so difficult to make time to catch up with all my favourite people on a regular basis. So when I do get a chance to hang out with a mate, it’s so precious. If you want to make someone feel really special, I suggest making a date to hang out with them. Whether you go out for a fancy meal, indulge in an activity or just have an old-fashioned gab-fest on your couch, giving them your undivided attention will show them how valuable they are to you.
What are your favourite Galentines Day gifts? What would you like to receive from your besties this Galentines Day?