Galentine’s Gift Guide


Growing up, I had a very simple understanding of what it meant to be a best friend. A best friend is someone who also named you as their best friend. In my mind, the feeling had to be mutual.

Now, of course I know friendship is more complicated than that and I’ve certainly had my fair share of ups and downs. But I’ve always enjoyed celebrating friendship, especially on Valentine’s Day. Because who said you can only show love for romantic relationships?

Then, a few years ago, a friend introduced me to Galentine’s Day, which is basically Valentine’s Day for girlfriends. SOLD! I’m all for celebrating fake holidays and this gives me another excuse to shout-out my homies.


If you’re looking for a gift for your favorite Galentines, I have a few suggestions from badass women and woman-owned businesses:


Becoming, $32.50

If your bestie is still (im)patiently waiting her turn to read Becoming, do her a favor and get her off the hold list by grabbing a copy of Michelle Obama’s best-selling memoir.


Nourish Thyself, $45

Supply your friend with a handy self-care reminder from Rayo & Honey for days when she’s stressed AF.


Well-Read Black Girl, $20

Winter isn’t over yet. With this anthology curated by WRBG founder Glory Edim, your booklover friend will have stories to read for days.


Sunday in Brooklyn Set, $32.40

Candle and tea? Yes, please. Settle in for a day full of self-love with this set from Alexandra Winbush. I won’t tell if you gift yourself one, too.


GRL PWR iPhone Case, $35

Perfect for the #girlboss on the move. CEO suite, here we come!


Spread Good Vibes, $35

Say buh-bye to bad vibes with this set from One for Women. Best part? A percentage of proceeds benefits She’s the First, an education nonprofit for girls.


The Wedding Date, $15

Cozy up with some grade-A chick lit. This isn’t your average romance novel. Diversity and humour abound in this series from Jasmine Guillory.


Citrus Drop Earrings, $18

Give your friend full Lemonade vibes with these Instaworthy earrings from A Leap of Style.


Take Flight Gift Set, $27

If your BFF is always on the go, pamper her with this chic travel set from Love Peridot. Bonus: use the promo code LTINTHECITY to take 15% off your order!