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If you are a fan of the TV show Parks & Recreation, you know all about Galentine’s Day. Even if you aren’t familiar with the show, you are likely to have heard of this day of ladies celebrating ladies. As Leslie Knope herself explains:
“Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
I’ve long thought this was a wonderful holiday, and a great reason to celebrate the awesome women in your life. It now seems I’m not the only one, as Galentine’s Day celebrations and events are popping up all over the place. So, what does a crafty gal do to celebrate her besties on Galentine’s Day? Plan a brunch with waffles, of course, and make some heartfelt gifts! Here are some of my ideas:
First, I love the idea of creating a personal, thoughtful cared for each of your best girls on Galentine’s Day. There are plenty of options here from spending some time in the Hallmark aisles and crafting a heartfelt message to making a card from scratch. My favorite option is to make a card on the computer, print it out, and handwrite the message. That way, I can add photos, quotes, or other details specific to the recipient in a fairly efficient manner. Then I can add my own message in writing when it’s printed out.
If you are making your own card, I recommend printing it out on nice card stock or a blank, printable card, like this one.
There are also a lot of amazing handmade cards on Etsy, which you can purchase and then customize as you please. Here are a couple of my favorites:
- Uteruses Before Duderuses by TurtlesSoup
- Ann to My Leslie by The Big Lake
Handmade Gifts for Galentine’s Day
If you are reading this page, you may have an interest in knitting and/or crochet. If that is the case, you know that people often love and appreciate a hand-stitched gift item. Here in Minnesota, it is still quite chilly on Galentine’s Day, so light scarves are still very practical.
One that you can make is the Scarf Love scarf, which is the pink scarf pictured above. It is very easy to crochet and the fringe is so cute! You can get the free pattern here: Scarf Love Scarf.
For the knitters, I recommend the Shelley Cowl, which can be worn in so many ways and is just a really unique, fun knit. Get the free pattern here: Shelley Cowl.
Handmade gifts don’t have to be yarn-related, either. If you like to make DIY beauty products with essential oils, or you enjoy woodworking, repurposing, or something else, I fully believe your girls will love those types of handmade gifts on Galentine’s Day. One of my favorite gifts ever was a hand-stamped bracelet made by a friend. The bracelet had a quote from my favorite novel, Frankenstein, and that thoughtfulness really meant a lot to me.
Here are some fun DIY gift ideas:
Additional Rules for Galentine’s Day
Whatever you decide to make (or buy) for Galentine’s Day, just remember to make it personal, thoughtful, and heart-felt. You cannot go wrong putting effort and love into whatever you give. 🙂