It’s February. We get it. That means Valentine’s Day. But – perhaps more importantly, even – we’ve actually found more excitement in our Galentine’s Day plans. Now – more than any year before – we’re thrilled to celebrate our friendships. So check out the list below for some gifting ideas. OR, #treatyoself. Because you deserve it!
If you are friends with someone who considers themselves a wine connoisseur (i.e. not people like me, who just drink whatever option they have and smile through the bitterness), Savino is probably a pretty good gift bet for them. Made with a float inside that prevents oxidation and makes it easy to pour, this carafe keeps your wine fresh for up to a week. (If you’re like my friends, you won’t even get to a week.) It’s available in glass and acrylic, and is a beautiful addition to anyone’s bar! Find out more at SavinoWine.com.
We’ve all turned into pretty staunch feminists over the last few years, but never have I seen such camaraderie until this year. So, for your activist sisters, we’ve got RaygunSite.com. They’ve got a flurry of incredible, head turning, feminist designs right now… and a slew of other awesome shirts designed, printed, and distributed in the midwest. Be careful – you may find yourself purchasing every temporary tattoo and bold notebook they produce. (OR you may just see me on the homepage wearing the Obamas.)
Increasingly, the western world is discovering the health benefits of fragrance that eastern teachings have been regarding all along. For your friend who wants to get more in touch with the earth and more holistic options, consider an aromatic diffuser. We’ve got a list of some fun ones here, but Groupon is currently running specials on several like these.
GLOW FOR A CAUSE
There’s this incredible self-care line called GLOW for a cause that is blowing our minds right now. Not only do they make an array of incredible products – including, but certainly not limited to, body butters, candles, and perfumes – but they donate a portion of their proceeds to several non profit organizations. We’re big fans of the identifiable, natural ingredients in their products, as well as the uplifting messages that they have named each creation.
Our favorite? A scent called “inspire”, which we have in the solid perfume variety. It makes us feel light and hopeful as soon as we put it on, with just enough pop to make it noticeable, but not too much to be overwhelming. Check it out here.
Birdie by JEMMA
Have a friend that loves to sweat it out in the gym? (Hey, we’d all like to THINK that’s us, but we know the truth.) There is nothing more convenient – or more fashionable – than The Ultimate Work Out Bag by JEMMA bags. Katherine Schwarzenegger is already a big believer in the Birdie design, which hosts secret storage for all of your essentials from office to gym, including laptop and phone pockets, a compartment for athletic shoes, AND a washable drawstring laundry bag and cosmetics bag to keep all of your things together. Find out more at JemmaBag.com! (And consider getting one for yourself, if it’s a #treatyoself kind of day!)
SKINNIES COCKTAIL MIXERS
We’re big proponents of all things yummy. When what we’re advocating also has zero calories and is all natural? Well, you really can’t go wrong. So we were thrilled to try out each of the flavors in the SKINNIES lineup: Baja Margarita, New York Cosmo, London Gimlet, and Maui Mai Tai. It works just like a Crystal Light packet, and you can add a suggested amount of soda to each packet if you’d like as well! They’re so fruity and flavorful, that it’s almost like enjoying your favorite popsicle in the summer months, but it happens year round! Purchase a couple of boxes to gift, or throw them out for consideration at your next party.
Some people really like to spend time in the kitchen. (Good, because that keeps those of us not as committed to the art out of the kitchen.) Indulge your friend in tools for their every day happiness, like this nonstick cookware set. (Available via Groupon now!)
FUN THROW PILLOWS
For the comfy cozy friend, consider a throw pillow or pillowcase, like the above from Society6. If you purchase from a marketplace like that, money goes back to the artist who designed it. We have made some really colorful artist friends from the site, which runs regular discounts and is relatively inexpensive and fun! (Pro Tip: Click the type of item that you want, then a subject matter or quote in the search bar. i.e. Choose “throw pillow” then type the word “fuck” into the search bar, like we did.)
For your witchy/gypsy babe, consider either getting or making a tapestry for their home. Even if they don’t have enough wall space or you’re not sure exactly what to get them, there are millions of options online (See: the above design at Society6), and a ton of DIY options. Not only that, but they serve many purposes. Wall art, prayer blanket, room separator, canopy, etc. Your options are basically endless!
GEL PEN SET
Your artsy babe is going to love the ever living daylights out of something like this. Reminisce on childhood with a full gel pen set, like this one we found on Groupon. (You can probably assemble a pretty stellar one on your own, too!)
THREE LEAVES CO.
Your adventure babe deserves some small business swag to take with her on her next journey. Three Leaves Co. – a small town Maryland brand that inspires a love of adventure – has an array of unique and simple designs to bring a fire to your life. Plus, they have a subscription box. So maybe that’s your go-to?
Meredith Schneider is often referred to as an entrepreneur, photographer, writer, and multi-media maven. In her free time, she likes to make baked goods and complete DIY projects. She loves Batman. You can find her random musings on Twitter and Instagram.