As Valentine’s Day approaches, so too does an equally as important holiday — Galentine’s Day. Typically celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day recognizes the friendships and gals in your life that have been with you through just about everything. After standing by you through the good, bad, and ugly, it’s important to celebrate the friendships in your life that make the unbearable, well, bearable.
From self-care must-haves to 5K runs and slumber parties, these Galentine’s Day gift ideas are the perfect way to show your friends just how much you care about them. Without further ado, here’s what you should buy the best ladies in your life.
The Beauty Maven
Give your lips some love this season with Bitchstix. Made from all-natural and organic ingredients, these chapsticks both soothe and restore your lips and inspire you to live boldly with its eye-catching packaging.
Bitchstix Lip Balm, $10 each at bitchstix.com
This facial boasts an enzyme application, a mini eye treatment, a skin smoothing hydrator, and a makeup refresher. Talk about the royal treatment.
Petite Herbal Facial, $50 for 40 minutes at materiamedicaspa.com
Perfect for the makeup junkie in your friendship circle, this blush palette has six different shades that can be used on your cheeks, lips or eyes.
Crown 6 color cream blush palette, $26 at crownbrush.com.
BLUSH Lacquers was founded in 2018 with the idea of creating sophisticated, elegant, and feminine polishes. Its Valentine’s Day selection has more than 20 shades perfect for any occasion.
BLUSH Lacquers nail polish, $10-$13 at blushlacquers.com.
This nourishing, all-natural body lotion is packed with organic cocoa butter, softening organic aloe, soothing lavender hydrosol, and vitamin-rich organic sunflower oil. Dry skin, who?
Etta + Billie Lavender Body Lotion, $29.99 at shop.homespunindy.com
Wine and Dine
Why send flowers when you can send a lasagna? Send-A-Friend Lasagna’s Valentine’s Day Deal includes a fresh lasagna and a heart-shaped cake from Circle City Sweets. Choose from vanilla, chocolate or red velvet cake for $10. Packages are delivered on February 13 or 14.
Send-A-Friend Lasagna, $41.50-$73 at sendafriendlasagna.com.
Treat your besties to a nice bottle of wine this Galentine’s Day. Mallow Run Winery has a diverse selection of wines, including Firefly White, Picnic Red, and Blueberry Wine.
Mallow Run Winery – Bottle, starting at $15 at mallowrun.com.
Urban Bites is a small charcuterie business run by Kelly Fenner. For Valentine’s Day, she’s selling charcuterie boxes for $25. Each box is chalked full of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and chocolate. Customers can place an order through @urbanbites777 on Instagram.
Urban Bites Valentine’s Day Box, $25 at instagram.com.
Spend some quality time with your girlfriends and learn to cook a gourmet pizza thanks to Cozy Meal. The class is three hours long and includes a 4-course meal. In addition to pizza, guests will feast on caesar salad, tiramisu, and a platter of meats, cheeses, vegetables, and pickles.
Gourmet Pizza-Making Workshop, $139 per person at cozymeal.com
Available for individuals who are 18+ years old, Painting with a Twist is hosting its SINGLE Love Trees painting class on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. The twist? Wine and beer are available to purchase (for those who are of age, of course).
Painting with a twist, starting at $39 at paintingwithatwist.com
Ah, yes, an insulated wine glass, the gift your gals didn’t know they needed. Looking for a way to make this gift 10x better? Pair it with a bottle of wine from Mallow Run Winery!
Porter Insulated Wine Glass, $32 at silverinthecity.com
The Active Maven
This year, NIFS is hosting a 5K run and half marathon from 9-2 p.m. at White River State Park. Spend some quality time with your gals and get a nice workout in.
Be My Valentine 5K, starting at $45 at runsignup.com
Word on the street is fanny packs are back in style. This waterproof fanny pack is perfect for the hiker or avid outdoor enthusiast in your life.
Waterproof fanny pack, $39.50 at shopbluepeppermint.com
Support your besties fitness goals with a new workout outfit. Oak and Ivy Boutique’s ivory biker short set is both cute and comfortable.
Seamless Long Sleeve Biker Short Set, $61.50 at oakandivyboutique.co
One thing to never ever leave the house without is SPF. iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+ is perfect for that active friend who’s always running around town — literally.
iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50, $48 at vagaro.com.
Can one truly ever have enough claw clips? This Amir Neutral Hair Claw Set comes with three medium-sized claw clips in Black, mocha, and cream.
Amir Neutral Hair Claw Set, $26 at lilyandsparrowboutique.com
The Hot Room is a hot yoga and hot pilates studio with a handful of locations around Indianapolis. Each studio focuses on strengthening both the body and mind and challenges participants to live their best lives. Newbies are able to get their first two weeks for $59 as part of its New Student Special.
The Hot Room, $59 for the New Student Special at thehotroom.com
Self-Care is Productive
Nothing screams self-care quite like a new set of nails. The W Nail Bar is known for its sleek manicures with either natural-looking or elegant designs.
The W Nail Bar, starting at $30 at thewnailbar.com
LED therapy helps with anti-aging and is also utilized for its anti-inflammatory capabilities. It’s the perfect gift for your skincare-obsessed Galentine.
LED therapy at Nomadic Skincare, $20 at nomadicskincare.glossgenius.com
Something your Galentine’s can never have enough of is body butter. Heaven Organics was founded and made right here in Indiana. Its products are formulated with organic ingredients and handmade with a special butter mix containing raw butters like mango and murumuru.
Heaven On Earth Organics Body Butter, $26.50 at heavenonearthlove.com
One of the first steps to self-care is getting yourself organized. Plan your week out and map out your dreams with this Dream. Plan. Do. Weekly planner by local influencer, Julia K. Crist. Each planner contains a blank quote section to input a motivating message for the week, too.
Julia K. Crist Dream Plan Do Planner, $19.25 at shopjuliakcrist.com
Made from natural soy wax, candles from Antique Candle Co. are poured and packaged in Lafayette, Indiana. Candle scents range from clean cotton to salted caramel to pineapple coconut. The best part? Some of their candles come in antique glasses.
Antique Candle Co., starting at $28 at antiquecandleco.com
CBD gummies have been making headlines in recent years and with good reason. For many, these help them relax and feel calm, which is the ultimate form of self-care.
Watermellon Wellness by Happy Fruit, $32 at www.indycbdplus.com
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Penn and Beech is quickly become a girls-night staple. The way it works is you bring your Galentines and customize your own candle scent, choosing from a variety of scents to mix together. After choosing your vessel, aka the part that’ll hold your candle, you mix together 3-4 scents of your choosing, wait for it to cool, then light it up!
Penn and Beech, starting at $28 at pennandbeech.com
This chocolate and wine class includes a flight of all four SoChatti origins chocolate and is paired with a variety of wines. You and your gals can also see a tour of its chocolate factory, snack on a charcuterie board, and create drop candies. They’ve even thrown in a few Valentine’s Day surprises!
Valentine’s Day Chocolate and Wine Class, $110 per person at sochatti.com
Located conveniently near some of the best of Indy’s dining options, Bottle Works Hotel is the best location to have a girls night, aka a slumber party. The rooms are decked out with marble bathrooms and insane details. The hotel also boasts a nail salon and spa, so you basically never have to leave.
Slumber Party at Bottle Works Hotel, starting at $209 at bottleworkshotel.com
The Salt Lounge at Sharper Image allows guests to bask in the dark salt particles of its Himalayan salt bricks. The lounge boasts respiratory and cardiovascular benefits, and may also reduce inflammation and improve airway passages. Most importantly, the dry salt helps your skin look healthy and youthful.
Sharper Image Salt Lounge, $99 per person at sharpersurgery.com
How’s the old saying go, catch flights and not feelings? Sip on some coffee flights at Rose and Lois. The coffee flight includes blueberry scone doppio, nitro, drip, and cold brew.
Coffee flight, $9.50 at roseandlois.com
Samantha Kupiainen is a regular contributor to Indy Maven.
All of our content—including this article—is completely free. However, we’d love it if you would please consider supporting our journalism with an Indy Maven membership.