Lifestyle Blog By Shauna Young

Galentine's Gift Guide: Celebrating All the Wonderful Women in your Life!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

It’s crazy to think that we’ve already gone through the first month of 2018. What’s even crazier, is the fact that we’re only a week away from that dreaded “holiday”…. Valentine’s day.
I’m kidding (somewhat), to be honest it really doesn’t affect my life whatsoever. It’s just another Wednesday in a week. Personally, I don’t consider it a holiday but more of a day to put pressure on couples to spend a crazy amount of money on each other.  I don’t see why we need to put so much pressure on one day. And for those couples, why do we need an official day to give gifts to that person you care about? Anyways, that’s a whole other discussion and not the point of this post. What I did realize, however, was that since my holiday gift guide for Christmas,  I enjoyed shopping around for different things and creating a list for you to either use for yourself or for someone else. Now, I thought it would be a little strange for me to do a traditional gift guide for Valentine’s day since I am very single. I won’t be shopping around for a guy so if I’m going to be completely honest, I really didn’t want to look around for any “gifts for him”. Instead, I’ve been feeling this overwhelming surge of girl power. With all that has happened in the past year politically along with the “me too” campaign, I really feel like the world is finally giving attention to issues that have been affecting 50% of the human race. 2018 really seems like a time of change for women in regards to pay equity, sexual harassment, and our general rights to be autonomous and empowered. With that, in true Leslie Knope fashion, this gift guide is dedicated to us ladies! For those who don’t know that reference, please just go Google Leslie Knope “Galentine’s Day”. 

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This gift guide is short, but it’s dedicated to all of the special women in your life. Whether it’s family like your mother, sister, aunt, etc. or the girls that make up your squad, there’s something about female relationships that are special and need to be cherished. Each gift that I’ve found can be given to anyone and will vary in cost as well as the message behind it. Let’s stop moping about being single, because when it comes to Galentine’s day it doesn’t matter if you’re on the market or happily taken. It’s about celebrating the people who have seen you at your worst and have cheered for you at your best.

Here’s my Gift Guide for you Squad this Galentine’s Day!

For the Beauty Guru in your Squad: 

Photo provided from www.katespade.com

We all have that friend who seems to own all of the makeup in the world. She always looks flawless and even better, you have your own personal makeup artist for any special event or night out. Whether it’s a simple “no makeup” makeup look or a dramatic smokey eye, she’s got you covered! Other than buying her makeup, which would be impossible to decide on, why not go for something cute and can be used everyday. A makeup bag is perfect to take on trips or even throw in your purse if you know it’s going to be a long day and you might need a touch up. Since we’re celebrating a holiday of love, I found this adorable Kate Spade bag that has an even sweeter heart print. This way she can bring her necessary touch up products for the day without causing a mess in her purse. This is a gift that she can use often and when she does, she’ll be thinking of the great friend who purchased it for her! 

Purchase Here!

For the Girl who loves to Hustle:

Photo provided from www.chapters.indigo.ca

This girl takes the term #GirlBoss to a whole new level. She’s either working full time, in school, or has so many side businesses you can't keep track of them all. Either way she has dreams and goals to achieve, and she works her butt off everyday to make them a reality. For her, you want something that will show you believe in her while also providing some inspiration to keep her motivated. I opted for a book, specifically In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from Over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs. The book contains stories of over 100 influential women that overcame all forms of adversity and discuss how they pursued their passions to reach where they are today. The women featured come from various backgrounds, and each one has an incredible story that will be sure to inspire the Girl Boss in your life. 

Purchase Here!

For the Friend that is Unlike No Other: 

Photo provided from www.lush.ca

This friend is one of a kind. She’s vibrant and 100% comfortable in her own skin and your friendship with her is just as unique as her. If there’s one thing in this world that you could potentially compare her to, it would have to be a unicorn. So why not gift her something that is just as vibrant and joyful as she is! One of my favourite gifts to receive AND give are bath products. They’re appreciated by just about everyone (even those who say they’re not bath people - including myself). Most people don’t take enough time to relax or spend money on things like this, so why not gift it to them?! Lush is a great company since the products are all natural and come in so many fun colours and scents. For your vibrant friend I chose the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar. This bubble bar will fill your tub with essential oils while turning the water into a beautiful mix of pastel colours i.e. a Unicorn’s dream!

Purchase Here!

For your BFF: 

Photo provided from www.pandora.net

Your bestie is probably the hardest gift to purchase only because it seems like nothing is good enough or will truly represent how much they mean to you. This girl is your soul sister, she’s been there for every important memory of your life. You probably couldn’t imagine what life would be like without her friendship only because you can’t go a day without discussing the details of your day or random thoughts. This gift is pricier because it requires something for you and something for her. No this is not your average BFF matching necklaces or the heart that breaks into two so each of you can wear a piece of it. This is a grown up version that still brings back memories of those necklaces from your childhood. This ring set is from Pandora and is called the “You Complete Me” set. The whole message behind it is that these rings will represent the bond you share with your best friend. One ring will be the outer shell of a heart (which comes in gold or silver) and the missing puzzle piece heart that just so happens to fit perfectly if they are combined. Either purchase them together and wear the two rings stacked or share it with your best friend. 

Purchase Part 1 Here! (And Part 2 Here!)

A Gift with a Message (For all us Proud Feminists):

Photo provided by www.ifeellikehillz.com

The final gift is relevant to the current political state and the message behind it stands for everything that the women’s movement is fighting towards. This gift is perfect for anyone and even gives back to our community as women fighting for a cause. The “Nasty Woman” t-shirt comes in black with that infamous saying embroidered on the left side. What’s great is that with every purchase of this t-shirt will benefit the Women’s Media Centre. The Women’s Media Centre works to fight sexist representations of women in both print and television. I think it’s safe to say that any friend would wear this shirt with pride. I love the idea of giving a gift that has both a strong message as well as gives back to such an important cause. As women we need to stand together and this shirt definitely makes this statement loud and clear! 

Purchase Here!

No matter what you give, it’s the meaning behind it that will be appreciated the most. I think this is the best time to celebrate the women in our lives and what better way than on Galentine’s Day! I hope you enjoyed this gift guide and comment below which item interested you the most. 

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  1. I think I would be happy for anything Kate Spade. That heart makeup bag is too cute.


    1. I know! She has a whole line of jewelry and bags in the same print so I would definitely check it out :)

  2. That book sounds amazing! I've added it to my Goodreads list :)

    1. Oh exciting! I Know I might just order it for myself :)

  3. these are great gift ideas. Love kate spade.

    1. Such a huge fan of Kate Spade! Thanks hun :)

  4. I love that ring! My best friends would love that too!

  5. Love all of these ideas! Thanks for sharing girl! xoxo

    ~ Nicole

  6. I like the idea of a galantine's day - always ready to celebrate my best girls! Some of the ideas are really cool.

    1. I completely agree! Thanks for the comment :)