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How To Have The Ultimate Galentine's Day

As soon as the rush of Christmas and New Year’s is over, it seems that almost immediately the love heart chocolates and red roses start to creep in pretty much everywhere. From shop displays to Instagram feeds, to emails reminding me to secure my v-day date night outfit and sexy new underwear set in time.

While Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year, it can be bittersweet for those of us who are single, and the run-up to February 14th can sometimes bring up feelings of loneliness. But you don’t have to be all romanced-up to have an excuse to celebrate love.

Enter: Galentine’s Day! Galantine’s (which officially falls on February 13th) is a day dedicated to celebrating female friendships and showering some attention on our gal pals, whether they’re single or not. We can all be guilty of letting communication slide when life gets busy. Whether it’s due to work, studying or dating, often it’s our friendships that take the biggest hit. So why not use Galentine’s Day as a chance to check-in and let your gals know you love them. Plus, why shouldn’t we treat ourselves at a time when everything is cute, pink, and covered in love hearts?

I used to let the lead-up to Valentine’s Day get me down. Despite enjoying embracing my singleness year-round, something about not receiving anything on a day designated for gift-giving and love-sharing always hit a nerve.

So, for the last few years, I’ve used Valentine's Day as an excuse for a celebration with the people I love. Throughout uni, my flatmates and I would always celebrate together. Generally, this involved ordering too much food, drinking wine, and watching cheesy romcoms together (original, I know). I use the Valentine's season to let those around me know that they are loved. Whether it’s sending some chocolates, a bunch of flowers or even just a card, a little act of love can make all the difference.

Even if you’re not single this year, taking the time to remind your friends how much they mean to you is always important. After all, best friends are always going to be there for you in a lot of ways a partner probably can’t be.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Galentine’s Day. Why not organise a bottomless brunch date? Or have a girly night (awfully cheesy films optional). You could send a gift to friends you don’t see often. Sites like Etsy, for example, are always great for finding little special gifts on a budget.

Celebrating Galentine’s doesn’t have to break the bank, or even touch it at all. A simple text or facetime is a good way to check in with your friends and let them know how much you care.

The omnipresence of love hearts at this time of year could also serve as a reminder to give yourself a little bit of love. It is the ultimate reminder that you don’t need a partner to be happy or to celebrate. Why not take yourself out on a date? You could buy yourself some flowers or go shopping. Don't be scared to get yourself a ridiculously overpriced iced coffee, or splurge on a new set of underwear just for the sake of it. Why not treat yourself to that handbag that’s been on your wish list for months (which realistically won’t fit more than your house keys in)? The options are endless this Valentine's season.

Why should couples be the only ones allowed to enjoy Valentine’s Day? Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating the people we love, so take advantage of the loved-up mood of the month to do something nice for the people we love. ♥️

Feature image courtesy of Laura Ockel via Unsplash. No changes were made to this image.

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