Brunch may be out of the question for Galentine's Day 2021, but these social distancing-friendly gift ideas and virtual experiences make it possible to spread the love to your girlfriends and stay safe at the same time.

By Maressa Brown
February 02, 2021
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Every February 14, showy displays of romantic love are made through greeting cards, candy hearts, and fancy dinners. But thanks to fictional Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope, there's an adjacent holiday that both single and attached moms can celebrate. Ever since the premiere of a 2010 episode in which Amy Poehler's character gathered a group of GFs for brunch, February 13 has been deemed Galentine's Day. The "fake holiday" is now being recognized as fully real.

An image of a Valentine's Day envelope.
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That said, given the pandemic, it might be tough to do like Leslie and grab waffles with your best mom friends for Galentine's Day 2021. But we rounded up equally as fun gifts and activities to make the day special even while social distancing.

The Dirty Cookie
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1. Decorate and Do Cookie Shots

If you want to do shots with your GFs over Zoom in an extra special and sweet way, check out these The Dirty Cookie's Valentine's Day cookie kit, which comes with embellishments and sprinkles to create your own design on six cookie shots: two chocolate chip, two double chocolate, one red velvet, and one churro. After you decorate, you fill with whatever cold beverage you want to cheers with. Shop here

2. Give a Gift With a Personalized Video Message

If you want to treat your GFs to a individualized shopping experience, you might consider GiftCast, which delivers money gifts and Amazon eGift Cards along with a "memory" in the form of a personalized video message. It's not quite the same as being able to hit up the mall together, but it's still truly sentimental and sweet.

Poppy Flowers
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3. Throw a Flower-Arranging Party

Another crafty idea: build beautiful bouquets with your GFs over Zoom with the help of Poppy. Just provide the DC-based floral startup with the bouquet you want to create and your guest list, and they'll ship out BYO floral arrangement kits as well as invitations. You can even get a Poppy florist to lead the group through the arranging process. Shop here

Equilibria
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4. Treat Them to Indulgent, Flavored CBD

Who wouldn't want their sweet tooth fix to be as relaxing as it is indulgent? Consider treating your best mom friends to Equilibria's limited time collection of three new decadent flavors of their premium CBD oil: peach gelee, mint chocolate truffle, and strawberry shortcake.

The regular strength drops could be perfect for a beginner or pro looking to add CBD to their routine for stress relief and wellness. Shop here

Akola beading kit
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5. Plan a Crafternoon and Bead New Jewelry

For a fun jewelry-making session with the girls, grab Akola's do-it-yourself necklace and bracelet bead kit. Not only is the brand dedicated to creating beautiful jewelry meant to be worn for years to come but they aim to empower women by making them an integral part of the supply chain. With every Akola purchase, profits are reinvested back into the women they employ, ending a cycle of poverty for both them and their families. Shop here

McConnell's Ice Cream
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6. Do an Ice Cream Tasting

Send your GFs a festive pint bundle of McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, which started in Santa Barbara in 1949 and features organic, sustainably sourced ingredients, and enjoy a tasting flight together over Zoom. Festive flavors include Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Sea Salt Cream & Cookies, and their limited-edition cookie dough that you can bake or enjoy straight from the container. Shop here

Maman NYC
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7. Cozy Up With Hot Cocoa and Cookies

You might not be able to gather at your favorite neighborhood cafe with your GFs right now, but that doesn't mean you can't recreate the experience with charming bites from French cafe and restaurant Maman NYC. Their Love Box comes with one jar of a love potion hot chocolate, three Nutty Chocolate Chips Cookies (as seen on "Oprah's Favorite Things"), and three limited-edition White Chocolate Raspberry Rose Cookies. Or consider their Love Cookie Box, which includes an assortment of seasonal cookies: four Nutty Chocolate Chip, four limited-edition White Chocolate Raspberry Rose, and four Brown Butter Cranberry Oat. Shop here