Ideas & Gifts To Celebrate Your Gals On Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s day is about appreciating all the types of friendships we have. Having a significant other is amazing (I can’t live without my hubby), but sometimes guys just can’t be there for us the way a girlfriend can. Our girls–they get us. And they fill up a part of our hearts that a guy simply can’t. #realtalk

It’s important to cultivate those relationships. And to make the effort (even if we feel corny) to express appreciation. Going out of our way to show our girls the important role they play in our lives builds our relationships and encourages a spirit of celebration.

So if you’re getting ready for Galentine’s Day, here are a few ideas and gifts to celebrate your gals:

Write a letter to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
Yeah, this can be super awkward. Probably will make you feel uncomfortable. But let’s not assume that our friend is out to get us or is neglecting us on purpose. Let’s reach out, let’s take the first step. Maybe they need to be reminded that their friendship matters.

Download these cute greeting cards to send in the mail

Send a new friend a small gift or snail mail
This is a challenge for me! But seriously, what do we have to lose? It can be extremely vulnerable to take a step to build a deeper connection with new friends. You have to do the work! Sending a small gift is the perfect way to show you care and you want to connect more. Simple and understated gifts like a little makeup bag or earrings are good gifts for a new friend.

Download these illustrated gift tags to embellish a gift

Give your closest, ride or die gals a customized gift
Those gals you can count on, the ones that really get you, the ones that celebrate your achievements, the ones that like allllll your posts, and the ones that get your humor. Those gals deserve to know how they make your life better. It goes such a long way. And even though these type of friends don’t expect a “thank you” or anything in return, they deserve encouragement and appreciation. 

Download this DIY mini photo book

Here’s to celebrating the amazing women in our lives–whether they’ve been here forever or just walked into our lives ❤

DIY Galentine’s Day Mini Photo Book

You’re going to love this mini photo book DIY! It’s fun, simple, and will help you reflect on some pretty awesome memories.

There are three photo book covers to pick from and photo inserts as well. I picked the “love you, sister” book cover since I was creating a photo book for my big sis. Scroll down to follow the DIY photos and download this easy to follow template to create the mini photo book with memories of you and your favorite gals.

You’ll need the templates in the download (book covers and photo inserts) and pictures
Choose which cover you’ll be using (or make a photo book for each cover)
Glue or tape (using double-sided tape) the pictures onto the photo inserts
I picked the “love you, sister” book cover since the pics are of me & my big sis
Organize the photo inserts in the order that you want them
Hole punch the photo inserts and photo book following the template’s guides
Bind the photo inserts to the book cover. You can use thread or paper hole protectors.
Write a special message on the back of each picture to add more personalization
Tuck in the cover flap under the hole punched flap
Send photo book via snail mail or leave it on your friend’s desk as a surprise

For more Galentine’s Day downloads, download this year’s Galentine’s Day Greeting Cards and Galentine’s Day Gift Tags.

Galentine’s Day Gift Tags

I have to admit I’m the worse at making new friends. Once I have a solid group of friends, I just don’t feel the need for more (that’s so selfish and self-absorbed. I’m working on it, guys). But moving to a new city has taught me that there are always people God wants to use to expand your life. Our motto should be, “There’s always room for more”, instead of “I don’t need the extra drama”. This Galentine’s Day is the perfect time to water those new found friendships by giving them a small gift as a gesture of your appreciation.

Download these pretty gift tags to spruce your Galentine’s gifts.

For more Galentine’s Day downloads, check out these cute greeting cards!

Galentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Nothing says I care like a handwritten note. And Galentine’s Day is the perfect time to send the gals in your life a note letting them know you care. It’s a good time to reach out to those friends you miss and haven’t heard from in a while. Snail mail shows you went the extra mile. You never know what a little letter can do to make someone’s day or make your relationship stronger.

Download these thoughtful greeting cards here. I’m definitely sending some to my gals!

For more Galentine’s Day downloads, stay tuned for gift tags coming tomorrow and a mini photo book coming on Monday.

Writing A Letter To Yourself

Hand written letters, feather pen, light-airy colors

One of my favorite things in the world is receiving a note or letter from friends and family. For my birthday, I’d much rather receive a thoughtful card than a gift. I love words and I love paper goods.

The most wonderful thing about receiving a letter is that you can save it. It becomes a keepsake. And you can go back in time whenever you read it. It’s sorta like you’re transported to that moment, time, and place.

hand written notes, ink, pens, pencils

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner (can you believe it?!), you’ll most likely write a few letters to friends, family, and a significant other. But before you start writing to others, how about you give yourself a very powerful gift? Writing a letter to your future self.

Hand pulling out hand written note from envelope

Here’s why you should write a letter to yourself:
1. Motivation
Six months, a year, or even in 10 years, you’ll want to see how far you’ve come. In moments when life gets tough, you’ll want and need a reminder of all the good that has happened and all the progress you’ve made in life. And you’ll be reminded of how strong you are. It will motivate you to keep going.

A collection of hand written notes

2. Thankfulness
As you look back and hear your younger self, you’ll probably be transported to that time and place. You’ll read the struggles and challenges you were facing at the time. You’ll be reminded of answered prayers. And you’ll be thankful for the way God brought you through it all.

A note that says "Dear Me"

3. Laughter
I have letters and journals of when I was in high school and man, do I laugh my butt off when I read my teenage words. Looking back at yourself, even if it’s just six months, may make you laugh. Specifically, at how dramatic you can be sometimes (I’m talking about myself here).

So have I convinced you?

Sitting while reading a hand written note

If I have then here is what you can include in a letter to yourself:
1. Questions
Ask yourself questions about your life. Where are living? How’s your job or career going? How is your family? Do you have any new friends? What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend? What are you praying for?

Hand written letter with prayers; light and airy colors

2. Life Lessons
Write a few life lessons you are currently learning. Maybe you can give your future self some advice or a reminder to keep working on the life lessons that mean the most to you.

A bunch of hand written notes within one envelope

3. Prayer & Goals
Make a list of the prayers you are currently bringing before the Lord. You can also include some prayers that have been answered recently. Also, make a list of goals or aspirations you are working on and asking God to help you accomplish.

Ink, pen, feathered pen, and a hand written note

4. Habits
Include some habits you are creating and habits you are trying to break. Perhaps you can briefly write how you’re working on this. It can be your eating habits, morning ritual, or relational habits.

Women in cozy clothes holding and reading hand written note

You can write a physical letter, put it away in a secure place you’ll remember about, and set a reminder on your calendar or phone to open it on a certain date. Another option is to do a virtual letter via FutureMe and you’ll receive the letter straight to your inbox on a specific date you select.

Holding an envelope with hand written note on a white fabric with lots of light

So, will you be writing a letter to yourself in 2019? What are you looking forward to reading about as your future self? Comment below!