3 ways to celebrate Galentines day far away

celebrate Galentines day far away

Long-distance relationships suck at times. You spend lots of time on the phone or Skype. You send lots of messages back and forth. And you absolutely cannot wait until you’re together again. And no, I’m not talking about a long-distance romantic relationship. In fact, I’ve never been in a long-distance romantic relationship, so I may not even have the right picture of what that looks like (sorry is it’s totally wrong!). No, I’m talking about your best female friends. Living life abroad for me means that my best friends live many miles away from me. With Galentine’s Day approaching on February 13th, I know I’ll be thinking of all kinds of ways that I can show them how awesome they are and how glad I am that they are a part of my life! It just gets a little trickier with an ocean in between. So I’ve rounded up five different ways to send them some Galentine’s Day love.

What’s Galentine’s Day?

I’m so glad you asked! Is anyone else here a big fan of Parks and Recreation? I basically have seen the entire thing. On this show, the main character Leslie Knope (played by the wonderful Amy Poehler) starts a new tradition with her female friends on February 13th. She rounds them all up and they have a pancake brunch. Here’s a little video of her explains it:

Several years ago, I threw a little Galentine’s Day party with a friend and we had so much fun! I think we had around 10 ladies total. Anyway, since that’s not a possibility this year, onto the ways to shower your lady friends with love …

3. The good ole postal service

I really love sending cards and letters to people. The good old postal system is a great and it allows you to get creative. I have a few options for cards and fun stationary items here.

That first one is chalkboard, which is my favorite. The second one is a nice, all-purpose set. This is good in case you don’t end up using all of them.

2. Good old social media

This option is perfect if your Galentine’s Day is a crazy busy day. After all, it’s not a national holiday … yet. So, you likely still have to work. Or perhaps Galentine’s Day completely skipped your mind and you’re reading this on February 13th. No worries! Thanks to social media, we can still send a quick shout out.

You can easily create an image collage in say Canva or PicMonkey. Or you can just upload your favorite photo of you and your friends to Instagram. You could post several times that day or just once. It’s really all up to you! I will likely do this because … why not?

1.ย Throw a Skype or Google hangouts party

This is one of my favorites because with Google Hangouts, you can literally video chat with like 3-4 people all in different places. This option is the best if you have a group of girlfriends who live in different parts of the world. Just find a time that works and do it.

Of course to get creative, you can even make it a little more fun. Here are a few ideas:

  • Make it a happy hour! Everyone brings a beverage and you virtually drink together.
  • Eat your favorite foods together.
  • Make it a theme and all dress up.
  • Watch one of your favorite shows or movies together.
  • Basically just do whatever you would do what you would do together …. via the Internet.

Galentine’s Day sucks when your besties live far. But hopefully this will help a bit. How do you typically like to hang with your female friends?

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35 Comments

  1. Hahaha ๐Ÿ˜€ Made me chuckle realizing that indeed you mean “GAL”entines day, instead of Valentines… First time to hear this! ^^

    Well, this one will definitely be a hit to all girls especially those who doesn’t have a bf yet. Cheers to this ” girls holiday” with loooottts of food!

    That’s a good one Nina!

    God bless!
    JM Kayne | http://www.iamjmkayne.com

  2. Such great ideas! Although I’ve never celebrated it, it sounds like fun ๐Ÿ™‚ And skype and google hangouts are wonderful for keeping in touch with friends or family overseas.

    Hope you had a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. I love the idea of Galentines Day, I will be spending Valentines Day with my other half however I’m inspired so go meet up with my girlfriends for our own celebrations on a girly night out with each other! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Well yeah, the best thing is that it’s February 13th! So you’re still free to celebrate Valentine’s Day the next day!

  4. I just started watching Parks and Recs and I confirm it is awesome. Galentines day is the perfect to celebrate friendship. Speaking of which will message you back soon!

    1. Awesome! Yeah I made a collage on Insta of my female friends and tagged some of my new Spanish friends. I then realised they might not know what it is, so I sent them a message in Spanish explaining it. One was an aupair in London for a year and a half, and she was like “it’s popular there too!” And no worries on the message … I know you lead a busy life!

  5. I’ve never tried celebrating this but it’s an awesome idea! I love my girlfriends and it would be nice to spend some time with them.

  6. This is my first year hearing of Galentine’s Day, but I must say it’s a lovely idea. Google hangout with your girls would be so amazing and a great way to use technology for the holiday!

  7. I’ve never head of Galentine’s Day before this but Skype parties area great way to stay in touch, especially when you have friends and family all over the world. Power of technology!

  8. awww this is just so sweet!!! love these ideas. i’ll be doing some of them with my mom this year who isn’t in town this valentine’s day with me ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe xo, sharon

  9. I am a huge Parks & Recs fan and am so happy that this caught on in the real world ๐Ÿ™‚ I have yet to celebrate it with my girlfriends, but will have these cute ideas in mind for next time.

  10. This is such a great idea. All of my bestie live abroad, we should really utilize Skype more often! One of them happens to be in town this week, so I got to see her in person, but the other definitely needs some digital Galentine’s Love!

  11. I loved Parks and Recreation! Leslie Knope was my fave! Lol. Im still a little sad that the show isn’t on anymore. Anyways, although I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’m sure many people will find these tips super helpful!

  12. To me, the 13th is Desperation Day; but I am an old married person, haha.
    I might have to start doing things for my lovely lady friends that I have met over the years.
    As a mil-spouse; I don’t get to see my best friends in person much; but I may start sending them Galentines fun stuff.

  13. I’ve always wondered what Galentine’s Day was .. but was too shy to ask. Now I know! A celebration of women friends .. it doesn’t get any better than that. Thank-you for your post

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