13 Fab Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas To Spoil Your Amiga Del Alma
Thanks to the comedy “Parks & Recreation,” Galentine’s Day has become a must-celebrate holiday among friendships everywhere. It falls on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.
While Valentine’s Day is usually focused on significant others, Galentine’s Day is centered on empowering and showing love to all the female friendships in your life. Not to mention that it’s the best excuse to honor your BFFs and have the cutest get-together. After all, platonic love is just as amazing as romantic love.
We’ve gathered 13 of the cutest gift ideas from Latinx-run brands that will fill your amigis’ hearts up with joy. These products are ideal for any Galentine’s Day celebrations you might have on your calendar, or just for spoiling the ones you love con todo tu corazón.
Mercedes Salazar Jewelry
Call back to your inner child by sporting matching friendship bracelets with your mejores amigas. Colombian jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar offers beautiful, handcrafted bracelets. Pick up a two, three, four, or five-pack of red string bracelets with protective eyes to give you peace of mind, ranging in price from $19 to $32. If you’re looking for more of a statement piece, go for matching charm bracelets! We love the Jardín de Colores Bracelets ($70) and the Happiness Bracelets ($89), both of which come in sets of three.
What’s a Galentine’s Day get-together without a bottle of wine? Fathia Wines, a Latinx family-owned winery in Sonoma Valley, was acquired by Pedro and Jenny Rodriguez in 2019. They currently offer a bottle of 2021 Carneros Rosé of Pinot Noir for $30. It’s described as a dry rosé with a “flavorful palate of raspberry, cherry, and hints of strawberry.” Perfect for a rosé and cheese night-in!
Treslúce Beauty by Becky G
Galentine’s Day is all about empowerment and being confident in yourself, and the newest drop from Becky G’s makeup line, Treslúce Beauty, is all about it. The Empower Me Collection includes six shades of stunning lipsticks and lip liners, fit for a girls night out. And of course, lipsticks and lip liners, and best friends are always better together! The Draw the Línea Dual-Sided Lip Liner ($12) is highly pigmented, and will give you the singer’s signature pout. One swipe of the Empower Me Matte Lipstick Bullet ($16) nourishes your lips with infused mango butter, without bleeding or feathering. Keep in mind: the Empower Me Collection is available on the Treslúce Beauty website or at Ulta Beauty.
Remember that controversial “spa water” TikTok trend? Well, seeing that everyone’s into aguas frescas at the moment, Agua Bonita sells ones that are the real deal. Kayla Castañeda founded the canned drink company that also gives back to migrant farm workers. Flavors include hibiscus (AKA the iconic agua de Jamaica), pineapple cucumber, mango habanero, and watermelon chile. These drinks would make the perfect addition to your Galentine’s Day festivities, and they offer a convenient variety 12-pack of all their flavors. Lastly, you can order online, or find Agua Bonita in Sprouts Farmers Markets throughout California.
We all know that Beautyblender changed the makeup game, but did you know that the founder is a Latina? Rea Ann Silva was a makeup artist in Hollywood, working on the sets of “Girlfriends” and “Moesha” when she created the infamous egg-shaped sponge. A zodiac-themed Beautyblender ($20) is right up your astrology and beauty lover’s alley! It has each sign’s symbol stamped on the classic pink sponge, making for an adorable personal touch.
If at-home manis and pedis are the move for this year’s Galentine’s Day celebrations, Lights Lacquer has the polishes of your dreams. Beauty vlogger Kathleen Fuentes, also known as KathleenLights, founded this nail brand in 2019, and we’re hooked. Our favorite pink and red shades are Cherry Jelly, Candy Girl, We Go Together, and Ace. Of course, it’s only right to finish off your look with nail art stickers or some 3D pearls, and share your nailfies (nail selfies… get it?) on social media at the end of the night.
Conversely, maybe painting your nails with your non-dominant hand proves to be a challenge. If that’s the case, go with some press-on nails from Chillhouse. The Latina-owned brand offers fully-customizable and reusable nails with trendy designs, and each Chill Tips kit includes 24 nails and everything you need for your mani. We love the limited edition V-day design, That’s Amore, a red and cream checkerboard print. Other designs perfect for the holiday include Heart Strings and 90s Supermodel. Lastly, each kit is $16, and you can find them on the Chillhouse website.
What’s Galentine’s Day without some sweet treats? Dallas-based CocoAndré Chocolatier has you covered with their yummy holiday selections! Go traditional with a nine or 16-piece Amorcito Box of strawberry champagne and sea salt caramel chocolates to share with your besties. You can also order these gift-ready individually wrapped chocolates or lollipops.
Claw clips and scrunchies are still all the rage, and they make a cute gift for your friends. Founded in memory of and named after her late mother, Bolivian-American Daniela started her shop featuring handmade hair accessories. Her acrylic claw clips range in price from $7 to $10, and come in a variety of colors and sizes. The Orchid claw clips and velvet scrunchies would be the best choices for Galentine’s Day gifting, and they’re available in lavender and pink!
If you have a bestie obsessed with skincare, they’ll love these hydrogel face masks from Loops Beauty. The brand is currently led by “Riverdale” actress Camila Mendes, who is a partner and the Creative Director. They’ve added special holiday bundles exclusive to their website, like The Love Bundle ($36), which comes with six face masks that are for rejuvenation, nighttime slugging, and target dark spots. Additionally, there’s the Hang-Out Bundle ($34), which is another six-pack that is for rejuvenation, brightening, and nighttime slugging. Your friend and their skin will certainly thank you.
For the friend who loves everything beauty, is extra, and owns it, how about a Galentine’s Day bundle from BIRDY Lashes? Yasmin Maya, AKA BeautyyBird on YouTube, was inspired to start this brand in 2020 because of her passion for the beauty industry. The BIRDYTINES Bundle ($30) includes one pair of lashes, one BIRDYLINER clear adhesive, and a Wing It Mascara. Also worth noting: each BIRDY lash offers up to 25 wears, and will be the finishing touch to a glam look.
La Monarca Bakery
Surely everyone has a friend that loves to stay at your place for a cafecito and something sweet. If that’s the case, surprise them with a Valentine’s Day gift box from La Monarca Bakery! The LA-based bakery creates traditional breads and pastries using the best ingredients and authentic Mexican recipes. The Coffee Lovers Gift Box ($52) comes with their signature Cafe de Olla, Oaxacan Reserve Coffee, and Cafe de Olla single-serve steep bags. You can also opt for the Chocolate Lovers ($24) or Cinnamon Lovers ($26) gift boxes. Plus, you can visit one of their bakeries in the LA-area, or order online.
Ana Karen Loves Paper
Without a doubt, a card is the quintessential gift that’s perfect for anyone. Pick up a unique, handmade card from Ana Karen Loves Paper! Mexican-American founder Ana Karen has been selling cards since she was 16 years old, and has carried on while she works in the paper industry today. Declare your love and appreciation for your bestie in one of her Valentine’s Day cards (ranging from $4.50 – $10), throw in a Bebesota Candy Hearts sticker ($3.50), and you’ve got a cute gift.