One of the shittiest things about being an adult is having all your best-est friends spread across the country, sometimes even world. As it turns out, adulthood is not the rules free, candy bars for dinner, staying up all night slumber parties with your best friend that you imagined it to be when you were 12 years old. (Or at least not often enough) There are schools and jobs and partners, and suddenly you find yourself doing life in completely different states, or time zones, from some of your most favorite people. Luckily, there are ways to stay in constant touch these days. While they pale in comparison to real live dining room table hangout sessions, the virtual contact can still be pretty fulfilling. (ask me about the daily email thread between me and four other friends)
Thanks to the genius of Amy Poehler, now we even have a special day to celebrate our bff’s – Galentine’s Day. If you are looking for a gift, or gesture of affection, for your special long distance gal this Galentine’s Day, here’s a list I put together.
#1 Make a Keepsake Out of Your Emails
Print out emails between the two of you and bind them into a mini book for her. You can get as ambitious with this as you want – print the whole year’s worth of exchanges – or keep it simple with an exchange or two you particularly fancy.
#2 Make Her a Playlist
When words fail you, let music show your friend just how awesome you think she is. Remember when you used to make mix cd’s to let people know you really like them? It’s like that, except now you save her from having to find places to store the cd case. Check out our most recent love letter playlist.
#3 Commission a Musical Portrait for Her
Your friendship is amazing. How many times have you been told,”You guys should have your own sitcom together?” A lot, because you guys rule. Now you can hire someone to create, perform and record a song to commemorate your awesome friendship! Paint you a song will do that for you, plus, they’re offering a 30% discount just for the Punky Moms family until the end of this month, using the code PUNKYMOMS2016!
#4 Feed Her
Even mamas that love to cook, enjoy the treat of not having to. Send her a meal for Galentine’s Day from her favorite local restaurant and have it delivered to her one evening. Extra bonus points if you splurge for a meal for the entire family.
#5 Sock! Subscription!
Let her know you’re thinking of her every month, with a sock subscription for Galentine’s Day! Fun socks, as I like to call them, are my favorite small gift to give to people I love. With Foot Cardigan you can send them a pair of socks every month for $9/ month. You can choose the length of time you’d like to send them for or cancel the subscription whenever you want – 3,6, 12 months – and get billed on a monthly basis for them. P.S. they also offer a sock subscription for kids!
#6 You Know Her Taste, You Know Her Size
Few things make me feel more loved, than when my bff sends me, “would you wear this?” texts and the packages filled with cute thrifted dresses and outfits that follow. It’s almost like I can see her running over to me from across the thrift store with the perfect treasure she scored in my size, when I open the package. I hope she feels the same way when I reciprocate.
#7 Treat Her to a Coffee Date
Everyone has a coffee shop or cafe that they love to haunt. Find out your friend’s favorite local spot (or maybe you already know) and call in a gift certificate for her. You can let her know something is waiting for her there, or call one of her local friends to grab it and give it to her.
Remember, just like any romantic relationship, our friendships need love and attention too. And also just like any romantic relationship, you should remember to show your friends love and attention all year long, not just for Galentine’s Day. Some of these ideas are things my closest friends and I have done for each other on no special occasion at all.
What other treats are we missing? How else do you spoil your lady for Galentine’s Day?