The sitcom Parks and Recreation gave us so much, but perhaps its greatest gift of all was the idea of Galentine’s Day. (Or the “treat yourself” ethos. Or Ron Swanson. I could go on.) What is Galentine’s Day, you ask? It’s a day to celebrate friendship that takes place on February 13, just before that other day dedicated to love. To show her lady friends how much she loves them, Leslie Knope showers them with waffles, mimosas, and incredibly thoughtful personalized gifts. This year, why not give literary gifts for Galentine’s Day? After all, friendship deserves to be celebrated—and what better way than with a bookish present? Here are 13 cute literary gifts for Galentine’s Day.
Note: there is also Palentine’s Day, which is a more gender neutral and inclusive version of the same idea.
A Book of Hand-Drawn Galentine’s Day Cards
Eva Marie Taylor’s adorable card book Galentine’s Day: 20 Hand-Drawn Cards to Tear, Color and Share with Your Favorite Ladies are perfect for coloring and sharing with your besties. You could even make it a group Galentine’s Day coloring activity!
This lovely “kindred spirits” mug from Etsy seller MirkwoodScribes is the perfect literary gift for your galentine. Anne and her best friend Diana refer to each other as kindred spirits, and the Anne of Green Gables books are all about how important friendship is. Remind your book-loving bestie how important they are to you with each sip of tea!
Etsy seller StorytaleDecor has a selection of literary prints featuring quotes about friendship and love. I’m partial to this P.G. Wodehouse print because I’ve met some of my best friends through a shared love of certain books.
On Etsy, seller BookishlyUK offers “blind dates” with a book, meaning you choose from a selection and send your friend a thoughtfully wrapped surprise book. What better date activity than reading?
A Bookish Candle
Lots of book lovers enjoy the smell of old books, so you really can’t go wrong with this book-scented candle.
Etsy seller Becca’s Little Boutique has a number of book-inspired teas, but I’m going to say that the Sassenach tea inspired by Outlander is the perfect one for Galentine’s Day. Because Jamie Fraser.
A Unique Bookmark
Here’s a gift that literally any book lover will appreciate: a literary bookmark! This one features Oscar Wilde, but you can choose from Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, and more.
A Bookish Scarf
A Custom Beaded Bracelet Made from a Used Book
Etsy seller Bookd makes super-cool beaded bracelets with pages from used books. You can even request a custom bracelet made from the pages of your friend’s favorite book.
A Dozen Paper Roses Made of Books
For a very traditional Valentine’s Day gift, you can order a bouquet of 12 paper roses made from the pages of vintage books. And this bouquet will last way longer than 12 red roses.
Your friend can literally wear their love of books on their ears with this cute earring pair. And you can get yourself a matching set. Voila: friendship earrings!
A Book Purse
Edgar Allan Poe Coasters
And finally, this wouldn’t be a bookish gift guide without something from Out of Print. You can put this Edgar Allan Poe coaster set to use right away during your Galentine’s Day celebrations.