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ood friends are hard to find – the pandemic has taught us that.

While some friendships may have ground to a halt without the oil of daily contact and a shared routine, others have shone through brightly, offering pin-pricks of laughter and light through the grey Groundhog days. 

There are all kinds of relationships, and friendship is arguably the most special – many studies show that people value their inner circle more than their partners.

Galentine’s Day, the 24 hours to celebrate your gal pals as explained by Leslie Knope in hit US comedy series Parks & Recreation, may have come out of a TV writers room, but it’s a concept that’s caught on around the world. Why not dedicate one day to showing your inner circle how much you value them?

Now also known as Palentine’s (because friendship circles are rarely single-sex), February 13 is your chance to spoil your favourite people and send them a bear hug from across county lines with a gift from our dedicated round-up.  

From fancy fragrances to a corner shop’s-worth of chocs, here are some of the best gifts to send your BFFs.

See our selection below

SodaStream Spirit One Touch Electric Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream

Whether you’re old enough to remember SodaStream at the dizzying heights of its fame (circa 70s – 90s) or you just like the idea of fizzy water on tap, SodaStream is the must-have home carbonation system your best mate never knew they needed.

Putting the kitsch in kitchen, the Spirit device comes in a selection of fun colours and is perfect for making your own drinks with the brand’s syrups – flavours include lemonade, cream soda, orange mango, cola as well as flavourings from 7Up and Pepsi, alongside fizzing up plain old H2O.

GLOSSYBOX Subscription

Glossybox

Friends don’t let friends suffer with bad skin. Skincare is at the top of our agendas, so why not send them a beauty box subscription?

Containing products worth more than the box, a Glossybox subscription makes the ideal gift for your gals. They’ll get five new products to enjoy every month and boxes are often themed and designed to be kept as storage, minimising waste.

Pale Fox Gift Wrapped Coupe Pack

Pale Fox

The gift of prosecco is a universally-adored offering. For best mates who live and die by Prosecco O’Clock, present them with Pale Fox, a delicious single estate version of the UK’s favourite Italian sparkling wine. Make it special with this gift pack, which sees a 75cl bottle (£25.95 alone) and pair of chic coupe glasses packed in a beautiful presentation box. Cheers!

Rainbo Gyoza

Rainbo

Foodie friends will adore Rainbo’s gyoza and Japanese larder staples, which look every bit as good as they taste. Available separately (free delivery for orders £50+) or in party boxes of 60 or 100 (drool) they’re a great gift to fight Christmas food fatigu.

As well as a mix of gyoza stuffed with chicken, pork, prawn, duck and vegan shiitake the boxes come with necessary extras like pickles, chilli oil and sauce for dipping. Pop them straight in the freezer for fresh gyoza when the mood strikes.

Packs of 12 gyoza from £9.50 | boxes from £65

Stellar 79 Phoenix Ring

Stellar79

Magpie-like mates will appreciate a new glamorous addition to their jewellery box. Looking like a lost relic of Balthazar Slytherin, Stellar 79’s Phoenix Ring is just the bit of magic they need to brighten up their day. Made with green tourmaline framed by feather-like shoulders, it comes in a variety of sizes.

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream, 125ml

Jurlique

A rose delivery of a different kind, Jurlique’s skincare is made using flowers bred specifically for the brand. The rich scent is addictive, but it’s not all talk and no trousers – the products work wonders too. If your best mate is new to the brand, this hand cream is a deluxe introduction: it smells divine and keeps paws soft and supple.

Calhoun & Co. Good at Naps Woven Throw Blanket

Calhoun & Co

If naps were a sport your bestie would be a gold medallist. Help them snooze in style with this great blanket which has a fun slogan that’s reversible too.

Voesh 5 Step Glimmer Spa Pedi in a Box Golden Glimmer

Voesh

With busy schedules and salons booked out for the festive period, getting a pedi slot can be tough. Bring the treatment home to them thanks to Voesh, which offers a pedi-in-a-box. This isn’t just a londonbusinessblog foot mask, oh no. Each pack contains five single use sachets for the full pedi experience, from a sea salt soak, to a sugar scrub, masks and massage cream.

Mermaid Gin

Mermaid Gin

This gorgeous bottle from the Isle of Wight distillery is beautiful inside and out, and the perfect way to let your gin obsessive know you’re thinking of them.

Rich with ingredients plucked from the island (think ocean-splashed rock samphire and Boadicea hops from the famous Ventnor Botanic Garden), add a splash of tonic and a cucumber garnish to bring out its sparkling best.

Grey Goose Espresso Martini Cocktail Kit

Grey Goose

Your caffeine Queen will adore this new way to perk up Saturday night drinks. Containing everything they’ll need to mix up delicious espresso martinis, this kit includes miniature bottles of premium vodka, Grey Goose, Patrón XO Café (soon to be discontinued, so grab it while you can), plus a can of Cold Brew Coffee and a martini glass for the full home bar effect.

Roku Express HD Streaming Media Player

Roku

Roku continually offers a selection of deals on its Roku Express and Roku Premiere devices, making them ideal for nabbing as gifts. The streaming device – which allows you to watch Netflix, Prime, Disney+, Now TV, AppleTV+, Hayu and thousands more on one portal -is ridiculous simple to use. No wires, no fuss, just plug it into your TV and you’re set.

They’ll never again moan about not having anything to watch.

Floral Street Wonderland Peony eau de parfum 50ml

Floral Street

Peony season may have been and gone, but your pal can linger in the flower’s beautiful notes for longer thanks to Floral Street. It’s Wonderland Peony EDP is a celebration of the popular petal, and is so fragrant with notes of blackcurrant, pink berries and candy floss, that actual strangers have stopped us in the street to ask what we’re wearing. Bonus points for the display-worthy bottle, too.

Impala Rollerskates Pink Quad Roller Skates

Impala Rollerskates

You know your best mate can take on the world – help them get there faster with a pair of skates from Impala. The brand offers both quad and in-line styles as well as accessories to protect newbies from the worst of the tumbles. The only thing more impressive is their colour selection which spans candy hues to attention-grabbing holographic.

818 Tequila by Kendall Jenner

818 Tequila Blanco

Supermodel Kendall Jenner is the latest of her famous family to launch a product.

This time its tequila and the good news is, it’s ripe for gifting (especially for the one whose happy hour tipple is a margarita). The slow-batch spirit has been made with agave leaves harvested in Jalisco, Mexico before being cooked and aged in French oak barrells.

It’s been available Stateside for a while but has now made its debut in the UK. What better excuse to get your hands on a bottle?

Edinburgh Gin Personalised Valentine’s Gin

Edinburgh Gin

What’s better than a bottle of a light and aromatic gin to surprise the one who has always got your back? A bottle with their initials on the label, of course. Edinburgh Gin has revived the personalisation service on its limited-edition Valentine’s Gin, making this Valentine’s G&T that bit more special. As for the gin, expect notes of fresh rose, red hibiscus flower and herbal elderflower. In other words, Valentine’s bottled.

Last orders for Valentine’s Day delivery is February 10.

YOLKE Silk Bra & Knicker set

YOLKE

Your next sleepover invite is in the bag with the gift of this strawberry-print PJ set from sleepwear brand YOLKE. Available in sizes 8 – 14.

Floward Pistachio Blue

Floward

Keep last minute hero Floward on your speed-dial for last minute bundles of loveliness.

The company offers speedy deliveries in London and can even do same-day drops before 10pm if ordered by 5pm earlier the same day. We’ve fallen hopelessly for the cool tones in this Pistachio Blue bouquet which comes delivered in a mint green vase. So chic.

Flowers are the ultimate failsafe gift. Find more gorgeous bouquets to send this Valentine’s Day in our edit of online florists.

Words with Wine subscription

Words with Wine

Give boozy bookworms the treat of their live with s subscription to new service Words with Wine. Sending a monthly drop of a book of the momnth along with a full-size bottle of vino, it’s the perfect way to ensure they get some quality downtime on the regular.

If you like the idea of a subscription as a gift, see our dedicated round-up here.

Bloody Drinks Box

Bloody Drinks

These are hands down the best canned Bloody Mary’s we’ve tried, making them worthy of sending wilting, hangover-prone pals. The box comes with four cans of the pre-mixed drink, two dinky bottles of Tabasco, a tin of Bloody Mary salt and a can of Perello Picante Olive and Pickle mix to garnish. Make it special for Christmas by getting the labels customised with their name.

Estella Bartlett Mini Smiling Face Pendant Necklace

Estella Bartlett

For the one who always manages to put a smile on your chops, what better gift than this dainty gold-coloured necklace with a 90s style smiley? The cute piece of jewellery is slim enough to wear on its own or layered with other pieces in their jewellery collection. At this price, get two for each of you.

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