The February Swoon Gift Guide

Let’s be honest. It’s more fun to pick out the perfect present for your bestie than it is to shop for your boyfriend. So why not take a page from Swoon Reads heroine Leslie Knope, and celebrate Galentine’s Day [’s_Day_(event)] with these awesome gift ideas? Plus, you can make them all yourself!

Beauty Queens

Teen beauty queens. A “Lost”-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

This book is flat-out hilarious. HILARIOUS. I cannot think of the best friend who would not enjoy this book. It is a delight.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, paperback $9.99

Hearts Stitched Together

What better way to prove your love then by making something yourself? These cards are super cute and seem fairly simple to make. Why not pick up the materials, invite your friends over, pop-in your favorite rom-com and make a night of it?

Hearts Stitched Together Handmade Valentine instructions on Dandee-Designs


Everyone has that friend who will patiently pick through the entire bag of M&Ms because she swears the orange ones taste the best. Or who carefully avoids the purple Froot Loops even though it’s recently been proven that they are all the same flavor ( Or who always takes the red and pink Starbursts for herself—as seen here! What a lovely gift it would be to provide an entire container of foodstuffs just the way she likes it. Dress up your jar with a handmade washi tape card by following the instructions below.

Washi Tape Valentines or Gift Tags instructions on Play Party Pin

Heart Glasses

How adorable are these sunglasses? Buy a pair for yourself and one for your BFF, wear them everywhere you go, take millions of selfies, print ‘em out and make a book. BAM, next year’s Galentine’s Day gift will be done before you know it!

UO Sweetheart Sunglasses at Bed, Urban Outfitters, $16.00