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Oh, hey Valentine’s Day—I mean Galentine’s Day. In the spirit of heart-shaped chocolates, sappy notecards, and red roses, I like to use February as an excuse to celebrate my favorite females—and express a little extra gratitude. With all the Insta-worthy inspiration out there, what better way to show my go-to gals how much I appreciate them than with a little homemade, thoughtful (and budget-friendly) gift?
Roll up your sleeves, take ten minutes, and get ready to have some fun with my top five DIY Galentine's Day gifts for the beautiful babes in your life!
No store-bought bouquet here! Grab an inexpensive vase, some friendly inspiration, fresh florals, and you’ll have a little special something in no-time. Not only will it make her day, the vase will be a personalized gift she can reuse in the future.
What You Need:
Inexpensive vase (hello, dollar store!)
I like to use gold and silver Sharpie paint pens to write one complimentary word on the vase to describe each friend. The stylish colors give the vase an extra touch of class (be sure to practice on a piece of paper first, though!). Also, the simpler the better—buy a bouquet and split it amongst the hand-drawn vases, adding one to two statement flowers per vase.
Facemasks. Nail polish. Lip gloss, oh my! Leverage your local drug store for some sweet finds that you can easily personalize to tap into your “punny” Galentine’s girly-side.
What You Need:
Favorite wellness | beauty products (Essie, anyone?)
Writable gift tags
Don’t be afraid to have fun with this one. A little wellness product can go a long way when you add some humor to the gift tag. “You’re nailing it”, “You’re the balm”, “I love our face time”—the personalization mixed with puns are endless!
When boxed chocolates just don’t make the cut for the health conscious honey on your list, whip up some Galentine’s Day kitchen magic with simply delicious Crazy Good Coconut Oil “Chocolate” Bark. Easy to make with high-quality ingredients, this gluten-free, vegan, no baking required bark will score you some major points.
What You Need:
• 1/4 cup raw hazelnuts
• 1/4 cup raw almonds
• 1/3 cup large flake dried coconut
• 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
• 1/2 cup cocoa or cacao powder, sifted if necessary
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1 tablespoon smooth almond butter, optional
• pinch fine sea salt
Plastic bags for bark
Ribbon or twine to tie bags
Gift tags (optional)
I like to add dried fruit to this bark for an extra pop of color. Try adding dried chopped cranberries and/or cherries for a festive, deep red color that will compliment the chocolatey and nutty flavoring.
If your gal pals don’t need any more “stuff”, time spent together can be the greatest gift (especially during a calming sweat session). Design mock invitations that invite them to an OM-azing experience. You pick the place. They pick the time!
What You Need:
Type of class suggestions (Vinyasa, Power Flow, etc.)
Funny yoga sayings (“Yogatta get your yoga on with me!”)
Add a few class suggestions to the invite, utilizing the choices in your area via the MINDBODY app. As soon as your Galentine says “yes!”, easily book a class that works for your schedules and workouts! A little Zen goes a long way.
You celebrate your ladies for a reason. Maybe it’s the endless laughs. Their constant support. Or how about their sass? Either way, you’ve made some amazing memories together, so why not celebrate them? Create a mason jar of memories by selecting some of your favorite moments, writing them on strips of paper, then placing them in the jar. It’s that easy! Warning: there might be some happy crying involved.
What You Need:
Mason jar of your choice
Pen / Markers
Include future memories you hope to make with your best babe. It will let her know that you plan to do some pretty special things in the coming days, months, years.
Who said Valentine’s Day is just for significant others? #girlpower
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.