A good friendship does not only consist of brunch dates and partying. One rite of passage: pushing your chica through a bad breakup. For the youthful, they are a regular part of life, yet they are often traumatic. Your bestie will need help not making certain wine-soaked texting and Tinder decisions. And she will often get worse during overwrought-with-expectations holidays, like that celebrating St. Valentine. It’s bad enough pink and heart-related decor have taken over sections of drug stores and dollar stores since New Year’s Eve. But, thanks to a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation, there is a relatively newfangled custom to help friends puncture that aura of emotional despair with injections of loving support and frivolous distraction. Amy Poehler’s crafty Deputy Director Leslie Knope envisions a day you celebrate “ladyfriends” and creates an annual holiday set on February 13. “My ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” Nine years later and Galentine’s Day is right up there with Festivus as one of the most famous TV-to-real-life events. Take on Valentine’s Day breakups with a few Galentine-y gift ideas.
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