No Valentine? Celebrate with Your Friends Instead!

Tell Your Squad How Much They Mean to You On February 14

Friends get you through. They’re your support system, your companions, your chosen family members. Why not celebrate them on February 14 to show each other how much you care? If you need inspiration on how to go about it, consider these fun ways!

Galentine’s Day

As made famous by the character Leslie Knope in Parks & Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a time to celebrate your women friends with delicious waffles, thoughtful gifts, and togetherness. Enjoy a waffle lunch together with a variety of toppings: maple syrup, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, strawberries, bananas, chocolate chips, peanut butter, and more. You and your friends can make-your-own waffles as you enjoy each other’s company and exchange small tokens of your friendship! While you might not be as expert a gift-giver as Leslie Knope, you can swap sweet gifts like friendship bracelets, matching keychains, candles, or decorated photo frames.

Game Night

Why sit alone on Valentine’s Day when you and your friends can get together – even virtually! – to play games! Hop on a video conferencing service like Zoom and hold a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Download the Among Us app and play together. Yahtzee is another simple game to play together; each of you need only five dice to play. Use an electronic, shared scorecard on Google Docs to keep track of points. You can even play Jackbox games together via Twitch and your cell phone!

Head Outdoors

If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with a nice winter climate, then heading outdoors with your friends is a great opportunity to spend quality time together and get fresh air. Play a few games of basketball or touch football, take a hike, bicycle your favorite trails, or enjoy leisure time in a local park.

Host a Potluck Dinner

There’s a reason family dinners are so valued. They’re the perfect time to come together, bond, and learn about each other. The same goes for friends who dine together. Organize a potluck dinner, in which everyone brings a contribution to the meal, and sit down together to eat. If you don’t want to host a full meal, you could consider a dessert potluck, in which everyone brings a dessert or component of a dessert to share. 

Homemade Gift Exchange

Some of the best gifts aren’t store-bought! Handmade gifts come from the heart and show you care. Knit, embroider, decoupage, sew, carve, or build small gifts for your friends and ask that everyone does the same. Get together with them to exchange them – perhaps during one of the above activities.

Share Your Care Package with Your Friends

Did you get treats worth sharing with your best pals in this month’s My College Crate? Spread the love by sharing snacks, trading school supplies, or just passing off an item to a friend who needs cheering up. 

All our care packages are full of items for students of all interests, and we think you’ll love everything you get. Tell your friends about us – and don’t forget to thank your family for sending you our monthly student subscription boxes. 

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