One of the greatest gifts Parks and Recreation gave us, aside from Leslie Knope's unending enthusiasm for the political process and the permission to treat yo'self, complete with feminist gift ideas, was Galentine's Day. What is Galentine's Day, you ask? On February 13, the show decreed, it is imperative spend the day with your best girlfriends, thereby celebrating platonic lady love just as vociferously as you will romantic love the following day. As Knope described it: "Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends 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."
In the eight years since the holiday became a part of our cultural zeitgeist, it's turned into a Real Thing, with ladies gifting their other lady friends with cards, cupcakes, brunches, fancy soaps, and other goodies for Galentine's Day (one year, my best friend from college gave me a personalized mug. I gave her nothing, but it was still a dope gift). But this year, the celebration of sisterhood feels all the more imperative, both with your gal pals and with all women fighting to keep their reproductive rights in the midst of a hostile political administration. The majority of these butt-kicking feminist gifts give back to organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, though if you choose to donate directly, you can do so here (and here!).