Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Attention Galentines! 7 Fun Ideas to Celebrate Your Friendship

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic partners; it’s also a perfect time to celebrate the cherished friendships in your life. And what better way to do that than by getting creative with Goodwill finds?

Shoe display at Ohio Valley Goodwill
Valentine’s display at Ohio Valley Goodwill

Whether you’re shopping at a Goodwill thrift store in Cincinnati or repurposing items you already have, there are plenty of fun and budget-friendly ways to celebrate your gal pals this Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas to get you started:

#1: DIY Galentine’s Day Cards

Instead of buying pre-made cards, why not get crafty and make your own? Head to your local Goodwill store to find unique materials like vintage fabric, buttons, or even old greeting cards and books that you can repurpose into one-of-a-kind Galentine’s Day cards. Personalize each card with inside jokes, heartfelt messages, or memories you’ve shared with your friends.

Rack of clothes at Ohio Valley Goodwill

#2: Host a Clothing Swap

Invite your friends over for a fun afternoon of fashion and friendship! Challenge each other to put together the most stylish outfits using only items purchased from your nearest thrift store, like Ohio Valley Goodwill! You’ll be amazed at the treasures you can find, from retro dresses and wedding gowns to funky accessories. Take turns strutting your stuff down the “runway” and vote on who has the best thrifted look.

While you’re at it, sort through your current clothing together and donate what you no longer want or need to Goodwill in Cincinnati. We’re always accepting donations of clothing, shoes, and accessories!

#3: DIY Spa Day

Treat yourselves to a relaxing spa day without breaking the bank. Pick up affordable pampering essentials like candles, bath salts, robes, and face masks from Goodwill. You can even find gently used books or magazines to create a cozy reading nook while you indulge in some self-care with your friends.

#4: Upcycled Décor Party

Give your living spaces a Galentine’s Day makeover by hosting an upcycling party. Browse your local Cincinnati thrift store, like Goodwill, for old picture frames, vases, or mirrors that you can transform with a fresh coat of paint or some decorative embellishments. Not only will you save money on new décor, but you’ll also have a blast getting creative with your friends.

Gray pots and pans from Goodwill in Cincinnati
Pots and pans from Goodwill

#5: Potluck Dinner with a Twist

Instead of going out to an expensive restaurant, why not host a potluck dinner with a twist? Challenge each friend to prepare and plate a dish using items found at Goodwill, like vintage cookware or quirky serving platters. You’ll enjoy a delicious and budget-friendly meal while discovering new culinary creations together.

#6: Movie Marathon Night

Turn your living room into a cozy cinema for a Galentine’s Day movie marathon. Browse the DVD section at Goodwill for classic chick flicks or cult favorites to watch with your friends. Don’t forget the popcorn and snacks, and be prepared for plenty of laughter, tears, and heartfelt moments.

#7: DIY Friendship Bracelets

Tap into your nostalgic side by making friendship bracelets together. Pick up a variety of colorful threads, beads, and charms from Goodwill and spend the afternoon crafting personalized bracelets for each other. It’s a simple yet meaningful way to celebrate your bond and create lasting memories.

Home sign from Goodwill
Love sign from Goodwill

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun — and Do Good!

This Valentine’s Day, show your gal pals how much they mean to you with these fun and creative ideas that won’t break the bank.

By shopping at Goodwill in Cincinnati and getting crafty with your celebrations, you’ll not only create unforgettable experiences but also support job skills training and other employment services for individuals with disabilities and our nation’s veterans. What a great way to share the love with your friends and your broader community at the same time.

Find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill store in Cincinnati to make your plans, and have a very happy Galentine’s Day!