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The Perfect Galentine’s Day Gift Guide, According To A Shopping Expert
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The Perfect Galentine’s Day Gift Guide, According To A Shopping Expert

Lover girls, tap in. Galentine’s Day season has officially arrived.

Traditionally, February marks a time of year that’s been reserved for romantic love and those who are in committed relationships — but single girls need love too. Gathering the girls on or before Valentine’s Day takes a spin on the holiday’s conventions, providing a space for women to come together in celebration of sisterhood and friendship; no matter their relationship status.


Hosting your girlfriends for brunch, a 90’s rom-com marathon, with (lots of) wine, is a special way to celebrate the ladies that have held you through thick and thin.

And no need to come empty-handed. To help, we’ve tapped Marissa Kearney, creator of the viral social platforms, TargetWhileBlack and RetailWhileBlack for her top recommendation on gifts for your gals this Galentine’s Day.

Courtesy of Marissa Kearney

Since 2020, retail shopping expert Marissa Kearney has been bridging the gap between retailers and consumers through her viral social platforms, TargetWhileBlack and RetailWhileBlack. Dedicated to highlighting the best Black-owned and Black-founded brands from big-box retailers, including Target, Nordstorm, HomeGoods, Walmart, JCPenney, and more, Marrisa has garnered a community of over 550k followers and counting.

Understanding the importance of representation in the retail space, Marrisa shares how “Buying Black” is one of the greatest acts of love we can show each other. “It’s been so refreshing to walk into stores like Target and see items that reflect who we are and what we love,” she tells xoNecole. “It makes you feel like you're finally getting a regular shopping experience; like you don't have to go digging to find things that look like you.”

Ready to spread the love? Here, Marissa drops her favorite Black-owned products to make your Galentine’s Day one to remember.

Love Jones Candle

Frères Branchiaux

Love Jones Candle

Want to light up the night and set the vibe? Marrissa recommends this soy candle from Frères Branchiaux to do the trick.

$33

Galentine’s Gift Bag

Black Paper Party

Galentine's Bag

Bag secured. Black Paper Party’s decorative designs are the perfect way to pack your gifts and deliver them in style.

Rose & Geranium Sea Salt Bar Soap

Iyoba

Rose & Geranium Sea Salt Bar Soap

As Marissa mentions, every woman deserved to be pampered. Grab a bar of Iyoba’s calming sea salt soap as a treat to your girlfriends or yourself.

Faux Mink Lashes

Luna Magic

Faux Mink Lashes

Marissa says these lashes from Luna Magic are “the perfect present” for a friend who likes to keep their face beat. Pick up a pair—or two—to make their look complete.

Vegan Sweet & Salty Organic Popcorn

Tabitha Brown For Target

Vegan Sweet & Salty Organic Popcorn

Our fairy god-auntie, Tabitha Brown, just dropped the tastiest (vegan!) snacks to hit the shelves. Add a bag to your charcuterie spread; the ladies won’t be able to put them down.

'Shine' Pillow Pink

Pillowscript

'Shine' Pillow Pink

What woman doesn’t love words of affirmation? This accent pillow from Pillowscript is not only adorable but will give your bestie the perfect pop of color and positivity to her living space.

$25

Hella Awkward Card Game

Hella Awkward Card Game

Turn your Galentine’s into a game night. Put the phones away and break the ice with the new card game, Hella Awkward.

$25

"Black Plum" by Craig

Puzzles of Color

"Black Plum" by Craig

We may live in a digital world, but the joy that comes from analog play never goes out of style. Pick up the pieces of this puzzle and gift it to your gal who loves a good challenge.

$28

Casablanca Eau de Parfum

Brown Girl Jane

Casablanca Eau de Parfum

There’s no better way to say, “I love you, girl,” than through the gift of scent. Brown Girl Jane’s Casablanca fragrance is the perfect way to show your bestie that she deserves all the finer things in life; and more.

$62

Black Girl Magic Rosé Wine

McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic

Black Girl Magic Rosé Wine

To Marissa, the perfect girl's night is not complete without a glass of wine (or two). Keep the libation in rotation and sip slow with the crowd-favorite Black Girl Magic Rosé Wine.

$19

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