Valentine’s Day Gift for a Single Friend

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Have you ever been single on Valentine’s Day?  I certainly have been.   Valentines Day celebrations can make you feel left out of a very exclusive club.  Sure it’s a hallmark holiday,  I know it doesn’t really mean that much. But once upon a time, it hurt to hear the women at work talking about this gift or that one and there is a certain power behind flower deliveries to work. I very much felt like the bottom of the pecking order on some Valentines days.

A few years ago my best friend and I shared our sadness about Valentine’s day.  She told me Valentine’s day was the worst day of the year for her.  Most of the year she enjoyed being single, but Valentine’s day really bothered her.  It made her feel unloved and excluded.  The next Valentines day I gave her A Boyfriend in a Box.

A basket full of unique Valentines and cute valentines gift basket ideas for Galentines day

I took a box and filled it with all sorts of little inexpensive gifts and thoughtful ideas, the perfect boyfriend would do for Valentines Day. She laughed when she received it, I certainly surprised her.  She told me that it was one of the best Valentine days she ever had.

Free Valentine Printable Love Notes

Create some personal love messages, the cheesier the better.    One for the desk, one for the purse. One for beside the phone.  She can place them where ever she wants, they will feel like a girl hug.

Free Valentines printable for a Valentine gift for a friend.

Here is the free Valentine printable for you.  You can print it or use it as a guide to writing one of your own.

A unique Valentines Gift idea for a single girlfriend. A cute Valentines idea, with a valentine, box of chocolates, comical book and wine

A Hunky Photo

The things we won’t do for our friends.  I found this particular handsome man with the saxophone on Pixabay.  Go ahead and do some of your own research,  do a search for handsome men with coffee or rugged handsome men or men in suits.  Whatever your girlfriend will find appealing.

Print it out and put it in a dollar store frame.

A Valentines basket idea for Galentines. For unique valentines day idea for a friend who is single on Valentines day. Boyfriend in a box Valentines gift basket.

A Romance Book

Who says you can’t find a perfect man.  There are literally shelves and shelves full of them. Give your girlfriend a romantic novel.  I have included this little fun book cover for you. It prints out on letter size paper and I was able to cover an average size romance novel with it.

Valentines Gifts

Finally, fill in your Boyfriend in a Box with some little gifts for your friend. She can choose to say where she got them from.  I always felt girl presents are every bit as important, it just feels good to be included.  Here are some suggestions:

Valentine’s purchased or handmade. (Some are available for those who join the Pretty DIY Home Library)


A Bottle of wine, or mug with cocoa

Chocolates or heart-shaped sugar cookies, or both

Valentine knick knacks from the dollar store

Perfume, bath products

Gift cards

Valentines, DIY, Gift Basket, For her, Boyfriend in a box,

The Boyfriend in a Box can be funny, romantic, cheesy, expensive, or inexpensive. I am sure the thought and effort will make a girlfriend happy, any way you choose to put it together.  Let me know if you’re going to make one and if so what kind of reaction it receives.

Happy Valentines Day

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  1. What a sweet friend you are Leanna! This is a wonderful idea to make your friend enjoy Valentine’s Day, so lovely and fun too!

  2. I LOVE this idea, Leanna! I can think of a few girlfriends that it would be fun to surprise with this idea <3.

    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight). I plan to feature you next week!

    ~ Megin of VMG206

  3. What an incredible idea this is! I’m sure your friend must have treasured it and no doubt you had fun putting this together for her. It really is fabulous! Pinning to share!

  4. What a truly sweet idea! I’m sure you made her day (if not her week!) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi LC. I know Valentine’s can really make you feel excluded. Thank you for validating the feelings I had about it. I always felt that a thoughtful gift from a good girlfriend meant every bit as much as one from tall dark and maybe not so handsome lol.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Cathy: Thank you for the positive input. I am really hoping a few women get a boyfriend box.

      Have a great week. Leanna

  5. I absolutely love this idea! So many people feel lonely on Valentine’s day because of the marketing hype around it. This is such a thoughtful idea and a great way to make someone feel special!! Perfect! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Helen: I know its a Hallmark holiday, but its always nice to be remembered. It doesn’t have to be elaborate just thoughtful.

      Thank you for commenting I will see you next week at the link up. Leanna

  6. You are an amazing friend! So thoughtful and talented. I love this idea. I’m married, but I would still love a boyfriend in a box. 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  7. This is such a cute idea Leanna. Your friend must be very happy that you thought of her and made this for her. You are a true friend indeed!

  8. What a stunning idea Leanna, I abSooooLutely love it!! So thoughtful and loving.

  9. Love this so much! And I consider Valentine’s Day a Day of Peace and Love for all. I guess I have morphed it into something that means goodness and peace for the world, which is so needed. This is a wonderful example!

    Peace and popcorn,

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Pam: I am right there with you. I don’t think Valentines has to be about diamonds from a guy. It can be about kindness and friendship. Love is valuable in all forms.

      Thank you for commenting, its one of those valuable kind thoughts too. Leanna

  10. I love this! It’s such a great idea.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Madison: Thank you. The boyfriend can as elaborate or as simple as the circumstances, please let me know if you give a boyfriend box away.

      Thank you for commenting.

  11. Such a cute idea!! I may have to put one together for my daughter, her and her husband just split up…it may brighten her day 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I hope you do Susanne. Brightening Valentines day for a woman is the whole reason behind the box. Sorry to hear your daughter is hurting, splitting up is painful.

  12. How fun! I have never heard of this. Such a thoughtful and cute idea. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Sherry: Thank you. I originally started this years ago after a heartfelt conversation with my best friend.

      For my first Valentine’s season as a blogger I chose to focus on valentines thoughts for friends so this fit right in.

  13. That is such a cute and thoughtful idea! It’s important to show love for your friends : )

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Morgan: Thank you. I have always felt that the gift from a girlfriend is ever bit as valuable. It may not be “romantic” but it is loving. I appreciate your feedback. Leanna

  14. This is such a thoughtful gift idea! Would love to both give & receive this! Thanks for co-hosting #homemattersparty Have a great weekend!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle: I am glad to hear you say that. As a single Mom I would often do a family type of celebration but I did feel left out at the office.

      I am so proud to be invited to join as a co-host and I am learning lots. Hugs and have a good week. Leanna

  15. What a fun idea! All women, single or married, could use a sweet friend like you 🙂

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Julie: I feel that women find Valentine’s day much important then the men do. My girlfriend told me she has kept her Boyfriend in a Box card for 18 years. I don’t see a man treasuring a Valentine that way.

      Thank you for commenting.

  16. What a sweet idea. Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a lonely day so this is a nice idea to do for a special friend.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debra: Yes it certainly can be, like I said you can feel left out of a very exclusive club. Everyone wants to feel noticed and I know a kind gesture from a girlfriend makes a huge difference on Valentines day.

      Happy New Year! Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marci: Thank you for stopping by. It makes me really happy inside to think that a few women will get a boyfriend in a box because of this post. Thank you very much for commenting. Leanna

  17. Being the recipient of your first Boyfriend in a Box over 18 years ago, I’m so proud of you for sharing your amazing ideas! There is so much pressure to get that perfect gift, or have your spouse spoil you more than the next person. This even works for friends that have less than attentive spouses. The best part is that it outlasts most relationships! I still have mine! Luv you!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hey Bon Bon: xo You made me watery eyed when I heard you kept your boyfriend. We certainly did have some fun with that little basket. The next time I make it to Vancouver Island I would love to see. Luvs ya Lea

  18. This is a fantastic idea Leanna I love the idea of all the things and the fact you did this for a single friend just shows how sweet you are xx

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Some of the most important and certainly the most relationships I have had is with girlfriends. The men in my life don’t care about Valentines nearly as much as the girls do. So why not brighten a friends day.

      Thanks for the feedback Amber, I am really excited about this post.

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