Galentine’s may be the invention of a character in American sitcom Parks And Recreation, but in recent years it has been creeping into the mainstream, complete with gift guides. Picture: YouTube.com

London - Are you ready for Galentine’s Day? No, not a typo - February 13, the eve of Valentine’s, is now the day when you’re supposed to celebrate your gal pals, showering them with cards and knick-knacks, perhaps even going on a "friends" date.

Galentine’s may be the invention of a character in American sitcom Parks And Recreation, but in recent years it has been creeping into the mainstream, complete with gift guides.

Oh help! Why do women do this to each other? Now, we have not one but two days to dread this week.

Has BFF Sophie popped a card in the post? Has old pal Kate bothered to send a text? If not, why not?

No, thank you. You don’t see grown men being encouraged to give each other matching bracelets to celebrate their "bromance". The whole Galentine thing seems immature and a sure-fire way to strain a friendship.

We all know how fraught gift-giving is - gaily handing over a regifted bottle of plonk only to be shamed by the pricey treat that is handed back to you.

On top of that, we are now encouraged to add another fraught round of negotiations at Galentine’s.

The whole thing has the suspicious whiff of being a sop to the singletons: no dozen red roses for you from Mr Right, sorry dear, but here’s a glittery pink card from your school friend in Scotland.

What about the marrieds: Do they join in too or is it just the love-lorn who are expected to shell out?

I’ve a better idea: I’d like everyone to give us faithful singletons a token of acknowledgment for all the wedding presents and baby gifts. I’ve my eye on a set of Le Creuset. Pink, of course. Happy Galentine’s after all!

Daily Mail