The holiday season is done and dusted. But despite slimmer waistlines and replenished wallets, it’s time to shell out again ‘cause Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. February 14th can feel like an exclusive club for the coupled up, but lonely hearts needn’t fret – you can always treat yourself. Either way, use our gift guide as inspiration:
Louis Vuitton Jeu de Louis Square
$590 at ca.louisvuitton.com
A benchmark for luxury marketing teams everywhere, the highly coveted Louis Vuitton bag is more than just a status symbol – it’s iconic. Though the bags are exceptionally well-crafted, avoid the V-Day cliché of gifting a Speedy and opt for this stunning Jeu de Louis pure silk square that can be worn as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or wrap.
Michael Kors Precious Metal-Plated Sterling Silver Pavé Oversized Nesting Cuff
$245 at michaelkors.ca
Valentine’s Day or not, there are a few rules when it comes to choosing jewellery: no hearts, not too pink, and nothing in pocket-sized boxes with lids that flip menacingly open. These Michael Kors Metal-Plated cuff bracelets tick all those boxes. They come in three high-shine plating finishes and are made from Sterling Silver and feature a row of elegant pavé accents. Cool, clean, classic.
Saint Laurent Gold Loulou Tassel Earrings
$515 at ssense.com
We’re shifting away from logo-mania, but these gold-tone tassels are a tasteful use of the YSL branding. The brass chain-link tassels drape beautifully from their post-stud fastenings – perfect for a little V-Day sparkle.
Moncler White Down Liane Vest
$795 at ssense.com
Mid-Feb can be bloody cold. But the Italian warmth experts at Moncler have got you covered…literally. This down vest is practical and stylish, a cozy symbol of affection. You might just have to book yourself a few more ski weekends, too.
Prada Black Nylon Clutch
$1070 at ssense.com
What’s more romantic than surprising her with a Prada pouch just before you leave for a romantic dinner? The pouch is timeless and cool, with the brand’s signature nylon and detachable chain-link shoulder strap. She’ll want to wear it right away. Cancel the Uber – wardrobe change!
Gucci Brown Small GG Supreme Padlock Bag
$3095 at ssense.com
Two pointers, gents: no, a pouch definitely isn’t the same as a purse; and no, she doesn’t already have enough of them (use your ever-expanding watch collection as reference). Think of the pouch (see gift above) as the more formal iteration of the purse. Gucci’s structured canvas top handle bag is great for every day, and the iconic print is made subtle in a brown and beige. Plus, the purse has a shiny gold padlock, so you know the bag is secure. The only thing left to do is…secure the bag.
Givenchy Beige & Pink Edge Card Holder
Pink is predictable on Valentine’s Day, but I can’t seem to think of an occasion where Givenchy’s understated cardholder wouldn’t work. Made from a supple buffed goatskin leather, it’s got room for cash and cards (six, to be specific). And if it makes an appearance at dinner when talk of the bill comes around, you’ll know you’ve got a keeper. Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer to pay on V-Day.
$340 at ssense.com
$560 at ssense.com
Life’s generally a bit rose-tinted on Valentine’s Day, but Dior’s got the year-round sunny solution with these brown-to-pink gradient lenses. Built into a pale gold-tone metal-frame, these shades have 100% UV protection and come with a hard leather case. For extra points, toss in a ticket to Miami.