As we’ve noted before during the holidays, being a label whore when it comes to gifting isn’t a terrible idea. A $50 Chanel hand cream or $30 pair of Supreme boxers can feel so indulgent and over-the-top — in a great and glamorous way. To that end, we’ve rounded up 30 (relatively) inexpensive things from very expensive brands that make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts.
Chic Lucite earrings from Rachel Comey that will be catnip for even the fussiest of valentines.
An earthy, woody soap that your valentine can use to zhuzh up his bachelor’s bathroom sink.
A counterpoint to the argument that socks are the least thoughtful gift for men: these ridiculously sweet panther socks in Gucci’s signature stripes.
It will look luxurious on any vanity table, and the smell of Prada’s vanilla and ylang-ylang lotion? Divine.
A sleek bookmark that’s much cheaper than one of Tom Dixon’s famed candles.
What’s chicer than this rose-scented lip balm in a carved case? It’s slim enough to fit in even the tiniest of clutches.
Maybe not as flashy as the colorful D&G accessories you’re used to, but the great thing about a muted card case is that it never feels dated.
These Melissa Joy Manning “wishbone” hoops are so lovely, and a pair of them will only set you back $100.
A cute little guy to divvy out your floss, for the valentine you share a bathroom with.
What’s more classic (and non-bank-breaking) than some simple bright-red lipstick from Tom Ford?
It might not seem like a steal exactly, but Jennifer Fisher’s coveted jewelry items don’t often go on sale, and this one’s especially lovely for a pinky ring.
This L’Agent by Agent Provocateur thong is sexy and elegant. Sexegant.
If she’s not a thong gal.
Sweet heart-printed socks from J.W. Anderson for the guy who’s obsessed with color-blocking his loafers.
If she’s a dainty drop earring kind of lady, she’ll very much like these rosy pearl drops from Aurelie Bidermann.
A lacy red offering from La Perla that might make you blush.
This exact bra has sold out, but a similar one is still available at Neiman Marcus.
A delicate emerald ring from beloved L.A.-based (and expensive) jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer.
These have sold out unfortunately, but you can find a similar on-sale pair here.
There’s likely no woman who was ever unhappy to receive an Elsa Peretti gift from Tiffany & Co. This one will be a nice treat for avid readers.
Is it a little weird to buy underwear off eBay? Sure. But when it’s Valentine’s Day, you’re dating a fuccboi, you’re on a budget, Supreme’s online store is closed, and you don’t have time to wait on line in person at the New York shop, what else are you gonna do? (Note: These are not actually used boxer-briefs; they’re brand-new.)
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