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The Cheapest, Nicest Valentine’s Day Gifts From the Most Expensive Brands

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.

Rachel Comey Maya Earrings
$95 at Need Supply

Chic Lucite earrings from Rachel Comey that will be catnip for even the fussiest of valentines.

Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinary Soap
$35 at Barneys

An earthy, woody soap that your valentine can use to zhuzh up his bachelor’s bathroom sink.

Gucci Embroidered Striped Socks
$95 at Mr. Porter

A counterpoint to the argument that socks are the least thoughtful gift for men: these ridiculously sweet panther socks in Gucci’s signature stripes.

Fleur du Mal Satin Hipster
$45 at Shopbop

Nothing fancier than silky underwear.

Prada La Femme Satin Body Lotion
$54 at Nordstrom

It will look luxurious on any vanity table, and the smell of Prada’s vanilla and ylang-ylang lotion? Divine.

Tom Dixon Quill Bookmark
$17 at Amazon

A sleek bookmark that’s much cheaper than one of Tom Dixon’s famed candles.

Dior Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm
$30 at Nordstrom

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.

Dolce & Gabbana Logo Plaque Cardholder
$141 at Farfetch

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.

Melissa Joy Manning Wishbone Hoop Earring
$50 at Garmentory

These Melissa Joy Manning “wishbone” hoops are so lovely, and a pair of them will only set you back $100.

Alessi Dental Floss Dispenser
$18 at Amazon

A cute little guy to divvy out your floss, for the valentine you share a bathroom with.

Want les Essentiels Kennedy Money Clip
$125 at Barneys

For the man who already has the Want Les Essentiels dopp kit, get him an understated money clip wallet to go with it.

Maison Margiela By the Fireplace Lidded Candle
$62 at Barneys

A spicy, yet sweet scent from Maison Margiela: the perfect blend of notes to strike for Valentine’s Day.

Tom Ford Lip Color
$54 at Bloomingdales

What’s more classic (and non-bank-breaking) than some simple bright-red lipstick from Tom Ford?

Jennifer Fisher Overlap Circle Gold Plated Ring
$215 at Net-a-Porter

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.

Chanel La Creme Main
$50 at Bloomingdales

If not for the egg-shaped packaging alone, this buzzy new rose-scented hand cream will be a delightful gift for any valentine who’s always complaining about her lizard skin.

L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Penelope Thong
$40 at Shopbop

This L’Agent by Agent Provocateur thong is sexy and elegant. Sexegant.

Kiki de Montparnasse Ribbed Jersey Short Panties
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Kiki de Montparnasse Ribbed Jersey Short Panties
$85 at Shopbop

If she’s not a thong gal.

Le Labo ‘Santal 33’ Shower Gel
$52 at Barneys

If you’d rather not spend almost $200 on this culty Le Labo perfume, spend just $52 on the same scent, but in body-wash form.

J.W. Anderson Blue Hearts Socks
$60 at Ssense

Sweet heart-printed socks from J.W. Anderson for the guy who’s obsessed with color-blocking his loafers.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Hair Mist
$40 at Sephora

Sometimes those things you could live without, but that make your life a whole lot better, are the best gifts. Case in point: this affordable hair perfume that will also make your hair look a touch softer and shinier.

Rag & Bone Addison Stretch Merino Wool Knit Cap
$95 at Nordstrom

A basic, very reliable beanie from Rag & Bone.

Diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Toilette Roll-On
$48 at Saks Fifth Avenue

This romantic Eau de Rose roll-on scent from Diptyque is quite a bit cheaper than a candle. (And will last a lot longer.)

Aurelie Bidermann Cheyne Walk Earrings
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Aurelie Bidermann Cheyne Walk Earrings
$160 at Shopbop

If she’s a dainty drop earring kind of lady, she’ll very much like these rosy pearl drops from Aurelie Bidermann.

La Perla Plumetis Bralette
$62 at Bergdorf Goodman

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.

Rodin Lip Balm Ring
$15 at Nordstrom

Linda Rodin’s face oils are expensive. Less expensive? This incredibly cute lip balm ring from the culty makeup maven.

Jennifer Meyer Gemstone Thin Ring
$175 at Barneys

A delicate emerald ring from beloved L.A.-based (and expensive) jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer.

Common Projects Sneakers
Common Projects Sneakers
$170 at FWRD

There’s nothing more classic than the sneakerhead-beloved Common Projects sneaker, and this one’s 40 percent off and a sweet Valentine’s Day pink.

These have sold out unfortunately, but you can find a similar on-sale pair here.

Elsa Peretti Apple Bookmark
$60 at Tiffany & Co.

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.

Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol
$25 at Saks Fifth Avenue

A little face spritz they can keep in their tote bag for when they need a pick-me-up (and they’ll think of you every time).

Supreme Hanes Boxer Briefs
$25 at eBay

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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The Cheapest Valentine’s Day Gifts From Expensive Brands