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

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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 typically very expensive brands that would make wonderful Valentine’s Day gifts.

Sculptural earrings that look much more expensive than they are.

You might not be able to afford a custom Charvet shirt, but a skinny knit tie is much cheaper and always appreciated.

You could always opt for a pair of striped socks from Gucci, but these slides make more of a statement.

While still on the pricey side, this pale pink puffer scarf is a fraction of the price of Moncler’s slick down parkas — and would be like wearing a mini-jacket on your neck, sort of.

For the Alexander McQueen stan who wants to be subtle-but-not-so-subtle about his allegiance to the designer.

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

From Tom Dixon’s Bump collection, to impress your valentine with your mixology skills.

This MM6 Maison Margiela clutch in a refreshing transparent blue is pretty sweet.

A perfectly purple, perfectly frivolous bag tag from Versace for your valentine.

Surprise her with this Cult Gaia bag that’s currently 50 percent off.

The tiny prints of cars, hot air balloons, bicycles, and airplanes on this silk Etro scarf are just too cute to pass up.

We love how the bold stripes of this Kenzo beanie take us back to grade school.

For the Jacquemus fan who’d rather wear his wallet around his neck (or is really into tiny purses at the moment).

For the hypebeast who dares to go smaller — and is already over fanny packs, gift this wrist pouch from Y-3.

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

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

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

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.

How flirty are these satin side-ties?

Complete the set with a matching bra.

If you’d rather not spend almost $200 on this cult-y Le Labo perfume, spend just $53 on the same scent, but in body-wash form.

Cheeky in just the right way, with a hint of Memphis design.

Perfect for lounging around the house after a romantic night in.

You can’t go wrong with a subtle, rose-scented, plant-based soap from Diptyque.

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

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

There’s likely no one who was ever unhappy to receive an Elsa Peretti gift from Tiffany & Co. This one will be a nice treat for avid readers.

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).

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