If you want to go with the tried-and-true Valentine’s Day-themed option, consider Aldo’s V-day themed capsule collection. It ticks all the boxes: Hearts? Check. Cupid’s arrows? Check. And speaking of boxes, each pair comes with limited edition packaging (so no gift-wrapping needed). One standout in the line is a pair of glossy pumps adorned with a red heart at the base of the sky-high heel. If flats are more her/your thing, white sneakers covered in lovey-dovey doodles are equally irresistible.
Synthetic pumps ($100)
You know what’s better than an It-bag? A bag that’s about six months away from becoming an It-bag. Pick a structural lantern-shaped purse from Turkish brand Mloye (our vote is the rich navy colour) and commend yourself on your ahead-of-the-curve tastes.
Leather bag ($415 USD)
This Toronto-based brand makes its basics from sustainably grown cotton in Egypt’s Nile River Delta. Buy one sweatshirt or crew-neck tee as a gift, and one for yourself (though the line is divided into mens and womens, most pieces have a unisex vibe). We promise the matchy-matchy thing will go over well once you realize how soft, versatile and cool these pieces are.
Terrycloth hoodie ($85)