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)
Upgrading your sleepwear can bring on the same kind of mildly smug self-satisfaction as reading Goop or buying produce at Whole Foods. Enter the Sleep Shirt, a roomy, crinkly-soft cotton creation that’s sure to impress. A pink gingham is seasonally appropriate, but we love the classic Oxford stripe.
Cotton sleep shirt ($245)
While we’re on the topic of sleepwear, you can never go wrong with a silk pyjama set. London-based Asceno cuts its robes, slips and sets from sandwashed silk in classic stripes and contrast piping details. Pro tip: get the cuffs monogrammed.
Silk pinstripe pyjama top and bottoms ($288 each)
Sure building a Pinterest board directing your SO to your V-Day wish list will ensure you won’t be disappointed when you open your present. But that’s no fun! Instead, just direct him or her to Vancouver’s Wolf Circus, known for its delicate and architectural gold pieces. You’re guaranteed to like everything on the site, we promise.
Art Deco studs in gold ($120)
Like red roses and cards that play Claire de Lune, lingerie is a classic gift, and now, thanks to the rise of body-positive and inclusive underwear brands, there are more options than ever. We love Mary Young’s minimal aesthetic and self-love messaging. For Valentine's Day, Young's campaign features couples, both romantic and platonic, lounging around in her designs. It's exactly the kind of empowering, unfiltered approach that feels right in 2018.
Caden bra ($85) and panty ($57)
Valentine’s Day gifts don’t have to be bespoke or expensive to delight. Enter Sugarfina, a chic candy brand that’s a step above those heart-shaped boxes you’ll find at the drug store this time of year. And just in time for the holiday, the brand has partnered with Tito’s Handmade Vodka on some cocktail-inspired candies like the American Mule Bears and martini "olives" (that are actually almonds!) Cute.
Tito's American Mule Bears ($8.50)
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