With Valentine’s Day just a week away, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, listen close: We suggest skipping out on the hum-drum, overplayed gifts. Really, who wants roses and candy when you can have shoes, bags and accessories galore?
Fresh out of ideas and in need of some gifting inspiration? Peep at some of our favorite bloggers’ wish lists below. We promise—they’re anything but ordinary.
1. I have been eyeing an Edie Parker clutch for some time now, and this one is a favorite of mine. It is always fun on Valentine’s Day to open a gift like this, which you can wear out the same evening.
2. Stacking jewelry is a current obsession of mine, and this Jennifer Meyer ring would look perfect next to one of my chunkier and more masculine rings.
3. While shoes aren’t a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, I would be head-over-heels to get these adorable Carven flats. It’s fun to receive an unexpected gift on Valentine’s Day.
1. Pearls shouldn’t be impeccably slick and round. Imperfection is what makes this Monique Péan diamond-accented ring so perfect.
2. With swirls of suede, Walter Steiger’s take on enticing sorbet pink is wearable art. The curved heel makes the unusual shape especially alluring.
3. I’m wild about floral prints from Givenchy for spring. Their exotic take on irises and birds of paradise is girly.
4. No color says “I love you” like sexy, bright red. Delvaux’s luxe messenger version in smooth polo leather has adjustable straps, so you can wear it cross-body or on the shoulder–I love options!
5. There’s something about sand and surf–the fragrance of the beach is very sexy to me. I have no idea how Bobbi Brown managed it, but she’s captured the elusive scent perfectly.
1. I love the smell of figs, and there’s something about Diptyque‘s Philosykos that’s not too sweet—even a little woodsy. It’s almost mesmerizing (I know, I know, we’re talking about perfume here). If I don’t get it, I’ll settle for meeting someone who does.
2. Though I’ve slowed down my bracelet roll, I could wear this Tod’s one solo or next to a watch. It’s one of those nice presents for Valentine’s because you’d wear it every day, and think of the girl or guy who bought it for you.
3. I need to stop talking about how much I want this Bottega Veneta wallet and just commit. Or get committed and have someone buy it for me. Classic, not too flashy and gets better with time…
4. It’s harder than you think to find a nice belt. This skinny Tanner Goods cincher works well with black or brown (and a good color for V-Day, no?). The gold hardware also means you can wear it to something casual or a bit more classed-up.
1. Give me a Piombo robe with fringe on the tie any day. A gentleman demands loungewear. We work long days and travel for hours. Nothing gives a greater sense of pleasure than relaxing at the end of the day after a long hot shower in a robe with a scotch and a cigar. It’s humorous and cheeky, in a way.
2. Long live McQueen. Geez, was he a genius. Scarves are versatile and debonair. It’s the perfect gift.
3. I’m a closet fan of rose gold—or of anything that gives that “rebellious edge” to what is expected from a man. Watches, like this one from Brera, are an interesting gift on Valentine’s Day. My friend always had this superstition that if a woman gave him a watch, it put time on the relationship. He didn’t mind this, until he met his soul mate who gave him a watch for his birthday, and he secretly lost it.
4. I want these Barneys New York shoes—they are versatile and capture an elegant attitude. I might just have to buy these for myself if my Valentine doesn’t.