No matter their relationship statuses, almost everyone I know thinks Valentine’s Day is kind of a drag when they’re being honest. If you’re single, it’s like the whole world is rubbing your nose in it. If you’re coupled, expectations run high and you’re saddled with not only conjuring the perfect romantic gesture for your partner, but hoping that your partner puts some thought into yours. The correct remedy to all of this, of course, is to buy your own gift, or perhaps send this list to your significant other if he’s the last-minute type. And really, aren’t they all?

Ok, ladies, I know that the Kenneth Jay Lane Swarovski Cocktail Ring was perhaps not the ring you were hoping (or your mother was hoping) that you’d get this year, amirite? But still, big sparkly ring! And big sparkly ring is always a net gain. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $190.

Small leather goods always make good gifts, and the Mulberry Postman’s Lock Wallet is a little bit of Valentine’s Day cheer that you can carry with you every day. Don’t have any V-Day cheer, you say? Buy yourself this wallet, I bet you’ll feel it. Or you might not, but at least you’ll have a nice new wallet. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $350.

The Botkier Charlotte Satchel in red is an on-trend ladylike handbag that you can use no matter the season or holiday. A bag like this is the gift that keeps on giving, no matter whether it’s from your man or yourself. Buy through Botkier for $575.

Who needs a dozen regular roses when you can have the Valentino Nappa Rose Tote? Flowers wilt and die, but the dozens of blooms on the front of this Valentino bag will stay fresh forever. Buy through Nordstrom for $3995.

Nothing says “confident and sexy” like a pair of red heels, and the Yves Saint Laurent Palais Pumps say it without being impossible to wear. If you expect a man to successfully acquire a pair of shoes on your behalf, though, you’re going to have to send him some detailed instructions. Luckily, that’s basically what this post is. We’ll wait while you email. Buy through Matches for $800.

Brightly colored watches are all the rage these days, kids. Kill two birds with one stone with the bright red Michael Kors Oversized Watch – both a Valentine’s-appropriate gift and a fun, casual fashion piece. Buy through ShopBop for $195.

Whether you’re trying to impress your current man or attract a new one (or maybe both, no judgment here), a sexy-but-classy red cocktail dress like the Alexander McQueen Kaftan Crepe Dress is a surefire way to turn more than a few heads in exactly the right way. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1120.

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  • 19yearslater

    The wallet and dress are my favorites, and this post was a fun read. I will definitely be purchasing my own Valentine this year.

  • Mochababe73

    That Valentino bag are the kind of roses that I would like to have.
    Since my husband will be traveling to Africa starting tomorrow and will be gone for 2 weeks, I will definitely be buying my own Valentine as well. And taking my sons out to eat.

  • Vitta

    The Valentino Nappa Rose Tote is divine! As for the best Valentine’s Day gift, affection always works for me.

  • I’m actually really loving that Michael Kors watch. It is so fun and funky!

    • Ande

      Me too! I seem to wear black clothes a lot, so this will be a nice pop of color!

  • Chris

    I like the ring, the Valentino handbag and the dress.
    Anyway, my husband and I have decided already years ago that Valentine’s day is so cheesy, we do not buy anything for each other. Really not. Not even a card. Works fine so far.

  • Stylista

    Ah, a single teenage girl here, but I’m super excited for Valentine’s Day. Love the Valentino bag (come on, Valentino…Valentines…they were made for each other!), the Mulberry clutch, and the dress!

    • Stylista

      Oops, ok to be correct, that’s a Mulberry wallet.

  • Rae

    the shoes are gorgey!

  • LDJ

    That ring is fiyah and the Botkier Charlotte Satchel…OMG, I want that bag!!!!

  • I need some ideas of rakhi gifts for rakhi 2012. i want to send a gifts to india.