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Six Romantic (If You Want Them to Be) New Things to Buy for Valentine’s Day

What to buy for someone else — or yourself.

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A woman wearing Miu Miu Swallow Crystal Earrings and a plaid shirt with ruffles
Miu Miu Swallow Crystal Earrings ($237)

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Every week, the fashion world spits out a host of new things for us to buy — and we all know that some are better than others. At times, pulling out the plastic or balancing the checkbook (apparently people do that still I guess) are justified, but other times, a head scratch or an artfully placed finger on the chin emoji feels more appropriate.

This week, with Valentine's Day, the international day of love and/or solitude on the horizon, let's take a look at some things that would either make a good gift for another person, or you know, yourself. Because you should always be buying yourself gifts, it's healthy.

Aurelie Bidermann Lily of the Valley Bracelet ($535)

They always say that flowers are a good gesture for Valentine's Day. But as we all know, flowers will die, but not before requiring some care, a glass vessel, and possibly a solid de-thorning. Skip the mess and the blood and buy some floral jewelry (for spring?Groundbreaking, etc.). Golden blooms are always pretty, even in February.

Thomas Mason Tie ($95)

You know, before this weekend, I wouldn't have thought a tie to be a remotely romantic gift. But I happened to be walking behind some women in Nolita who were discussing their merits in the bedroom. I won't get too into the details, but after rejecting the idea of handcuffs, one of the trio said she prefers ties. Not only for their sturdy knotting abilities, but because — and this is real (and awfully romantic) — they smelled like her boyfriend. Plus, if the guy who has to wear this to the office knows what's coming at the end of the day, it'll make his day a little more interesting. (You may want to buy four, just saying.)

Sleepy Jones Paloma Shorts ($138)

John Mayer once sang of a deep sea of blankets. I'm not quite sure who he was swimming with at the time, though I'm very certain the particular dive in mention didn't require clothing. But if you do happen to be dipping into a sea of sheets and comforters for less strenuous strokes, you might as well do it in some silk shorts. Think of them as the perfect clothing for a day in bed.

Ami Shirt ($270)

If you look at a shirt through your eyes only, you're doing it a disservice — particularly on Valentine's Day. Think of this shirt through the eyes of another, like the person you share your bed with. If you want to go really cinematic with it, think of them eating a piece of toast while hovering over the kettle on your stove in the morning. Suddenly, this shirt, and all shirts, and all your clothes, have a whole new life. And even if you can't share this with anybody, it's a damn fine piece of clothing.

Miu Miu Swallow Crystal Earrings ($237)

If you're looking for cool jewelry but don't want to drop a ton of cash, play the "birds of a feather" card. If the wearer is particularly Miu Miu-minded, they'll recognize them instantly. If not, no big deal, they've got a new pair of earrings so what do they care. Also, if they don't get the "birds of a feather" reference, just say they're the Turtle Doves from Home Alone 2, and you're the Kevin to their Homeless Woman in the park.

J.W. Anderson Bag Charm ($115)

"Happy Valentine's Day, I got you a dick."