It’s impossible to know what Saint Valentine, the pious fellow for whom V-Day is named, would think of the pink glitter- and chocolate-laden holiday we celebrate this week. But given that the sentimental Victorian-era festival from which the holiday derives was based on the flimsiest of premises, there’s little reason not to think of the day as an excuse to buy something nice for yourself.
Forget the look of love. Smell is just more evocative. This Japanese incense from L’Objet summons the heady days of Paris 1969 with a sexy scent infused with cognac and lipstick with undertones of incense, leather and caramel.
L’Objet Oh Mon Dieu incense, $50 at Bergdorf Goodman; bergdorfgoodman.com.
Not the marrying kind? Bing Bang, the diffusion line from the Lower East Side jeweler Anna Sheffield, makes gold bands of an entirely different stripe: molten, biomorphic and statement making, equally covetable by the single or attached.
Bing Bang NYC sculptural gold cocktail ring with a diamond accent, $200 at Bing Bang NYC, bingbangnyc.com.
Good news and good vibes for minimalists: The Dreslyn, the Los Angeles e-boutique, has picked up a discreet line of luxury vibrators. Made by the Japanese company Iroha, they come in sculptural shapes and understated shades.
Iroha vibrating personal massager with multiple settings, $99 to $140 at thedreslyn.com.
Nothing says treat yourself quite like a plush bathrobe. Made from Turkish cotton and ringing up at under $100, this one from Parachute is an easily justified splurge.
Parachute cotton bathrobe, $99 at parachutehome.com.
Created from 18-karat gold, with a hand-carved ruby, Lola Brooks’s heart-shaped ring is anything but twee.
Lola Brooks bezel-set ruby ring, $1,125 at Love Adorned; loveadorned.com.
Go on, book that solo trip. With a brand-spanking-new Rimowa in bright pink, you can, at the very least, be sure to recognize your luggage.
Rimowa multiwheel 21.7-inch suitcase, $625 at Bloomingdale’s; bloomingdales.com.
A highlight of the new collection of loungewear from & Other Stories is this velvet chapeau, which, whether you’re at rest or bustling about, will add a dash of Gucci eccentricity to your ensemble.
& Other Stories velvet knotted hat, $39 at & Other Stories; stories.com.
The sartorial embodiment of the warm and fuzzies: slippers in the softest Australian sheepskin.
Emu Australia sheepskin slides, $59.95 at emuaustralia.com.
If you’re going to write a love note, make it count with limited-edition stationery and pencils by CW Pencil Enterprise and Artifact Uprising.
CW Pencil Enterprise x Artifact Uprising writer’s gift set, $47 at artifactuprising.com.
Since its introduction in 2015, AUrate has shaken up the fine jewelry world with high-quality designs at more affordable prices. This minimalist necklace will make a chic Valentine’s Day treat.
AUrate gold necklace with linked rings, $380 at auratenewyork.com.