Our Valentine’s Day gift guide is geared toward a discerning consumer who, like us, tends to cringe at the thought of a sappy Hallmark holiday. Spanning everything from Gufram’s iconic lip-shaped sofa to Comme des Garçons’ heart-logo Converse high tops to Maude’s sleek vibrator, the selections below are covetable and on-theme, sans the cheese. Which is to say, any of the items on this list are desirable no matter what day it is.

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  • Gufram
    Bocca Sofa
    Price available upon request
    What else is there to say about this radical design icon? To celebrate the lip-shaped sofa’s 50th birthday, Gufram introduced 25 new colors—ranging from olive to marigold to ivory—so you can seal your space with a kiss with your own aesthetic.
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  • Byredo
    Rose of No Man's Land
    Creative director and founder Ben Gorham’s skill for evocative storytelling is front and center in this scent, whose name is a tribute to the fearless nurses who tended to soldiers in WWII. Its floral note profile—Turkish rose petals, pink pepper, raspberry blossom, papyrus, white amber—embodies the delicacy and sophistication of Valentine’s Day’s emblematic flower.
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  • R & Company
    Catherine Chair by Pierre Yovanovitch
    Price available upon request
    Pierre Yovanivitch summoned a sea of red textiles, upholstery, and whimsical graphics for his LOVE exhibition at R & Company‘s gallery space this past year. Items from the showcase, presented in a staged five-room fantasy suite, include a range of handmade oak furniture, accent pillows, and a colorful bedroom carpet, among others. Our favorite: The Mrs. Catherine Oops Chair. Fashioned from solid oak and walnut, the personified piece of collectible design has four legs with heels and a hand–embroidered face by the renowned French firm Lesage. Take it from her sullen expression, Mrs. Catherine Oops and her accompanying four-legged girlfriends—Isabelle, Fanny, Charlotte, and Marion—don’t take any guff.
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  • MoMA
    Make My Heart Pound Pop-Up Note Cards
    Yes, Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. But it doesn’t have to be. If you do need a card, MoMA’s artist series trades cheese for creativity. We love French artist Mathilde Bourgon’s Make My Heart Pound design for the origami-style anatomical 3D heart that pops open inside.
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  • D’heygere
    Put a ring on it (EAR)RING
    Belgium designer Stéphanie D’heygere’s subverts the laws of jewelry design. Whether it's her Canister Hoops that double as cigarette and rolled-up dollar bill holders or whiteboard bracelets and necklaces that serve as personalized billboards, her designs are playful, surrealist, and cerebral. The (EAR)RING with Zirconia from Swarovski is an ingenious spin on a traditional engagement ring that can also be donned as a single earring.
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  • Les Loups Candle Co.
    Sweet Poison
    $80 ($68 with code)
    What’s more seductive than the forbidden fruit? Apples have been known throughout history to symbolize an abundance of love, ecstasy, and — danger. Les Loups Candle Co.’s special edition “wolf moon” candle was poured on the first full moon of 2021. Things didn’t turn out so hot for Adam and Eve, but don’t fret, Sweet Poison is reiki-charged and optimized for intention setting and manifestation.
    15% off with code: SURFACEMAG
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  • Auvere
    Bold Heart Diamond/Black Enamel Pendant & Long Link Chain
    We got super excited when Auvere, the rising jewelry brand known for 22 and 24 karat gold pieces, began adorning its rapidly expanding range with lavishly colored gemstones and diamonds. This sleek necklace is no exception. Inspired by Milagro charms, its heart-shaped pendant speaks to a bolder variety of love through five round-cut diamonds surrounded by rich black enamel.
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  • Cornet Barcelona
    Sagrada Stemless Wine Glasses
    $52 for a set of two
    Quarantine may have quashed your travel plans, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience the majesty of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia Basilica from afar. Each stemless wine glass is mouth-blown and masterfully shaped by highly skilled artisans trained in Roman techniques to meticulously hand-paint one-of-a-kind objects suited for a casual night in.

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  • Izipizi
    Red Crystal Collection #B Reading Glasses
    If you’re on a budget, we recommend spicing up your spectacles game with a pair of radiant red reading glasses from the dynamic Parisian eyewear brand, which has become known for an effortlessly laid-back style that doesn’t compromise on timelessness.
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  • Maude
    Echoing the company’s slogan, this personal massager brings good ~vibes~ for all people. But we’re also drawn to it for the discrete design. Made from 100% silicone, Maude’s Vibe model has three easy-to-use speeds, a run time of 2.5 hours, is USB-chargeable, and could easily be displayed next to your sleek ceramics collection. If you’re wondering—yes, form and function applies to pleasure devices, too.
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  • Established & Sons
    Mollo Chair by Philippe Malouin
    Price available upon request
    If you’d rather subscribe to Single’s Awareness Day, Philippe Malouin’s pleasantly plump Mollo Sofa makes an exceptional choice for a self-indulgent splurge. Thanks to its simple, rounded volumes and layers of high-density foam, you’ll never feel unsupported when curling up by yourself again. We imagine it must feel like a gentle hug.
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  • Comme des Garçons
    Converse High Top
    It’s not often a heart-shaped motif earns our admiration, but Comme des Garçons could elevate even the most kitschy pattern into high fashion. Case in point: Polish artist Filip Pagowski’s endearing logo for the Japanese streetwear label’s Play line, whose voyeuristic eyes give the lovey-dovey symbol a seductive edge. On Converse’s quintessential Chuck 70 Hi, they peer cheekily over the midsole, adding a playful flair to an American classic.
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  • Crave
    Vesper Vibrator Necklace
    It’s 1999 and you’re Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions. You are donning a subversive piece of jewelry, but this time it’s undulating instead of filled with secretive powder. With three power settings, it will take you to dizzying heights—with or without a partner(s). Regardless, it’s an elegant necklace inside or outside of the bedroom…or wherever you are when you’re feeling spicy.
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  • Suite NY
    Happy Hook by Jaime Hayon
    This powder-coated steel wall-mount serves its purpose with a smile no matter which garments you choose to hang, offering a gentle reminder to transcend your SAD and look on the bright side—even if cheesy traditional holidays leave you feeling less than festive.
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  • Taschen
    Andy Warhol: Love, Sex, and Desire
    While he was more famous for the Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe screenprints, Andy Warhol drew thousands of sketches of unclothed men. Some are timid; others, brazen and violent. The volume offers a retina-widening dose of intimacy during a time when social distancing means that aspect of your life is most likely lacking.
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    $990* for Petit Cœur; $1,200* for Cœur
    Fashioned from 24 karat gold, LAUREA takes advantage of the intrinsic value of its materiality, whose properties are inherently organic and hypoallergenic. Cœur and Petit Cœur—translated from French as “heart” and “small heart”—are aptly dubbed necklaces featuring the shape of their namesake in two different sizes. We’re not typically into hearts, but we love this fresh take, which channels the same vibes as femme fatale Barbara Stynwyck’s anklet in the 1944 film noir Double Indemnity.
    *LAUREA’s prices are live, meaning that there is a constant, yet slight fluctuation in cost that is linked to the real-time price of gold.
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