It’s that time of the year again—love, disappointment, and consumerism are in the air. With Valentine's Day approaching, I hope you’ve all been thinking about what to gift your special someone (even if that special someone is yourself).

Just because it’s pink and heart-shaped doesn’t mean you should buy it. The yearly hunt for a Valentine’s Day gift beyond roses and store-bought candy is harder than one might think. While ultra-long lasting flower bouquets and chocolate smash boxes are a step up from drugstore staples, they're more gimmick than substance. Besides, we can be a little more creative than that — Venus is in Pisces, after all.

In my correct opinion, a thoughtful gift tailored to your special person paired with flowers is the way to go. Going the extra mile to find a gift your partner actually wants should be a no-brainer. In that spirit, we asked the Highsnob team what they actually want for Valentine's Day. You’re going to want to add some of these to your own wishlist.

Willa Bennett, Editor-in-Chief

"My love language is Gucci loafers xo"

Tayler Willson, Style Editor

"Ever since my sister made me a small bowl of crispy, seasoned chickpeas early last year using her then-new 5.5L air fryer, I’ve been keen to try an air fried version of absolutely everything I eat on a daily basis. Unfortunately I don’t have the decisiveness to buy something that could well dominate my already-congested kitchen sides, so if someone just made a decision for me, that would be great."

Cierra Black, Writers Fellow

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"If you really want to impress me, only one thing will do: Front Row VIP On Stage Riser tickets to Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour. Sell your house! Donate that kidney! Do what you gotta do, I believe in you."

Alexandra Pauly, Beauty Editor

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"What's better than a bouquet of roses? A rose perfume. Frédéric Malle's Portrait of a Lady is a cult classic for a reason: It exudes confidence and elegance, with a touch of whimsy."

Sam Cole, Style Writer

"Somewhere out in the multiverse is a version of myself that has technology to handle his cat’s litter for him. What a dream. The definition of true love would be making that reality, my reality."

Tora Northman, Head of TikTok

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"I usually am incredibly difficult to buy for, but an easy win is always an expensive candle from Byredo or Diptyque — something I wouldn’t normally treat myself to. A Dior Lip Oil will also do, and earn you a few bonus points in my book."

Arianna Shooshani, Social Media Manager

"A knit weighted blanket: Feels akin to being smothered in love."

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