VDay2010_w1 Less Than $50 photography by Elizabeth Lavin

Less Than $50

If you’ve just started dating, then you’re not sure what kind of gift you’re obligated to buy. (It would be a lot easier if you had met her after Valentine’s Day.) But you’ve got to pick up something because you like the girl. These ideas are also good if she told you “no gifts this year.” That’s just code for “don’t spend a fortune.” Never, ever show up empty-handed.

(clockwise from left) Blush “Lace and Ruffle” bottoms ($20/Anthropologie), NARS polish in Purple Rain ($16/Sephora), Bubble perfume bottle ($48/Anthropologie), Nicole hearts Love Your Life nail polish ($7.99/Ulta), Too Faced Retractable Kabuki brush ($30/Uptown Makeup), Love, Etc. perfume ($29.50/The Body Shop), Dogeared “Key to My Heart” necklace in gold ($40/Nasher Sculpture Center store)

VDay2010_w2 $50 to $150 photography by Elizabeth Lavin

$50 to $150

She’s sugar and spice and everything nice—the majority of the time, anyway. I mean, she puts up with you, so she’s earned something beautiful for V-Day. Even if money’s a bit tight, you remember what happened last year when you didn’t get it right, so you definitely don’t want to do that again.

(clockwise from top) Lola Marc Jacobs fragrance ($85/Sephora), Mariage Fréres Sweetheart Tea ($85/Grange Hall), Shawlsmith London scarf ($85/Betty Reiter), dog bowl and treats ($85 for bowl and $2 per dipped dog treat/Tails of the City), Jarma vintage Czech chandelier crystal necklaces ($135/vintagejarma@gmail.com), La Prairie Life Threads in Gold and Silver ($125/Neiman Marcus), Tocca Stella perfume ($68/Anthropologie), Stella McCartney’s StellaNude fragrance ($81/Sephora)

VDay2010_w3 $150 and Beyond photography by Elizabeth Lavin

$150 and beyond

You’ll make her your wifey when the time is right. But for now, she can have anything she wants. If she’s already your better half, then show her how much you care (read: no golf clubs).

(clockwise from top) Prada peep-toe in nude pink ($730/Neiman Marcus), arrangement with white hydrangea, red roses, white orchids, white casablanca lilies, and tea leaves ($150/Apples to Zinnias), Guerlain Elixirs Charnels perfume in Gourmand Coquin, Chypre Fatal, Oriental Brûlant, and Boisé Torride($250/Neiman Marcus), Hadleigh's cashmere and linen scarf ($495/Hadleigh's) Christian Louboutin Peep-Toe “Bananna” pump in coral ($735/Neiman Marcus), Daniele Cornaggia red leather skin clutch ($1,270/Betty Reiter)