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Let me explain something about women; we love shoes. When I say love I don't mean it in a flippant, football kind of way. No, no - let me assure you it goes way further than that. Shoes are guaranteed to be at the top of any woman's wish list, which is why at such a time as 14 February you should simply indulge us. Christian Louboutin is to shoes what Aston Martin is to cars, and these classic patent pumps are a fail-safe shoe fix for any lucky lady.


Woopsie, it's another pair of shoes. Go figure. We can never have enough. But these ones, you'll enjoy too. Why? Well remember that YSL Opium perfume advertisement from 2000 that featured a naked Ms Sophie Dahl reclining in a traffic-stopping position? These shoes pay homage to the colours of the campaign - and when similarly worn with just a blue satin sheet are guaranteed to leave you breathless.

In case you didn't know, Valentine's Day is all about selflessness and sacrifice, and while you might think this neoprene (that's right - the same stuff as wet suits) clutch is garish, overpriced and somewhat silly, it makes us girls giddy and will be taken with us everywhere we go, despite the fact that its size will mean we have to take another, more sensible bag along in order to fit everything in. Fashion and practicality do not know each other.

With its distinctive woven leather (a signature of this Italian design house), extendable handle and well-thought-out compartments, she'll be a lucky girl indeed if her beloved bestows this little number on her during a dinner date. Perfect for a chic city break. So book one.

A night on the town throws up many a sartorial quandary for us ladies. We hate relinquishing our belongings to the cloakroom (queues we don't do, and who knows when lipstick might need to be reapplied?) and yet we also want to dance a lot. Dancing calls for a free pair of hands (if you're any good at it, that is) and holding a bag is impeding and tedious. This affordable little handful of sunshine takes all these issues away. Just like that.

The New York jeweller is known for his edgy and hip designs, and this crystal-studded bracelet is the perfect sort of Valentine's Day gift simply because while she'd never splash out on it herself, she'll wear it all the time.

Ladylike yet full of attitude, these striking driving gloves are the ideal little something to hand over during a rose-laden breakfast exchange. Not only will they look great with a sharp black jacket, but she'll also love the fact that they are made by Agent Provocateur, the London-based label known for its provocative yet playful designs.

You bought her the iPad 2 (you did buy her the iPad 2, right?) and now, to prevent her casually slinging it, unprotected, into her Proenza Schouler satchel (we women don't have the gadget respect you men do) you'd better buy her this, the ultimate iPad case and the result of an ingenious collaboration between colour king Mr Jonathan Saunders and leather goods specialist Smythson.

If you want to go the lingerie route but can't fathom the sizing (to be honest it perplexes us most of the time) then opt for something simpler, like this sexy robe by London dress designer Jenny Packham, which is exclusive to NET-A-PORTER. With its delicate Chantilly lace and vintage hue, it's just the thing to slip over her shoulders after a long soak in the tub.

If you do manage to fathom her bra size (remember to try and source something from a designer of a similar piece in her underwear drawer for reference) then this stunning, intricately crafted bra by Italian lingerie specialists La Perla will be a jewel in her underwear crown, as it were. If you're feeling flush (financially, not facially, speaking) then buy her the matching briefs too.

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