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February 13, 2017 9:36 AM EST

Valentine’s Day. It’s a faux-holiday that instills joy in some and dread in others. But from romantic dates to experimenting with your partner or simply celebrating Galentine’s Day instead, you can’t deny that Feb. 14 brings at least a twinge of hope to your heart. If not for the romance and the chocolates, then at least for the presents. Paper-cut red and pink cards in second grade. A single rose from your first crush. Cupcakes from your parents. The day was made for gift giving, and more importantly, gift receiving. So even as the editors of Motto plan to celebrate — or lament — the day differently, we all have items we wish someone would deliver to us. After all, who doesn’t love being spoiled?

Claire Howorth — Director, Motto

My husband and I don’t really do Valentine’s Day gifts, but if I’m being extra-super-honest about the fact that I wouldn’t reject a token of affection for Valentine’s day, then, well, let this be a lavish hint-hint for my beloved.

Un Jardin sur le Nil Perfume by Hermès | SHOP IT

My mom always gave us little things for Valentine’s — nothing big, just candy and a small treat, and I plan to do the same for my 2-year-old daughter. This is her first “aware” Valentine’s Day, so she’s getting a paperback of Arthur’s Valentine. The Arthur series was a favorite of mine growing up.

Arthur’s Valentine | SHOP IT


Sade Strehlke — Deputy Editor, Motto

I love unique pieces of jewelry, and I love diamonds — so these bar stud earrings from Jennifer Meyer are perfect and are a great everyday staple.

Bar Stud Earrings, Jennifer Meyer | SHOP IT

Ever since Alessandro Michele took over the design reigns at Gucci, I’ve gone gaga for the brand. I’ve been eyeing this bag — and a few Gucci shoes — for quite some time now and think the red hue would be the perfect way for my husband to say: “I love you.”

Marmont Leather Top Handle Bag, Gucci | SHOP IT


Lucy Feldman — News Editor, Motto

When I think romance, I think drapey, dark and handsome.

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I can’t wait to get my hands on George Saunders’ first novel, which conveniently comes out on Feb. 14. Yes, it’s about dead people. But it’s also about love.

Lincoln in the Bardo | SHOP IT


Samantha Cooney — Producer,

My ideal form of self-care is a night at home, wearing this face mask (which brightens and refreshes your skin) and binge watching Law and Order.

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While this gorgeous dress is a splurge, I know I’d get so much mileage out of it. I could wear it to the office with tights and a cardigan, and then throw on my favorite leather jacket for dinner with friends.

Marrakech-Print Crêpe De Chine Dress, Proenza Schouler | SHOP IT


Lena Grossman — Producer,

To me, the gym is my place to escape the stress of the day. I love clearing my head by running or taking a spin class, which is why a Fitbit Charge 2 would be the ideal gift. This way, I could actually have an accurate depiction of my workout.

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If you haven’t started watching The Crown on Netflix, please stop what you’re doing and tune in. You won’t want to stop. I love history — especially British history — and The Crown has only made me want to fly directly to England and immerse myself into their culture.

A Trip to London | SHOP IT


Megan Lasher — Editorial Assistant, TIME

Even though I’m an avid reader, I’ve delayed getting a Kindle for a while because I love physical books. But with titles like A Little Life and Homegoing on my to-read list, I’m definitely ready to slim down my bag and compile big books into a tiny, cheap e-reader.

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I’ve become a big fan of anything that lets me disconnect for a bit, and board games are the perfect way to spend quality time with friends without electronics. Settlers of Catan is one of my favorites.

Settlers of Catan | SHOP IT

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