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  1. Photograph: Courtesy of Hidden Folk
    Photograph: Courtesy of Hidden Folk

    V-Day clich� Flowers
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    We say a bouquet of carnations is grounds for a breakup, so opt for something a little more exotic. Local company Hidden Folk creates cool succulent arrangements (a single is $35; a small arrangement is $65) nestled in moss that come in rope-covered vases. Bonus: Succulents last a lot longer (and require less care) than flowers. Plus, these plants are great gifts for both sexes.

  2. Photograph: Courtesy of dalla nonna
    Photograph: Courtesy of dalla nonna

    V-Day clich� Jewelry
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    Giving a piece of jewelry can be tricky, especially if she�s expecting a little blue box. But you can�t go wrong with this Calendar bracelet ($125) by Dalla Nonna. The stylish yet sentimental sterling-silver piece can commemorate a birthday, anniversary or any other special date.

  3. V-Day clich� Chocolate
    Upgrade Heart-shaped boxes are cute, but the sweet treats found in them are usually mediocre at best. If you�re going to veer from your diet (no judgment from us!), at least indulge in some high-quality chocolate. Veruca Chocolates are handmade in Chicago and have fun designs. Our favorite? Kiss Me sea salt caramels ($20) featuring pairs of luscious red lips.

  4. Photograph: Courtesy of Richard Dayhoff
    Photograph: Courtesy of Richard Dayhoff

    V-Day clich� Lingerie
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    Super-sexy underwear also has the potential of coming off as super cheesy. Invest instead in a bra ($325 and up) by local line Orange. The line�s signature style is simple and modern, and available in fabrics such as vintage French lace. Underwear can be a great gift for the fellas, as well. Local designer Richard Dayhoff makes great high-end, premium performance men�s underwear ($80).

  5. Photograph: Saint Clair Studio
    Photograph: Saint Clair Studio

    V-Day clich� Lingerie
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    Super-sexy underwear also has the potential of coming off as super cheesy. Invest instead in a bra ($325 and up) by local line Orange. The line�s signature style is simple and modern, and available in fabrics such as vintage French lace. Underwear can be a great gift for the fellas, as well. Local designer Richard Dayhoff makes great high-end, premium performance men�s underwear ($80).

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