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GIFTS for Valentine's Day are not restricted to roses and chocolates. Use this once-a-year opportunity to spoil your beloved with stylish cool gifts that anyone would fall in love for. Here is a Shanghai Daily selection - not super deluxe but gifts that will express your love with flair, recommends Michelle Zhang.

Adidas Originals

If wearing the same T-shirt is too cliched, why not go for shoes as an alternative. Pick up two pairs of matching brightly hued sneakers. Extra points for the 1980s preppy look on display.

620-880 yuan (US$91-129); 1/F, Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Rd W.; Tel: 5047-1878


A piece of jewelry that tells the time, the new Gucci Twirl Heart bracelet watch is a variation of the luxury house's iconic Twirl watch collection. It features a pierced logo-mixed-with-heart-shaped cuff, a rotating case and a dial available in either white or pink mother-of-pearl.

7,600 yuan,1/F, 918 Huaihai Rd M.; Tel: 5465-1398


The Eros collection designed by Swarovski for Valentine's Day is symbolic and romantic, with scarlet hearts on pendants, bangles and earrings.

1,100-1,550 yuan; 1/F, Grand Gateway Plaza, 1 Hongqiao Rd; Tel: 6407-6902


This is the choice of Barack Obama and where he carries his documents and his now famous blackberry. The Alpha Expandable Organizer Leather Computer Brief from Tumi is an ideal companion for businessmen on the move. Made from rich tanned leather, it has a stylish yet classic look. It also offers a removable computer sleeve, accessory pouch and plenty of room for papers and files.

6,890 yuan; 1/F, Maison Mode Mall, 99 Huaihai Rd M.; Tel: 6391-0379


The perfect unisex gift, the Robot USB drive collection by Swarovski and Philips features a crystal-covered Robot Happy Laura Flash Drive (white) for her and Naughty Raymond (black) for him. Both are covered with sparkling crystal, with cute features and ruby lips! Each has a 2GB capacity.

2,050 yuan; 1/F, Grand Gateway Plaza, 1 Hongqiao Rd; Tel: 6407-6902


The 75-year-old brand founded by French tennis player Rene Lacoste is known for its classic preppy style, and its crisp signature polo shirt is a natural choice for any neat, cool and handsome boyfriend.

Price TBC; 858 Huaihai Rd M.; Tel: 5403-7093


Bling blings are never out of place on a Valentine's Day gift list. Danish jeweler DYBERG/KERN is beloved for quirky, bold designs. These hand-braided leather pieces from its latest spring/summer collection evoke luxury and the carefree spirit of Boho.

690-4,690 yuan, 2/F, Jiuguang City Plaza, 1618 Nanjing Rd W.; Tel: 6288-2519

Me & City

With Prison Break star Wentworth Miller as its ambassador, local fashion brand Me & City has won favor with young people around the country since it was launched last year, thanks to its reasonable prices and trendy designs. This slim necktie from the brand's 2009 spring/summer men's "party" collection is an ideal gift to tie up your boy.

199 yuan; 580 Nanjing Rd W.; Tel: 3250-2035


Loving Twister, Swatch's Valentine's Day watch this year, features moulded hearts in shades of pink, red and white with stripes and polka-dots. A pink plastic buckle and pink silicon loop complements the pink transparent plastic case. It comes with special packaging and a flurry of stickers saying: "Love! Kiss me! Be mine!" An interesting and novel way to deliver the message.

620 yuan; 839 Huaihai Rd M.; Tel:6445-8153


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