Those perennial Valentine’s Day favorites, flowers and chocolates, are unimaginative gifts that fade away the second you get them. The flowers will wilt, and the chocolate will be eaten. Get your someone special something more memorable and longer lasting.
Tech for TV
Cable is so passé: If you’ve got a TV and film aficionado on your hands, you could get them a gadget that allows them to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu straight from the World Wide Web to their TV. Whether you choose a Roku, an Apple TV or Chromecast for your streaming needs, you’ll get the best of the ‘Net for less than $100.
How do I love thee? Let me count the steps. Modern bracelets can take your pulse, track your steps and your calories, measure your sleep, and tell the time. If you choose to accessorize your accessory, you can disguise the somewhat nerdy looking gadget and look stylish enough for the front row of a Paris fashion show. (Tory Burch, for instance, has designed some beautiful bracelet covers for the Fitbit) Ooh la la.
Love is a an E-Book
A book is a great gift, but what if you could give books, plural, packaged in a tiny, thin and lightweight device? Whether you choose a Kobo, a Kindle or a Nook, or one from the myriad of lesser-known e-readers, these gadgets can hold a small library’s worth of classics to take with you everywhere, from the bed to the beach to the plane.
Smart watches and even, weirdly, smart necklaces are coming into fashion. The Kickstarterfunded e-watch, the Pebble, ahem, kick-started this trend which has now grown to include big brands like Samsung and Motorola and, of course, Apple. They sync to your phone, show your texts and emails, tell you the weather, and, oh, yes, the time. Apple’s version is on its way, but there are several already on the market that will do the same tricks, packaged in a different look and OS.
This Valentine’s Day, forget the sweets; tech out your sweetie instead. The results could be positively electrifying.
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