Most women love flowers and chocolate, don’t get me wrong. But flowers die and while she might happily indulge in the chocolates, she might feel guilty after eating them, or at least too many of them! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get one (or both) of those things for a special woman on your list this Valentine’s Day. But if you’re looking to stand out with some unique gifts she’ll actually love and use all the time, there are plenty of great tech items that any woman will appreciate, along with gorgeous jewelry if she isn’t that tech-savvy.

As you shop for a special lady, whether it’s a wife, mother, daughter, friend, or other significant female in your life, consider these gift ideas.

Jewelry for Her on Valentine’s Day

You can still go the traditional jewelry route but make it something high-tech that’s more than just a fashion accessory. A new watch is a great idea, even if she already has one, because then she can rotate among them for different occasions. The Michael Kors Access Sofie smartwatch looks like your everyday stylish wristwatch but packs smart features inside. In addition to basic step and workout tracking, it can also track calories burned, sleep, and heart rate. It’s swimproof so she can wear it while swimming and has glittering crystal accents that make it ideal for either an everyday watch and for special occasions.

If her style is more quirky than dainty, consider the kate spade new York Scallop smartwatch, which can also track steps, sleep, calories burned, and heart rate, but employs a more casual design. Plus, it’s voice activated using Google Assistant, and actually shows incoming notifications on the screen versus just vibrating when you get one.

Go the more traditional route with a classy bracelet like the Le Reve Classic 10K Yellow/White Gold-Plated Rope Bracelet. It has a secure lobster claw clasp and two-tone look so it will match with different outfits and other silver or gold jewelry she might want to wear as well. She can dress it up or down.

A woman can never have too many hoop earrings! These Oval Hoop ones in 10K gold with Cubic Zirconia are stylish enough to wear with a little black dress (LBD) but can equally look great with a blazer and pair of jeans. She’ll love the understated yet bold dash of sparkle.

If pink is her thing, consider the Classic Pink Sterling Silver Morganite Halo Necklace and Stud Earring Set. The glitter and inclusion of white diamonds makes them more suitable for special occasions than everyday wear. But it’s up to her! The halo pendant hangs on a cable chain that secures with a spring ring clasp while the studs have butterfly backs.

Small Appliances on Valentine’s Day for Her

The old myth that women don’t like receiving items for the kitchen as gifts is totally wrong. I’ve never beamed more than when getting a new stand mixer, kitchen tool, or multicooker like my Instant Pot. One of my latest kitchen pieces has been an air fryer and I have had tons of fun experimenting with it.

The Insignia Air Fryer is a neat option if she has been considering getting one and you have the kitchen counter space to accommodate it. It has a 4.8L capacity, enough to make meals for the entire family. Use it to make crispy French fries, chicken nuggets, battered fish. Because you use little to no oil, it allows for much healthier cooking. I’ve even tried homemade salmon cakes in mine; and the fried chicken drumsticks are always a hit with my family.

My KitchenAid stand mixer is one of my most prized kitchen tools, and the Artisan Design model is the one I wish I got because it has a tilting head, making it easier to add ingredients as you mix. If she loves to cook and bake, and hasn’t yet splurged on a stand mixer, it will be a thoughtful and appreciated gift. It’s great for mixing batter or whipping cream, and even comes with a dough hook for making fresh, homemade bread.

As she gets a feel for how to use it, you can get useful attachments, like the ice cream maker and pasta cutters that connect to the front. I have the pasta cutter set and there really is no beating fresh, homemade pasta noodles!

We have been going through a fizzy water kick in my household, and I’ve often wondered how much easier (and potentially cheaper) it would be to get a device like a SodaStream that would allow us to make our own sparkling drinks at home. Add water and your own flavours or fresh fruit when done and you can get sparkling water in just 30 seconds.

Great Valentine’s Day Tech Gifts For Her

Woman are just as much tech lovers as men, and if your gal falls into the tech-loving category, there are lots of great gifts you can get her that she’ll appreciate more than any piece of jewelry or box of chocolates.

If she’s into gaming, the Nintendo Switch Lite might be a good option. She can play virtually anywhere, whether it’s while taking public transit to work and home every day or relaxing during downtime. It will sure beat playing app games like Candy Crush on her phone! If you want to get her a game to go with it, consider Animal Crossing: New Horizons, where she can customize a character and virtual home, decorate a landscape, and escape onto a virtual island.

For entertainment, there are plenty of choices. Grab her a Sonos One (2nd-Gen) smart speaker she can use to listen to her favourite playlists from streaming services, as well as to help her throughout her day thanks to built-in voice assistance from both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. It’s perfect for the living room, den, home office, or kitchen, and she can expand the system as needed with additional speakers.

If she loves to watch television and movies, consider a small screen TV she can use in the bedroom, den, or even kitchen. The Toshiba 43” 4K UHD HDR LED Fire Smart TV comes with the Fire TV app built right in so she can instantly get access to her favourite streaming TV services, no additional hardware needed. She can watch in full 4K glory (with a compatible service and subscription), combined with DTS Studio Sound. And with Bluetooth, she can also stream content directly from her phone, tablet, or other mobile device.

If your budget doesn’t allow for a new TV, or she doesn’t really need one, consider a Google Chromecast she can use to access streaming services on any TV, even if it isn’t a smart TV. Plug this into the TV’s HDMI port and follow the on-screen instructions for set-up. Then voila! She has a smart TV! It’s great for travel as well, so she can use it in a hotel, at the cottage, or bring it to a girlfriend’s house.

If she loves taking photos but is more into snapshots than anything else, consider a fun camera like the Polaroid iS048 Waterproof Digital Camera. Even if her smartphone is waterproof, she can leave it safely tucked away and use this camera instead to capture special moments. It has a 2.4” LCD, 16MP sensor, and can shoot both still images and 720p HD video. It’s not only waterproof down to 3 metres but also shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof thanks to the rugged construction, which means she can take it virtually anywhere.

DNA testing is all the rage, but the Orig3n Fitness DNA Home Testing Kit is different from others on the market. While others will tell you about your ancestry and connect you with potential long-lost relatives, this one focuses on your personal health. It will look at your genes and advise how they might influence things like your metabolism, muscle strength, and endurance. It’s ideal for the fitness-focused female.

Bottom Line

There are plenty of gift alternatives to consider for Valentine’s Day, including lots that will appeal to the special woman on your list.

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