Not everyone celebrates Valentine’s Day in the traditional sense, but whether you “believe” in the occasion or not, it’s an excuse to show your appreciation for a special someone. And there are lots of traditional and non-traditional ways you can do that. With the latter, this is where tech comes in. There are some inspiring and useful tech gift ideas that your true love will enjoy.
Thoughtful tech that shows you care
As the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts. When it comes to gifting for Valentine’s Day, it’s all about showing the person that you have put some thought and effort into choosing the perfect item for them. That might include a specific product you heard them mention once that they wanted or something you think they might love based on their interests and hobbies.
A smart clock, for example, is a great gift if the person has a tough time getting up in the mornings for work, or could benefit from a speaker to play music as they get ready and smart assistant to advise on the weather, traffic conditions, and even read the daily news headlines.
The obvious gift choice if your partner has taken on a New Year’s Resolution to get fit or adopt a healthier lifestyle is a smartwatch or fitness tracker. Bring you closer to them by grabbing one for yourself as well so you two can challenge one another with daily steps, active minutes, calories burned, and other achievements. I love the Fitbit platform, since my friends and family and I can all see how one another is doing each day and set up weekly or even daily challenges that push one another to do better. But many smartwatch and fitness tracker brands have robust online communities that can bring people together and help you reach your goals as well.
A tablet or e-reader is also a thoughtful gift if you know the person loves to enjoy “me” time by playing games on their phone, reading e-books, or watching videos. For the passionate bookworm, an e-reader is a great gift, especially if you personalize it by loading it up with some titles from their favourite author or in their favourite genre, books you know they have been meaning to get, or even just a selection of romance novels that cleverly express how you feel about them in their titles or stories.
One of my favourite new categories of tech is digital photo frames, which aren’t actually new at all. But the latest models have emerged with a host of great features, including Wi-Fi connectivity so you can upload photos remotely. It’s essential that, before gifting one of these to the love of your life on Valentine’s Day, you load it up with a selection of beautiful photos that will take your loved one down memory lane, whether it’s photos from vacations, fun events, a wedding, the kids, or even just silly photos you have stored on your phone of the two of you. It’s the gift that, as they say, keeps on giving, because you can continue to upload photos to it, adjust slideshows, and, with some models, even add videos. The person can keep it on their desk at the office to stay connected to you and/or the family or display it prominently somewhere in their home.
Valentine’s Day gifts for the home, kitchen
While there might be a stigma about getting something for the kitchen as a gift, the truth is that some people (myself included!) would prefer an appliance or other similar item for the home over jewelry in a heartbeat. If your sweetheart is like this, consider something they will love but will also help you enjoy experiences together.
A high-end coffee maker might be a great option for a coffee aficionado who would appreciate being able to get more intense flavours and customizable brews. Your loved one might even appreciate a French Press so they can brew their own coffee in style.
I recently bought my husband a SodaStream so he could make his own sparkling water at home, adding fresh fruit and letting it infuse the water with flavour or using concentrated fruit flavour drops. You can use the machine to create delicious drinks together for date nights at home as well, adding a spritz of vodka and juice for a yummy homemade cocktail.
It doesn’t just have to be gifts for the kitchen: a cool soundbar is a great way to bring you closer together so you can enjoy improved sound while you binge watch your favourite new series or curl up on the couch for a scary movie night.
You could also grab a new piece of fitness equipment for the home that can bring you together as you exercise. It could be as simple as a yoga mat to make their home workouts easier (maybe get two so you can work out side by side!) Or, it could be more elaborate, like a home gym so you can work out together, taking turns as you do reps.
Capturing moments with your Valentine
What better gift than one that can help your Valentine capture moments of the two of you? Sure, smartphones these days have awesome built-in cameras. But it’s all about keeping those memories for posterity, not just loaded on a phone. A digital photo frame, as mentioned, is a great way to put the best photos on display. But creating a tangible photo album gives the person something to flip through and reminisce over, again and again.
Grab a photo album, add printed photos of the two of your together, and leave some pages empty.
Consider a fun gift like an instant camera your love can use to snap more candid photos, printing them instantly and sticking them onto the pages throughout the book, adding to it over time so it becomes a project you share. Have fun taking photos and posing together, as if you’re in your own photo booth at home, taking silly pictures like teenagers.
Timeless gifts for someone special
Of course, some people appreciate the traditional gifts of jewelry, accompanied by some flowers and chocolates. If this describes your special someone, then there’s no reason to divert from what you know they like. But then it comes down to decision time. What specifically should you get them?
Earrings are always a safe bet for a woman (or man who might have his ears pierced) because you can never have too many pairs for various occasions, outfits, and moods. A nice pair of studs is usually a safe bet but choose based on your loved one’s style.
Necklaces and chains are similar to earrings in that you can never have too many. There are great options for both men and women from which to choose, and from gold to sterling silver and other fashionable or casual designs, like dog tags or playful pendants.
A watch is also a thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day, especially if your partner doesn’t yet own one or has been looking for something more stylish or conversely, something sporty to complement the watch they already have.
Jewelry, chocolates, and flowers will always go over well for a special someone on Valentine’s Day. But if you really want to stand out and give a gift that will bring you closer together, consider thinking outside of the box this year and looking at alternatives gifts that are more thoughtful, personal, and/or can come in handy while you share experiences together down the line.