I know I might be a bit of an anomaly, but I love Valentine’s Day. Even when I don’t have a significant other to share it with, it’s a day that reminds me to be thankful for all the love I have in my life, regardless of who it comes from.

That said, I’m also a big fan of uniqueness, and while flowers are always a lovely gesture and welcome at any time, I think Valentine’s Gifts should be a little more special, and dare I say it, somewhat practical. I’m not saying you should go out and buy your partner a new iron for Valentine’s Day (that happened to me once and no, we are no longer together) unless they’ve specifically asked for one, but there’s something to be said about thinking outside the box and getting your beau a gift that is equal parts useful and thoughtful.

So, with that in mind, here are a few cool options that are sure to please this Valentine’s Day.


Cellphone cases with style

Cellphones are as commonplace today as big hair and acid wash was in the 1990s. Everyone has a phone clutched in their hand, and unless they like to live on the edge, have some sort of case to keep that cellphone safe from damage. However, just because your beau might already have a case doesn’t mean there isn’t room for more. I like to think of cases as little Kevlar outfits for my phone that can be changed whenever the mood strikes.

kate-spade-case-1Kate Spade is perhaps one of my favourite brands. She does such a great job of weaving form and function with style and a little bit of whimsy. Take for example this Hollyhock Floral Fitted Hard Shell Case for iPhone 7. Not only does it feature a shock-resistant bumper to absorb impact and guard phones against drops, dents, and scratches, but it’s subtle floral design is understated yet a little bit whimsical and a whole lot ideal for Valentine’s Day.

As much as I love this case, there are many more that would perfect Valentine’s Gifts. Check them out here.




Add a little extra to a tablet with fun accessories

tabletAs far as portable tech is concerned, it’s pretty safe to say that besides our smartphones, our tablets are next in terms of “I-can’t-live-without-you-ness.” So why not give the gift of protection with a fabulous reversible tablet case that features a fabulous pink and floral pattern, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It’s compatible with most 7 and 8” tablets and its built in stand makes it perfect for watching movies.




kate-cordBetter yet gift your beau, these kate spade New York Bow microUSB charging cables. Featuring kate spade new york’s signature colours and bow detail, not only is this cable beyond adorable, but it will allow your partner to keep their second favourite gadget charged in style.







The perfect headphones to listen to love songs

beatsI don’t know about you, but headphones are a must have for me wherever I go. And if the phrase “Life is a song, love is the music” holds any truth, then gifting your sweetie with a fantastic set of on-ear headphones in the colour of love–red–is an easy decision. These red Beats by Dr. Dre EP On- Ear Sound Isolating Headphones with Mic will easily become your love’s other love. They offer clarity, breadth and balance for immersive audio, and are deliciously, decadently red!



A camera to capture special moments

nikonIt’s no secret that we live in a culture that loves to capture special moments as they happen. And whether those moments are shared on social media, or kept between you and your beau, a digital camera can bring them to life and preserve them forever. This Nikon COOLPIX S33 Waterproof/Shockproof 13.2MP 3x Optical Zoom Digital Camera is a fantastic entry-level camera that can fit easily into a purse or jacket pocket so it is available for all those silly, romantic, and adventurous moments you share with your sweetie. It’s also waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, so no matter where your adventures take you, it has you covered. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.


Celebrate your time together with a smartwatch

mk-ladiesI don’t know what it is, but there is something very special about gifting your beau with a watch on Valentine’s Day. Maybe it has something to do with marking the time you’ve been together, or the potential future in front of you, but in my opinion, a watch is always a great option.

For the ladies out there, this Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Smartwatch is a no brainer. Outside of just being ridiculously stylish, it comes equipped with a built-in fitness tracker and a built-in microphone and speaker that allows you to make voice commands, search the web, and request alerts. Add to that the fact that it will notify you in real-time when a call, text, email, or reminder comes in, and it is quite possibly the smartest, stylish watch out there.




For the men, the Fossil Q Marshal Smartwatch fossilis sure to be a hit. Not only does it have a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic, but it is equipped with Bluetooth so pairs easily with his smartphone, letting him know of incoming calls, emails, texts, and so much more. It also has an integrated activity tracking system that records daily accomplishments, including steps taken and calories burned.




Regardless of what you decided to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day, remember that the day is all about showing that special someone how much you care and how important they are to you. Whether that means a quite night in with a good movie, or a lavish dinner with gifts, that’s up to you, but if gifts are on the table, I hope these cool ideas help make your day as magical as possible. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Stacey McGregor is a marketing and communications professional based in Vancouver, BC. She has a passion for the written word, loves learning about new technology and gadgets, and enjoys sharing what she learns through Best Buy's Plug In blog.