True story: Once I dated a guy for two years who told me that his inability to find me a Valentine’s Day gift was the reason he was breaking up with me. Ouch.
Lesson: Don’t be that guy. Or girl.
With Valentine’s Day just a week away, gifts for your beloved don’t have to be overly blingy, flowery, or expensive. They just need to be heartfelt.
Samsung Level On Wireless Pro Headphones ($299.99)— I never travel without my noise cancelling earbuds but honestly, they have some competition because these had me at hello. Sure, they’re stunningly sleek, lightweight, and cushy but form indeed follows function because they work as well as they look. Amazing sound quality comes through thanks to Active Noise Cancellation that filters out the sounds around you whether working in your cube, on the airplane, or in a crowded coffee shop. The folding design means they tuck nicely into a backpack, laptop bag, or purse. And they’re extremely tech savvy. Not are they wireless and work via a Bluetooth connection but they feature Smart Command Touch Controls that allow you to control your favorite music and pause it to take a phone call by simply tapping or swiping the side. I know my favorite earbuds are instantly jealous of the Samsung Level On Wireless Pro Headphones that might just be my new love! Available in black or bronze (that looks more like platinum and white)
Sandman Clock ($35 includes shipping)— If the lack of access to USB ports on your bedside table is causing marital strife because you’re fighting over too few charging ports for your many devices and waking up to dead gadgets, save your marriage with a his and hers Sandman Clock. This bedside clock features 4 USB ports for the many gadgets that need to be plugged in and charged overnight in sleek design that features 1.8” red LED numbers, an alarm clock, and slots underneath for easy cable management. The simple, yet thoughtful, design blends into any décor and could work just as well in an office, kitchen, living room, or anywhere else you find yourself needing more places to charge devices. Available for pre-order in black or white with plans to ship before the end of March 2016. Trust me- order this now because you’ll be in love with it when it arrives!
Ventev ChargeSync Alloy Charging Cables ($24.99 and $29.99)— There’s nothing sexy about frayed charging cables. For year’s I’ve relied on Ventev’s colorful ChargeSync cables for my family because they’re durable, tangle free, and come in a variety of colors but while at CES I met the new ChargeSync Alloy Charging Cable and it was love at first sight. Super sleek and almost blingy, these 4 foot long alloy cables have an aluminum housing that’s braided with high tensile wrap. If that didn’t set your heart aflutter, just know that you’re getting a gorgeous durable product that will last an eternity. Ok, maybe not quite an eternity but much longer than competitor cables! Trust me, I know and for that reason, I always reach for my Ventev cables first! Micro USB and Apple lightning Alloy Charging Cables available in cobalt, copper, jade, magenta, silver, and steel gray
Amazon Echo ($179.99)— Amazon Echo. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! With the ability to pull music from Prime Music, Spotify, and your own personal collection and the smarts to order you a pizza or items from Amazon, call an Uber, tell you the current weather, news, and traffic when asked, there is no shortage of things Echo can do. Nicknamed Alexa, she may become the other woman in your relationship who will garner more props for her incredible listening skills and her ability to always be “on” but she’ll never stand in between you and your true love.
Star Wars Death Star Perplexus ($39.99)— We all have a Star Wars lover in our lives and if your Star Wars lover happens to love games and 3D puzzles, the Death Star Perplexus will make them swoon. The goal is to navigate the X-wing Starfighter through the Death Star’s treacherous tunnels and precarious pathways to destroy the Death Star. Fans of the original Perplexus will love the lights and sounds in the newest version of the sphere shaped game from Spin Master.
One2Touch SlimType Smart Cover ($49.99)— If the beloved Android user in your life sometimes muses about how they wish that their Samsung S6 Flat or Edge device had a keyboard, One2Touch is the product of their dreams. SlimType is a cover and a keyboard that works via NFC (near field communication) so you can type away and answer emails, text, or update family and friends on your social network without draining your battery. I love SlimType because it doesn’t require batteries, connectors, or charging in order to work and the smart cover is truly slim enough to not add much bulk to your pocket, purse, or jacket. Available in black, white, or cherry
Monster PowerCard Charger (retails for $49.99 but available from Amazon starting at $10.98)— A gift of power means that you can always stay in touch with your friends and loved ones. I have an arsenal of chargers that I’ve tried over the years and while I have different ones for different purposes, the ultra thin credit card-sized PowerCard from Monster is my new daily go-to. I love that it fits in the palm of my hand and is easy to tuck into my purse, gym bag, or pocket and charges much faster than typical USB 2.0 chargers. Available in cherry red, slate black, silver, or cobalt blue
Khombu Boots (starting at $34.99)— Besides shiny tech objects, my husband knows that I covet boots. My growing collection is an expression of my style and I’m a firm believer that one can never have too many pairs to meet the needs of life. Whether I’m pairing them with a great dress for a night out, tromping through snow on a snow day, splashing in puddles with our dog on our daily walks, or looking for a cozy pair après ski, a great pair of boots is always well worth the investment. Since we’re a family that skis, I’ve always bought Khombu boots for the kids to keep their feet toasty and warm in the snowiest conditions but recently I’ve discovered a diversity to the brand that I didn’t know existed beyond winter sports (as a sponsor and collaborator with the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, their boots are developed with Olympians in mind). My own pair of Mae boots have become my everyday go to pair because they’re stylish and warm, thanks to a Thinsulate lining that has kept my feet warm on our below freezing days. Thomas just received a pair of the Jason boots ($34.99) that are a good all-season pair, perfect for snow, rain, and even summer hiking and camping trips. With a ski trip coming up, I covet the grey Jandice. So pretty. So shiny. So furry! And those red laces? Swoon! Size 9 please, husband! To see the array of boots from Khombu for men, women, and kids, visit their website.
LEGO Dimensions Expansions Packs ($24.99)— If you took my my holiday gift guide advice and got LEGO Dimensions, this family game just got better thanks to Ghostbusters, DC Comics, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, and LEGO Ninjago Expansion Packs that are now available. What are expansion packs? The characters and vehicles that come in each expansion pack provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game that means that Krusty the Clown from the Simpsons can hop in the DeLorean from Back to the Future while following the Yellow Brick Road to Oz. It’s the ultimate character, vehicle, and world mash-up that provides endless family entertainment.
Melitta Pour-Over Travel Mug Set ($8.99)– If a pour-over is what sets hearts aflutter in your home, the Melitta Single Cup Pour-Over is an affordable, easy-to-use, must-have for the kitchen. This single pour-over brews fresh, handcrafted coffee in just three easy steps: put filter and coffee over mug, pour hot water over the grounds and let great tasting coffee drip below. Pair it with their favorite coffee for a Good things definitely come to those who wait and being able to drip and go? Simply divine! Available in black or red
Monster SelfieCase ($29.95)— No one loves you like yourself and for those who love selfies, the Monster SelfieCase is a must have for hands-free selfies. Far better than those selfie sticks that are so 2015, the SelfieCase allows selfie snappers to mount their smartphone to any glass, mirror, acrylic, marble, or any other smooth, flat, glossy vertical surface thanks to a gel material that is like millions of tiny suction cups on the back of your phone. And just in case it falls, the case is shock absorbent and impact resistant. Phew! Available in black or gold
Znzi Travel Pillow ($38.99)— Sometimes it’s not you, it’s them. Even though it seems like those C or U-shaped travel pillows are what you’re supposed to use to achieve ultimate comfort on the airplane, they’re just not for everyone. Thank goodness Znzi makes an alternative travel pillow that is far more versatile than its popular counterparts. 6 magnets and 2 suction cups provide the ability to create 9 different configurations so you can always find a way to be more comfortable in your window or aisle seat. Available in navy, burgundy, plum, and gray
Best Everyday Organizer from RuMe (free w $5.95 shipping/handling)— I love little pouches that fuel my OCD tendencies to organize my life and when I saw a Facebook ad for a free Best Everyday Organizer from RuMe, I had to order one. Ok, 3. For just $5.95 shipping/handling, I saw endless possibilities and since it’s arrived, there is no shortage of uses for these square nylon organizers with 3 zippered compartments. As predicted, Emily snagged one for her art supplies (that’s why I ordered 3!) leaving me for one to organize purse contents and the other for work stuff like business cards and charging cables. I still need one as a travel case for jewelry so I might just have to order another one. Or 3! The site claims shipping in 3-5 business days and indeed, shipping was fast so that means if you place your order today, it’s likely to come just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Need other ideas? Take a look at my past Valentine’s Day Gift Guides for additional inspiration:
- Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: 30 Picks for Your Beloveds
- Valentine Gift Guide: 15 Tech Savvy Gifts for Your Loved Ones
No compensation was received for any items included in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide although samples were provided for consideration and Amazon affiliate links are included in this post.