While I’m a big believer that displays of love on Valentine’s Day should be spread out throughout the year, tech gifts outlast flowers and chocolates for a gift that keeps on giving. There’s no shortage of gifts in Valentine colors like pink, red, and purple but these gifts also come in goes-with-everything black or other colors that will still convey a message of love beyond February 14.
Samsung NX Mini ($319 from Amazon)— This little peach of a camera instantly turns heads thanks to it’s compact design but also its incredible image quality and ability to snap selfies and send them to your phone to upload on social channels in a heartbeat. Choose between a 9 mm fixed lens or a 9-27 mm zoom lens and fabulous pastel colors like the pink and mint or the basic white, black and brown.
Swarovski Crystal Battery Cover for Samsung Galaxy Note 4($149) – Add some glitz and glam to your sweetheart’s Galaxy Note 4 with a Swarovski Crystal Battery Cover. Every fashion-savvy Valentine will enjoy the color choices that come in available in Smoky Purple, Sunset Gold, and Cosmic Silver.
Ventev Chargesync Cables ($19.99-24.99)— Tangle resistant and in an array of bright colors, Ventev’s 3’ Chargesync Cables make these a practical gift for anyone who hates dealing with tangled cords at home, in the office, or in the car. $24.99 for Lightning, $19.99 for micro USB.
Misfit Flash ($49.99)— Designed like a piece of jewelry than traditional fitness wearable, the Misfit line of products syncs with your smartphone to monitor your daily activity and sleep in real time and features a halo of lights that shows your progress toward your daily goals and tells time. Misfit products are in 7 vibrant colors including Zest, Fuchsia, Reef and Onyx but your Valentine may like the Fuchsia available from BestBuy or the new Swarovski Shine model available for pre-order.
OtterBox Resurgence for iPhone 6 ($99.95)— It may seem silly but I had to wait until OtterBox came out with the Resurgence for iPhone 6 before upgrading. I happen to love this multitasking case that not only protects my phone from bumps and scratches but also provides 2x the battery life. It’s a must-have for my tech-savvy life and worth every penny so sign up to know when this case is coming and give your Valentine an IOU!
Big Bendy Flexible Tripod from XSORIES ($24.99)— Capture memories of loved ones even in the trickiest places thanks to Big Bendy that . Available in 3 different sizes each features adjustable jointed legs to position cameras at various angles and rubber feet and legs to add grip to slippery surfaces. a .25” screw supports cameras and smartphones up to 9.7 ounces and a safety lock holds the camera securely in place. Available in Mini and Bendy ($19.99 and $22.99, respectively) and black, pink, blue, green, orange. black/green, black/orange, and black/red.
Logitech m320 Wireless Mouse ($16.99 from Amazon)— Cut the cord with an ergonomic mouse that feels great in your hand and automatically goes to sleep, allowing the batteries to last for up to 2 years. While colors like black and gray go with everything, gift someone you love (or yourself!) with blue and red to spice up your workspace this Valentine’s Day.
Thump from 808 Audio ($19.99)— This little speaker packs a punch! Just 2 inches high and weighing just over 1/3 of a pound, Thump provides 6 hours of music on a rechargeable internal battery that connects to any Bluetooth enabled device to stream music up to 30 feet away. Available in black, hot pink, blue, and white.
Personalized Portable Charger ($69.99) from Shutterfly— Spending many hours on the road or in the air, away from loved ones, can be hard on frequent travelers. Transport photos of loved ones with you through a personalized portable charger from Shutterfly. This 5000 mAh charger features dual USB ports for charging up to 2 devices at the same time, a 3 in 1 USB cable with 3 connector tips so you’re never without a micros USB, lightning, and 30 pin cable, LED power level indicator. Choose from a variety of great designs that allow you to create photo collages of favorite family images, single images with customizable text, or great graphics that ensure if your charger gets left behind, it’s likely to make it’s way back to you. Another nice feature is that the faceplates are removable so you can always switch up your photos as your kids grow for just $14.99!While you’re at it, get yourself a Photo Gallery Candle ($34.99) that you can personalize with a photo of your loved one (or collage of your loved ones!) while the delicious scent of Amber & Pumpkin, Evergreen Forest, Fireside Spice, Garden Bouquet, Grapefruit Blossom, Ocean Breeze, Toasted Almond, or White Pumpkin Buttercream fills your home while they’re gone. This also makes a fantastic grandparent gift!
Gear S ($299)- For the person that needs the latest and greatest in tech, gift Gear S. Standalone carrier connectivity gives you important smartphone functionality without a smartphone – never miss a text or call from your sweetheart.
Galaxy Note Edge ($399)- Give the gift of multi-tasking to your traveling Valentine. The large display gives them ample room to do and see more. The S Pen makes it easy to write love notes in between sending e-mails and texts.
10,000mAh Power Bank ($49.99) from Justin— For those who want something basic and powerful, Justin’s 10,000 mAh Power Bank features dual Universal USB charging ports to charge 2 devices simultaneously and a whopping 10,000 mAh capacity allows for multiple charges of many devices before having to recharge the unit. Available from Belk, Shopko, and BonTon.
Power Bank with Built-In Stand ($29.99)— The thoughtful design of this product allows you to charge your smartphone or tablet while video chatting from afar or watching a movie together. It’s a convenient little portable charger great for couples on the go that features 6000 mAh for a great price! Available from Belk, Shopko, Kohl’s, and BonTon.
Panoramic Pod ($28) from Mixology— Love the idea of panoramic shots but hate trying to hold your phone oh-so-still to try to grab the perfect image? Panoramic Pod is a panoramic photo lover’s dream. Place your iPhone or Android phone inside the clamp, wind up the pod, and let the 25 second wind-up mechanism atop the tripod work it’s magic for a picture-perfect shot every time. Including the tripod, Panoramic Pod measures just under 9″ tall and has a 2″ diameter, making it compact enough to stash in your bag.
3 Perfect Gifts for Your Littlest Valentines
There are many ways to show your kids that you love them. My very short list of kid-friendly gifts are ones that they can enjoy throughout the year and might just be welcome to add some novelty into our home to get you through the rest of winter.
Naptime with Theo and Beau ($11.14 from Amazon)— Chances are you’ve seen Jessica Shyba’s (aka @MommasGoneCity) adorable naptime photos of her son, Beau, and adopted puppy, Theo, on Instagram, floating by in your Facebook feed, or on the news. The just-released Naptime with Theo and Beau is full of of sweet nap photos and easy to read text for your youngest readers but still such a delight for older readers too! My 11 and 8 year old can’t stop marveling at the cute and chances are your kids won’t be able to stop turning the pages either. Plus order your book before February 28 and receive a signed bookplate from Theo and Beau for your copy! Just fill out this form here and upload a copy of your receipt! It’s super easy to get a special keepsake to make your copy even more special!
Architect Set ($59.99) by Brackitz— I can never resist a great open-ended building toy that provides kids with hands-on learning and one of our new favorites is Brackitz. 4-inch wooden planks, and 90° and 120° angle connectors can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models and architectural structures, providing kids with high-level cognitive thinking, reasoning and problem solving that kids will continue to benefit from long after childhood.
Cooper and Kid quarterly subscription ($65/quarter)— With so many subscription box companies out there, the choices are a bit overwhelming especially when you’re looking for something that will truly enhance your quality time with your kids but Cooper and Kid elevates the idea of the subscription box to a whole different level. This quarterly box is filled with themed projects designed for dads and kids to do together. There’s a huge cool factor but also an incredible learning factor through activities that promote the power of play. We recently received the music box that came packaged in a cardboard box printed like an amplifier that immediately grabbed my 8 year old guitar playing kid’s attention. He couldn’t wait to dig into the box and when we did, we found a spiral bound activity book chock full of musical concepts that can be learned while doing the activities together.
We’ve tackled projects involving measuring and cutting large straws to make a pitch flute (loved the integration of measuring with this activity), assembling a drum set to teach percussion, and next up on our list is that cardboard amplifier! Cooper and Kid projects are perhaps more lengthy than other ones that come in competing subscription boxes and they’re not designed to be ones that kids do on their own. This kit isn’t designed to be a set of stuff that you throw at your kids to occupy them while you do something else. And honestly, that’s quite refreshing. While this makes a great gift for dads, grandparents, and uncles, there’s no bias against moms doing these activities with their kids either. The founder, Nichole Smaglick, spent many years living with and studying warrior cultures in Africa where strong male figures reveled in emotional bonding with their children and she saw firsthand how deeply transformative an experience it can be for both father and child.
Samples were received for review purposes and Amazon Affiliate links are included. No compensation was received for placement of any of the above products and all opinions are my own.