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Best Valentine's Day gifts for techies and geeks (2018)
Love is in the air, or so says Hallmark. You know what that means — time to book a nice restaurant? No silly, that was months ago, but what it is time to do is pick out a gift for your sweetheart. Believe it or not, most places can still ship it to you by Valentine’s Day.
It just so happens we have picked out an excellent selection of gifts for that special techie/geeky someone in your life. Don’t see anything you like? There’s always the option of flowers.
Money is no object
OnePlus 5T – Lava Red
OnePlus has defined itself as one of the best smartphones on the market, at least concerning dollar value. You pay nearly half of what the competition charges and yet you get a high-end Snapdragon 835 and other specs you’d get with more expensive devices from the likes of Samsung, LG, and Apple.
This Valentine’s day OnePlus is shipping a special lava edition of its flagship OnePlus 5T. IT’s already a great smartphone, and the red color will certainly make it stand out from the crowd. What better way to say, “I love you” than with the gift of a smartphone?
Not to be left out, HONOR is shipping a special red edition of its budget HONOR 7X. This is an incredible phone for the money and one we have praised a few times. The aluminum chassis along with the 18:9 aspect ratio makes this phone feel premium, even though it costs less than $200. The internals are great as well, nearly matching what you’d expect from phones that range $600 – $1000.
The HONOR 7X is perfect for users looking for an exceptional handset without paying a lot of money. It’s even more appealing in this eye-catching shade of red that’s perfect for Valentine’s day.
NVidia Shield TV
Since every restaurant in town will be booked solid, why not stay in for an evening of entertainment? And what better way to catch up on Stranger Things than with a new set top Android TV box. The NVidia Shield is one of the best set top boxes out there. It provides tremendous value, and it works natively with all of your Google Play content. It also works with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and hundreds of other content providers. Since you won’t be wining and dining, why not try Netflix and chilling?
Millennium Falcon watch
Watches are making something of a comeback lately, due in no small part to the rise of the smartwatch. This watch isn’t “smart” per se, but it does warm the cockles of your geeky heart. The watch face shows the view from the cockpit of everyone’s favorite piece of junk as it jumps to lightspeed. Plus, it’s not a smartwatch, so it will actually last longer than a day. On a good day, it can even do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.
Gift ideas under $100
Philips Hue Smart lights Starter Kit
Valentine’s Day is about romance and setting the mood. Let’s face it, it’s also about being really impressive. And what’s more impressive than saying, “Hey Google, I think I’m in love” and watching the lights go down to 50%? Mood lighting can make or break an evening, and the Philips Hue starter kit will get you everything you need in order to set the perfect atmosphere for a lovely night in. They also help if you forget to leave a light on, and you come home after dark.
Azpen Wireless Charging Pad/Dock
When you get home after a long day, you want a place to park your stuff. Many phones are Qi compatible these days, and a Qi charging dock is nice. But having a place to rest your phone, and play some tunes – like some Barry White for example – and charge up your tablet at the same time, that’s gold. The Azpen Wireless charging dock can give you a nice charge, and some smooth music to play for your significant other at the same time. We call that a win-win.
Holy Stone Drone
If it’s your thing, you can go for a nice romantic walk along the beach and take in a nice sunset. Or, you can fire up a brand new drone, and take in a sunset from a couple hundred feet in the air. While you’re at it, snap a couple of selfies or some great video. Or grab a bottle of wine and kick back while your partner buzzes a few pedestrians or chases some geese across the field. You know, whatever works for you. Plus, it’s red, so it’s perfect for Valentine’s day!
Kindle Fire HD 8
Dollar for dollar, one of the best tablets available today is not made by Apple or Samsung, it’s the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8. This tablet has all the power it needs to do what tablets do best – consume content. With integration into Amazon Prime, Alexa, and Amazon’s app store, you can spend hours just killing time, or watching a nice romantic comedy wherever you happen to be. And yep, you betcha, it’s red.
Gift ideas under $50
Google Home Mini
Google Home is one of the best home assistants out there, and the Google Home Mini finally puts it in competition with other similar offerings. Google Assistant with search, smart home control, and phone call capabilities, makes it the most versatile assistant in the game. The Google Home Mini even comes in red (they call it “Coral” but it’s red) making it a perfect Valentine’s Day present for that special someone. If they don’t have smart home gear, it’s the perfect introduction. If they do, it’ll fit right in.
Decorative Woodgrain Qi Charger
Qi changing is coming on most devices these days, but Qi chargers still cost extra for most people. This is a shame, and it no doubt is preventing mass adoption. So, help solve the problem and pick up this great looking wood grain Qi charger. Maybe it’ll get your partner to put down the darn phone and cuddle for a change, yeah? Plus, when the charger is in a nice stand like this, it holds the phone upright, so they can still glance over from time to time to see if any notifications have come in since cuddling commenced.
Solar Orbit Necklace
If the geek in your life is a she, or they just really like wearing necklaces with large stones, this necklace based on the planets in our solar system is about as geeky as it gets. Plus with materials such as jade, agate, and turquoise, this is a beautiful way to fly your geek flag as high as you want it. We recommend the sterling silver necklace ourselves, but if plated brass is more your thing, we won’t judge. Either way, it’ll be out of this world.
Star Wars I Love You / I Know Rings
One of the most romantic – nay iconic – lines in the Star Wars Universe adorns these rings. “I don’t like sand.” We’re kidding, and we still can’t believe that sand stuff was ever written down, let alone filmed. No, these two rings are carved with words of true love that only the geekiest will know – I love you. I know. Still gets us, every time. But you can wear your wear on your sleeve, or your finger rather, with this set of his and hers rings. You can even blast a stormtrooper after you say it.