Who says that geeks are not romantic? As you can see from the plethora of Valentine's Day posts, we are a bit excited about this holiday. While we are the type that loves to treat our partners to fancy tech, sometimes that is just not in the budget. With our philosophy of homemade often being "bestmade" and with an eye on our wallets, we've decided to roundup 5 great gender neutral gift ideas that are free. Yes, you read that correctly, free.
1. Coupons for Tech Treats
We're not talking about coupons for buying new tech, but of tech related perks and activities. These could include time spent playing a video game together that one person loves but the other feels meh about or sole use of shared devices. Letting my SO have the prime nightstand charging spots for a month without a debate of whose iOS devices need it more is something he'd appreciate and it's a thoughtful and inexpensive (aside from the cost of my inconvenience) gift. For something to give on the holiday that expresses this gift and creative Valentine's, we love the FREE Valentine's Day templates from Christopher Wiitala, they are perfect for geeks with the classic Macintosh, Polaroid, binary, and DOS designs!
2. Give their Tech a Shine
This might sound ridiculous, but we would love it if our SO gave our tech a surprise clean. Often giving our devices a thorough clean is something we want to do weekly but usually run out of time to do properly. It's a small act that has nicer benefits than giving your partner a lb of chocolate. For a recipe for a great screen cleaning solution using items found in your home, check out this guide.
3. Touchscreen Friendly Gloves
Does your SO have a pair of gloves they love but hate taking off to use their touchscreen devices? Make their gloves touchscreen compatible with this tutorial. Their hands will thank you!
4. Create a Custom Laptop Sleeve
With all of the busyness that is our day to day lives sometimes we miss details like our laptop sleeve developing a hole. Mend your SO's laptop sleeve or create a new one for them by using an old sweater. The sweater sleeve is also great for giving an extra bit of padding to laptops being tossed around in purses. As an added bonus, by using a comfy sweater it will serve as a nice lap barrier during the cold winter.
5. Help Their Machine Run Better
There are several things that one can do to their computer to help it run better. Sadly, like cleaning the fingerprints off of a screen, these often don't get done as often as they should. Do your sweetie a favor by running some utilities for them and giving their computer a tune up.
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)