The Valentine's Day Tech Gift Guide

The Valentine's Day Tech Gift Guide

Julienne Lin
Feb 5, 2013

Valentine's Day is still over a week away, making this an ideal time to start planning how you want to spend the day with the person or people you care about. I usually don't go crazy with gifts, but I still like to get a little something for my loved ones to celebrate the holiday. If you're looking for ideas with a tech twist, here are several gift ideas tailored for five different personalities: the traveler, home cook, fashionista, parent, and the music lover.

The Traveler
Whether it's your significant other, friend or parent that is a constant traveler, this selection of tech items should make their travels a bit easier. Depending on your budget, anything from a bright red Nokia Lumia to an Uber gift card would be greatly appreciated.

1. Bluelounge iPad & Laptop Sleeve
2. Nokia Lumia 920
3. PlugBug
4. Red USB Cable
5. Uber Gift Card

The Home Cook
Most people have foodies in their inner circle. My significant other happens to love cooking and I think would appreciate a Handyshell from Speck to hang his iPad in the kitchen so as to keep it away from preparing a meal but still have it easily accessible to see recipes. And for bigger ticket gifts for that someone special, it's pretty much a given those who enjoy the finer tastes in life would love a KitchenAid mixer or premium one-touch espresso machine like the Lattissima Plus, both available in striking red, on their kitchen counter.

1. KitchenAid Mixer
2. Speck Handyshell for iPad
3. Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine
4. Williams-Sonoma Digital Scale / Measuring Cup

The Fashionista
Here are a couple of my favorite tech items that conveniently come in red and pink colors, perfect for the holiday. Some items are special editions, such as the Slip Stopper Valentine's Day case, while others are personal favorites like Moshi Monde's pink Versacover case for the iPad mini. To top it off, what stylish techie wouldn't want a USB ring?

1. Slip Stopper Case
2. Origami Mini iPad Case
3. Diana F+ Mr. Pink Camera
4. Alice Leather Camera Strap
5. Kate Spade USB Ring

The Parent
These gift ideas can be ones that you share with dad to get for mom, or a gift to your parents. If one of them has an iPad, DODOcase offers personalized engraving and has a Valentine's Day edition. My parents love looking through photos from family trips and get-togethers so I'm also thinking a digital frame with photos already uploaded onto it or an Instagram Blurb book would also be nice.

1. Valentine's Day DODOcase
2. Leather Laptop Bag
3. Optimus Digital Photo Frame
4. Blurb Instagram Book
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Cover

The Music Lover
Probably the personality with the most choices when it comes to gifting, a music lover will always appreciate a nice set of headphones, portable speakers or an iTunes gift card to buy more music. Also, these doughnut shaped earphone winders are very sweet.

1. WESC Headphones
2. Music Balloon Speakers
3. iTunes Gift Card
4. Doughnut Earphone Winder

(Images: Julienne Lin; all other photos as credited above)

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