There’s a delicate balance to finding a romantic tech gift. It’s all very well to treat your significant other with a Valentine’s gift that is filled to the brim with awesome features, but if it’s a voice-activated Q-tip dispenser or a solar-powered onion slicer, you might not be hitting that romantic note you were aiming for.
Many a well-meaning nerd has fallen into the poorly-chosen romantic tech gift vortex. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we feel the time is right to offer some romantic gift suggestions for that awesome lady in ya life.
When you’re out and about, most people have a standard list of provisions; an essential collection of important stuff you need to deal with every likely contingency. A couple of centuries ago, that list might have consisted of little more than an apple (in case you got hungry), and bear repellant (in case something bigger than you got hungry).
These days, that list is considerably larger and includes a ton of tech. The Pinch Provisions Tech Kit is a stylish and compact carrying case. It’s small enough to easily fit in your purse but large enough to carry everything you need to keep your devices running smoothly and up to spec.
Here’s what you get in one tiny package: earbuds, screen cloth, a couple of helpful cord organizers, a universal-fit phone stand, a USB wall charger, and a 2-in-1 charging cable.
The beauty of this kit is that it isn’t a complicated assortment of tools you’ll rarely use. It’s exactly the essentials and nothing more. Come to think of it, it’s the apple and bear repellent for our modern age.
It looks pretty cool and it’s a steal for just over twenty-five bucks.
Finally, someone figured out this gap in the market!
Tech gloves are equipped with a conductive material at the fingertips. This means the “love of your heart” (nawwww) can use a touch screen device without deep freezing her fingers while sending you a text reminder to pick up iguana chow on your way home from work.
Sporty looking tech gloves have been around for a while now, and they’re fine for what they are. But with their speed stripes and sports logos and generally chunky design, they aren’t exactly elegant.
These fashion Nordstrom gloves fix all that. These elegant finger-warming delights are sporting gloves’ snazzier, uptown cousin. Made from the supplest suede and lined with cashmere, these gloves are like an exclusive luxury ski lodge for hands.
Amazfit Equator ($50)
The thing about most fitness wearable tech is that it’s guided by one overriding design principle: fitting the functionality of a supercomputer on your wrist. This is great if you happen to be into hardcore fitness and kind of a data nut.
If you’re looking for a stylish wearable which can capture basic activity data without going overboard, it can be a little harder to find a product which fits the bill.
Until that is, Amazfit rode into town with the Amazfit Equator. This tiny piece of tech records just what you need to keep an eye on your health. Via a Bluetooth connected app, it’ll give you a real-time window into your steps taken, calories burned and your sleep patterns. See? Everything you need and nothing more.
It’s also low-key and stylish enough not to give off a sporty vibe; perfect if you plan to track your activity at work or out on the town.
Ludela Perfect Pillar Smart Candles ($100 and up)
You’ve probably seen those LED candle simulators at restaurants. They’re pretty cool, and a safe alternative to actual flame. But let’s be honest — they also lack a certain … something. They can’t quite achieve the warm ambience you get from an actual candle.
These Ludela smart candles offer all the convenience of simulated flame, but they are actual, true-flame candles!
Each candle unit comes with a built-in lighter, extinguisher, and safety shut off (in case the candle is accidentally toppled). Even cooler, they can all be networked, so an entire room of true candlelight could happen at the touch of a button, a swipe on an app or even via a recurring timer.
Ingenious, practical and romantic! Sure, instant ambiance like this is a bit of a luxury, but Valentine’s Day is probably an excellent excuse to double down on some ambient indulgence.
A romantic gift doesn’t have to have flowers, cherubs or love-sick Smurfs emblazoned all over it. Nor does it have to be entirely ornamental and symbolic. Here at Nerds HQ, we think that perfect romantic tech gift boils down to three things: it needs to meet a practical need, add a touch of luxury and make that special someone’s life just a touch happier. Hopefully, these suggestions are a good place to start.