Let’s face it—traditional Valentine’s Day gifts are kind of lame. Candy? It rots your teeth. Flowers? Dead in a week. If you really love someone, why not give them a gift that won’t rack up their dentist bills? Maybe something that lasts longer than your vegan phase or the male romper craze?
Let’s get practical. What’s the one thing your significant other uses every day, every hour and quite possibly every second?
JK, it’s their smartphone. So, do the romantic thing and get them something that will take their iPhone love affair to the next level! Here’s a list of the coolest, quirkiest and most convenient tech gifts you can give to bae this V-Day:
Hate to break it to you but your phone is dirty. Really dirty. You’ll find — brace yourself — ten times more germs on a mobile device than you’d find on a toilet seat. If you’ve spotted your partner pulling out the antibacterial wipes or pumping hand sanitizer on their screen, it’s your duty to show them a better way.
PhoneSoap ($60) uses UV light to kill the bacteria that have made your phone into their germy home. Their marketing even promises that your device will be, “cleaner than when you bought it.” Now doesn’t that just give you a warm, fuzzy, UV-sanitized feeling inside? Simply place your smartphone in the device for ten minutes and all the germs will be neutralized—saving you and your boo from an outbreak of the flu.
Is it 1989 again? With the resurfacing of mom jeans, tiny sunglasses and bright color-blocked jackets, it certainly feels like it. Tech is also catching the flashback fever with some serious “game-nostalgia” (Pokemon Go! anyone?). And now accessory makers are capitalizing on that sentiment with a new Nintendo-esque gaming device, Smart Boy.
Smart Boy ($78) is an attachment that allows users to turn their smartphones into instant gaming devices. Google play holds the technology to run the games, and the device is compatible with all 2o + Android devices (Sorry, Apple users). It comes with many of your favorite vintage games, including Donkey Kong, Zelda and Super Mario Bros, and if you still have your old Gameboy, it’s compatible with the old cartridges.
So for those with Androids wanting a blast from the past, you can get a Smart Boy for $78 a pop.
No more excuses for unread texts! No more dead phones in 2018! With the power of the sun, this portable charger acts as an on-the-go battery pack. It’s also chargeable via USB, if there is no sun to be found.
With a two-hour battery life, Solar Portable Charger ($34) is perfect for topping off your phone’s power supply, or bringing it back from the brink of 0%. It’s pricepoint isn’t too shabby either. If you’re the type of person who spends copious amounts of time in the sun, this is perfect for you. It’s also so tiny that you can fit it in your back pocket.
Ever since Alexa made her debut, it’s not hard to imagine a future where machine learning, self-driving cars and hotels run entirely by robots (seriously) are the norm. Until then, we’re got the Movi Smartphone to scratch our sci-fi itch.
The Movi ($599) doubles as a handheld projector. This Android device projects videos at 720p—because sometimes, Game of Thrones is just too epic to watch on your phone. The Movi brings us one step closer to a high-tech future where we’re communicating via portable holograms—but for now, it’s a great catalyst for cuddling up and watching a movie with your Valentine.
Tile is the perfect gift for the guy or gal that frequently ends up keyless at the front door, frantically calling you so they can be let in. By attaching one of these little tags to a key ring, a wallet, an umbrella or any oft-misplaced item, you can avoid those unfortunate mishaps.
Just fire up the Tile ($70) app and it will get a lock on your tags and display them on a map. Think of it as the “Find My iPhone” for all your stuff. Bonus tip: Tile includes four tags in a pack—steal one for yourself so you’ll never have to hunt for the keys you dropped during that 7am gym sesh (also, kudos for even making it).
Tile comes in different sizes and colors to fit whatever your aesthetic, and it’s only $70 for four tiles, (and it’s on sale for Valentines Day for $50 )
Are you into bathroom ballads? Shower sing-a-longs? Shampoo-microphone uptempos? Is the shower where you turn into the superstar you were truly meant to be?
With Bluetooth speakers that have truly elevated the bathroom dance party, Splash Tunes Pro Dual Wireless Speaker is taking shower time to the next level. With Splash Tunes ($44), their waterproof technology allows you to take music in the shower without worrying about drowning your iPhone. All you have to do is stick it to the wall in your shower and start the concert.
With this one, from Anthropologie, not only is it useful – it’s pretty.
Abs, calves and backs, oh my! Pay attention, my fitness people — this one’s for you.
For some people (everyone?), six-pack abs are an elusive goal, no matter how many sit-ups and planks they do. But with the Powerdot ($380), you may be able to increase your chances or speed up the process.
The Powerdot uses EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) to increase the strength of muscles and shorten the recovery time. You can even pair the EMS device with an app that helps regulate your workouts and target areas you need help with.
Sadly, it’s not a replacement for the gym; if you aren’t already working out, it won’t transform you into The Rock or Ronda Rousey. But it can be a great compliment to a fitness routine, and a helpful motivator for anyone that gets discouraged when they don’t see results.