02. 07. 2013
Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2013
Out of ideas for what to get your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? Well, read on to see a few ideas on how to tell your tech-savvy lover how much they mean to you. Flowers, candy, and champagne still highly recommended as accompaniments.
HTC Windows Phone 8X
Take all the refinements of the new Windows Phone 8 OS and add in a beautifully crafted phone (and I do mean crafted - the designers spent some quality time with this one), and you have the perfect package. Looks, features, and great selling price. WP8 features people hubs so you can keep track of all your connections to someone in one spot; Kid's Corner lets you give Junior your phone to play without fear that your boss will be getting your Valentine's Day photos; and the updated live tiles home screen gives you even more flexibility to customize for a truly interactive, "at a glance" experience. The HTC phone features a gorgeous display built in to a very light, seamless case; world-class ultra-wide-angle cameras; and built-in Beats Audio. $99 and up on most major carriers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 in Garnet Red
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Samsung has released a special limited edition of its popular Tab 2 7.0 tablet in garnet red. This deep-red hued beauty operates on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform and sports some unique features like a built-in IR transmitter that lets you control your TV and other devices without needing an add-on device. The Tab 2 features a 7" TFT display perfect for viewing movies and TV shows available on Google Play or Media Hub. The Tab 2 is competitively priced and comes with a free matching garnet red case. $220 at major retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Toys R Us and Office Depot.
AudioQuest DragonFly DAC USB Amplifier
About the size of a typical USB flash drive, this very compact device bypasses the substandard sound processing of most computers and provides audiophile quality sound output that will be music to your sweetheart's ears. Works with all headphones and speakers, as well as AV receivers / amps / pre-amps. This is the perfect add-on if your valentine has invested in a pair of high-end headphones or set of speakers for their computer. $250 online or use AudioQuest's dealer locator.
No, it's not what you think... well, not exactly. Not quite fantasy handcuffs for the bedroom, but more a statement on society. New from avant-garde design house Cast of Vices, this handcuff bracelet is intended as commentary on our obsession with security. So, even if your valentine isn't so security-minded, it's still a perfect "naughty" gift to give for Valentine's Day. Available in gold, silver, and blackened rhodium plate. $275 from Cast of Vices.
SOUL Party in a Box
Looking to take partying to another level, SOUL has just released the Grand-Daddy of Bluetooth speakers. Aptly called "Party in a Box," this giant features eight omnidirectional speakers (two subwoofers, two midranges, and four tweeters)... definitely enough to rock the house, y'all! Features Bluetooth as well as 3.5mm jack connectivity, microphone connection for karaoke, and the ability to daisy-chain up to eight units together. Disco ball not included. $999 from SOUL.
Breo iPalm Hand Massager
If your valentine is often asking you for a massage that you are secretly loathsome to provide, the Breo iPalm 520 hand massager may be the best gift you can give yourself... I mean your sweetheart. The first of its kind, the iPalm520 uses air pressure and hot compress massage technology to create kneading and acupressure techniques to relieve fatigued hands. $130 from Breo USA.