One of the most difficult people to buy gifts for on Valentine's Day are the techies. It's too normal to buy chocolates and a card, but too expensive to up and buy the new iPad. And with so many new products coming out every week, how can you possibly get something that's both meaningful and long-lasting for your Valentine? Here are 10 ideas to make your Valentine's Day fun this year using technology:
1. Do a SCVNGR Hunt
With the app SCVNGR, you can create and design a personal scavenger hunt just for you two. Have her find a dozen roses underneath where you first met, or have him get a bottle of wine from the restaurant of your first date. Tons of possibilities and creative ways to make a valentines day that much more interactive and fun. Watch the video below to see hwo SCVNGR works.
2. Create a Hidden Message
There are a number of free Quick REader (QR) code generators, which you can link to private messages, websites, tickets, etc. Go ahead and scan the one we made above for our little message.
3. Subscribe to Movie Night
A great date night is us cooking together/ordering pizza and watching Netflix on the couch #Introvert
— Just a Doulos (@Keaton_J) February 2, 2014
It's hard to find people who don't have Netflix these days, but in case you or your Valentines don't, it's a great (and cheap) way to schedule date nights each week.
4. Show Your Love on the Web
Put up pictures, e-cards, videos and other memorable moments on the web by creating a webpage. Not very time intensive if you know what you're doing, GoDaddy is a great place for one-stop domain names and hosting services. Or try using mobile.me (an apple service) to get creative with domain names, like "youlove.me". Other kinds of top level domains like ".us" are great for getting fun with domain names.
5. DANCE! DANCE! DANCE!
It's easy to keep to the mundane dinner and a movie on Valentine's Day. So try spicing it up with staying a bit more active and also using a gaming console. For those unfamiliar with Zumba, it's technically a workout but inspired by salsa dancing. Zumba fitness can be used on Wii or Kinect, so try it at home and then take both of your new-found dance skills to the club!
6. FOR HER: Let Her Jewelry Be Her Notification
From light-up engagement rings to bluetooth earrings, try giving her some wearable tech this valentines day with a necklace that lets her know when she has phone notifications like messages or emails. Mobile tech company CSR has partnered with Cellini, a boutique jeweler, to create a fashionable and functional accessory that any woman could use.
7. FOR HIM: Keep Him Connected
Always on the go but never able to connect to a wifi is one of the most frustrating challenges for commuters. So get him a pair of cufflinks that not only have 2GB of storgae, but also act as a wifi hotspot! Clean and elegant, but way cool and useful! He'll never be out of touch or out of reach again.
8. Monthly Goodies
The biggest craze in gift-giving these days is subscription boxes, and there seems to be one for everything (including one for your dog). But for techies, the best possible subscription box is by Loot Crate, put together with geeks and gamers in mind. Gifts include collectible items, tee shirts, games and trinkets. Perfect for the fun side of your Valentine.
9. Create Better Selfies
If your Valentine has an iPhone 5, try getting them a nifty gadget that will improve their pictures. OlloClip attaches directly to your iPhone and enhances pictures dramatically. Perfect for date nights and making your Instagram followers extremely jealous.
10. Share Your Time With Each Other
Yeah, the iWatch should be coming out soon, sure. But why wait for Apple when smart watches are already here. Martian Watches create unique and stylish watches that allow voice-to-text, speaker phone and caller ID.