With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it’s time to start thinking about the dreaded gift for the gal in your life. Even if you think Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday designed to rake in millions of dollars in cash – it is – so you better get used to it because your lady friend still expects a gift.
You could get her flowers, candy, or maybe a fondue set, but let’s be honest; your more interesting and intelligent girl doesn’t really want any of that. She just wants something sweet, because it’s the thought that counts, right? Scratch that, she wants something cool she can show off to her friends. With all the techy toys that 2011 brought, you guys should have no problem finding something your geek girl will love.
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She’s a Candy Lover
Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sooo passé, which is why wifey expects
something sweet yet surprisingly different. Why not try a box of sushi candy? Straight from Japan, this candy set combines creativity and cholesterol with a DIY set of powders and gels that react together to create what looks like real sushi. In fact, it’s sushi candy! If feeding her sushi is instant grounds for dumpage, maybe you could show her how much you love human anatomy with a realistic gummy heart only a true science nerd could appreciate.
She Thinks Flowers Are Fantastic
If your boo thinks flowers are great but always gripes about how fast they die, then perhaps you want to get her the 8-Bit Flower Bouquet. She’ll be the envy of her office as this plastic bouquet sits on her desk year round to make co-workers jealous and remind her how awesome and thoughtful her guy is. Because every Princess needs a Mario! Plus, it never needs watering.
Like most girls, your chick probably likes diamonds. Sigh. That said, maybe your relationship isn’t at the diamond level, or maybe you just can’t fork over your whole salary for a shiny rock. For us techy girls, there is another way. Although it pains me to say it, maybe instead of Tiffany’s you can get her an equally thoughtful but much less expensive piece of jewelry that shows your love and her true geekiness in one shiny package. Maybe she needs a Lego heart necklace, some Internet-inspired <3 earrings, or a circuit board necklace.
She’s a Gadget Girl
If your girlfriend can’t be bothered with the traditional gifts or the geeky trinkets, perhaps it’s time to pull out the big guns: this year’s best electronics. But you can still stay in line with the Valentine’s Day theme by getting her the red version of whatever gadget you choose to pronounce your lurrrrve. Our favorites include the red Sony Vaio YS1SFX laptop and the equally red Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2R digital camera for capturing all those Valentine’s Day memories. And clearly you can’t go wrong with the new red iPod Nano 4th generation or even the pink one, why not.
She’s into the “Other Kind” of Gadgets
I wouldn’t recommend this gift for just anyone, but if you applied some extra Coolwater aftershave today and can handle a potential slap in the face, then why not get your girl an adult gift? It’s pretty much the gift that keeps on giving for both of you. The tried and true wireless OhMiBod Freestyle vibrator (NSFW) is an excellent choice because it syncs up with your iPod and vibrates to the beat. A classic! If that’s not love then I don’t know what is. Or maybe she needs something more visual like Fyre TV’s Fyre BoXXX (NSFW). This Internet TV box is free but offers up to 20,000 DVD quality adult films straight to your living room for around $9 bucks a month. A small price to pay for unlimited streaming porn, and it is Valentine’s Day after all. The BoXXX is kind of like the X-rated version of like the Boxee, the popular set-top Internet TV box, only porn-y-er.
She’s an Ex
If you’re sitting at home alone this Valentine’s Day in your boxers with a half-eaten box of chocolates on the floor, then maybe it’s time for some sweet karmic retribution delivered straight to your ex’s office. Maybe she needs some Bittersweet Candy Hearts. Each of the collections (Dejected, Dysfunctional, and Dumped) offer comforting words for the dumped and desperate like, “CELEB8 THX2U,” “PURE NAUSEA,” and “MUTUAL DISGUST.” The sweets plus a box of plush STD microbes ranging from Herpes, Chlamydia, and Kissing Disease to HPV, should do the trick. Just make sure you take out the Penicillin plush doll before you send this VD Day.
And for you there’s always the Anti-Valentine’s Day Sound App for iPhone to drown out the sound of smooching couples and help soothe your self-loathing. Or you could just get the heart inspired ice luge to drink the pain away.
Remember guys, Valentine’s Day is all about sharing and caring. So get those wallets out and start showing how much you care about the geeky fox in your life!
NYC-based guest columnist Lydia Leavitt is a video blogger at aroundthe.net and journalist contributing to TG Daily, TechEye and Pocket-Lint to
name a few. A closet nerd, she goes through shiny new gizmos faster than she changes boyfriends (frequently). She mostly sounds off about social media, gadgets, trends culture and design. A mobile phone fanatic and social networking princess, she is barely ever seen without her phone handy to capture a photo or send out a tweet.