Well, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and yet again, lots of us are struggling with the same old dilemmas. What do you get someone when you haven’t been dating that long? Is there such a thing as a romantic, yet useful gift? And does your other half really need yet another ‘I wuv you’ teddy bear?
Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a list of romantic tech gifts for your special someone.
Prices were correct at the time of writing.
1. Heart-shaped earphone splitter: £7.97
If you’re lucky enough to actually enjoy the same shows and songs as your partner, an earphone splitter will help you enjoy your favourite things together wherever you are.
Simply plug the splitter into the headphone jack on your smartphone or tablet and you can use it to connect more than one pair of earphones to your device, allowing you to view and listen at the same time.
If you want to go all-out romantic, give this present alongside Begin Again on DVD. In this film about love and music, Mark Ruffalo’s character describes a perfect first date in which he and his wife spent a whole evening listening to music with a splitter.
Splitters come in all shapes and sizes, but for Valentine’s Day, we really like this heart-shaped one by Indigo Banana.
Buy the Indigo Banana heart-shaped earphone splitter.
2. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: £109.99
When it comes to life goals, Disney films have set the bar pretty high. And romantic gifts are no exception. In Beauty and the Beast, for instance, the Beast gives Belle a whole library. Who realistically has the money and room for a gift that extravagant?
Fortunately, with the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, you can give your loved one the ability to store thousands of books on device that measures just 17cm. Much more practical but just as romantic as a physical library.
And with a high-resolution screen, adjustable light and a battery that lasts weeks on a single charge, the Paperwhite is definitely our favourite e-reader on the market at the moment.
To make the gift even more romantic, download some of their favourite books onto it before you give it to them.
Buy the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.
3. NIX Advance digital photo frame: £69.99
In this modern world of Snapchat and Instagram, we’re taking more photos than ever before. But usually once we’ve posted them and the flurry of notifications has died down, we tend to forget about them.
To make sure your treasured memories don’t get superseded by selfies and pictures of pets or last night’s dinner, get your loved one a digital photo frame so they can enjoy all your favourite photos whenever they want.
The NIX Advance digital photo frame comes with an 8-inch, high-resolution screen to make your snaps look really sharp. It also has a clock and calendar function and stereo speakers so you can set your treasured memories to music.
Buy the NIX Advance digital photo frame.
4. Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats3 wireless earphones: £126.99
As Shakespeare said, ‘If music be the food of love, play on’. So, give your sweetheart the gift of crystal-clear sound this Valentine’s Day.
The Powerbeats3 earphones come loaded with dual-driver acoustics to deliver superior sound quality. Plus, the wireless, Bluetooth connection not only gives them a way of working out without tangled wires, but also future-proofs their listening from this new trend of smartphones being released without a traditional headphone jack. Practical yet romantic.
The Powerbeats3 come in a range of colours but, seeing as it’s a Valentine’s gift, we would recommend the red ones pictured above.
Buy the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones.
5. Samsung Gear S3: £400.18
No Valentine gift guide would be complete without a watch. But why get your partner a normal watch when you can treat them to one that will play their music, monitor their heart rate and answer their phone calls?
The Samsung Gear S3 is one of our favourite smartwatches right now. This stylish timepiece has a high-resolution OLED screen, an in-built speaker and GPS. It also has a very long battery life and a screen that you don’t have to squint to read.
Buy the Samsung Gear S3.
6. Vansky sunrise alarm clock: £18.99
No matter how much you love your partner, chances are they’re not at their best first thing in the morning. So, here’s an idea that will benefit both of you.
The sunrise alarm clock wakes you up gently by starting to light up 30 minutes before your alarm, and gradually getting brighter until it’s time to wake up. You can also choose from a range of nature sounds and mood lights to suit you and there are snooze and FM radio options too.
Buy the Vansky sunrise alarm clock.
7. Smarter coffee machine: £178.99
So, this Valentine’s Day, you might decide to wake your sweetheart with a cup of coffee. Well, if you buy a smart coffee maker, they can wake up to the smell of freshly brewing coffee every morning, without you having to get out of bed to make it happen.
Simply download the app onto your phone and you can control the machine from anywhere in your house. You can even schedule it so that there is fresh coffee already made for when you wake up or get home from work.
Buy the Smart coffee machine.
8. Camkix 3 in 1 camera lens kit: £10.49
As we mentioned earlier, photos are precious, particularly for couples. And nowadays, you can take pretty good snaps on pretty much any smartphone. But when it comes to capturing treasured memories and cementing a moment in time forever, is ‘pretty good’ really good enough?
Compatible with most smartphones, tablets and laptops, the Camkix 3 in 1 camera lens kit gives you options for improving your snaps and selfies. It comes with a fish eye lens to capture rounded images instead of square ones, a wide angle lens to fit more into your photos and a macro lens for detailed shots.
Buy the Camkix 3 in 1 camera lens kit.
9. Lomography Lover Letters Diana mini camera: £69.99
You won’t find a much more romantic gift than the Lomography Diana mini camera.
Decorated with a cute printed fabric full of love messages and a red retro-flash, it looks like the ideal Valentine gift. And it takes really beautiful, almost dreamy-looking 35mm pictures that will help you capture those perfect moments with your other half.
Buy the Lomography Love Letters Diana mini camera.
10. Personalised phone case: £3.99
Lots of people have a photo of their significant other as their phone’s wallpaper or screensaver. But why stop there?
For just a couple of quid you can design a phone cover using your favourite photo of the two of you.
You can get them made for most flagship phones and tablets, so make sure you get the one that will fit your loved one’s device. The one pictured above fits an iPhone 6.
Buy a personalised iPhone 6 case.