14 of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for 2020
Valentine’s Day is a tricky holiday to shop for. Putting aside the whole “Hallmark Holiday” part of it, it’s nice to give your sweetie a little something. Since Valentine’s Day happens on February 14th, we’ve put together a list of 14 things you can get your significant other (or yourself, we won’t judge) for the occasion! We’ve got something for every budget, so check out the list below and be the best Valentine ever!
If you love to read, there’s no better experience than reading on a Kindle. It’s extremely thin and light. It feels like you’re standing on the U.S.S. Enterprise and some ensign has just handed you a report. The e-ink touchscreen lasts forever, and the backlit paperwhite edition has a soft glow for night reading. It lasts for weeks on a single charge and it keeps your entire library on a single device, both of which make it perfect for travelling.
Don’t get us wrong, there’s a definite appeal to holding a paper book, but in our techie opinion, that’s outweighed by the sheer convenience of a long-lasting, pocketable reader that can hold a library’s worth of entertainment. Just don’t forget the case!
Valentine’s Day is about more than just looking great, listening to romantic music, or eating great food. It’s also about smells, and the Maxico smart aromatherapy diffuser adds a little technology to your residential aroma of choice. In addition to scheduling activity via an app, you can also adjust the LED to any color. The diffuser also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you don’t need to interrupt your day nor your meditation to turn it on. It’s a little technological twist on an old therapeutic device.
Speaking of Google Assistant, the Google Nest Hub is one of the best Google Assistant devices you can get today. Similar to the Lenovo SmartDisplay, you also get visual information on things like the weather, YouTube videos, the news and more. When you’re not using the Hub, it can display your Google photos of you and your sweetheart, or anyone else you want. It’s a great device that can control your smarthome, play music, and give you information on demand.
You might be thinking we’ve gotten our holidays confused. Why would Christmas lights be on a Valentine’s Day list? Well, these are no ordinary Christmas lights. These are multi-colored LEDs that can be programmed via an app on your phone into any pattern or color, including a heart. Plus, if you’re the lazy sort, you can put these up for Christmas and leave them up for Valentine’s Day. Heck, leave them up all year and make a flag on the 4th of July. We won’t tell anybody.
This is not your normal charging puck. It’s small enough to fit on your keychain so it’s ultra portable. These come in two sizes – 800 mAh and 1,300 mAh and if those sound small, it’s because they are. These are not meant to fully charge your phone – they’ll just top you off and give you an extra couple of hours. Sometimes, that’s all you need. It even comes with a built in connector for your phone, so there are no cables. Nothing says “I love you” like the ability to watch another couple hours of Netflix.
Relationships are hard, but they’re easier when everyone is relaxed. This back and neck massager might be just the ticket to happiness. This is a highly rated massager on Amazon that can heat and knead those muscles when tension is getting in the way. Use it on your back, neck, legs, or wherever you need a little release.
We’re big fans of 1MORE here, because they deliver a premium experience from unboxing to performance. These true wireless earbuds offer 6.5 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. If your batteries die, just 15 minutes of charging in the case will give you another 3 hours. Speaking of the charging case, you’ll get 24 hours of total listening time from a topped off case and earbuds. They look great and sound awesome. Use them individually for phone calls, or paired for music.
Losing things is a major pain, and most of us are prone to misplace the occasional item. But for those important items that you simply cannot lose, the Chipollo tracker is a great solution. In addition to two-way location – use your phone to locate the tracker or the tracker to locate your phone – you can also set your phone to notify you if you’ve left Chipollo behind. You can attach it to your keys or slip it into your wallet, and if you leave the house without them, your phone will let you know. It’s a neat little plus feature that will make you wonder how you lived without it.
Valentine’s Day is a great night to curl up and take in some Netflix…and sure, maybe chill too. That’s up to you. But the Roku Ultra streaming box will give you a high quality picture in all its 4K HDR goodness. The Roku Ultra gives you maximum connectivity options supporting both wireless and Ethernet connections. Plus, on those nights when one of you is tired but the other wants to take in some Stranger Things, the Roku Ultra remote has a headphone jack allowing you to stream the audio straight to your ears without disturbing your partner. Now that’s love.
If you want to curl up and watch a movie, but get a big-screen experience, check out the Kodak Luma 350 projector. This device runs a full version of Android allowing you to watch movies from almost any video platform – Netflix, Disney+, Amazon, and more! The included remote allows you to navigate the operating system without having to use the controls on top of the device. Plus, it includes a tripod mount on the bottom, so you can set this projector up and take in a romantic movie anywhere!
If you love gaming, you’ll fall head over heels with the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo’s new console is the heart and soul of mobile gaming, while still giving you the great experience of playing on a big screen. Put the Switch into the dock and play Super Smash Brothers on your TV, while charging the device at the same time. When it’s time to leave, grab the device and attach the joy cons for the same game on the go, anywhere. It’s the most versatile gaming system you can buy, and this generation 2 model comes with a bigger battery for even more mobile gaming fun!
In the world of tablets, there is really only one competitor, and that’s Apple. The iPad is a well designed, powerful device capable of consuming or creating content. If you add on an Apple Pencil and Keyboard cover, sold separately, you can almost pretend it’s a computer #WhatsAComputer.
Meet the headphones that knocked Bose out as the world’s best noise-cancelling headphones. These cans have incredible sound and unparalleled noise-cancelation. If you love music, or if you travel frequently, these are simply must-haves. They connect via bluetooth or by cable, and offer passthrough sound for when you need to come back to the world. They offer 30 hours of continuous listening and also feature Alexa built in. If you need a gift this Valentine’s day and you have the budget, these are the best you can buy.
Regardless of your budget, you can score major brownie points this Valentine’s day for the techie in your life. Any one of these is a home run because they’re all fun, useful, and show how much you love and appreciate that special someone in your life.