Ten Valentine’s Day Gifts For Geeks

Posted by · February 10, 2012 1:06 pm

Heads up, lovebirds, Valentine’s Day is only five days away.  While I’m not a huge fan of the holiday myself (Shouldn’t we be expressing our love more than one day out of the year?) I do like a good excuse to give and receive presents. 

In case you’re wondering what to get the techie in your life, here’s a list of items that are sure to delight the geek in your life this Valentine’s Day (Warning- some of these items are a bit pricey. After all, I’m The Style Geek, not The Cheap Sherpa.):

  • For the far sighted geek– If your loved one needs spectacles, this wireless page to TV magnifier should make reading a little easier.  The wireless scanner magnifies text on a television up to 70x its original size.  Retail price: $399.99
  • For the forgetful geek-  With so much information crammed into your significant other’s brain, it’s no wonder he can’t remember where he parked.  Luckily, the good folks at Hammacher Schlemmer developed a GPS homing device. The device is small (fits in a purse, pocket or on a keychain) and easy to use, so it’s a good gift for forgetful non-techies too.  Retail price: $79.95
  • For the practical geek- Flowers or chocolate mean little to her if she has no place to blog about her thoughts and feelings.  If a new laptop is all she wants, CNET’s editors recently updated their list of the top laptops and netbooks for your money. Or you could just give her an IOU for when Windows 8 devices hit stores later this year. Rumor has it they are going to be ARMed and awesome. Retail prices vary.
  • For the spy enthusiast geek- If he’s obsessed with espionage, he’ll love the secret intel he can get from placing a tissue box camera in one of the rooms of your house.  If he’d prefer to take the spying action on the go, perhaps the high definition video pen is a better option.  Retail price for tissue box: $599.95; Retail price for pen: $149.95    
  • For the password protected geek– Does your valentine prefer to be secure at all times? The password vault is a great way to ensure her passwords stay protected but not forgotten all year long.  Up to 400 websites, usernames, passwords and ATM pins can be stored in this mini vault. Retail price: $49.95
  • For the TV junkie- Not that you need to give him one more screen to watch, but the television teleporter is perfect for the guy who wants to watch How Stuff Works anywhere in the house.
  •  For the analytics geek– If your significant other is obsessed with data, a monthly subscription to Wolfram Alpha Pro is sure to warm his heart.  The new premium service gives users the ability to upload images, audio and over 60 other file types for automatic analysis and detailed reporting.  Users will have access to more robust download options and the ability to tailor reports.  Retail price: $4.99/month
  • For the Star Wars geek- What Star Wars enthusiast wouldn’t want their very own voice activated R2-D2? R2 will obey more than 40 voice commands, play games and follow her around.  Plus, it lets her boss around someone other than you! Retail price: $199.95
  • For the programming geek– Why not learn to speak his language? Literally.  At least that’s what Kaitlyn Trigger did.  And after learning Python, the girlfriend of Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, made him a LovestagramPriceless.
  • For the romantic geek–  Want to set the mood for a quiet evening full of nerd-fueled love? Watch CNET senior editor Bridget Carey’s video on how to create a geek’s dream dateRetail price of the open-source iNecklace: TBD

Regardless of what you’re planning to do or buy for your significant other this Valentine’s Day, remember that computers don’t make for a romantic date.  So log off of Experts Exchange, turn off the monitor, put down the smart phone and focus all your attention on the person who matters most to you.

  • I would love it if someone bought me my own voice activated R2-D2, and I’m not even into Start Wars that much!