We’ve reached that time of the year when we celebrate everyone’s favourite four-letter word. The shops are overflowing with red outfits, roses, lovey-dovey cards and teddies with giant hearts saying “I Love You”. Social media is teeming with GIFs, memes, videos and other posts on the subject. And… lovers out there are deciding how to surprise their significant others with just the thing that spells love in the most romantic fashion possible. This is where we want to help. Just because you’re in love with a girl, doesn’t mean you have to gift her jewellery or flowers. And, just because you’re dating a guy, doesn’t mean you have to surprise him with a watch or Ray-Ban’s. This is the Feb 14 when we let you in on 8 smart, nifty tech gifts for your ‘dear’, that won’t cost you an organ. So, here’s a peek at tech-inspired presents for her and him this Valentine’s Day.
Her – Tile Tracker
Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve asked your love out to dinner and she turns up 30 minutes late because she couldn’t find her keys? The ‘Tile’ tracker is here to help in exactly this kind of moment. The little Bluetooth tracker will help her keep track of more than just her keys, and will keep ringing until she has found what she’s looking for. Another reason you should pick this little gift for your dear is that it will also work as a cute little accessory for her belongings. Coming in three elegant little versions – the Tile Slim, Tile Mate and the original Tile – the device also makes for a perfect little keychain. These babies are inexpensive too!
Him – Zubie
If the man you’re spending Valentine’s Day with is a gem and a tech-lover, this is probably the gift you need to get him. An affordable yet clever gadget, ‘Zubie’ is aimed at turning any car into an IoT vehicle. An affordable little piece of technology, the device will especially be a boon to your partner if he’s in love with his car as well. Unlike other devices that work merely as Wi-Fi hotspots, Zubie actually wants to connect your entire car to the Internet of Things. The amazing device can send a report of each journey to a spreadsheet in Google Drive, and can incredibly track information like start and stop locations, the duration of each trip and the cost of fuel used.
Her – Leaf Wearables’ SAFER Pendant
Gifting your lovely lady some pretty jewellery can get boring for both of you after a while. But, if that jewellery also doubles up as a nifty SOS button and tracker, then it is more than worth it. This is where the homegrown ‘SAFER’ comes into play. Brainchild of India’s own Leaf Wearables, the line of jewellery-cum-wearables is a true gift for any woman. The company’s captivating yet smart necklaces won’t just help keep your sweetheart safe, but will also adorn her neck with grace and the right amount of shine. Available at decent rates, the pendants have an SOS button that can alert contacts in case of danger, and they also work with an app that helps locate places and shares their live location.
Him – HAPIfork
Which man doesn’t love a good meal? Put a pizza before him and you’ve made him happy. But, if you want to see him more excited at meal times, you need more than just good food and good conversation. And, since boys like their toys, look no further than ‘HAPIfork’. This fork isn’t just smart, it’s also in search of a health movement! The HAPIfork won’t just fascinate your darling. It will also help monitor his eating habits. Although available at a whopping $99, the fork is worth its rate since it ensures its user eats slowly so they get the maximum benefit from meals, while also enjoying better digestion, metabolism and more. It will even buzz if it finds your man gobbling his grub too fast!
Her – Moov Now
If the woman you’re going steady with is a fitness buff, you need to gift her a fitness device right now. But, the Fitbits of this world can be a tad too dear. So, if you want to get your lady-love a classy, neat and efficient wearable, there’s always the ‘Moov Now’. Following the Moov, this fitness tracker comes at a decent price and does a fair amount of work to keep its wearer healthy and fit. While its predecessor was more of a sports tracker, the Now is that and more, also tracking daily activity. It will also tell your partner what she needs to do or not do, through its audio coaching feature. The nifty band will even track sleep, and track motion in 3D!
Him – Withings Smartwatch
Just like gifting jewellery to a girl can get boring, gifting your special guy a watch can get tiresome for both parties. But, with a whole world of smartwatches out there, you can even gift him a watch that does more than just tell the time. And, if it’s a smartwatch, it might as well be a Withings piece. Although a little more expensive than the other devices on this list, a Withings watch is worth its dough. Working as smartly as they look, the watches synchronise with the Health Mate app and can even vibrate a little alarm when needed. Available in a variety of colours and capabilities, the watches can track activity, sleep, calories burned, and more. They even boast real-time audio coaching!
Her – Bellabeat Leaf
Which woman doesn’t like a good blend of fashion, functionality, comfort and beauty? And, if you want to give your love a gift that spells all of this, then Bellabeat’s ‘Leaf’ is just what you need. Another slightly expensive piece of technology, the Leaf is worth it because it stands out among the crowd of smart jewellery and wearables for women. This is because the little beauty can be worn as a necklace, a bracelet or even a stylish clip. Further, it will track fitness metrics and sleep, while also keeping tabs on stress levels, your reproductive cycles, and a whole load more. You could even gift your dear Bellabeat’s ‘Leaf Urban’ – a waterproof version of the Leaf, that tracks stress and helps resolve it through meditation.
Him – Lechal Smart Insoles
While the rest of this list talks more about good-looking wearables that are also functional and affordable, our last Valentine’s gift suggestion is a wearable that works insidiously – one that can’t be seen but is still effective and affordable. It may be weird to suggest giving insoles to your hubby or boyfriend on Valentine’s, but if it’s a pair of Lechal’s smart insoles, then it’s a true gift. Though expensive as insoles, the wearables will sound more affordable to you when you know what they do. The devices go inside any pair of shoes, turning them into smart shoes as they let their wearer navigate hands-free and even offline. The insoles provide route guidance, all-round fitness tracking, and boast a battery life of 15 days on one charge.