Valentine's day: The six best gadgets for your partner
Does your partner think roses and chocolates are boring? These gizmos will prove much more appealing. Polly Weeks reports.
Hair all about it
Remington CI96S1 Silk Ultimate Styler, £39.99, from www.boots.com
Want to invest in a beauty product but haven't been listening close enough to work out which kind of hair gizmo would suit? Buy this one and you'll have it covered. The styler is effectively an all-in-one, you can use it as a hair straightener and smooth out those misbehaving locks, or alternatively create loose curls, medium curls or waves. It comes with a glove so you won't burn your fingertips, an automatic safety shut off, and there are also online tutorials so you can create your perfect look.
Ring on it
HTC One A9 in Deep Garnet, from £21 per month, from www.vodafone.co.uk
Whether you have a long-distance romance and want the perfect techie-tool to stay in touch, or you just want to give them a prezzie that will stand out from the rest, this phone will certainly raise the romance stakes. It comes with a 13 megapixel camera and five-inch full HD 1080P display and also features BlinkFeed which recognises which apps will be most useful to you, depending on whether you're home, out and about or at work. Add to that it's lightweight and not oversized, it will fit in your pocket and comes with good battery power. Opt for the deep garnet version, which truly captures the colour of Valentine's. Or perhaps set the desktop screen image as a picture of the two of you, so your loved one thinks of you and your generosity every time they look at their phone.
Pin Badge MP3 Player, £11.99, from www.gettingpersonal.co.uk
To the outside eye, this is a lovely looking broach complete with heart design to capture the magic of Valentine's. However, beneath the lovely looking pin lies an MP3 player that comes with 2GB of storage, holding approximately 200 songs. Why not up the (romantic) ante and load your favourite luurve tunes to the device before giving it to your other half so your gift includes a modern-day mix-tape in addition to a nifty device. Because this is sold by gettingpersonal.co.uk, you can add a message to the inside of the gift box making it an extra special - but cost-effective - gift.
Kiss of life
Ventus KISS 4000mAh Portable Charger in Gift Box, £16.48, from www.qvcuk.com
If you're whispering sweet nothings to your loved one through your phone, only to find yourself cut off when the battery dies, give your phone the kiss of life with this powerbank. The small but sturdy device comes with a three-in-one USB cable, so whether you're charging an Apple or Android device, you'll be able to boost your battery. It comes in several colours, however, if you're buying this for Valentine's Day, you've got to go for red. If your partner is always forgetting to charge their phone, they'll love this gift and will definitely pucker up in appreciation.
Sing it loud
Sony SRS-X11 Wireless Portable Speaker, £69, from www.centresdirect.co.uk
If you and your loved one have an 'our song', why not play it loud and proud on Valentine's through this small but powerful speaker? The wireless device transmits tunes via Bluetooth/NFC connectivity. Just charge it up, connect to your phone or tablet and get playing. You can buy it in a variety of colours including romantic red. What's more, one charge will give you 12 hours of playback, so you can listen to your tune on repeat without the fear your slow dance will come to an end.
Velleman LED Flashing Sweetheart Solder Kit, £7.99, from www.maplin.co.uk
Hand on heart, which techie fan would not like this clever little project?! With 43 parts, this is the perfect gift for those who love a spot of soldering. You'll need a 9V battery, soldering iron and solder, but then you're all set to get to work on your heart-felt puzzle. Follow the instructions and add the transistors, LEDs, capacitors and resistors to create a circuit board, which oh-so romantically is in the shape of a heart and lights up.
App of the week
Valentine's Day Word Search, free from the IOS App Store
Pass the time on Valentine's with a romantic word search where you can choose five different word categories (including terms of endearment) and pick easy, medium or hard difficulty levels.
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