With V-Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the best Valentine’s Day tech gifts in 2023 that you could gift to your partner. After all, technology isn’t just for show – these gifts will toe the line between utility and novelty quite gracefully. Moreover, with less than a week left for the special occasion, it’s time to scour the internet for the best gadgets.
Unfortunately, this search for the perfect tech gift can be pretty time-consuming. So, I’ve decided to take the guesswork away for you, and provide a list of the best Valentine’s Day tech gifts for her or him. Let’s check out the list!
Best Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him
1. Apple Watch Series 8 – Editor’s choice
When Apple revealed its new series of smartwatches in late 2022, people were blown away by the surprise addition of the Apple Watch Ultra. However, let’s not forget the mainline entry – the Apple Watch Series 8. Apple has always steadily added advancements to the Apple Watch series, constantly improving a winning design.
This time, with the Apple Watch Series 8, you get one of the most advanced and beautiful displays in a smartwatch yet. With features such as 5ATM water resistance, 32GB storage, and Apple’s S8 processor, who could complain? Moreover, Apple’s added some nifty features for fitness enthusiasts as well.
Other features, such as ovulation cycle tracking and temperature tracking, also make this an ideal smartwatch in a post-Covid world. However, if you’re the proud owner of an Apple Watch Series 7, I’m afraid to say that you won’t find too big a difference in the features of the Series 8 smartwatch. Nonetheless, for older variants, this is a healthy upgrade!
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2. Apple AirTag – For the forgetful boyfriend
Does your boyfriend have the annoying habit of losing or misplacing their phones and other Apple products? If yes, the Apple AirTag might be the best investment you could make today.
You can set this device up with your boyfriend’s iPhone or iPad. The setting up process is easy and hardly takes a few seconds. If the device being paired is a relatively new model, the in-built Ultra-Wideband technology will help you find lost items.
Moreover, you can also ask Siri to find your items. AirTag also has a speaker that you can use to find your iPhone or iPad. If you’re a hogger for privacy, all the information you provide to the companion Find My app is encrypted and anonymous.
I wish the build quality were better, though, as it tends to pick up scratches.
3. Oculus Quest 2 – Non-cheesy Valentine’s Day gift for him
If your boyfriend loves to play games on his iPhone or Mac, the Oculus Quest 2 is the perfect gift. The VR headset is compatible with the latest PC and phone games that support VR.
The headset comes with a controller for each hand and provides a large library for games, thanks to the Quest library. You only need to install an app on your smartphone to set up this device.
The device’s display is stunning as well and uses double the pixel count as compared to the first Quest VR headset. This helps the headset deliver crisp image quality.
However, I’m not a fan of the device’s mandatory Facebook integration. In addition to this, the design isn’t very friendly for people who wear spectacles.
4. JBL Flip 5 – For the music-loving boyfriend
There are a few companies in the audio devices market segment that have made quite the impact since their conception. However, even fewer have been as successful as JBL.
Once you purchase the JBL Flip 5 for your boyfriend, you’ll realize why JBL is going so strong. Apart from the beautiful design, the speaker is also IP7X water-resistant. The speaker provides a surprising amount of volume and clarity for its size.
Talking of size, the Flip 5 is small enough to be carried everywhere you go. It also comes with a BOOMPH speaker case, perfect for shock protection.
I’m not a fan of its battery life, however. It needs to be charged after 3 to 4 hours of heavy usage.
5. DJI Mini SE – Best tech toy for your boyfriend
There are gadget lovers, and then there are technology lovers. If your boyfriend falls into the second category and loves tech toys, the DJI Mini SE could be a great Valentine’s Day gift for him.
This mini-drone is small and lightweight, weighing 249 grams. Seeing that it’s so small, the United States and Canadian governments will allow you to fly this without the need for a permit.
The camera fitted onto the drone is satisfactory, capturing everything at 2.7K, and does not hamper the drone’s battery life. The drone can be flown for 30 minutes easily, on a full charge.
Whether your boyfriend plans to fly this drone in terrible weather conditions or send it high into the sky, the DJI Mini SE has all fronts covered. The drone can be flown up to 4000m altitude and withstands almost 40kmph winds.
Content creators will also have a blast as the DJI Fly app provides free video templates that can be used anywhere.
Despite all these amazing features, the developers need to work on an easier setup process. The current setup process is cumbersome.
6. LC-dolida Sleep Headphones – For a good night’s rest
In today’s fast world, sleep is something plenty of us compromise on. Over time, this leads to insomnia or restless sleep. If your boyfriend deals with these situations, the LC-dolida sleep headphones could be a beneficial buy.
The headphones are ergonomically designed, adding zero pressure to the eyes. Moreover, the speakers inside the mask deliver high-quality sound, leading to a beautiful and restful ambiance.
The battery life isn’t bad either, with 8 hours of playback after an hour of charging. However, these headphones don’t cancel noise. If you’re looking for complete noise-canceling sleep headphones, this may not be the one for you.
7. GoldWorld Wireless Beanie Hat – Fashionable Valentine’s Day gift for husband/boyfriend
Beanie hats have come into fashion recently, and they’re here to stay. If your boyfriend enjoys his music as much as I do, the GoldWorld Wireless Beanie Hat can be considered as a gift option.
The hat itself is 100% acrylic, and the material is both comfortable and stretchable. The wireless headphones provided with the hat can be connected to your Mac and iPhone via Bluetooth.
In addition to this, the headphones offer a playback time of almost 25 hours. If you’re worried about the volume or sound quality, you can rest assured with the 110DB HD stereo sound.
Some users have reported Bluetooth connectivity issues, however.
8. PlayStation DualSense Controller – For the ultimate gaming experience
If your boyfriend or husband is a gamer, there’s no doubt that they need a new, ergonomic controller for gaming. With the release of the PlayStation 5, Sony also redesigned their famous DualShock controller into the DualSense controller. Without giving much away, this controller is one of the most advanced in the industry, and it’s bound to make for the best Valentine’s Day tech gift in 2023!
The controller itself can be used either wired or wireless. Regardless of the way you use the controller, Sony’s advancements ensure that you get an enriching and immersive gaming experience. The design of the haptic feedback from the controller, and the adaptive triggers take full advantage of the game’s story, with tense environments being simulated impeccably through the two new features.
Apart from this, it comes with a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack and microphone. Plug in your headphone, tap the Create button, and you’re ready to broadcast your gaming skills to the world, all through the power of the DualSense controller.
The battery life of the controller isn’t great, though. Moreover, you’ll have to purchase a charging cable for the controller separately.
9. Beats Solo3 – The perfect companion for the audiophile boyfriend
The Beats Solo3 is one of the older headphones you’ll find today. Having been released in 2019, the headphone shows little to no signs of aging. Moreover, whether you’re boyfriend is gaming, streaming, or just loves listening to music, the Beats Solo3 can do them all.
Thanks to the W1 chipset in the headphones and AAC support, the Beats Solo3 works surprisingly well with iPhones. Furthermore, the headphones have been designed in such a way that they would easily fit into the modern lineup of Beats headphones.
Additionally, the Solo3 provides an exceptionally long battery life, fast-charging support, and Class 1 Bluetooth integration. All of this, for just under $100? If it seems like a steal deal, that’s because it is!
However, the headphones don’t have support for Voice Assistants such as Siri.
Best Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her
10. Amazon Echo Show 10th Gen – Your home can’t get any smarter
Amazon’s long line of Alexa devices has certainly caught on with the world. With every new and emerging modern household, you’ll find some variation of an Alexa device. Nonetheless, if you want your girlfriend to have the best of smart home technology, the Amazon Echo Show 10th generation is a no-brainer!
The main difference with the Echo Show, when compared to its siblings, is the 10.1-inch HD screen. This screen can be used for operating the device, or video calling your friends and family. The screen sits atop a speaker that delivers crisp and directional sound. You don’t have to worry about picture quality either, thanks to the 13MP camera that’s housed on the frame.
This screen also performs two other important functions. Firstly, you’ll be able to watch your favorite shows directly through the screen, on platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Secondly, and more importantly, the screen can be used to monitor your home when you’re out of town!
Whether you’re using the Alexa device to keep an eye on your home or for setting timers and making grocery lists, there’s very little that this Amazon Echo Show can’t do. This is why it makes for the perfect smart companion for your, or your girlfriend’s home!
11. Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow – For relaxing after a long working day
If your girlfriend has a sedentary job that requires her to stare at a screen all day, the chances are that she’s suffering from a stiff neck at the end of most days.
The Viktor Jurgen Neck Massage Pillow can be a great companion at the end of a working day to reduce that stiffness and lead to more restful periods of sleep. There are nodes present on the pillow that work on the tight muscles and reduce knots for better blood circulation.
Since a heating mechanism is present in the pillow, the material used for its surface is perfect for insulation and a soft, warm feel on the skin. It can also be used on a chair and inside a car.
You can’t use this massage pillow while laying down, however. The rolling knobs on the surface will hurt your back if you apply too much pressure.
12. Ember Smart Mug – Keeps your beverage hot
The Ember Smart Mug is perfect for those who hate cold beverages but get so engrossed in their work that they forget to drink!
The mug is attached to a coaster that can be heated. You can customize your presets or set the temperature for your beverage through the Ember app on your iPhone.
The battery can last up to 1.5 hours on a single charge, keeping your beverage at your desired temperature. This is a satisfactory battery capacity and should work for most occasions.
However, the companion Ember app requires a lot of improvement.
13. Apple AirPods Pro (2nd gen) – For all her audio needs
Apple also launched the AirPods Pro (2nd generation) in September 2022, along with its other big releases. However, the company also surprised us by stating that the price of the AirPods Pro would be the same as that of its predecessor. So, does the new generation of AirPods Pro fare well, bearing in mind the same price? The answer is a resounding yes!
Moreover, if you’ve got a girlfriend who loves listening to music on the daily, or is on work calls throughout the day, you can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day tech gift than this. Apple added the H2 processing chip in the AirPods for better Active Noise Cancellation. Additionally, the chip also improves power consumption, leading to better battery life. Meanwhile, the AirPods Pro 2 case comes with a U1 chipset.
This chipset, along with the integrated speaker in the case, makes it much easier to locate your AirPods Pro through the Find My app. Other features, such as Adaptive Transparency and Personalized Spatial Audio, just sweeten the deal.
In summary, the AirPods Pro 2nd Generation provides excellent value for the money you’re paying. Of course, you also get 2 years’ worth of AppleCare+ free.
14. Apple MagSafe Battery Pack – For power on-the-go
Is your girlfriend a workaholic; Extremely busy on most days, hardly finding the time to charge her phone? With this MagSafe battery pack, the lack of charge in the phone will no longer be an issue.
The MagSafe battery pack allows up to 20W of charging. The design also makes it a perfect fit for all the latest iPhones, as the in-built magnets hold your iPhone without any fear of falling.
While this is a great buy for your girlfriend and her iPhone, it may be slightly overpriced versus its competitors.
15. Smartphone Screen Magnifier – For cozy movie nights
Movie nights are usually associated with staying indoors, curling up in bed with your partner, and munching on loads of snacks. But why would you want to limit yourself to just indoor situations?
This smartphone screen magnifier can be used for movie nights even if you’re spending a night camping or trekking. The 14-inch screen magnifies the content on your phone 2-4 times, and the 3D acrylic lens provides a crisp and clear display.
Your girlfriend could also use this as a gaming accessory if she’s big on mobile gaming. What I didn’t like about the product is that the screen can be very reflective, especially if your room has too much ambient lighting.
16. BAGSMART Electronic Organiser – Perfect for keeping electronic accessories
We all know that having too many accessories such as headphones, cables, and power adapters can be tricky to manage. If your girlfriend can relate to this feeling, you should gift her this electronic organizer.
The bag is made from durable and water-repellant nylon to keep your accessories safe. Inside, you’ll find multiple slots and pockets of various sizes to fit your different accessories. The bag itself is also lightweight, making it easier to carry when traveling.
The loops over the pockets are too tight for my liking, though. This makes it difficult to put heavier and bigger cables inside the pockets.
17. iPad Pro 2022 – To let her creativity flow
If your partner is a graphic designer or artist, I’m pretty sure that they spend most of their time with their iPads. So, it makes sense to gift them one of the best iPads for Valentine’s Day, right?
This iPad comes with a gorgeous 11-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, featuring ProMotion and TruTone. Moreover, you can pair this beautiful screen with the revolutionary Apple Pencil 2, making it absolutely perfect for designing and letting your partner express her creativity.
If that weren’t enough, the iPad Pro 4th gen uses the latest M2 chipset from Apple, with an 8-core CPU and 1-core GPU. This combination ensures that you’ll face no issues in terms of performance for a few years, at the very least. Basically, if you have the budget for it, this iPad Pro 4th generation will be a designer’s best friend!
You’ll have to manage with the lack of Touch ID, however.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I hope this list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your tech-savvy boyfriend and girlfriend has helped you choose the perfect gift. I’ve tried to include products based on different personality traits and budgets.
Have you ever used any of these products for yourself? What about other tech-savvy gifting ideas? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
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