Attention, Gentleman. Your time is growing short to go big or go home when it comes to your significant other for what many women expect to be the most romantic day of the year. I don’t want to rehash the debate as to whether or not Valentine’s Day is purely a consumer holiday because, well, we, as guys, are supposed to come through no matter what our opinion is.
Quite frankly, though, the chocolate and flowers gift is horribly overused. Call me crazy, but I think a good present is something that will still be there the week after. Flowers die and, well, you know what happens to chocolate. Your ladies will still want these things, but it’s okay to think outside the box, too!
So in honor of the holiday that is really our holiday because the pressure is on us, here is a list of ten gifts you can get your girlfriend or wife (or friends with benefits) that aren’t chocolate or flowers:
Adele “21″ | $11.99 Guys, it’s okay to like Adele and her crazy powerful voice. Her album “21″ was one of the best of 2011. While my personal favorite track is “Set Fire to the Rain”, all 11 songs on this album are rock solid. Speaking of rock, the album includes Adele’s cover to The Cure’s rock ballad “Lovesong”. Like I said, it’s okay to like her.
HoMedics Heated Neck and Shoulder Massager | $19.99 This do-it-yourself massaging unit is just what she needs after a long day at work or at home. The 2 speed massage motor is covered in SoftTouch fleece fabric that feels awesome on the skin. It comes with an AC adapter but can also be powered by 4 AA batteries making it super portable. Plus, it’s ingenious internal wire frame makes it easy to contour to anybody’s neck, just in case your lady friend is built like a linebacker.
Taylor Recipe Converter | $19.99 Trying to adjust recipes for the size of party you’re entertaining is a pain in the you-know-what. Luckily for her, this recipe converter is the newest weapon you can bring to that battle! The lightweight module comes standard with standard measurement conversion so your wife or girlfriend doesn’t have to try and remember how many ounces are in a cup.
Bridesmaids on Blu-Ray | $19.99 This chick comedy actually just became the most rented movie ever with almost four million copies borrowed. Add in all those pirated bootleg versions and you have one popular flick! This Oscar-nominated picture is almost a surefire win for February 14th and, yes, you will probably find it funny, too. So go ahead and watch it with her, guys.
Headphone Ear Warmers | $29.99 Does your wife or girlfriend ever debate whether she wants to keep her ears extra warm or listen to music? The best of both worlds is here! These 2-in-1 headphone ear warmers send music through the earmuffs with the audio cable coming from behind the ear. This is one unique way to beat the February cold.
Infrared Wine Thermometer | $49.99 If your significant other is an absolute wino, this super-cool gadget is an absolute must-have for her. Have you ever wondered how you accurately measure the temperature of wine without opening the bottle? This neat little gizmo that looks like a laser pointer uses an infrared beam to take the wine’s temperature through the glass.
Planet Earth Limited Edition 6-Disc Set for Blu-Ray | $89.99 If you haven’t seen it, Planet Earth is an incredibly cool nature series with some of the best visuals ever captured in the wild. If your wife or girlfriend is a fan of nature, this 6-disc combo pack will take her to all the ends of the Earth, showing every ounce of wildlife in between. Plus, this cool limited edition pack comes in an awesome globe case!
Garmin nuvi 50 GPS | $117.99 No, this isn’t a jab at women and their stereotypically bad sense of direction. In-car navigation systems are an absolute lifesaver and their becoming cheaper and cheaper by the day. In my experience, Garmin has the best navigation system amongst the leading brands, and this nuvi 50 comes with all the normal bells and whistles plus a pretty cool lane assist feature that alerts you in advance of lane changes and new traffic patterns.
Keurig Elite Brewer | $119.99 If your significant other doesn’t already have one of these, stop whatever you are doing and get her one right now. Brewing a huge pot of coffee only for yourself is SO 20th century. Keurig brewing systems aren’t a fad for those with frivolous spending habits, they are quickly becoming a staple in the average person’s home. Give your girl the gift of convenience with one of these single-serve brewing systems. The market is at a place now where finding the required K-Cups is about as easy as going to your local grocery store.
Voice Activated Shopping List Organizer | $149.99 Whether this is a must-have or not is really up to your wallet and what kind of person your significant other is. Nevertheless this digital shopping list organizer is pretty cool. All you do is tell the machine in your own voice what you need from the store and, when it’s time to go, it’ll print the list out for you. Plus it’s built in library includes over 2,500 items.
PMD Home Microderm Abrasion Device | $179.99 Guys, I’ll be honest with you: I don’t know what the hell this thing does. Microderm? Abrasion? It all sounds like witchcraft to me. But apparently this device’s interchangeable exfoliating discs help those renewal and recovery creams your wife or girlfriend uses penetrate her skin more effectively, increasing blood flow to the surface, which I’m told is actually a good thing and doesn’t, I repeat does not, make you look like this (which was my initial concern). Plus, this PMD module was promoted by Dr. Oz and women seem to love that guy.
Amazon Kindle Fire | $199.99 How is it that one of the smallest, cheapest tablets on the market is the most successful at going toe-to-toe with the iPad? It doesn’t make much sense but Amazon’s Kindle Fire absolutely delivers. This Kindle gives you Amazon’s most impressive e-Reader capabilities yet including in-page dictionary definitions, digital highlighting, and more. From there, you can also enjoy electronic subscriptions to your favorite magazines, watch movies, and delve into an impressive selection of apps. The Kindle Fire has only 2 GB of storage space but Amazon’s brilliant inclusion of free cloud storage makes the possibilities endless.
Insulated Heated Gloves | $199.99 The Sharper Image is really good at putting out products that beg the question, “Why would you ever need this?” Enter the heated pair of gloves. If you can afford the price tag, these gloves powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery tucked into the cuff will ensure that your lady friend’s hands will at least stay warm when she insists on wearing Toms in sub-zero weather. The gloves are available in three sizes and you can adjust the temperature.
Beat By Dr. Dre Studio Limited Edition Headphones | $299.99 This pair of bass-boosting earmuffs are pricy but they’re worth it. The over-the-ear headphones deliver an incredible range of sound, including super deep bass, while reducing external noises that would kill your jam session. Best of all, the headphones come with a built-in microphone and will work great if your wife or girlfriend has an iPhone or Blackberry device.