Flowers, rosé, chocolates and dinner at fancy restaurants are all great — but predictable. So why not flip the holiday on its head and get something that won’t wilt or be quickly digested? Tech might not seem romantic, but a useful gift is a thoughtful gift: a special reminder of you that’ll live in your special somebody’s home, gym bag or everyday carry.
Jaybird X3 Wireless Workout Headphones $130
These are among the highest-rated sport headphones you can buy — great for anyone who listens to music while exercising.
Original Plumen 001 and Drop Cap Set $80
Plumen makes some of the most artistically well-designed light bulbs. The ambience this piece can create, when hung from the ceiling, isn’t too bad either.
Apple AirPods $159
Great for anyone who owns an iPhone. (Note: if Apple EarPods don’t fit their ears, these won’t either.)
Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera $95
Instant photos are nostalgic and fun. This new camera by Polaroid does all the work for you. All you have to do is find a frame to put the photo in.
Tech Dopp Kit by This Is Ground $249
Too many charging cables? Headphones? Dongles? Here’s the travel solution.
Tivoli Audio Cube $200
This analog-looking cube doesn’t discriminate. It can connect to a number of existing wireless speakers via wi-fi or Bluetooth.
Samsung SmartThings Outlet $41
Even if she doesn’t want a full-on smart home, a single smart outlet can be fun. Too lazy to hit the light switch? There’s an app for that.