Valentine’s Day is only a few short days away, and we all know that for some it can be a last-minute shopping endeavor. Chocolate, flowers, jewelry and cute stuffed animals have long been staples of the romancer’s holiday, but those gifts are more than a little hackneyed. For those seeking something a bit less conventional, here are five Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to please your nerdy or tech-savvy sweetheart.
Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb ($59.99). After months of waiting, Google has finally stocked the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb just in time for Valentine’s Day. The charging orb is exactly what it sounds like — a sleek semi-circular device chopped in half with Google’s Nexus logo stamped right in the middle. The Nexus 4 simply rests on the flat part at the top as it charges, giving the illusion that the device is floating.
USB Tulip Hub ($24). Giving your girlfriend flowers is a little boring and traditional, so why not spruce up her desk with a flowered-themed USB hub? It features four high-speed USB ports each tucked inside a bright red tulip, and is compatible with both Mac and Windows systems. With the USB Tulip Hub, your sweetheart will be able to charge certain smartphones, cameras and other USB-charged devices all at the same time.
Zombie Cupid Pencil Holder ($14.95) Admittedly, pencil holders would typically make for a pretty lame Valentine’s Day gift — but not when it comes in the form of an adorable undead cupid. The NeatoShop boasts that each Zombie Cupid is handcrafted by artisans and that no two units are exactly alike.
Sugar Plum Chocolate Video Game Controller ($6.50) Who needs candy hearts when you can eat a PlayStation controller made of entirely of dark chocolate? Sugar Plum is selling chocolate game controllers via its official website for those looking to please their gamer girlfriends or boyfriends. The website also offers a slew of other chocolate novelty products, such as chocolate pizzas and chocolate cigars.
Out of Print eBook Jackets ($45). If you’ve got a significant other with a passion for literature and technology, Out of Print’s eBook jackets are perfect. The website offers vintage book jackets from classic works such as Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” These tablet covers come in different versions for the Nexus 7, the Kindle Fire 7’’ first and second generation (not HD), and all iPad generations except for the first one and the Mini.
Green Universal Android Speaker ($14.97). This tiny USB speaker is shaped like Google’s signature Android mascot, making a perfect collectible for fans of the software. Complete with moveable arms and legs, this speaker is compatible with 3.5mm audio input devices such as iPods and iPhones (ironically) and of course, Android smartphones.
‘Portal 2’ Companion Cube Ice Tray ($12.99) Any fan of Valve’s adventure puzzle game “Portal” would appreciate this one. We’ve seen plushes and collectibles of this iconic Portal memento, but now fans can stock their refrigerators with dozens of miniature friendly Companion Cubes.