Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her
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It's that time of year again, when chocolate manufacturers rub their hands with joy and florists dream of blooming profits. Yes, Valentine's Day is just around the corner.
Of course, those of you with girlfriends who appreciate originality, will know the traditional catalogue of Valentine's gestures just doesn't cut it.
So here's a selection of ten tech gifts that we reckon are certain to put a smile on her face. And if these don't - the adult toys we'll be covering in a few days' time as part of Reg Hardware's Sex Week are sure to.
Dodo iPad amd Kindle Fire Cases
These iPad 2 and Kindle Fire covers from DodoCase are a unique take on tech protection sleeves, cradling devices in a bamboo tray that doubles up as a stand. They also support the iPad 2's smart auto-wake system, so when the case is opened, the fondleslab powers up. And who doesn't want an über-cool hardbound book design for their slate?
The Love Me iPad 2 and Kindle Fire cases are designed by street-artist Curtis Kulid and based on his work that litters the streets of New York, Paris, Tokyo and LA. The graffiti-tagged covers could be the perfect gift for a girlfriend who prides herself on street cred.
If that's a bit too modern for your romantic side, though, the company also touts Vintage Love iPad 2 and Kindle Fire cases, which come with a more conventional style. Each one is handmade in San Francisco, though, so you'll have to be quick to get one over in time for the big day.
Price $79 (£50)
More info Dodo Case
Enzo Zen Aroma Diffuser
Aromatherapy has always been a popular prezzie on the Day of Love, but those that come equipped with tea candles and hanging ceramic pots are so last century.
This Enzo Zen Aroma Diffuser does the job without the need for a naked flame, plugging into the wall and creating a steam fountain of scent. Simply fill her up with water, add a fragrance oil and watch the mist start pouring out. When the water runs low, the device automatically shuts down for safety.
The diffuser pumps out negative ions, which apparently make the atmosphere in a room just like the good ol' fresh air from outside - only not as bloomin' freezing. It doubles up as a soft white bedside lamp, handy when you head upstairs later. It might even be a good way to cover up the smell of old socks in case your Valentine's date accompanies you home for a coffee. Yum.
More info Red5
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Did anyone in the office actually bother to ask the girls?
Does anyone in the office actually have a girlfriend?
So it's true, women can only use technology if it's pink
Expect a thorough kicking when you get home, sir. Particularly if your gift of lurve is a pink USB hard drive.
Slap a coat of pink on it, and away you go!
I'm looking around my condo right now and I see three laptops, one desktop, one server, several external drives, two flat screen monitors, a printer, and router - none of it is pink. Had it been pink, I would have passed it by, I'm more of a blue/silver girl. Tip: just because you slap a layer of pink enamel on a tech product, it doesn't mean that it's suddenly meant for girls.
Spawn of Satan because it kinda looks like a purse with a smiley face.
She's getting a new ironing board and she'll have to like it
Having Your Cake and Eating It Too
Every year it is the same thing.
What he must buy HER.
What is he going to do for HER.
All the women in my office nattering on about what the husband is going to do and nary a word about the reciprocal.
Really ladies, you've had feminism for 50 years now, when are you going to take your equality and run with it?