Fun Gift Guide

GALENTINE’S GIFT GUIDE: TECHIES

Valentine’s Day has traditionally been reserved for romantic couples, and if you’re single, the holiday can be a drag. So this year, let’s change things up. We’re dubbing it Galentine’s Day around the VINAsphere, and we’re here to celebrate our best gal pals.

It may be tough to keep in the digital age, especially when you have friends who are obsessed with the latest tech trends. Lucky for you, we have just the thing – below, you’ll find some of the latest and greatest gifts for those vinas in your life who live and breathe tech!

FOR THE VINA WHO IS ALWAYS CONNECTED 

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Does your vina’s phone constantly die while they’re documenting your nights out or because they’re constantly snapping pals? Instead of getting a new battery for her phone (which can run around $100 or more, depending the device), why not get her the gift that keeps on giving? I’m talking about a Power Bank,  and Ban.do has the coolest ones in stock for you to surprise your vina with! Choose between two gorgeous options – the ever-popular “I Am Very Busy” or “Stardust” – both come with two USB ports and are compatible with with an array of devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods, and Android phones/tablets). It’s $54.00 and Ban.do provides free shipping on all orders over $50.00!

FOR THE “SMART” OBSESSED VINA

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(Photo courtesy of Amazon.com)

We’ve all got one – the vina who is always up on the latest tech trends and is on track to having all her devices (and home) connected. The Amazon Echo Dot basically does everything – from playing music through your favorite Bluetooth speaker (or directly plugging in via a 3.5mm stereo cable) and controlling lights/thermostat to ordering a pizza or an Uber for her night out on the town. It’s a great fit for any vina who is striving to create the ultimate smart home! It retails on Amazon for $49.00 (and of course, Prime members get free shipping) and comes in black or white. Kick it up a notch – for $19.99 and get your vina a Dot Case to go with it, which comes in six colors (I’m living for the Merlot Leather, TBH!).  

FOR THE VINA WHO WANTS TO CUT THE CORD

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(Photo courtesy of Roku.com)

 

“Cutting the cord” (AKA getting rid of cable/satellite television services) is all the rage these days. If one of your friends wants to make the make the move, help her get started by gifting her a Roku Streaming Stick. This slick device gives you easy access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and all top streaming services with a quick click of a button. You can grab it on Amazon for $47.59 and of course, it’s Prime eligible.

If that’s a little more than you’d like to spend, you can pick up the Roku Express for $29.00 (also on Amazon), which is *slightly* slower (streaming quality-wise) and requires a line-of-sight point-and-click (compared to the quad-core processor and point anywhere remote with the regular Streaming Stick).

FOR THE CRAFTY, PHOTO-CRAZED VINA

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(Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com)

A few years ago, my fantastic fiance brought an amazing gift into to my life – the Polaroid Zip. It was a huge hit with me and all the rage with my gal pals – we love using it while out and about or during a chill coffee date. This sweet little baby connects straight to your phone via Bluetooth, allowing you to print mini (read: 2×3”) photos when the mood strikes! It’s small enough to keep in a purse and comes in four different colors: black, blue, red, and white, and you can get it on Amazon for just over $100. (And hello, Prime members get free shipping!)

FOR THE FASHIONISTA VINA

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(Photo courtesy of Ringly.com)

If one of your fave ladies is into fashion and you have a bigger budget, this gift is tres chic. Ringly comes in a ring or bracelet option and allows the wearer to keep her phone in her purse but be notified if she has an incoming call or text message via vibration or color. All Ringly products are water resistant and are compatible with an array of wellness and messaging apps to allow for better customization. Bracelets start at $245.00 and rings at $195.00 and are a great option for your vina who wants to be quietly connected while looking fabulous.

What will you gift your vina that loves to swipe? Share your faves in the comments below!

(Featured Image courtesy of Huffingtonpost.com)

Project Manager by day and writer by night, making it happen from the Midwest. DMB enthusiast, coffee addict, melomaniac, and reality television aficionado. Say hey on Twitter (@nicolemathew) or drop me a line - nicole[at]nicolemathew[dot]com.

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