10 of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for gadget lovers in the Middle East

Surprise your significant other with something techy

12 February 2018
by Mike Priest

Shopping for your significant other on Valentine’s Day can be hard – and if that person happens to be an eager gadgeteer then getting the right gift can be even tougher.

Luckily, we’re here to steer your love barge in the right direction and help you win over your special someone with an expertly placed gift. Read on, and let Stuff play tech Cupid…

FOR THE INSTAGRAM ADDICT: HP SPROCKET PLUS (US$165)

Snapping photos on a smartphone is all well and good, but perhaps you yearn for the days when you could cover your fridge with candid shots of your favourite moments.

This pocket-sized printer from HP lets you connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and print out Polaroid-like photos complete with a sticky back so you don’t even have to rummage around looking for a magnet.

FOR THE SOPHISTICATED SMARTPHONE USER: SONY XPERIA XZ PREMIUM ROSSO (US$735)

There is no better expression of one’s tech-inspired love than to bequeath your SO a brand new smartphone. Sony know this, which is why they’ve released a striking red (or ‘Rosso’) version of their brilliant XZ Premium handset.

It has the same great 4K HDR screen and Motion Eye camera that can record your best couple moments in super slow mo, just now slathered in the colour of love.

FOR THE GAMER: ACER NITRO 5 (from US$1010)

Gamers aren’t generally known for being sappy people but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve a little love and affection on V-day – after all, the couple that games together, stays together.

Powered by the latest Intel 7th gen processor and the choice of either a GTX 1050 or 1050Ti Nvidia GeForce , if you surprise your PUBG life-partner with this Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop they’ll be racking up Kill Assists for you for years to come.

FOR THE APPLE LOVIN’ COUPLE: BELKIN VALET CHARGE DOCK (US$35)

Are you both rocking matching Apple Watches and iPhone X’s? In that case you’ll want to sync up your charging game by getting one of these stylish charging docks.

Combining a Lightning dock for the iPhone and a magnetic arm that proudly displays your Watch, this is an elegant dual-charging solution for the quintessential Apple couple.

FOR THE MUSIC LOVER: SONY WF-1000X (US$245)

You’ve spent all week working on the perfect playlist to give your partner on the big day. Heaven forbid they whip out a pair of Apple earbuds to listen to it, missing the nuance of the mush-filled track listing you’ve put together.

Get them a pair of these fantastic wireless buds from Sony and not only will they hear everything as intended, the WF-1000X’s in-built noise cancelling tech will block out the rest of the world so they’ll be alone with your selection.

FOR THE ON-THE-GO SNAPPER: HUAWEI MATE 10 PRO (US$760)

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a looker of a smartphone. It’s all curves, glass and class, cementing itself as one of the best looking premium handsets of 2017.

It’s best feature, however, has to be the excellent dual rear camera that uses AI smarts to help you snap better pictures than ever. Perfect for capturing those special moments, or making up for that fact that you two are getting a bit on in years.

FOR THE TIME KEEPER: TAG HEUER CONNECTED 41 (from US$1360)

Matching smartwatches for the modern tech couple, could there be a more perfect Valentine’s Day gift? The ability to instantly check messages from each other, share fitness stats and mix and match styles thanks to Tag Heuer’s modular approach to smartwatches is too tempting to resist.

Now available in a slimmer 41mm size, the Connected 41 is designed for those with more slender wrists but sports the same internals and the larger original model.

FOR THE STAR WARS FAN: LENOVO STAR WARS JEDI CHALLENGES (US$325)

Whether your relationship is everlasting throughout the galaxy like Han and Leia, or just a fledgling (if tragic) affair like Finn and Rose, clearly it’s the majesty of Star Wars that has brought you together.

In which case, this augmented reality headset and lightsaber combo is the ultimate pressie to make you both at one with The Force. Simply slip in a compatible smartphone, fire up the AR app, and you’ll be defending your SO and living room from Darth Maul in no time.

FOR THE AUDIOPHILE: B&O BEOPLAY M3 (US$380)

Want to really impress your tech-savvy partner? Then a gift from the Danish audio masters at Bang & Olufsen should hit the spot.

Normally a speaker from B&O will damage your wallet in the range of thousands of dollars, which is why we’re here to let you in on a little secret: the Beoplay M3 is the company’s most affordable speaker yet. And while it’s certainly small in stature, it still packs a massive sonic wallop. Plus, it features all the multi-room connectivity you get from B&O’s bigger speakers but at a fraction of the price.

FOR THE FITNESS FANATIC: FITBIT IONIC (US$380)

Fitbit’s first smartwatch has all the superb tech you’ll find in its other fitness trackers plus added heart rate monitoring and water resistance.

What we love about their devices (and what makes them a perfect V-day gift) is that you can share stats between users, encouraging each other to hit daily targets, or take part in challenges together. You’ll need to work off that box of chocolates somehow, after all.

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