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Valentine's Day Gift Guide

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The pressure is on. February 14th is looming and you know that you have to do something, but what? Is it your first Valentine’s Day together? Maybe you’re into this tradition for a few years and you’ve been ratcheting up the ante to include everything but that sparkling bauble.

Whatever you do, it is going to send a signal. You may not know that you are sending it but your gift will be scrutinized like the post mortem victim of a violent crime; not only by your girl but by every one of her friends and co-workers, family and potentially, that ex who may be waiting for a second chance.

We've suggested you stick to the classics in years past, and Shelly Perry lays out a bunch of options along those lines below, but this year we wanted to mix it up by having gadget guru Jeff Morgan break down the smartphone market to figure out which model may be best for your valentine.

Savor Your Singleness

Before moving on to the guide, our friends at Zwack are pointing out that while Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a day for lovers, there are scores of very happy unattached individuals that celebrate Valentine’s Day entirely different. Zwack, the National Shot of Hungary, is encouraging these “singles” over the age of 21 to visit their Facebook page and Savor Their Singleness! Visitors to the Facebook page will have the opportunity to share Savor Your Singleness images and themed drink recipes with other happy singles.

Valentine’s Day smartphones

Face it, fellas: You aren’t the only one in the relationship that wants a smartphone anymore. In fact, it’s entirely possible that some of you may have wives or girlfriends who know more than you do about smartphone tech. Whatever your situation, a smartphone might be the perfect gift for your valentine. It shows that you care about communication with your S.O. and gives you more ways to keep in touch. Just what you’ve always wanted, right? Right. Here are a few models to consider this year.

GOOGLE NEXUS S: For the tech savvy valentine

The second Google-branded phone makes serious improvements above and beyond the first. It ships standard with Android 2.3, the Gingerbread build, 16GB of memory, a 5 mega-pixel camera with built-in flash, and a 480 x 800 resolution screen. The Nexus S also has the ability to function as a Wi-Fi hotspot, features Google Navigation, and has the best text input of any Android device to date.

This is not the phone for first time smartphone users. If your wife/girlfriend is a supergeek, though, the Nexus S is perfect. It’s a next generation phone with all the bells and whistles that make Android a great platform.

IPHONE: For the fashionable valentine

Just last week, Verizon began taking pre-orders for the CDMA version of the iPhone, making it the perfect time to get your hands on Apple’s iOS. The iPhone has become the gold standard for the smartphone experience, and with good reason. The operating system is sleek, easy to use, and has the most robust App Store of any of the competing platforms. The iPhone also has FaceTime, Apple’s exclusive video chat service. If your S.O. has friends or family that also use Macs, she’ll love FaceTime.

Even though the Verizon iPhone just launched, AT&T might still be the better carrier choice. Remember, the CDMA version of the phone that Verizon carries can’t do voice and data at the same time. That means you can’t help your girl find the spa you sent her to (nice touch, by the way) by using Google Maps while you’re on the phone.

DROID X: For the smartphone virgin

If this is going to be her first smartphone, consider the Droid X. The Droid X still runs Android, so it has all the advanced features she could ever use, but it’s not quite cutting edge. For a beginner, that’s a good thing. A lot of other people have the same operating system, so it will be familiar if she needs some help in a pinch. The Droid X has a massive screen, an 8 mega-pixel camera, and the ability to capture 720p video.

Another great feature of the Droid X is the battery life. A lot of smartphones suffer from limited battery life. The Droid X has some of the best reviews when it comes to longevity, meaning it won’t die out during those marathon texting/Facebook sessions.

Pre-load Tango for a little extra spice

Want to score extra points with your significant other? Consider pre-installing the Tango application, which is available on both the iOS and Android platforms. Tango is a video-calling service that, unlike FaceTime, works across platforms. It’s perfect if you and your valentine use different operating systems. The service works on Wi-Fi and 3G, and again, sends the message that you’ll do what it takes to make sure the two of you can always be in touch.

Just what you’ve always wanted, right? Right.

Classics help you play it safe

If you want to play it safe, then stick with the classics. This will make it more difficult for her and her friends to reach conclusions about your intent. A moderately priced bottle of champagne, a nice but not expensive floral arrangement, and high end box of chocolates with a nice, not funny, card says that you are classy and respectful. It’s hard to read a lot into this kind of gift, and it also doesn’t leave a lot of room for much criticism of any kind.

Gourmet chocolate out of the box offers unique, stylish chocolates that will compliment Champagne and cocktails for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. The 15 piece love filled gourmet truffle box is the perfect pick for sexy gifts.

Lilly Handmade Chocolates
This is chocolate for the gourmet - super high end and “boutiquey.” Not only are the flavors impressive and inspired with the likes of cayenne and bacon, but “boozie” gifts are a hit for wine and beer lovers alike.

Lilly Handmade Chocolates

Photo gifts make a great statement and are both thoughtful and no-committal. Remind her of your favorite moments together with your special images on everything from coffee mugs to locket keepsakes.

Romance By You
Write the story of your romance with help from professionals who turn your words, names, places and dates into a novel to share. From pirates and Westerns to Vampire’s and epic tales of love, you can spin the details of your life together into fun entertainment or the happy ending that you both want.

Chocolates are the quintessential Valentine’s gift and offer a big bang for the buck. Holiday specials include heart shaped chocolates, gift baskets, and a selection of gifts under $30.

You will find a beautiful selection of flowers in arrangements for Valentine’s Day with same day and next day shipping. Valentine’s Day tulips and roses are just a few of the choices in a wide range of price options.

There are hundreds of options of just roses, to start. Gorgeous arrangements just for Valentine’s Day also include tulips, orchids and a selection of lilies and other favorites that give you price options and allow you be creative with her floral favorites.

Fresh flowers hand delivered daily make the perfect gift. If roses are too serious and send too big a message sect from the many Valentine’s Day bouquets which come in a wide range of prices and offer everything from the serious to the humorous.

Same day delivery and a huge selection of flowers and gift baskets make it easy to one-stop-shop for that last minute Valentine’s Day gift. Valentine’s chocolates and sweets and gift bundles including stuffed animals are just some of the many choices.

Click right on the Unique Valentine’s Day gift selection and you’re done. Champagnes, wines and Blanc de Blanc’s in a wide range of prices come with Godiva chocolates, gourmet food treats, flowers and special gifts to make this the easiest most elegant way to please your Valentine.

There is a huge selection here of Valentine’s Day gifts including stuffed animals with wine and chocolates, Grey goose gift baskets for your martini lover, and champagne and wine gift sets that go from passionate to playful. This is an easy slam-dunk for the last minute guy who wants to do something nice without going overboard.

Playful, cute and cuddly Valentine’s Day flannel pajamas and more, for the sweetie in your life. Other gift ideas include slippers, coffee travel cups, and cereal bowls among other cute and kitschy ideas.

You can’t lose with a spa

If you have the budget to send her to a spa for a day or more, you can’t go wrong with this gift. The spa gift is quickly becoming the new indulgence of choice for Valentine’s Day gift giving. Whether you treat her to the works at a local spa, which usually includes a champagne lunch, or share the experience with a couples massage, the choices are almost limitless and can even include travel to exotic locales. This gift works whether you’re in a very romantic relationship or something more casual.

Spa Finder
The global spa resource allows you to by gift certificates and search for spas all oat once. Shop by locale or area of expertise for the perfect gift.

You will find a selection and review of spas around the world and in your own backyard. Reviews are reliable and help you to customize your retreat for your personal needs.

Five Star Alliance
This site offers a directory of the world’s most luxurious spas. Find reviews and glorious photos to put together a perfect gift for a very lucky girl.

Gift guide for the man in love

So, you’re in love and want to show your Valentine how special she really is. The field is wide open and gifts run the gamut from tokens to serious gestures of love. If you are over 18 years old, “step away from the stuffed animals!” And if you would prefer not to be slapped, stay away from anything that needs to plugged in to an outlet. Jewelry, art and lingerie are romantic gifts that definitely tell her that you’re in love and you want to let her know it.

Starting off the night with a romantic dinner at your favorite white cloth restaurant will have her feeling like a princess knowing that gifts will surely follow. Valentine’s Day is your chance to court her all over again and make her feel cherished and pursued just like in the beginning of your romance. Nothing makes a woman feel sexier than when she feels desired.

As mentioned above, your Valetine will love an indulgent day at the spa, and you can never go wrong with jewelry. A diamond of any kind, shape or setting is the perfect gift to give. Throw in a dozen roses and a box of chocolates, and you’ve hit a homerun with a Valentine trifecta! For the happy couple, Valentine’s Day would not be complete without a romantic card. She wants to see, in writing, how you feel. Don’t underestimate the power of the card and how much she’ll love it.

Tiffany & Co.
A Tiffany Valentine is the best kid of Valentine! There is a selection of gifts for under $150 and a beautiful assortment of diamonds and heart shaped jewelry for this special day. That little blue box never let anyone down.

A large selection of classic jewelry styles is available for next day delivery. Heart shaped diamond pendants and traditional favorites like pearls and diamond stud earrings are priced for every budget.

A nice selection of unique Valentine’s Day jewelry is available, and some starting for under $99. Whether you want to be extravagant or give her a memento to cherish for years to come you’ll find it here.

Victoria’s Secret
The special selection of Valentine’s Day Gifts allows you to choose fun and flirty or romance and everything in between. Make it a night to remember with something silky and indulgent that you can both enjoy.

La Perla
This is serious lingerie for the special woman in your life. Be prepared to spend a small fortune on the most exclusive lingerie gifts that money can buy.

The name says it all; sexy, flirty, and fun is the best way to describe the treats you’ll find here. Let her play dress up in red and pink satin and lace.