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Friday 17 August 2018

Six of the best Valentine gifts

Peter Jenkinson rounds up a selection of gadget-type gifts for Valentine's Day

With cupid about to draw his arrow, we're here to ensure you don't have to make that last-minute flower purchase from the petrol station come February 14.

There are romantic purchases aplenty in the cocoa and floral-based departments, but if the focus of your affections isn't the type to appreciate either then our half-dozen offering may help.

This collection will bring some enjoyment for all gadget-loving couples everywhere.

Love Bug - Hexbug Original

It is likely you've not considered a creepy crawly as a gift at any time of year for your beloved one, but this robotic bug is bound to impress. These futuristic minibeasts can feel their way around, sensing and avoiding objects in their path. You can also control the Hexbug Original by clapping, which forces it to change direction. Head over to the website and marvel at the array of other robotic creatures on offer.

Virtual Vase - 8-Bit Bouquet

Celebrating gaming from the days when individual pixels were visible, this mini bouquet of colourful characters is bound to set hearts racing. Guaranteed never to wither and die, it has a stand at the back for desk display and holes for wall-hanging purposes. A unique gift for 8-bit princesses everywhere.

Picture This - Tao Digital Keyring

Forget old-fashioned frames and upload a selection of memories on to this 1.5-inch screen gadget. It has room for up to 99 digital images and you can upload them with ease from your Mac or PC. Set the display to single image or slide show mode, or simply choose the clock function to stop you getting distracted.

Kind Of Magic - Kymera Magic Wand Universal remote control

This beautifully crafted piece has the look of an original wizard's wand but it is much better than one from mystical tales. This wand can take over all your infra red devices, leaving you to master the art of swishing, whirling and flicking to change channels, adjust the volume and alike. Taking over up to 13 functions, ditch those dull-looking remotes and upgrade to this masterpiece.

Contagious Cuties - Heartwarming Mini Plush Microbes

Nothing says 'I love you' more than a box packed with disease, fungus and single cells! Inside this heart-shaped box are five mini microbes: a sperm cell, an egg cell, kissing disease, penicillin and an exclusive pink Amoeba. At least one million times bigger than their real-life relatives, this set of curious plushies is bound to please.

Say It With Toast - Mood Message Toast

Take this plastic gizmo and press it on to your bread before you pop it into the toaster, then as it browns the message will appear. It'll make a great addition to your romantic breakfast offerings, and why not make a message on every loaf you buy - it'll cheer everyone up in the mornings.

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