Chocolate Day Special: Tech Gifts Ideas You Should Avoid This Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Day Special: Tech Gifts Ideas You Should Avoid This Valentine’s Day!

It’s that day of the year when you have a pretty good excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, without feeling guilty about – ahem – the calorie intake!

And if you are still feeling guilty about all the calories you are gonna consume today, we have some good news:

“Nestle, the world’s largest packaged food group, said it had devised a new technology that has the potential to reduce sugar in some of its confectionery products by up to 40 percent without affecting the taste.”

~As reported in CNBC

So there! And while you bite into your favorite creamy and/or chocolaty delights, here’s a list of common mistakes you should avoid if you are planning on giving your loved one(s) gadgets or ‘techy’ gifts.

1. End up gifting stuff that they Don’t Want:

If you are not particularly tech savvy, there’s a big chance of mixing up your gift ideas. For instance, don’t interchange Xbox games with Play Station games! Likewise, if someone prefers Android over iPhone, it’s not really a good idea to give then an iPhone because you think it would make for a good gift.

End up gifting stuff that they can’t use:
If someone loves Android, don’t end up giving then an iPhone…and vice versa!

2. Buy them a Gadget that might make them body-conscious:

Although we are all for a healthy lifestyle, V-day is hardly the day to remind someone of all the pounds they need to shed! Fitness gadgets such as Amiigo Fitness Bracelet, Trace or Misfit Ray Fitness and Sleep Tracker are not the best gift items for V-Day. Maybe, you can reserve this gift idea for a later date. Or not. Running together is a better option. Just saying!

Buy them a Gadget that might make them body-conscious:
Or buy stuff that doesn’t make them feel good about themselves. Such as fitness gadgets.

3. Promise a ‘Big Surprise’ and then fail miserably:

As far as tech goes, gifting the newest gadgets could make for ‘big surprises’. However, don’t pin your hopes on any latest technology, that has not been released in the market yet. Release dates can get postponed. What then? Some of the hottest unreleased gadgets that might be on your mind include AirTV Play live TV streaming, Gaming Laptop, Airbar for touchless MacBooks, and the likes. But don’t earmark these as V-Day gifts!

Promise a ‘Big Surprise’ and then fail miserably:
Don’t plan on gifting something that is still to be ‘released’. You might not get it on time after all!

4. Go for gadgets that were pulled back and re-launched:

We are gonna cite the GoPro Karma Drone here.  It was one of the most anticipated gadgets of 2016 but failed to deliver on the promises it made. It was supposed to fly and click pictures for you but fell off the sky because of some ‘battery retention’ issue. While Go Pro couldn’t have timed the relaunch of the Karma Drone better – just a couple of days back – to perhaps capitalize on the V-Day gifting season, we wouldn’t recommend it as a gift. It’s too early to decide on its functionality and safety features. Not to say, we don’t believe in GoPro’s promises. After all, Karma was pulled back with a full refund. By law, they could have avoided taking that measure. But of course, they are better than that!

Go for gadgets that were pulled back and re-launched:
Products re-released shortly after being pulled back are not great V-Day gifts either.

5. Buy Gadgets that don’t make your partner feel special:

There are all kinds of love and then there’s romantic love! Like it or not, V-day, by and large has come to signify romance above everything else. The last thing you want to do on the Big Day is to make your partner feel ‘less than special’. Things like AirPods and Amazon Echo, that can be shared by both of you, definitely won’t make him/her feel special. Avoid!

Make your partner feel special. Stuff you can ‘share’ is a strict no-no!

So there, these are the five common mistakes that you should avoid while choosing geeky gifts for your loved ones. Watch this space for more dos and don’ts and other ideas for V-Day.

You might also like 10 Awesome Gift ideas for your Tech Savvy Valentine.

Minal Khatri is a blogger at Systweak Software. She comes up with tech solutions with her write ups and attempts to help out typical users’. Offline, she is mostly found reading about philosophies, interacting with new people and learning about different cultures.

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