Tech gifts you can buy for your Valentine without breaking the bank

This year we decided scouted out some Valentine’s Day ideas for all those tech lovers out there that won’t break your budget. Here are just a few gift ideas that come in at under $100.

Share the love

If you’re looking for more face time with your long distance love, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-5500 is the perfect gift for keeping the relationship strong.

It even ships with three interchangeable faceplates in blue, white and red, so they can pick their favourite color and change it whenever they like. It retails for $69.95.

And you can win one in’s Sweet Valentine’s Day Gifts contest!

The Kodak Photo Book page on Kodak Gallery lets you create a lasting gift to commemorate the story of your relationship.

You can also declare your love with personalize items such as imprinted cards and t-shirts, or even a frosted beer stein with a picture of the happy couple. Prices start at $6.99. Don’t forget to allow three to five business days for shipping.

The Kodak EasyShare C813 Digital Camera is an 8.2 MP camera for prints up to 30 x 40 in. (76 x 102 cm). Priced at $99.95, it features 3X optical zoom lens, 2.4 in. (6.1 cm) indoor/outdoor color display and video with sound and print options.

Now it’s easier to keep in touch with your significant other with these headsets from Nokia.

For the more eco-friendly valentine, the Nokia Bluetooth Headset BH-212 is manufactured with 80 per cent pre-consumer or 90 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic. Suggested retail price is $59.95.

The Nokia BH-701 Bluetooth Headset doubles as a stylish earring, and when used with a mobile phone equipped with Bluetooth technology provides easy, hands-free, communication. This lovely little bauble sells for $89.95.

You can also capture the precious words of your loved one with the new VN-5000 and VN-5200 PC digital voice recorders from Olympus. These affordable Windows Media Audio (WMA) digital voice recorders are priced at $49.00 and $69.99 respectively and offer twice the storage capacity of previous models.

Music is the food of love

For something extra personal and fun this Valentine’s day, you can customize a Zune with any of 50 etched designs and text atZune Originals.

Don’t forget to load up your gift Zune with their favourite music or add a video of some fun-filled shared memories. Zune starts at $99.95 for the 4GB version, and it’s available in red, pink, blue and black.

Turn your music listening pleasure into a relationship builder with RockStar from Belkin. You can connect up to five headphones, and your MP3 player to start sharing the love.

Or, add another player to mix songs and listen together. RockStar works with all MP3 and DVD players, as well as other portable media devices and is priced at $19.99.

Logitech’s mm32 Portable Speakers for MP3 players at $79.99 are a great way for that special someone of yours to enjoy their favourite tunes anywhere they go.

The charging cradle recharges your player while you listen, and you can switch from AC to battery power when you’re on the road.

The compact V20 Notebook Speakers from Logitech let you enjoy rich stereo sound and deep bass even when you travel. The lightweight, portable design weighs in at 1.3 lbs, and they come with a protective travel case and a USB connector. Retail price is $79.99.

Fun and gamesThe Red Xbox Wireless Controller is a great way to personalize the game playing experience for that special someone.

They can enjoy wireless gaming from up to 30 feet away. It includes a Play and Charge cable and red rechargeable battery for hours of non-stop play Suggested retail price is $69.99.

For the more athletic person in your life, the Sport Armband with Fast Fit from Belkin will keep an iPhone protected while working out. Its adjustable strap fits all-sized arms, and it can be hand-washed after every workout. It also features a handy key pocket and sells for $34.99.

For something completely different, why not help your valentine to relax by offering the warm glow of the Inspired Solutions Tub Light priced at $19.99 at Circuit City?

Simply fix this waterproof light to the side of the bath and bask in a kaleidoscope of colours in two different modes.

For the worker on the move

The Microsoft Arc Mouse is designed to be both fashionable and functional. It features a revolutionary crescent moon shape, and folds shut by almost half so you can slip it into your pocket or purse when you’re on the go. The Arc Mouse retails for $69.95.

The Travel Mouse from Belkin is an eye-catching accessory that reminds that special techie in your life that you’re thinking about him or her when they’re away. Suggested retail price is $24.99.

For that special gal, Microsoft also has the Wireless Optical Mouse 3000 in Strawberry Sorbet. Designed with comfort in mind, it has triple the battery life of other products and sells for $39.99.

Camera lovers will appreciate Kodak’s handy and inexpensive International Travel Kit for charging, storing, and carrying a digital camera and accessories.

The kit includes two rechargeable batteries, a rapid battery charger and six power plugs for different international regions. It’s priced at $48.69.

The Belkin FlyThru Laptop Bag is a checkpoint-friendly case that saves travelers the hassle of removing your laptop for airport security.

All they need to do is unzip it and lay it flat on the belt so agents can clearly identify it. It’s priced at $59.99.

Don’t let a time zone difference stand in the way of your relationship. The Nexxtech

World Travel LCD Alarm Clock features a world zone dial that rotates to show the times in 24 romantic cities around the world. It’s available at Circuit City for $24.99.

Carrying it off in style

Whether you’re looking for that special something for a camera, iPhone or laptop, there are lots of functional yet fashionable carrying cases to choose from.

Kodak’s Topstitch version camera case for example is available in pink with a polka dot lining, or black with stripes inside. It sells for $18.25.

For the younger crowd, there’s the neoprene Youth Pastel case for $15.82. And for a bit of shine, you can always get the patent version in pink, black or red for $15.82.

For a few dollars more, Kodak has a Camera Care Kit to help keep lenses and display screens free from smudges and fingerprints. The kit includes lens cleaner, cleaning cloth, camera case and a digital memory storage pouch for up to eight cards and retails for $19.34.

Belkin’s Formed Leather Case for the iPhone is tough enough to protect someone’s favourite tech toy from scratches and scuffs, while offering a refined design for that touch of class. It’s a great way to show you care about them (and their iPhone) every day! It’s priced at $34.99.

Let your loved one protect their notebook in style with the Flora Sleeve from Belkin. This soft neoprene slim-fit sleeve features an “expression” pattern on the exterior and a hot pink lining. It’s great to carry on its own or inside your favourite bag.

The asymmetrical zipper lets them access their notebook horizontally or vertically. Canadian pricing is available soon.

Belkin also has an attention-grabbing 7-inch laptop carrying case with a detachable shoulder strap so it can be used as a simple tote. It comes in jetset red, plum berry, techno blue and black and sells for $39.99.

There are tons of great gift ideas to be had for anyone on a budget. From a simple digital photo souvenir toys for travel, it’s good to know that showing that special someone how much you care is easy and affordable.


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