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This just in: Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. That means some people are just waking up to the fact that it is now impossible to get a reservation, for love or money, to anywhere. The stores will be packed, and even Amazon Prime shipping may be strained by last minute V-Day orders.

Not to panic, though! For those of us whose second love (yes, really, second!) is technology, there are options. Here’s a rundown of the things we’ve seen this past week that you might still have time for.


This company allows you to use your already hosted photos on Facebook or Instagram to create a personalized phone cover. The website says it takes up to 3 to 5 business days for Priority shipping, which means no getting here by February 14 at this point. That leaves two options:

  • Print out the pictures yourself and create a homemade version.
  • Work with your better half to design the cover together on Valentines.

The latter option has the bonus of making the gift an activity too. Found via PC Magazine.


If the florist shop is overpriced or maxed out, you could try PC Magazine’s suggestion to purchase a “bouquet” of apps instead. Spring $5 to $10 bucks to get your special someone the paid (read: ad free) version of his or her favorite apps. Not only is that cheaper than roses, but it’s sure to last longer too.

For the adventurous, there’s also this handy idea we found over on Google Plus: build your loved one an app yourself. Nothing says you care more than a gift that’s both thoughtful and personalized, and again, it’s a gift that lasts a lot longer than chocolates.

Hint: if you can’t make the app yourself, you could always bribe a tech-savvy friend to.


We don’t mean craziness like this idea from Pinterest (defacing public signs might lead to legal trouble). Instead we’re talking about something deeper, stranger, possibly even scary ….

Giving up technology tomorrow.

Now, we wouldn’t be able to do that at work (for obvious reasons), and we’re pretty sure most of you have to use a computer in some way at your jobs. But that doesn’t mean you also have to constantly have your smart phone going, getting updates, checking in, liking a status, texting a friend, checking the game score …. You get the idea.

We don’t buy the whole “technology is killing romance” stick a lot of articles are proposing this week, but we do see a time and place to step away from the screens for a little perspective. Would you are your date be able to survive a no phone night?

Of course, we only mean this measure as one of last resort and up until Valentines is over. After all, you’ll need your alarm, weather, and social apps first thing the morning after.