February 11, 2009
| by Chuck McKenney
Roses. Card. Romantic dinner. Jewelry. Stuffed animal. Gift certificate for a massage. All are viable Valentine’s Day gifts.
But maybe you are looking for something to set you apart from the crowd, something that screams originality. Forget it. I’m hear to warn you not to try.
Why? Because the risk outweighs the reward. Play it safe and there will be no trouble. Buy something crappy - and you might never hear the end of it.
So, we did a little digging and uncovered a handful of gadgets and/or items that should not be passed along to your Valentine.
1. Kiss-o-Meter (View photo)
Breathe into this compact “bad breath detector” and it will rate your breath. There are five different outcomes: Kiss me, Possible, Maybe, Risky, and Never. Not sure about you, but anything outside of “Kiss me” calls for the mouthwash. While this is a great gadget for anyone concerned with their own halitosis, passing this along to someone else only says one thing - “your breath stinks.”
2. LED Light-up Bras (View photo)
Deciding on standard lingerie is tough enough. Nevermind a hot pink bra with matching feather trim, and 10 bright pink/purple LEDs.
3. Virtual Roses or eCards (View photo)
These make great supplementary gifts. But never send virtual roses or eCards in lieu of the real thing. It screams two things: lazy and cheap.
4. USB Teddy Bear Drive (View photo)
Awww, look at that cute little teddy bear. Quick, now rip its head off and jam its lifeless body into the side of your computer. If you really want to buy a USB gift, go with the rose over the teddy bear. But don’t forget #3 on this list.
5. SnoreStopper Watch (View photo)
This bedtime accessory makes the LED bra look like a good idea. She’ll never wear it (probably because she doesn’t think she snores) and it will likely end up on your wrist. And no, this doesn’t count as jewelry.
Honorable mentions: Floating duck radio, Cell Phone Spy Elite