Sure, chocolates and flowers are perfectly nice Valentine’s Day presents, and you can’t really go wrong with them. If you want to use the occasion to show the person in your life that you really know what makes them tick, though, take the opportunity and pick up a geeky gift.
LEGO Helicarrier, $499.99
Alright, I admit it, this list is just going to be full of awesome things that I want. The LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier may cost a cent short of $500, but it’s 80cm long, 45cm wide and 29cm high — and that’s before it takes off and rains destruction from the skies.
Google Chromecast 2, about $60
If you don’t want to wait for them to appear in JB Hi-Fi and other bricks and mortar retailers, you can order one online — but make sure you choose the shipping that’ll get it to your house before Valentine’s Day.
Escape Room experience, about $60
An escape room is a great experience to share with your loved one — it’s a fun and unique thing to do that will test your collective minds with puzzles, and it’ll force you to work together in a way you might not have before.
Buying a couple of tickets to an escape room in your city or state (like Enigma Room in Sydney) should run you anywhere from $50 to $100, depending on how extensive and difficult an experience you want for you and your partner. And whether you want to still be in a relationship at the end of it.
LED Lenser P7.2, $117
The LED Lenser P7.2 is one of the most popular pocket-sized flashlights you can buy today, and with good reason — four little AAA batteries will give its Cree LED enough juice to output a blindingly bright 320 lumens for an hour, or for less demanding night-time readings a pleasant 40 lumens for 50 hours on a single charge.
Of course, you can go all out and buy the 2000 lumen FourSevens X3R, if you want to burn holes in whatever you point the flashlight at…
Leatherman Tread, $400
OK, so the trend of extremely expensive gifts continues. Leatherman tools are expensive in Australia, but they are incredibly useful, and no tool is more useful than the one you have with you — and the Leatherman Tread can be with you all the time.
It’s a bracelet that includes 29 different tools, and it’s a full $115 cheaper if you don’t mind the shinier stainless steel version. Best of all, it’s TSA approved, so you can wear it onto and off a plane without any hassle from The Man.
Tickets to see Deadpool, about $40
Just saying. Deadpool is out this week, but it’s close enough to Valentine’s Day for you to call it a win.