We, the unfeeling and tech-obsessed robots of Ars Technica, are not ones for romance. We’re usually more concerned with the inner workings of operating systems, gaming consoles, and Internet regulation than those of the human heart. But we realize that love is a powerful drug and that Valentine’s Day is a time for many Ars readers to show appreciation for their partners. It’s also, for better or worse, a time to buy things.
So to help you nerdy romantics, we’ve compiled a few Ars-y recommendations that should do right by your significant other. To be clear: Gadgets and love aren’t always a natural fit. Don’t just buy one of these things and call it a day; take your partner out to dinner, buy them chocolate, do something you both enjoy. Or mutually decide that Valentine’s Day is a commerce-manufactured, stereotype-reinforcing holiday and do nothing.
Whatever the case, here are a few suggestions for treating your dorky lover.