Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner … and you haven’t thought it through.
If you’re looking for a marketer, choosing a gift can be even more intimidating. We love trends, creativity, but also practicality! So – go the creative and fun route and buy us something that can help us in the office? Or are you welcoming a pop culture trend that we rave about?
With everyone’s favorite holiday “Hallmark” just around the corner, we suspected some of you might have forgotten to bring something special for a friend, family member, or someone special who works in the marketing world.
Instead of using a box of chocolates as the standard, we’ve compiled a list of creative, useful gifts that are sure to impress. Now we’ll be the first to admit that some of them are kind of nerdy … but aren’t we all a little bit nerdy?
We’ve accounted for all types of budgets by listing the gifts in ascending order by price. All of the following items may not ship in time for the big day. However, you can use the list below as inspiration for some last minute personal shopping spree.
Top 20 Nerdy Valentine’s Day Gifts
The gift of nothing
Heart headphone splitter
Catnip chocolate covered strawberries
Snapchat Bitmoji Merchandise
Chilli Herb Infuser
Heartbeat camera strap
Star Wars cookie jar
Red Converse sneakers
FujiFilm Mini Instant Camera
Smart water bottle
Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer
20 nerdy Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone
1. The gift of nothing
Price: $ 1 + (from various websites)
Just started with someone and think a gag present would be appropriate? Perhaps you should give the gift of – well – nothing to your special someone. Yes, this is a real prop that you can buy. There are even several video unboxings online. Look at that:
The best part? If this product actually does “something”, you can return it for a full refund.
2. Heart headphone splitter
Price: $ 5.00
With this festive headphone splitter you can connect your headphones to one of the two AUX inputs and leave the other open for a friend or someone special. The best part? It comes with a handy keychain so you can take it with you wherever you go.
3. Catnip chocolate coated strawberries
Price: $ 6.00 +
Now I’m a dog person … but I work closely enough with a few hardcore cat ladies to know that in order to win them over, you have to win their cat first. And those strawberries covered in catnip chocolate are sure to make it.
4. Cable labels
Price: $ 9.99
Give the gift of organization this Valentine’s Day with these adorable little “Cord Huggers”. They cling to wires to sort the clutter behind the monitor or under your desk.
5. Seed money
Price: $ 9.99
For the word game lover, I present you: Start-up capital. These coins, cleverly disguised as change, are minted from handmade paper with seeds embedded in it. Plant them, water them, and watch your investment grow. (Got it?)
6. Bluetooth beanie
Price: $ 12.91
This hat will keep your head warm and keep your ears happy. Thanks to the built-in microphone, your special person can speak hands-free for up to six hours. Pretty cool right?
7. Snapchat Bitmoji Merchandise
If you’re friends with a millennial marketer, they likely used Snapchat, or at least created a Bitmoji. In this case, you can visit the merchandise store in the Snapchat app and buy shirts, mugs, or other products with you and your friend’s Bitmojis.
All you have to do is go to your Snapchat app, tap your face icon in the corner to get to your profile. Then scroll down and click the “Shop Bitmoji Merch” button to see the merchandise available. Once you click on an article, you can select your friends emoji to have a picture of the two of you displayed on an article.
8. Chili herb infuser
Price: $ 13.70
Enhance the taste of your favorite soup or stew with this chili-shaped herb infusion. This reusable pepper holds all of your herbs together so you don’t have to worry about that pesky piece of green stuff stuck between your teeth.
Price: $ 13.99
Flowers are great, but why not choose the gift that keeps giving? Long after the petals have shrunk on this overpriced bouquet of roses, this unique air plant will still thrive. Plus, it comes in a festive package with a personalized message of up to 100 words.
10. Spicy honey
Price: $ 15.00
The perfect blend of raw honey from independent beekeepers in the Hudson Valley and specially selected chili peppers, this sweet and flavorful treat is sure to delight your Valentine’s Day.
11. Sushi slippers
Price: $ 15.99
Nothing says I love you like fake fish for your feet. In all seriousness, this is the perfect gift for the sushi lover in your life. And they’re all guaranteed to feel warm and fuzzy … at least from the ankle down.
12. Heartbeat camera strap
Price: $ 19.95
Help your Valentine’s Day keep the camera close to heart with this unique camera strap. Embroidered with a healthy heart rate design, this strap will remind your Valentine’s Day how much you care.
13. Potato parcels
Price: $ 20- $ 40
Do you special someone loves potatoes and strange gifts? There are a few services, one of which is Potato Parcels that allow you to put a message or picture of your face on a potato and send it to someone. While the price will vary depending on the contents of the potato and the distance you are sending, this is sure to make a memorably odd gift.
Source: Potato Package
14. Star Wars cookie jar
Price: $ 24.99
Step 1: buy the cookie jar.
Step 2: bake cookies.
Step 3: put the cookies in the cookie jar.
15. LED spherical
Price: $ 34.99
This great speaker proves that there is more than one way to give a cool skirt as a gift on Valentine’s Day. Perfect for the office or for parties, this device allows you to take your favorite music with you wherever you go.
16. Red Converse sneakers
Price: $ 35.00
These iconic sneakers are the perfect gift for men and women. Not only are they comfortable and durable, but the festive splash of color adds something to every outfit.
17. FujiFilm Mini Instant Camera
Price: $ 49.96
Give away nostalgia with this instant color film camera. Just point, shoot, and shake it like a Polaroid picture to make memories of your special someone.
18. Smart water bottle
Price: $ 60.00
Show your Valentine’s Day how much you care by moisturizing it in a cool way. This Bluetooth water bottle from Hidrate Spark pairs with an app on your phone to track your water consumption. The bottle is lit to remind you to drink more to achieve your goal.
19. Canon Ivy Mini Photo Printer
Price: $ 99.99
Gone are the days when photos were taken with filmed cameras and developed in a dark room. However, our digital lifestyle doesn’t mean we have to give up print photography. In fact, there are a number of photo printers that you can use to plug in your smartphone and print photos from your device.
And if you’re looking for a digital marketer, especially in the millennial generation, they likely have a lot of photos they’d love to print out and cherish – even after the endorphins of Instagram likes wore off.
20. Smart ring
Price: $ 125- $ 195
Believe it or not, this chic ring is also a really cool piece of technology. Integrated into over 80 apps on iOS and Android, users can use the dedicated app to set custom color and vibration patterns to receive notifications about the ring.
Think like a marketer when you are buying for one
As marketers, we love to create campaigns around buyer personalities. We study the target prospects, what they’re interested in, and create content that tries to motivate or excite them. When buying something for a friend or loved one, think like a marketer.
Take note of their interests, hobbies, and similarities to determine which gifts are most suitable and interesting for them.
Publisher’s Note; This blog post was first published in February 2018, but updated for completeness and freshness in February 2021.