Now, if you're serious and want to buy her a laptop that isn't clad in shades of black, white or silver, your choices are pretty limited. Or are they? ColorWare offers PowerBooks and iBooks in over two dozen colors (including "Cotton Candy," pictured) at prices starting at about $1,600. Don't want to go Apple, or want a custom job? ColorWare can repaint just about any computer you've got (if you know how to make hers vanish undetected for a few days). The company also sells colorized iPods and accessories.
If it's a pink cellphone she's been hankering for, chances are she's expecting the RAZR. And, sure, you can go ahead and get it for her. But why not surprise her with one of these babies? The Nokia 6111 is a nice GSM slider with Bluetooth, EDGE, an FM radio, and a 1 megapixel camera, and you can pick up an unlocked pink version for about $350. If she'd prefer a clamshell, there's also a pink version of LG's C3300, which was apparently designed by a woman, for women (and don't even get us started on all the options available for the fashionphone inclined).
The Dopod 818 Pro smartphone is available in the US by special order from eXpansys. It's an unlocked quad-band GSM unit from Hong Kong, and is identical to the HTC Prophet, which means it includes WiFi, EDGE, a 2 megapixel camera, and Bluetooth. It's a special order for $759, so you're really going to have to plead with eXpansys if you want this by Valentine's Day. Either that, or hop a plane to Hong Kong and pick one up on your own (or bring her with you for a romantic getaway).
We know as well as anyone that sometimes you just can't be around, but after the week stretch of sleeping on the couch we got last year from turning over a boyfriend-arm pillow to take our place during those long tradeshow trips we're always taking, we decied to go with something a little more subtle this time. The My Beating Heart haptic pillow reproduces the sound of a heartbeat when you hug it, which we understand can be quite relaxing -- so long as it's not the sound of a telltale heart, anyway.
There's at least one girlfriend-of-Engadget who's had her eyes on the WiFi-est of all bunnies, so we figured we'd pass on the good word about Nabaztag, the ambient information wireless wabbit (now with the ability to sing and talk). We're still looking for a spot to pick one of these up that doesn't require bot-translating a French e-tailer (Nabaztag isn't yet down with countries that aren't France or Japan), but love is a resourceful thing and we figure you'll find a way to make it happen if you're so inclined. Click on to get our picks for him and the both of ya'll.
If you spent any time with your guy on Superbowl Sunday, you might have seen his eyes light up at the sight of Mobile ESPN, a new MVNO cellphone service from ESPN (using Sprint's network). It's a tad pricey, but all plans include unlimited nights and weekends, 100 text messages, 35MB of wireless data downloads, a handful of pre-loaded games, a one-year subscription to ESPN The Magazine, and a mess of special ESPN-centric features like an ESPN video player, text alerts for sports scores, personalized sports stats, ESPN Fantasy Manager, access to online ESPN news and commentary, and a few other things to make this the V-day present that the dreams of sports lovers are made of.
Even though you may be holding out until his birthday to pick him up a 360 (if he hasn't already snagged one for himself, that is), you may want to hold him over with some serious retro gaming in the mean time. Let him take it back to the day when he was a little thinner and his hair was quaffed with an Atari FlashBack 2.0, Engadget's pick for the quick n' easy no-fail way to bring a smile to his face while also subtly reminding him what a long way he's come from those more pimply pubescent years. Plus, not unlike the Fusion above, you'll be able to use it yourself when he's looking the other way.