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Valentine’s Day. A chance to give, to receive, to share, to appreciate or to rekindle feelings with someone you like. Giving and receiving between friends, lovers, even strangers on Valentine’s has a purity unlike other gifting occasions. Here’s my list for the special people in my life on Valentine’s day.
Huawei FreeBuds Lipstick for Her
The Huawei Freebuds Lipstick glossy red buds come in a classy black and gold stainless steel magnetic case with a typical click close sound and built with a 30-step process for a mirror reflection. The exterior was designed by a group of multinational designers from global luxury, fashion, automotive, digital and brand strategy industries in Huawei’s Paris Aesthetics Research Centre. But don’t let good looks fool you. The FreeBuds Lipstick $349, perform impressively, inheriting Huawei’s industry-leading DNA. Like the open-fit earphone design that is based on the ergonomic simulation system grounded by 10,000+ human ear models and an extensive stress simulation test on eight parts of the ear, to provide ultimate comfort wearing. Sound is clean and responsive to bass. The Lipstick features AEM EQ adjustment which will automatically detect the ear canal shape and wearing conditions, and then assign the best suited EQ setting to fit the users’ ears. Using the HUAWEI AI Life App, consumers can choose from three modes of EQ including balanced (default), bass boost, and treble boost for a personalized audio experience. Each bud has two drivers, so the bass is rich and the second 14.3mm LCP dynamic driver boasts a top 40 kHz range. You can tap, swipe and long press each, for controls or use the app. It uses Bluetooth proximity sharing working on Android and iOS phones. Huawei phone users can use the Lipstick to record high-fidelity sound with a sample rate of up to 48 kHz for travel vlogs or exciting moments around them with high audio quality. With ANC noise cancellation on, it offers 14 hours of music playback with fully charged case or 2.5 hours with fully charged earbuds. With ANC off it offers 22 hours of music playback with the fully charged case or 4 hours of music playback with the fully charged earphones.
Best Electric Toothbrush
She will love the Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige $500, the Cadillac of electric tooth brushes. Philips paid attention to detail like a one-touch button that gently accelerates to full speed and turns off gently too. It’s shorter and sleeker than its siblings and includes a beautifully imprinted sub-compact travel case with a built-in USB C charger port. The small charge stand takes less space than a standing toothpaste tube. AI fortified SenseIQ technology adapts and seems to care about your oral health like a human. It adapts to your cleaning style instead of following the “proper” cleaning techniques shown on the phone apps of the past. Sensing pressure (its base lights up if you are brushing too hard) and motion, it monitors your brushing style up to 100 times a second and automatically in real time adjusts intensity. It tracks your time brushing not just for cleaning but factours in gum techniques over time which show up in the smartphone app. If you veer away from proper cleaning over time it lets you know. Two newly designed Philips Sonicare all-in-one brush heads are included finally doing away with previous brushes each specializing for cleaning, removing stains and gum massage. Sonicare brushes reach deeper, past wisdom teeth compared to competitors.
Galaxy S21 FE G5 “Fan Edition”
For tight budgets Samsung lovers can check out the recently announced Galaxy S21 FE 5G fan edition $950 for the 128GB model with top features like 5G, a 120Hz screen refresh rate, a vivid Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display and enhanced night mode shooting. It has the same DNA of its S21 series siblings running on the plenty powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. The cameras shoot sharp 12MP ultra wide, 12MP wide-angle camera and 8MP telephoto which shoots lossless up to 3X zoom but still has usable photos up to 5X zoom. One unique camera feature here not found in the other S21 series is high quality 32MP selfies, amazing if you want every strand of your hair to stand out amid the sharp surroundings around you. With tough Gorilla Glass Victus protecting the sharp 6.4” 2400 x 1080 (FHD+) display and IP68 fully waterproof rating you are set to go anywhere. It comes in Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom White and Phantom Pink.
Fitbit Luxe Special Edition
The Fitbit Luxe Special Edition oozes with class and is often overlooked in favour of more affordable Luxe models. It comes with a Gorjana gold stainless steel Parker Link bracelet and includes a second peony classic band. But inside it’s still a Luxe watch with the following functions. Someone tell me if I left something out. Here goes: Daily Readiness Score, Active Zone Minutes, 24/7 Heart Rate, Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) Monitoring, Real-Time Pace & Distance, All-Day Activity, 20 Exercise Modes + SmartTrack, Swimproof + Swim Tracking, Menstrual Health Tracking, Stress Management Tools, Mindful Minutes, Guided Breathing, Sleep Stages, Sleep Score, Skin Temperature Variation, Breathing Rate, Heart Rate Variability, Google Fast Pair, Call, Text & Smartphone Notifications, Do Not Disturb Mode, Sleep Mode, Silent Alarms, Timer & Stopwatch, 5 Day Battery. Need I say more? It has a huge selection of stylish straps to choose from so you will never get bored with its ageless design. Need I say more? It includes a 6-month Premium account which is hard to let go when renewal time comes around.
Therabody Theragun Mini
Massage guns are becoming popular tools for post-workout recovery. The Therabody Theragun Mini $249, is a great ultra-portable gift for the runner, powerlifter or Pilates devotee in your life. Unlike many massage guns that are bulky, loud and pricey, the Theragun Mini gets high marks for being quiet, small and comfortable to use, and the red color option make it a perfect Valentine’s Day gift. It features a 150-minute battery life with three speed settings and comes in white, black, red and desert rose. Additional accessories are optional.
The Sleep Cycle App
I am a long-time user of the free Sleep Cycle app for iPhone and Android, but committed to the annual $40 full premium subscription. It’s worth it. Over the years it has been tuned to perfection. It uses your phone’s motion sensor to track your awake, sleep and deep sleep phases gently waking you up during the light phase of your sleep, so you feel more rested. It also records your breathing patterns, snoring and coughing. It summarizes your sleep over weeks and months with useful tips to improve sleep. You can even compare how you sleep with other countries. The publisher is offering current premium Sleep Cycle users to pre-purchase a one-year full feature version for friends and loved ones. Valid until Feb 15th. Or you can sign up yourself from an iPhone or Android.