If you’re wondering what you should get your loved one this holiday, it’s time you reframe the question. Stop thinking of the holiday as an occasion to get them something only they can use. You’re in a relationship — something that needs two people to work. It only makes that you celebrate the big day in a way that benefits both of you.
That means that subscription to get behind the paywall of your favorite podcast — that podcast they coincidentally hate — isn’t a great gift idea. If you’re struggling to think of presents that are mutually beneficial, then check in with these tech-inspired gifts that will work for the both of you this holiday.
Embrace your homebody nature with a Roku dongle
If both of you would rather Netflix and chill than go out on a fancy date, then you need to upgrade your streaming game. Though it was the original, Netflix is far from the only streaming service available. Now you can have subscriptions to Hulu, Amazon Prime, Showcase, Starz, and HBO Now.
Simplify the ‘Netflix’ of your Netflix and chill by getting a Roku Streaming Stick. This dongle fits easily into any TV’s HDMI port and displays any streaming service you have a subscription for —meaning you won’t have to waste time booting up the laptop or looking for your HMDI cord to throw an episode of Stranger Things 2 on the screen.
Splurge on the iPhone X
If you’re ready to take the plunge this year, then a set of iPhoneXs are a great way to show your devotion. What? Were you thinking this list was going to suggest engagement rings? Far be it from this article’s place to judge, but Apple’s flagship handset is a way better gift than any piece of matching jewelry.
With a price tag of $999 for its smallest option, it’s also a considerable commitment, so only pair up your phones if you know it’s serious. If the answer is yes, go all in with matching iPhone X skins. You can easily customize and protect your iPhone X with a vinyl skin that complements the skin wrapped around your bae’s iPhone. You can go for a seasonal make over of red and green skins or represent your mutual love of Game of Thrones with matching dragon skins. Whichever finish you choose, the iPhone X skins will keep your handsets safe from daily wear and tear while broadcasting to the world the two of you inspire #relationshipgoals.
Synch up with romantic apps
Once you set up your X the way you like it, it’s time to make sure you havethe appsthat will put you in the mood this season. There’s no limit to love-themed apps on the App Store.
If you’re both cinnamon rolls too pure for this world, then an app like Love Byte would work best for your relationship. It helps you keep in touch with your partner, no matter where your day takes you. Whether it’s next to each other on the couch or half-way across the country, you’ll be able to send secret messages and connect through shared calendars with a tap of your finger.
If you need a little spice to heat up the holiday’s coldest nights, then an app like iKamaSutra is the perfect accelerant to ignite you night spent between the sheets. When neither of these options do the trick, take some time shopping through the App Store to find something that fits your relationship.
Find time alone with a personal assistant
You live in a fast-paced world. Between work, volunteering, gaming, and socializing, it can be a challenge to find time when it’s just you and the bae alone with each other. If it’s been a while since you had a cozy evening in or a hot date on the town, it’s time to get a personal assistant for your shared home.
Amazon’s Echo, Google Assistant, and Apple’s HomePod are just a few of the options you have, so you won’t have to settle for something that doesn’t work with your tech. Check out the reviews for each gadget to see how well they can synch with your phones and anticipate your needs. Once you find the one, Google or Siri will be reminding you about important New Year’s parties or less sacred show times for Thor: Ragnarok.
If your partner in crime would like one of these gifts, then there’s a big chance you will too. Don’t be ashamed of getting a gift that’s secretly for yourself. Embrace presents that are made with the couple in mind and synch up with the love of your life this holiday.
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