1. Nintendo DS and Games
If your hubby is a gamer at heart, tease his mind this Valentine's Day with a Nintendo DS. The 100 Sudoku puzzles and 15 brainteasers that run on this compact system can improve concentration and rusty math skills. "Let the mind games begin," Oprah says.
Get the Brain Age 2 software for just $20 or the DS unit for $130 at Amazon.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2008.
2. Flip Video Ultra camcorder
Gadgets bring a smile to almost any man's face. This year, wrap up an easy-to-use, affordable camcorder for your special someone. "Life is what happens while you're busy looking for your camcorder," Oprah says. "This one is easy to carry, has only eight user-friendly buttons and a USB arm that plugs right into your computer and runs on two plain old AA batteries."
A camcorder with 60 minutes of memory is available for $149.99 on TheFlip.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, April 2008.
3. Vinturi wine aerator
Nothing goes better with Valentine's Day chocolates than a glass of red wine. Orson Welles might have served no wine before its time, but when your guests arrive early (or you're just dying for a glass of Rioja), this aerator will make wine table-ready in seconds.
Available for $40 on Vinturi.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, June 2008.
4. Hancock mail-order lobster rolls
If you can't afford a romantic New England getaway, bring a taste of the coast to you. The beach is not included—but everything else is: one pound of fresh lobster salad and six split-top rolls, which can be sent to all 50 states from Cundy's Harbor, Maine's oldest lobstering village.
Available for $85 on HancockGourmetLobster.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, July 2008.
5. Dark chocolate sampler
Now you and your valentine can travel the world without leaving home, thanks to Francois Pralus, a master French chocolatier who created this sampler of dark chocolates made with beans from Tanzania, Madagascar, and eight other cocoa-centric regions.
Available for $45 on Shopping.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2009.
6. Acqua di Parma Cologne
The man in your life will smell delectable in Acqua di Parma cologne, which Oprah calls sensuous, rich and refreshing. "This unisex cologne has two selling points: It's a classic—it has not changed one iota since its launch in 1916—and it's a whole lot cheaper than a ticket to Italy," she says.
Available in a 3.4-ounce bottle for $110 or 17 ounces for $343 at Saks.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2008.
7. Wallet-size digital photo album
For those dads who like to do their bragging the modern way, here is a wallet-size digital photo album that includes a faux-leather case and a 2.4-inch screen. It even plays MP3s!
Available for $50 on WalMart.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2009.
8. Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Audio System
If he already owns an iPod, take his music experience to the max with this sleek and sophisticated audio system by Bowers & Wilkins.
Speakers available for $600 at Store.Apple.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, December 2007.
9. HoMedics Massager
Can't afford an expensive spa treatment? Pamper your sweetie with an at-home massage. "These four vibrating knuckles provide instant massage therapy for those high-stress moments," Oprah says.
Available for $15 each at Int.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2008.
Give the handyman in your life the quintessential tool—a Swiss Army knife. Features such as a Phillips screwdriver and a key ring make this knife convenient for everyday use, and it can also come to the rescue in a crisis. "If you're ever in an accident that traps you underwater in a car, this glow-in-the-dark device breaks shatterproof windows and cuts seat belts," Oprah says.
Available for $90 at SwissArmy.com. Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine
, September 2007.
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