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Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Geeks

Eight cool, tech-inspired options to bestow upon your beloved on February 14.

8 Cool Gifts for Your Favorite Valentine

If you're looking for a gift for your sweetheart, check out these eight tech-inspired options. You'll find something for all budgets, from a romantic butterfly netbook to whimsical USB drives.

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Songbird Zune

You can customize a Microsoft Zune player for your partner with all sorts of Valentine-themed designs. My favorite is this folksy one, which features a design from illustrator Sanna Annukka. Her design depicts two songbirds entwined in a garden of magical flowers. "The music encourages flowers to blossom into explosions of pattern," she explains. Prices start at $200.

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Love&Sacrifice Laptop Sleeve

Valentine's gear doesn't have to be plastered with cheery hearts and flowers. This Love&Sacrifice messenger-style laptop sleeve is the work of Isis Dei, in collaboration with Indonesian graphic designer Alent Priyandi. It's made of neoprene and wrapped in white lycra with a screen print of a roman leaf and mini skull. Five sizes, starting at $26, are available.

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Adios and Ciao Ciao USB drives

As the love story goes, Adios was too happy for hell and condemned to live forever on Earth with his girlfriend Ciao Ciao. These grim reaper characters are the creation of Simone Legno and his tokidoki brand. Now, just in time for Valentine's Day, they've been immortalized as USB flash drives from Mimoco. The memory drives are available in 2G to 16GB capacities starting at $25.

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Butterfly Netbook

HP teamed with fashion designer Vivienne Tam for this cool "digital clutch," which made its debut during New York's Fashion Week at Bryant Park late last year. The catch is that it's not available until this spring. But if you can finagle some sort of rain-check arrangement with your butterfly lover, it could be worth the wait.

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Godiva Cupcakes

I have to include at least one sweet treat on any Valentine's Day gift list of mine. While there's nothing overly techie about these pink vanilla buttercream cupcakes from Godiva, there is e-commerce involved if you opt to buy them online. Inside each little cake is a Godiva chocolate ganache. You get three each in chocolate and vanilla buttercream for $28. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with sweets.

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Sony bloggie

With Sony's new portable bloggie camera, you can shoot 1920x1080 MP4 video and 5-megapixel still photos. It has a nifty rotating lens that swivels 270 degrees so you can capture scenes from all sorts of angles. Colors include this hot pink option, which is a natural for Valentine's Day shoppers. Prices start at $170.

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Geek Clock

This cool clock uses math and physics symbols instead of traditional numbers to mark time. Some examples are Apery's constant, Archimedies' constant and the Bohr radius. It's available from YOUgNeek on the Etsy site for $50.

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Love Sleeve

If your sweatheart carries a MacBook Air, this sleeve has a hip, retro feel with its denim-and-hearts design. It's made from neoprene and available from Designer Sleeves for $24 (on sale).

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