25 Valentine's Day gifts inspired by tech, science and math

Valentine's Day gift ideas for geeks at heart

  • The Keyboard Waffle Iron

  • Candle by the Hour 48-Hour Horizontal Candle, Eco-friendly...

  • 6 Pack 20-LEDS Spark I Wine Bottle Light

  • Chemist's Spice Rack, 14 Piece Chemistry Spice Rack Set

  • YAMAZAKI home Silicone Animal Card-Holder, Gray/Hedgehog

  • niceeshop Retro Flip Down Clock Internal Gear Operated

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Stephen Sauer

Geek out

Treat your favorite Valentine to something special. Check out these gifts that offer a techie alternative to the usual flowers, jewelry and candy.

MORE IDEAS: See our Valentine’s Day gift guides from 201620152014 and 2013

keyboard waffle iron
The Keyboard Waffle Iron
  • The Keyboard Waffle Iron

QWERTY breakfast

Chris Dimino first had the idea for keyboard-shaped waffles while he was a student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Encouragement from fans who wanted to see his prototype become reality led to two years of 3D models and cooking experiments. Today the Keyboard Waffle Iron is a reality, available on Amazon.

Fraggles & Friggles

Cuddling cuttlefish

Marine lovers might appreciate the cuddling cuttlefish t-shirt ($22) from Etsy shop Fraggles & Friggles. Designer Elizabeth Mermel Blaeser has created a whole line of screen-printed men's and women's shirts and accessories with math and science puns.

staircase ring

Ascending design

Artur Dabrowski is the owner of Etsy shop MultiplyLikeRabbits. The stair ring ($96 for a bronze version) is just one of his architecture-inspired creations. Dabrowski uses 3D printing and wax casting to create each jewelry piece.

spectrum throw
Ivan Pratt/Design Within Reach

Get cozy with pixels

Ivan Pratt designed the Spectrum Throw ($150 via Design Within Reach). It’s made in Ireland using natural fibers and dyes (100% lambswool and vegetable dye) to create a colorful pixel pattern.

nervoussystem bracelet
Nervous System

Wearable art

The Corollaria Bracelet ($40 via Etsy), made from laser-cut rubber, evokes cellular structures. It’s from design shop Nervous System, which combines computer simulations with digital fabrication to create an incredible range of jewelry inspired by natural forms and processes. The co-owners of Nervous System are Jessica Rosenkrantz, who studied biology and architecture at MIT and Harvard, and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, who studied math and computer science at MIT.

moma block lamp
Harri Koskinen/MoMA Store

Encased in glass

The Block Lamp, created by Finnish designer Harri Koskinen, sandwiches a 25-watt bulb between two hand-cast glass blocks. The anniversary edition ($190 via MoMA Store) has a red woven cord.

wooden fractal puzzle uncommongoods

Fun with fractals

There are 23 pieces in the wooden fractal puzzle ($60 via UncommonGoods), but they’re not typical puzzle pieces. The pieces are fractals with repeating patterns, and the solution requires figuring out the one way they all fit together. The plywood puzzle is handmade in Grand Rapids, Mich.

cuyana ipad sleeve

Chic tech protection

Cuyana’s Leather iPad Sleeve ($95) is simple and elegant. The blush-colored version is the perfect hue for Valentine’s Day. The padded sleeve is made in the U.S. from pebbled Italian leather with a subtle gold pin closure.

colors of the rails

Transit data, transformed

Nicholas Rougeux turns data into art. The Chicago-based artist used maps from metro, subway and rail transit systems to create his Colors of the Rails poster ($63.35 via Zazzle; available with a dark or light background). Perfect for transit fans.

fake watch
Denise J. Reytan/MoMA Store

Nostalgia time

Miss the allure of a good watch? The Timepeace Bracelet ($74.95 from MoMA Store) celebrates the aesthetic of a wristwatch but without any timekeeping capabilities. Designed by Denise J. Reytan, the bracelet is made in Germany from lacquered stainless steel.

truss necklace
Grace & Robot

Truss me

Megan Grace is the designer behind Grace & Robot and creator of the 3D-printed space necklace ($65.31 via Etsy). The lightweight nylon structure is polished to a smooth, matte finish and hung from a sterling silver ball chain. You can see more of Grace & Robot’s architectural jewelry here.

pi plates
Homer Laughlin China/UncommonGoods

Tasty puns

Teach your sweet tooth a thing or two with i eight sum pi plates ($35 for a set of two plates via UncommonGoods). 

pizza cutting protractor

The perfect angle

Picky about your pizza portions? The pizza cutting protractor ($13.49 via UncommonGoods) can help you measure and cut the perfect slice.

vitra toolbox
Arik Levy and Pippo Lionni/Design Within Reach

Tools to go

What are the tools of your trade? Carry them in style with the sleek Vitra Toolbox ($60 via Design Within Reach) designed by Arik Levy and Pippo Lionni. Made in Germany, the plastic toolbox comes in multiple colors, including brick red.

gear earrings greentreejewelry

Kinetic earrings

Green Tree Jewelry’s kinetic gear earrings ($19.95 via Etsy) are handmade with movable gears. Based in San Diego, Green Tree Jewelry was founded by Lance Nybye Sr. and Lance Nybye Jr. The father-son team also makes steampunk-inspired light switch covers (see next slide).

light switches

Turned on

Green Tree Jewelry’s light switch covers turn something mundane into a functional work of art. Pictured are the steampunk-inspired retro single rack-and-pinion light switch plate ($44.95 via Etsy) and toggle light switch plate ($44.95).

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Candle by the Hour
  • Candle by the Hour 48-Hour Horizontal Candle,...

Crank up some atmosphere

Candle by the Hour’s rustic beeswax candle is designed to extinguish itself once the candle wax reaches the spring-loaded clip. You can feed the beeswax coil through the clip in increments up to three inches long. Three inches of candle wax will burn for roughly one hour.

suspension bridge shelf uncommongoods

Kept in suspense

Add some engineering interest to your walls or tabletop with the suspension bridge shelf ($80 via UncommonGoods). It’s made from epoxy-coated iron and measures just under 24 inches long.

wine bottle lights
  • 6 Pack 20-LEDS Spark I Wine Bottle Light

Wine Bottle Lights

Turn ordinary bottles into romantic table lights with LED string lights from AnSaw. The cork-shaped top is designed to fit into most bottles.

parabolic necklace

Not-your-average neckline

Jessica Hunnicutt is the owner of Etsy shop LayersByDesign. Her 3D printed parabolic suspension necklace ($13.50) is made from flexible plastic with an attached plated black chain.

chemist spice rack
  • Chemist's Spice Rack, 14 Piece Chemistry Spice Rack Set

Spicy chemistry

Time to get cooking. The Chemist's Spice Rack from Wink includes nine test tubes and stoppers, three lab flasks, a 10-ounce oil cruet, and a metal carrying tray. The containers are labeled but not filled – spices not included.

honeycomb earrings

Bee mine

Renee Fishner, owner of FISH3Ddesigns, created the 3D-printed honeycomb bee cluster earrings ($30 via Etsy). The lightweight earrings are made from plastic and available with surgical steel or antique gold-plated fittings.

math mug uncommongoods

Morning math

Start your Valentine’s Day with a mathematic boost. Equations and formulas adorn the ceramic math mug ($15.95 via UncommonGoods)

hedgehog card holder
  • YAMAZAKI home Silicone Animal Card-Holder,...

Make room for a hedgehog

Not everything is digital. If your Valentine likes to hold on to physical tokens – business cards or sentimental gift tags – the hedgehog card holder from Yamazaki is a cute silicone solution.

retro clock niceeshop
  • niceeshop Retro Flip Down Clock Internal Gear Operated

Old-school timekeeper

Take a retro view of time with the gear-operated flip down clock from niceeshop. The body frame is made from stainless steel.

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