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A thoughtful jewelry gift doesn't have to mean rare gemstones and hefty price tags. Step outside the, uhm, jewelry box and shower your sweetie pie with the geeky lifestyle treats they love so much. These rings combine romance with pop culture favorites like nostalgic video games and Doctor Who.
February, while the shortest on the calendar, may be best known as the month of love. And there's nothing we love more than tech. Whether you're gifting a new gadget or geeky item to a loved one for Valentine's Day or treating yourself to something special, check out a few of the gadgets, accessories, and home items that make our hearts flutter.
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Blame it on the dozens of downloaded photo apps and high-quality cameras in smartphones for our obsessive photographing and documentation of everyday life. Since there are tons of ways to print Instagram photos, I wanted to see how the square lo-res images translate to wall-worthy prints. Using CanvasPop, I turned an Instagram print from a memorable weekend into gallery-style canvas art as seen here.
Available in two sizes: a 12-inch stretched canvas square ($30 for a limited time) and a 20-inch stretched canvas square ($60 for a limited time), each canvas comes outfitted with a sawtooth hook for easy at-home hanging. The entire CanvasPop ordering process was as simple as taking an Instagram itself. Select a canvas size, a white or black canvas edge (which is not seen from a head-on view of the print), then the image itself by signing into your Instgram account on the site. If a retro border is what you want, be sure to select a photo from your Instagram library created with a filter that has a built-in border like Lomo-fi or Earlybird.
My 12-inch print was ordered during the hectic holiday season, but even with national holidays accounted for, it only took about two weeks for the finished canvas print to arrive nestled in a very secure cardboard box. I'm eager to make a few more prints for a pretty wall vignette while the introductory price deal is still on, since it's hard to rationalize $80 per print, despite the expert craftsmanship. The photo and filter colors on the canvas were nearly spot-on to the original image, just slightly more saturated, which actually seems appropriate considering I usually only see Instagrams in their tiny phone-sized resolution.
Whether it's a college dorm room or your first "grown-up" apartment, the CanvasPop Instagram print is a high-quality and affordable way to decorate with favorite memories.
Do your walls need a little pick-me-up? The Novel Poster lineup of prints may just be the thing you need to stay on budget and rock your decor in 2012. These prints, made entirely from five different celebrity Twitter feeds (including Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Stephen Colbert, Shaq, and Katy Perry) go for just $40, a drop in the bucket compared to other geeky artwork. The prints are all drafted in legible font sizes, so they should keep your guests entertained for hours during your next swanky soiree. And if you've ever read Kanye's Twitter feed, you know what kind of a gold mine you'd have on your hands.
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Valentine's Day is synonymous with pink hearts and sweet treats, but rather than picking up some store bought nibbles (don't be lazy), geek things up a bit by baking up a batch of these "less than three" heart cookies. Good news for those geeks who are skittish in the kitchen: these treats aren't a pain to make and can be crafted with minimal effort.
Grab a package of ready-made sugar cookie dough, a heart cookie cutter, some strawberry frosting, and you're ready to roll. Instead of cutting the dough into slices, roll it out to about a quarter-inch thick. Then grab your cookie cutter and get to work on that dough.
The fun doesn't stop there though. Once you have your heart shape, slice them in half and trim the middles, creating a "less than" symbol and "three" shape. Boom — you're basically done. Now just bake 'em, frost 'em, and give them to your favorite geek for a sweet Valentine's Day treat. Of course, if you wanted to go all in and make your cookies from scratch, YumSugar has an excellent sugar cookie recipe for you to try.
If the iPhone 4 is the most popular camera in the world (and it is), then why treat your mobile lenses any different than your DSLRs? Keep your magnetic fish-eye, macro, and telephoto lenses and iPhone tripods safe and scratch-free with this chic iPhone Lens Wallet ($15).
There's a place for everything, and everything stays put in its place, thanks to a magnetic strip and pockets plus an animal-friendly leather strap to keep things nice and secure inside the canvas and felt wallet. Even better — if you don't have any of these amazing iPhone lenses yet, you can get four (fish-eye, macro, and 2X and 8X telescopic lenses) plus the wallet for just $80. That's a deal if I ever saw one.
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