Okay, Valentine's Day is less than 24 hours away, and with distractions like Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras, it's entirely possible that buying your special lady a gift might have slipped your mind! Must you settle for stale, last-minute choices, like roses, candy, or perfume?
If the woman in your life already has an Apple MacBook, iPhone, iPad, or iPod, imaginative alternatives are available at the Apple Store or Apple.com. If she doesn't, either venue can help you bestow one of these highly-desirable devices as a memorable V-Day gift.
Let's start with the Apple Store at Lakeside Mall. The place is always packed, so you're probably thinking that getting a sale rung-up amidst the frenzy of last-minute V-Day shoppers will be harder than acquiring a Zulu coconut on Fat Tuesday. Not at all!
If you have an iOS-powered device, the Apple EasyPay app makes buying items at the store quick-and-easy. Simply use the app to scan the item you want to buy, complete the purchase using your Apple ID, and you are on your way!
If you don't have an iOS-powered device, Apple's online store is currently offering free shipping on all Valentine's Day purchases. You can shop for your gift online and have your order waiting at the Apple Store of your choice.
If you order online, you can add a laser-engraved message to any iPod or iPad for FREE! Having your Apple product shipped in a beautiful gift box with a personalized greeting card is also possible.
Okay, enough about where and how to buy. Here's what you can buy -- some terrific V-Day gift ideas!
The 11-inch MacBook Air is the ultimate PC for any gal on the go. The super-light, super-thin notebook features flash storage for instant-on performance and fast access to apps and data. The 11-inch MacBook Air comes with a 1.7 GHz processor, 4GB of memory and 64GB of flash storage for $999. For $1,099, you can bump the flash storage up to 128GB.
The 11-inch Stripey Lips Slip Sleeve for MacBook Air by Marc Jacobs , $69.95
The Marc Slip Sleeve features exclusive graphics applied to a tailored, ultra-slim sleeve. Its strengthened spine protects your MacBook Air against drops while a soft suede lining delivers scratch protection. Highlights include ultra-slim design, durable construction, soft suede lining, and secure magnetic closure.
Pathway Folio for MacBook Air by Incase, $79.95
Crafted with premium leather and luxurious cotton twill fabric, the Pathway Collection by Incase provides complete MacBook Air protection and opens to a convenient stand with an ergonomic typing angle.
Twelve South PlugBug, $34.95
Twelve South's PlugBug is a USB wall charger that attaches to any MacBook power adapter, creating a dual charger for MacBook, iPad, or iPhone. The PlugBug packs 10 watts, providing the fastest charge rate possible. You can also use it as a standalone iPad or iPhone charger.
Apple iPad Mini
Apple's iPad Mini sets the standard for 7-inch tablets, The unit features a crystal-clear multi-touch display, FaceTime HD, 5-megapixel iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless, and up to 10 hours of battery life. Wi-Fi models come in black/slate or white/silver for $329 (16GB model), $429 (32GB model), or $529 (64GB model.) If you get it engraved, it's a Valentine's Day gift that can't miss!
iPad Mini Smart Cover, $39.00
Apple's Smart Cover in bright red is the perfect V-Day accessory for the iPad Mini. Magnets make it easy to attach and keep it securely in place. Open the cover, the iPad Mini wakes up. Close it, the tablet automatically goes to sleep. The cover also functions as a keyboard stand.
Twelve South Compass Mobile Stand for iPad, $39.95
The ingenious Twelve South Compass stand holds your iPad two ways. Upright as an easel, it presents your iPad in portrait or landscape orientation. Flip down the secondary leg and it provides the perfect position for typing emails. When you're finished, it quickly folds into an included case, so you can keep it in your briefcase or purse.
Twelve South BookBook Case for iPhone 5, $59.95
The Twelve South BookBook for iPhone 5 looks like a small, hardbound notebook, but it holds your iPhone and also functions as a wallet. The cover even has a built-in camera hole so you can snap photos or shoot HD videos.
SmartFlex Card for iPhone 5 by Speck, $34.95
The SmartFlex Card is an attractive, flexible protective case for the iPhone 5 that also holds up to 3 credit cards (plus cash).
CandyShell Flip for iPhone 5 by Speck, $34.95
Speck's CandyShell Flip case has an innovative hinged panel that lets you easily dock your iPhone 5 without removing it from the case.