In recent years, technology has changed the way we shop for, celebrate and remember Valentine’s Day. Maybe you’re ordering flowers, gift baskets or chocolates online or through a smartphone app. Are you checking in and sharing your Valentine’s Day plans through a social media site? In fact, ProFlowers has a list of handy Valentine’s Day planning apps you might find useful ahead of this holiday.

There’s no shortage of gift ideas this Valentine’s Day. Maybe your sweetheart didn’t get something on his or her tech wish list this past holiday season. CEA’s 19th Annual CE Holiday Purchase Patterns Study, released in October, examines purchase intentions, wish lists and more. To see what technologies attracted the most attention this holiday season, check out the study on the CEA members’ site.

Want something more personal? CEA’s recent Digital Imaging – Photo Sharing and Printing study found that once again family and friends are the top subjects of photography. A digital photo frame preloaded with a mountain of images is an affordable and thoughtful gift to give this holiday. Other options for sharing your digital memories include a picture book from sites such as Blurb or Mixbook, which let users make coffee table books full of memories. CEA’s Digital Imaging study – available free to CEA members – finds that “despite the spread of digital photography in recent years, most U.S. adult photographers (70 percent) still appreciate printed photos.”

But what if you’re separated from your significant other on Valentine’s Day? For couples who are apart, technology can do 
more than just help you to order flowers, chocolates or other gifts online. Devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets with video chat capabilities are now common, and they offer an easy way to bridge the gap of a physical divide. In a recent study - Eye on Emerging Technology: Video Chat – CEA found that three quarters of U.S. adults own a device capable of video chat. For more stats and facts on video chat technologies, including information on usage, find the report on the CEA members’ site.

No matter how tech-crazed you or your significant other might be, it’s probably best to leave that smartphone in your pocket during dinner!