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Hot Valentine's Day apps for Android and iPhone

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February

Just a week until Valentine's Day and I'm guessing most people haven't started thinking about gifts for the ones you love. If you're short on time and need a fast way to do some VDay shopping or send some romantic messages, luckily a bunch of iPhone and Android apps are available to help you spread the love.

For iPhone:

If your sweetie likes sweets you can use the Godiva and Ghirardelli apps to select and buy some chocolates for the occasion. Both have special sections for Valentine's Day gifts and the Godiva app also includes a store locator so you can pick up your selections locally.

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Flowers are always a good choice too. The 1800Flowers.com and ProFlowers apps make it easy to order fresh flowers and other gifts. Both also have special sections with Valentine's Day gift selections. With ProFlowers app you can enable push notifications to remind you of other occasions and can set custom alerts for birthdays, anniversaries etc.

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And for the guys out here who really want to buy something special for your significant other, check out the Victoria's Secret app. This app is loaded with content. Not only can you discreetly buy lingerie but you also can view special "instructional videos" featuring the Victoria's Secret models, like "Valentine's Do's and Don'ts" with words of wisdom for women an men ("don't ever wear granny panties") and "A Valentine How-To" with tips on how to tell someone you love them while showing you how to make hand-made Valentine's Day cards. Oh, and there's a store locator too. This is a great app and guys, let's face it; now is the time of year when you can have it on your iPhone and not get in trouble for it!

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For Android:

On the Android side I couldn't find similar apps for buying chocolates, flowers and lingerie but there are a lot of Valentine's Day-themed apps. In a previous post I told you about the Kiss My Valentine app that you can use to plan for the big day and get reminders to make sure you buy the gifts you need and send VDay wishes to the ones you love.

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With the Valentine's Day Fun Facts app you can browse trough a selection of fun facts, quotes and rose color meanings with a flick of your finger. Select different categories from the menu and send phrases to friends or to your valentine. The Valentine Scanner app "scans" the fingertips of a couple to see if they have the correct chemistry for a romance.

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If you need help with ideas so you can plan a special date for Valentine's Day, the Valentine Ideas app is full of traditional as well as original ideas and romantic gifts for the occasion. And to send special, romantic SMS messages to your Valentine, try the I Love You SMS app.

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There are lots of other Valentine's Day apps for Android and iPhone out there and these represent some of the best I've found. If you're exploring some of the others and find a good one, let me know! Special Valentine's Day versions of Angry Birds just came out on both platforms too. Happy Valentine's Day!

[Last modified: Monday, February 7, 2011 1:34pm]

    

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