Yes, Valentine’s Day is just an excuse for card companies to make money, but it’s also a lovely excuse to show the geeks in our lives how much we care, and what better way to do that than show you know them with a fandom-related gift? It could be something related to a movie or TV show they love, a DVD to watch or even something you can do together.
From Star Trek to Doctor Who here’s our pick of the best gift ideas from around the web.
His and Hers fandom bracelets – Harry Potter, Game of Thrones etc.
Price: £24 | Buy now from Amazon
With engravings inspired by fandoms like Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones and Beauty And The Beast (as well as some more traditional designs), these stainless steel bracelets are the perfect gift for the nerdy guy or gal in your life. Note that though these are made to fit the ‘typical’ wrist sizes of a man (22cm) and a woman (18cm), depending on your own sizes there’s no reason they wouldn’t be suitable for any couple. There’s even a Toy Story inspired one that would be perfect for two best friends.
Lego Architecture Paris set
Price: £45 | Buy now from Lego
The couple who spends hours building Lego together stays together, or… something like that. While there are plenty of nerdy Lego sets available, this 694-piece Paris set – featuring the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Tour Montparnasse, Grand Palais, Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre – from the Architecture range could be perfect for you and your beau to work on during February. Though we chose Paris because of its reputation for romance, other landmarks from San Francisco, Las Vegas, The Great Wall of China are also available.
‘You’re the Obi-Wan For Me’ Star Wars mug
Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon
You can’t go wrong with a good novelty mug, and MuggyBug has a whole range of pun-tastic, geeky and romantic crockery that’ll remind your loved one of you every time they make a coffee (which, if they’re anything like us, is quite frequently). As well as the above, there’s the Friends-themed ‘You’re my Lobster’ mug, and a lovely Han/Leia set that means you can have one too. Keep them in mind for other holidays, too, as the brand stocks lots of nice fathers’/mothers’ day designs.
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
A more masculine bling option for your significant other, these cufflinks add a welcome touch of personality to formal wear with designs from Batman, Captain America, Star Wars and more. You can even get Thor’s hammer as an accessory, or 007’s logo if you want to get really classy. They even come in a posh box, all the better for presenting to the man (or suit-wearing woman) in your life.
Star Trek Starfleet Sterling Silver Trillion Ring
Price: $130 – approx £100 | Buy now from ThinkGeek
So fancy it could pass for an engagement ring for any hard-core Trekkies out there, this sterling silver Starfleet ring is gorgeous, elegant and the perfect gift. It’s on the pricey side, but if you’re planning to splurge this Valentine’s Day then it could be a perfect choice. The officially-licensed ring features a 7mm trillion-cut white cubic zirconia accented by four celestial brilliant-cut rounds and is handmade in New York by RockLove Jewelry. Also available in different colours.
A Star is Born Special Edition DVD
With the Oscars also coming up this month, maybe you fancy curling up and watching a critically-acclaimed yet romantic film, with a killer soundtrack to go along with it. A Star is Born could be the perfect 2019 Valentine’s movie, guaranteed to please most couples even if there’s a resident cynic among you. Warner Bros knows this and so it’s special edition DVD of the film is being released just in time for Valentine’s Day (11 Feb) and includes a CD, collectible art cards and special packaging that’ll look great on the shelf.
Harry Potter House Robes
Price: £27 | Buy now from Geekcore
If sitting in front of the telly digesting a home-cooked meal is more your bag than painting the town red, then why not have your Valentine’s gift match the laid-back vibe? These Harry Potter-themed robes are ridiculously snuggly and easy to match to your partner’s personality. Even better, buy yourself one too and you can be nerdy sloths together. Make sure you pick the right Hogwarts house, though, because nothing will upset a Hufflepuff faster than being called a Gryffindor (though they’ll be too polite to say anything).
Vintage Bronze Doctor Who Pocket Watch
Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon
A wonderfully detailed replica of the fob watch from Doctor Who’s third series, not only is this something that Who fans will get a kick out of, but it’s also a working watch that comes accompanied by an equally gorgeous pendant necklace. Whether your loved one is a vintage watch devotee or simply a fan of good quality, nerdy gifts, this will get you lots of brownie points. Open the watch at your own risk of rediscovering you’re a timelord.
Price: £17 | Buy now from Amazon
A classic choice with a modern twist, this USB mixtape (available in 4GB/8GB/16GB) is a winner for anyone who finds themselves in a new relationship – not too pricey and just romantic enough without scaring them off. Even if you didn’t grow up in the mixtape era, they’ve featured in enough movies (most recently popularized by Guardians Of The Galaxy of course) to be lodged in our brains as the ultimate token of affection. Load up their favourite songs, and you’re good to go.
Lord of the Rings Sterling Silver Evenstar Pendant
Price: £110 | Buy now from Geekcore
While the obvious choice for Tolkien-inspired jewellery is the one ring (which of course you can buy here), there’s no denying that the film’s version of Arwen’s Evenstar Pendant is not only beautiful but has some romantic connotations. The piece is made from solid sterling silver and comes with an 18-inch sterling silver chain. If you want to keep the necklace safe and don’t intend to wear it, then this display stand is also available.
Lego Valentine’s Puppy
Price: £10 | Buy now from Lego
Nothing says ‘I love you’ better than a brick dog holding a brick rose and sticking his tongue out, and Lego has got you covered this Valentine’s. With only (only!) 147 pieces it won’t take as long to build this as some of the other sets so you’re less likely to descend into arguments, and – as a bonus – the figure’s ears and tail are poseable! If adorable dogs aren’t you’re jam, then the BrickHeadz range also features a Princess Leia or Aquaman.