Who else is shopping for Valentine’s gifts for geeks this year? My own spouse takes his, ahem, calling as a gamer very seriously, so no red roses for him. Instead I try to get creative and find gifts that incorporates his love of all things gaming, sci-fi, tech, and fantasy — but also make sure it feels gifty and Valentine’s Day appropriate.
Hence this fun round-up of Valentine’s gifts for geeks, inspired by my very own home life.
Here’s hoping you can find something for your beloved that says, “I love you and thank you for always fixing my laptop.”
Fun Valentine’s gifts for geeks:
From STEM to Star Wars
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What a delight to discover this Lovebox pixel heart message box from Uncommon Goods. You can send texts to the message box, and the heart knob will spin, letting the recipient know they’ve got mail. The color photo version (available on the dropdown menu) can display emojis and photos as well.
While it’s a great Valentine’s gift for a geek partner or spouse, it could also be thoughtful gift for an older kid who’s away at college or a long-distance family member.
I just love a good binary code joke, and this binary love t-shirt at Jibba Jabba hits the spot. Check out the rest of the shop, too, where you can find this binary message on mugs and hoodies, which also make fantastic Valentine’s gifts for geeks who swoon over code.
If you’re looking for a Valentine’s gift for a gamer, and you want to become their new favorite person, consider gifting Sony’s PlayStation DualSense Wireless Controller in Cosmic Red — or any color at all — to someone who’s been lucky enough to snag a Playstation 5 console. The haptic feedback, built-in mic, record/broadcast options, and high fidelity SFX through the built-in speaker really bring their playing experience to the next level.
If you’re shopping for a PS4 fan, check out Sony’s popular DualShock Controller in red. It’s got a touchbar and built-in speaker, that makes everything just a bit more fun.
How cool is this anatomical heart circuit board from Circuit Breaker Labs? Nothing at all sappy about this steampunk inspired, anatomically correct heart turned into modern art. I think it would make a great Valentine’s gift for a geek — but also consider it for someone who works in healthcare. They definitely deserve it!
A Funko Pop celebrating the greatest love story of all time? I’m in! You all know we’re kind of obsessed with Mandalorian gifts and all things Baby Yoda around here, so of course this Mando + Baby Yoda Funko Pop! figurine jumped out at me a the perfect Valentine’s gift for a Star Wars geek you love.
Liz — along with tech editors everywhere — swears by this classic little JBL Flip speaker, which is waterproof, portable, and totally powerful. I think it’s so cool and eye-catching in this red tone. To make it extra special as a Valentine’s Day gift, make a romantic playlist and tuck the URL into the card.
If you’re shopping for someone who happens to be a hardcore Nintendo Switch player, check out this Nintendo Switch Valentine’s Day card from Glitch Yeti. Awww. Pair it with a new collaborative game you can play together for extra points.
Wow, how creative is this handmade wooden Minecraft heart lamp from Texas Etsy shop, Existential Works. I like that this could work for a little kid as a nigh light or as a funky, mood-setting lamp for a teen or adult. Just be sure to message the artist to see if it will arrive in time for Valentine’s Day. (Though it might be worth a raincheck!)
You can never go wrong with an Otterbox case to give your phone serious protection, and I’m digging this classic Star Wars Otterbox case as a smart, fun Valentine’s Day gift for a geek in your life. Bonus: you may never have to help them replace their iPhone screen again.