Eight Amazing Valentine’s Gifts For The Gamer In Your Life

With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, I'm sure plenty of you are scrambling to find gifts for that special someone in your life. That's easier said than done, of course, especially if you aren't a gamer, and the one you love is. Don't worry - that's where I come in.

I'll offer up a few fantastic gift ideas for both guy and girl gamers. So long as they're purchased with the recipient in mind, any of the presents on this list is sure to brighten Valentines day. Let's dive right in, shall we?  

Pokemon X & Y Limited Edition 3DS

For many adult gamers, Pokemon holds a special place in their heart. We grew up with the franchise, after all - watching it change and evolve as we did. Why not recapture some of that old nostalgia?

With the release of Pokemon X and Y, Nintendo released two limited-edition 3DS XL models - one for X, and the other for Y. If you and your beau both game, why not nab one for each of you? Alternatively, if both of you already have a 3DS of your own, you could go for the Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Bundle. It's the latest release, after all.

Gamer Jewelry

Our next entry is less a specific item than it is a category. There's a metric ton of video game-inspired jewelry out there on the web, provided you know where to look. From Assassin's Creed necklaces to Wooden Super Mario pendants, there's no shortage of accessories out there tailored for that geeky girl or guy of yours. Have a look around, and see if there's anything that matches with the type of games they play.

Yeah, sorry - you're going to have to get to know your significant other's interests a little better if you want this gift to have any real meaning.

A Nintendo Wii U

Lately, I've been rather impressed by the direction Nintendo's gone with the Wii U. It took the console from a somewhat lukewarm, occasionally-entertaining gaming system to one of the leading players in console gaming. Mario Kart 8 is one of the most entertaining games I've ever played - especially if you play it with other people. Add in Super Smash Bros, the New Super Mario Bros franchise, and Mario Party 10, and it's pretty clear what makes the Wii U great: it's pretty much the best console to buy if you're playing with other people.

That also makes it a great gift for Valentines Day, by the way - why not pick up the Mario Kart 8/Nintendoland Bundle?   

Minecraft

Ah, Minecraft. I've lost count of the number of hours I whittled away happily stacking digital blocks. It scratched an itch I didn't know I had -  the desire to build something incredible.

If your significant other is the sort who played with lego as a kid (I definitely was), and they haven't yet discovered Minecraft...buy them a copy. Buy yourself one too, while you're at it. It isn't terribly expensive, and the number of hours you'll spend on it makes it well worth the cost. Not only that, there are some pretty awesome gifts you can give in-game, if you're so inclined.

Gunnar Optiks VAY-00101 Gaming Glasses

I'm certain anyone who's so much as picked up a controller is intimately familiar with eye-strain. It's something that happens to anyone who spends too much time on the computer or in front of a TV screen - and it can cause permanent damage to your eyesight, if you aren't careful. What can one do, aside from simply spend less time online?

Buy a special pair of sunglasses, apparently. The Gunnar Optiks VAY-00101 Gaming Glasses are designed to block "high-energy blue light, UV, and glare." End result? You can spend more time online, without having to worry about borking up your eyes in the process. Sounds like a pretty sweet gift for anyone who spends a lot of time playing games, no?

A Subscription To Lootcrate

I only recently found out about Lootcrate - and I genuinely wish I'd heard about it sooner. How it works is simple - for $29.95 a month, you'll receive a box of "geek & gamer gear;" everything from clothing to figurines to posters. Every month has a unique theme, and goods are sent right to the doorstep of the people who order them.

Sounds pretty sweet, right? Why not buy a subscription for your significant other, come Valentines Day?

Some New Stuff For The Kitchen

Contrary to what some folks seem to believe, gamers are hardly a separate species. We have pretty much all the same needs as anyone else, and that definitely includes kitchenware such as dishes, pots, utensils...you get the idea. Of course, you're not here because you want to settle for a boring, ordinary coffee mug or dish set.

There's plenty of kitchen stuff out there geared towards the geekier folks; everything from fridge magnets to mugs to cookbooks to food itself.

New Furniture

Last, but certainly not least, we've got furniture - computer chairs specifically. Particularly if your gamer is the sort of person who works from home or spends a lot of time online, it's rather important that they've a decent chair to sit in - one which provides proper support for their back.

If they've some terrible office stool, why not spring for a gaming chair? Personally, I'd recommend the X Rocker Pro Series or the X Rocker Storage Ottoman, though the Commander 2.1 is a decent choice as well.

At The End Of The Day, You Need To Figure It Out

Alright. Before we wrap things up, I've a spot of bad news for you. This list right here? If you're not willing to put some thought into your Valentine's Day gift, it's pretty much useless. The items I've presented to you are meant to give you thinking; to give you a few gift ideas with which you could surprise that special gamer in your life.

That doesn't mean any of them is guaranteed to be a hit - knowing who you're buying for is every bit as important as knowing what to buy.
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