Every day is a geek celebration with your honey. I really don’t think you need an excuse like Valentine’s Day to acquire these symbols of geeky love. But since it’s that time of year and I had an excuse to go shopping for you, let’s revel in the awesomeness that is hand-made Amor del Empollón (that’s supposedly Spanish for “Nerd Love”).
BONUS! You might be the kind of crafty person that looks at products on Etsy and says, “I can totally do that!”. Well, I did a little digging and found the tutorials for some of these gifts. Check out the “DIY” links below if you’d rather make it with your own two hands.
1. “You Complete Me” Cross Stitch
Gah, THERE’S that piece you’ve been waiting for! Quick – drop it in your heart with this modern take on the classic cross stitch.
2. Rubik’s Cube Tissue Box Cover
You’ll instantly recognize this new take on the confounding cube puzzle if you watch THE BIG BANG THEORY. True story, bro: I fell in love with my husband when he demonstrated that he could solve a Rubik’s Cube in a matter of minutes. This geek won my heart with his puzzle prowess, so naturally I’d buy him a tissue box cover that commemorates the moment. D’awww.
3. “You Are The Missing Piece” Heart Container Necklace
You’re riding on horseback across a field filled with an onslaught of enemies. The dark rain pelts your face as you swing your sword, fighting to make your way to safety. Your life meter starts running low – if only you could find a piece of a heart to replenish you. And there she is: a gorgeous little heart spinning, hovering above the ground. The piece that will carry you to safety.
Remind your love that they are who gets you through with this charming heart container necklace.
Buy it on Etsy ($32.00).
4. Morse Code Bracelet
Beep beep beeeeeep! If your valentine likes to communicate their love in code, send them a signal with this bracelet.
5. Wonder Woman Bra
I’m convinced every lady has a Wonder Woman deep down inside her. Help your sweetie bring hers out (or treat yourself!) with a fierce falcon-emblazoned undergarment. Rawr!
Buy it on Etsy ($30)
6. Yoda Terrarium – Hanging Moss Zen Garden
There’s something inherently magical about terrariums – those little glass worlds that contain earth, rock, and, sometimes, cute little creatures. This particular terrarium is extra magical since it contains The Force. Share it with your honey and ask them, “When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not, hmmm?”
7. Power Button Earrings
Nothing says “you turn me on” like a power button. How about two of them – hanging from your sweetie’s ears?
Buy them on Etsy ($45)
8. 8-Bit Tie (for him) and Hair Bow (for her)
This isn’t exactly “hand made”, but hot dang, is it not just the most adorable his/her Valentine’s Day gift? Buy ‘em both and wear them on your fancy dinner date. Everyone will instantly recognize you as the King and Queen of Geeks.
They’re great for every-day wear, too: don them at the office and get crazy respect from your coworkers as a true 8-bit pixel slinger.
9. Geeky Letterpress Valentine’s Day Card Set
Letterpress is an art that’s coming back in style – creating unique, hand-forged designs and pressing them into paper. (That’s old-school printing, yo.) Now pair it with a quirky, modern tech joke twist and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable Valentine’s Day card.
Buy the 3-pack variety on Etsy ($16) – it even comes with a CTRL + Z if you need to apologize for something.
10. Mix Tape Memory Stick
Because “Mix USB” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Take your love back to the 80s when mix tapes were a great way to say you’re thinking about that special someone. The USB is cleverly hidden inside the tape so it almost feels like the real thing. (Or you can make them a real mix tape and invite your sweetie to a romantic evening listening to it in your grandma’s 1978 Oldsmobile.)
Buy it on Amazon ($29.99)
So what geeky sentiment are you going to give to your valentine this year?