Every time your partner’s birthday or your anniversary comes around, the endless dilemma of what to get them rears its ugly head once again. Whether you’ve only been together for a short while or years, figuring out a gift can still be difficult, especially when you’ve already exhausted all other options before. But gift-giving is always a good idea, no matter how long you’ve been together.
If your partner is a self-proclaimed geek who is a fan of things like Star Wars or video games, it shouldn’t be too hard to think of something. But with many options available, the difficult part is now figuring out which one to go for, especially if you’re wading through uncharted waters. So here are some fun gift ideas to get you started.
If your partner loves playing video games, getting them that shiny new one that they’ve been eyeing for a while is a safe bet. The good thing about games is that new ones get released every year. So even if that’s all you get them, it doesn’t get tired too quickly. Plus, depending on the game or your partner’s skills, it can take them a while to finish it. You know they won’t abandon it after only a couple of days.
If you’re looking for more specific ideas, take a look at the games your partner owns or watch them play for a while. You can figure out what kind of games they like to play, whether they’re a first-person shooter or an RPG player. Doing so can narrow down the search for you. Or, if they’re a fan of a franchise, such as Pokemon or Final Fantasy, you can get games from that franchise. Be careful not to get them one they’ve played before.
If your partner likes to show off their love for something, why not get them something they can wear everywhere? Nowadays, you can find a T-shirt for everything. You can get a shirt of their favorite Marvel superhero or a clever one of their favorite childhood character. Sweaters and button-up shirts inspired by fictional characters are also becoming quite popular nowadays.
Instead of going the typical route of a T-shirt or a jacket, accessories are also a good option. You can get matching Star Wars rings or a necklace with the symbol of House Stark.
Some people see getting a shirt as a last-ditch effort, but there’s just something classic and timeless about it. It’s simple, it’s functional, and it’s not too expensive either. You can never go wrong with something they can wear.
If you’re looking to splurge on something more expensive, there’s no better way to show your partner you care about their interests than investing in some fandom merchandise. Officially licensed merchandise, like figures or Funko Pops, graphic novels, and DVDs, might come a little pricey depending on how popular it is. But the quality and the delight on your partner’s face upon receiving it should make it all worth it.
A quick search on eBay or Amazon will usually yield valuable results. If money isn’t an issue, there’s sure to be something for even the most obscure media. Novelty or limited edition items, like a concert or event-exclusive merchandise, are sure to get you into the good graces of your partner.
Other than licensed products, you can try buying fan-made ones. After all, who knows what fans want better than the fans themselves? Merchandise made by fans can often be even better than official merchandise and sometimes cheaper. You can get your partner fan art of their favorite anime character, button pins, posters, or stickers. The choices are endless.
Whatever you’re thinking, there’s sure to be a shop selling it. You support a small business by buying from fan artists and get valuable input on what a true fan would like. It’s a win-win.
You might not get them a signed copy of their favorite novel or a picture with their celebrity crush, but you can still go for something personal. Why not go the extra mile and commission a fan artist to create a unique and personal piece of fan art?
You can ask them to draw your partner in a particular style, like in a comic book. Or it can be them in their favorite universe or with their favorite character. For instance, suppose your partner plays Dungeons & Dragons and has their character. You can try asking them to describe that character. You can then pass that information on to an artist to draw.
Just like getting them merchandise, it shows that you care about their interests and listen when they talk about their D&D character all day.
With these ideas in mind, you won’t have a problem getting a present for your partner. Doing so also shows that you understand their interest and are willing to support them.