Saturday, 26 January 2013

Valentines special: Gift-buying for your nerdy partner

Despite the stereotypes, many 'geeks' and 'nerds' live relatively normal lives. They play sport, get drunk, like rock music and, shock horror, have relationships! Many of you reading, I'm sure, have a partner you care for, and they might even be as nerdy as you. And with Valentines Day being the day of love, you're probably thinking about gifts

Whilst we are a good few weeks away from the 14th February, it's always good to plan ahead, and give serious thought about what to get your partner. Today's post is about buying a gift for a partner who may love their 40k, have a passion for steam-punk, or is a keen Whovian. Here's a few key tips for you to take heed of. Note, this is also good advice for getting non-gamer partners to buy you something nice, so share this about:

Do your research

To some, knowing your Necron from your Tomb king is essential. It shows that you have an interest in their hobbies and haven taken the time and effort to find something that they will appreciate. Take some time to take in your partner's hobby space, read through their books, (try to) identify their models, look around the internet, and a good idea for a gift will follow.

Don't go overboard

Whilst a big expensive gift is nice, Valentine's day isn't about who can buy the most extravagant present. It is a day to show your love, and even the smallest, simplest of gifts is an ample token. Also, war-gaming, as you and your partner's know, isn't cheap, so it can benefit both your image and your bank balance if you down-size.

When in doubt... gift-cards

I may be against some aspects of gift cards, but they can be a suitable alternative. It also prevents the risk of getting the completely wrong gift. I'm sure some of you out there have got a box of Empire knights when you only play Tau. A gift-card is giving the recipient the choice you are not get wrong, and there's no harm in that.

(images propterty of badhaven csbgamedev, wikia, savingsangel, 40kproject and miniaturewargaming)

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