10 Gift Ideas for Your Gamer Valentine

1. A New Game 

A simple and easy choice. Just go to the store and pick a new game out for your gamer valentine. If you don’t know much about games, there are a couple of recent releases your gamer might not have yet. Dead Space 3, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and DmC: Devil May Cry would all be great titles to add to their collection.

2. Map Pack

Do you know what kind of games your loved one likes to play? If it’s an FPS like Halo or Call of Duty buying the year’s worth of Map Packs would be a cheap, and thoughtful gift. The Halo season pass only runs $25, while the Call of Duty season pass runs $50. Both are easily picked up at your nearest game retailer.

3. A New Console

A new console might be a bit more on the pricey side, but if you’re looking to buy a new Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 the price has dropped recently to being super affordable. Of course, if your gamer valentine already has one of these systems there are other options, like the new Wii U, or even a portable device like a 3DS or the Playstation Vita.

4. In-Game Money

In-game money is another gift that’s easy and cheap to pick up. If you know a specific game your lover plays, this gift is a thoughtful way to express your feelings. Many online games have in-game money or items you can buy with real money. It’s easy to pick up in-game money, just look for the gift cards at a game shop and they’ll have different amounts for all types of online games.

5. Strategy Guide

Here’s another cheap, but very thoughtful gift for your valentine. If you know of a specific game they’ve been playing lately (and maybe having trouble with) pick up the strategy guide that goes with it. These guides usually never cost more than $20, and they show your Valentine that you care about their hobby, at least enough to know what game they’re playing.

6. Home Theater Equipment

Maybe you don’t know much about your Valentine’s hobby, or just don’t approve of it. An easy, and mutually beneficial gift for your gamer is any kind of Home Theater Equipment. A new TV, new sound equipment, even just something to hold your gamer’s game collection will not only make their video game playing better, but it will improve your movies and TV and hopefully keep the house a little cleaner.

7. Gamer Apparel

There are all kinds of online retailers that offer gaming inspired t-shirts, hoodies, and jewelry. But if you’re looking for a gift for tonight’s date, online shopping probably isn’t an option. Don’t worry, all types of major stores like Wal-Mart and Target sell gamer apparel these days.

8. An Expansion Pack

Again, this gift can be a thoughtful one if you know what games your Valentine is playing. Expansion packs add extra content to games, which shows that you have an interest in your Valentine’s hobby. Usually these cost half, if not less than the original game. Just make sure to only buy an expansion pack for a game they already have, otherwise it’s not going to work.

9. Pre-Order a Game

Is there a game your Valentine mentioned recently, but isn’t out yet? Pre-Order the game in advance for them. Not only will this gift stay in your gamer’s mind everyday until the game comes out, but you don’t have to wrap anything! Just put the pre-order receipt in with a love letter or in an envelope and you’re done.

10. Gamer Coupons

Finally, the most personal, and cheapest gift of the list. Make a couple of coupons for your gamer valentine they can exchange for gaming favors. Little coupons your gamer can exchange for “One Night of Undisturbed Gaming” or “1 Hour of Playing Video Games Together” are a last-minute gift idea that shows your love.