Feb 3, 2011 8:42 AM
Says Kimberley: "My boyfriend and I have been going out for 4 months (will be almost 5 months on V-Day) and we are both a bit on the geeky side. He is into gaming (pc or xbox), loves Indiana Jones and we have both just got into a lego phase again (No Indiana Jones lego though. We did that for Christmas :D ). There isn't a lot he isn't into as he is willing to give most things a shot. I was mostly hoping for something kind of cute/sweet/romantic to suit the day but also something that he likes. Thing is, I just don't know what that is!"
Hi, Kimberley! This is Marian. Shopping for your boyfriend turned out to be kind of dangerous, since I now want a lot of this stuff for myself! (Self-control. One of these days.)
Leading off with the LEGO, there's the spectacular 1) Imperial Flagship ($180), if he's the swashbuckling type, the very cultured miniature 2) Fallingwater ($100), if he's a Frank Lloyd Wright fan, this detailed and way-fun-looking (if not necessarily historically accurate) 3) Medieval Market Village ($100) and, if you'd be up for further investments later, the 4) Emerald Night train ($100) which can be turned into a working model train with the correct paraphernalia. Model trains are pretty cute, right?
I don't know if he liked the surprisingly learned Young Indiana Jones TV series, but the 5) 12-disc Volume 1 ($43) would make a great gift if he did. For a little unusual but literal sweetness, you could add some Lindt chocolate bars - maybe 6) pistachio ($4.50) or 7) stracciatella ($3.50).
And to wrap up with his gamer side, in a retro way, you could pick up 8) Konami Classics Volume 1 ($15), which contains original and enhanced versions of Super Contra, Frogger, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - or this 9) plush Goomba ($17). (I'm very amused by his seeming to squish the medieval village with his mushroom foot in the above collage.)
Have a very happy first Valentine's Day with your guy, Kimberley - and if you end up with a LEGO megalopolis, send us a picture?