Hey nerds! Elliott Serrano here, your Redeye resident geek expert, with a warning...

It's coming.

That day that is as inevitable as a crashing meteorite in a movie starring Bruce Willis; and for some, as dreaded as a walk to Mordor.  You know what day I’m talking about, right? St. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and with it comes no small amount of anxiety among geek guys as they cry out “I don’t know what to do for my Valentine this year!”

It can be especially tough if you’re dating a geeky gal/guy and want to come up with something that appeals to their nerdier side.

Well, fear not my friends! This week I thought I'd have my fellow "geek dating" columnist, Kate Kotler (@adorkablegrrl), offer you her five best suggestions for geeky Valentines gifts and dates. And while she does give her suggestions from the female point-of-view, some of these tips can work just as well for gals trying to please their geek guy.

(You can also check out my gallery of Valentine's Day Gifts for the Geek Guy posted above!)

Take it away Kate!:

Thanks Elliott! These Top 5 Tips for a Geeky Valentine’s Day are pulled from actual dates and gifts I’ve received over the years. Really, anything can be turned into a geeky date/gift if you’re passionate enough about it. In the course of my adult life, I pretty much have exclusively dated geeks. (And, eventually married one! Yay!):

Geeky Valentine's Dates:

  1. A museum followed by dinner somewhere special: As a super nerd, I love learning about weird and obscure topics. One of the best dates I ever went on was to the Art Institute, where my date led me around by the hand - taking me to each of my favorite exhibits (for reference: the miniature rooms, Sunday on the Island of la Grande Jatte and the Chagall windows), where he asked me questions about why each was my favorite. He then showed me his favorites and explained why he loved them so much. Afterwards, he took me to dinner at my favorite sushi restaurant. I was blown away by the thought and consideration he put into planning this date. (This was an anniversary date, not a Valentine’s Date - just to clarify.)

  2. Geeky bar or cafe: Chicago is host to a bunch of really specific geeky recreation destinations. If you’re just getting to know someone and you want a low pressure Valentine’s Day date, it would be a great idea to hit up The Emporium Bar-cade, Geek Bar Chicago or The Wormhole for coffee or libations. If you’re not in Chicago, most big cities have geeky themed destination bars, cafes and restaurants (I hear Brooklyn has a Doctor Who themed bar… um, MUST VISIT) - get thee to the Googlemobile and search them out. If you can’t find anything suitable in your city? Either: Road trip! Or, grab coffee from a S-bux and visit your local comic book shop!

  3. Molecular gastronomy: Which in Chicago is better known as “dinner at Moto or Graham Elliott.” For those not familiar, molecular gastronomy is where science intersects with food. It is weird and whimsical and wonderful and very very tasty. Eating at Moto or GE does require a fair amount of cash and advance planning - but these are once in a lifetime experiences that will blow your date’s socks off.

  4. Cooking or tasting classes: On that note, yet a little more interactive - one-shot cooking or tasting classes are a great way to do dinner and drinks in a low pressure atmosphere where you’re interacting with a group and with your date. You can take classes on everything from whisky/wine/beer tasting -to- sushi making -to- cupcake decorating -to- full blown cookery courses. Best bet? Check out The Chopping Block Chicago for more information.

  5. Private cosplay: Do I need to explain this one? Let’s just say, if you prefer something more intimate, why not plan a special meal at home and follow it up with a marathon of your favorite show/movie, then follow THAT up with some private cosplay of your favorite characters. (TBH - this is probs what the hubz and I will do on Friday… a weird night where The Doctor meets Princess Leia… oh my oh my!)

Geeky Valentine’s Day Gifts:

Here are the best things I’ve received or given...

  • The Complete Star Wars Soundtrack -- I gave this to my college boyfriend one Valentine's Day and he still talks about how awesome a gift it was. He is now married with a kid and his wife (who is one of my besties) even agrees that I knocked it out of the park with that one. Conversely, he gave me the Star Wars Encyclopedia and a dozen red roses… so he’s no slouch, either.

  • Erotic comics -- A guy I dated for a while back in SF gave me mint condition, rare erotic comics from the 50s one Valentines day. We had a lot of fun reading them together.

  • Any book/comic you're passionate about -- One of the coolest things about my husband is that he constantly is giving me books to read. Generally, they are books he’s already read and loved, or books that he’s seen in his travels that he thinks I’ll like. On the flip side, a few times I’ve taken him to the comic shop and told him to put his hands out while I loaded him up with graphic novels I love or thought he’d love. It’s a pretty good way to show you’re thinking about what the other person likes or are trying to share part of yourself with them.

  • Little things based on a larger theme -- Again with the hubz: This Christmas, knowing that I’m a huge Doctor Who nerd, also knowing that he’s British and has access to DW swag that we never see here in the States, British Boy bought me a dozen or so small gifts that were all related to the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. (Be jealous, folks - when I’m not preggo I’m gonna be rocking a limited ed DW shirt that NO ONE ELSE IN CHICAGO WILL HAVE.) He had to independently collect these items over an extended period of time, which really touched me, as it showed he was thinking of me while he was away. Another cool thing: We didn’t really DO the holiday together (as we were in different countries with our families) and once he was back in Chicago, I kept finding these little gifts he’d left for me on my pillow, in the kitchen, in my work bag, etc… it was really sweet.

  • Really, anything from Think Geek or Her Universe -- Society pushes us to put so much pressure and meaning behind Valentine’s Day. Honestly, the best gifts I’ve ever received or given have been small, relatively inexpensive things, which thought was put into giving. That’s what really matters: Thinking about what the other person likes and then trying to find something creative that expresses that you think they are an important person.

    MEN: IMPORTANT TIP
    -- About buying a woman clothes -- Make sure to find out her size from a reliable source (her mom, best friend, roommate) -- DO NOT JUST GUESS. If all else fails, snoop in her closet and look at some tags in her wardrobe. Do not ruin your carefully planned Valentine’s Day with a stupid gaff such as buying her a geeky t-shirt wayyyyy too big for her frame or a Star Trek dress that she cannot fit into because it is too small. Trust me on this one, it will not end well for you.

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