If you’ve got a friend who’s found the Leia to their Han Solo, the Doctor to their Rose, the Android 18 to their Krillin – then this list is for you. Your friends’ wedding is all about them – so why not get them a gift that reflects the nerdy stuff that’s near and dear to their hearts?
We know it’s tricky to find nerd stuff if you aren’t a part of their favorite fandoms – which is why we’ve scoured the internet for the best nerdy wedding gifts out there, so you don’t have to. Whether they’re Disney adults or avid gamers, we’ve got you covered – even if you left shopping to the very last minute.
Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve got in store for you to day:
So let’s get to it!
Before we get too deep into the recommendations, let’s talk about the option of gift cards. If you aren’t familiar with your friends’ favorite fandom or nerdy activity, this can be a great way to make sure they end up with a gift they love. So if you know their invitations were styled like Hogwarts letters but you’ve never picked up a J.K. Rowling book – or your RSVP requested you select a light saber color but you don’t know Boba Fett from Boba tea – this is a safe option.
Plus when you use GiftYa, your gift is super convenient to send (and also to use). Select from thousands of local and national brands, customize your gift, and it’s off like Team Rocket blasting off after another misadventure. Your gift will be in their inbox or text messages in seconds – or you can schedule it for a specific day and time.
But the bride and groom will also love using their GiftYa. They can redeem it from their phone like any other egift code, or they can link it to a credit card they carry with them all the time anyway – the balance will automatically kick in when they make a qualifying purchase.
Not sure what nerds in love might like from the GiftYa catalog? Here are a few of our recommendations:
Not feeling the digital options? You can always customize a physical Visa gift card for your nerdy bride and groom with Gift Card Granny’s build a card feature, too. Just choose a photo of one of your favorite memories together for the front, add a personal message, and a physical card is on its way.
Video games – particularly classic 2D platformers – often get looked down on as nerdy, but if you’re looking for a game you can play with your friends (or new spouse), they’re the perfect choice. The Nintendo Switch is built to play together – it can be used as a handheld game, or the controllers on either side detach so you can get another player in on the action.
The best part? Many Nintendo games are extremely accessible – so if one or both members of the happy couple don’t have a lot of gaming experience, they’ll still be able to have fun. More difficult games are also available on the console, too – like the Assassins Creed games and the Arkham trilogy – so it’s a good console for all skill levels.
PS - With a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, all of their favorite classic games – like Mario Bros, Metroid, Kirby, Megaman, and more — come included.
Complete the Gift: Text a Nintendo eShop gift card so they can stock up on couch co-op games to play together.
Perfect for the couple with a caffeine addiction. This is a great gift idea because it can be tailored to any franchise your friends nerd out over. These matching video game controller mugs are a cute option for avid gamers, but you can also check out some of the suggestions below for more specific nerd franchises.
We’ve all had those magical moments we wish we could freeze and hang onto forever – and for the nerdy couple in your life, one of them is coming up soon. You may not know the exact place and time that they met, but if you have your wedding invite handy you can create a thoughtful gift with a snapshot of what the sky looks like on their wedding day for them to keep forever.
The Night Sky lets you customize your design with constellations, grid lines, and color choices. This gift is where science meets romance.
Help your favorite nerds prepare for their first holiday as a married couple. Ornaments are a sweet and simple way to commemorate special events – moving into a new place, adding a new member to the fur fam, and of course, tying the knot, too.
Like many of the ideas on this list, you can tweak this gift to fit your friends’ specific interests. We love these handmade, 8-bit Link and Zelda ornaments on Etsy. If you’re feeling particularly crafty (or don’t have time to wait for shipping) you can always take the DIY approach to make something similar yourself.
You can find grid designs of their favorite characters, or use an 8 bit character generator to create portraits of your friend in this retro game style. Make a quick stop to the local craft store to find Perler beads, and you and your iron will have the gift wrapped up in an afternoon.
Sets of china, silverware, or crystal are among some of the most traditional wedding gifts out there, designed to help set the happy couple up in their new life together. So why not put a nerdy spin on it?
These Lord of the Rings-inspired champagne flutes commemorate the love story between the mortal man Aragorn and immortal elf maiden Arwen, who gives up her immortality to be with the one she loves. The Tree of Gondor represents Aragorn’s homeland, and the Evenstar is a symbol of Arwen’s love.
Fans of Disney and Pixar movies will remember this scrapbook from the movie Up. The film starts with the story of Carl and Ellie, who fall in love, grow up, and get married. They always mean to travel together, but life keeps pushing their plans back. Before they’re able to go on their grand adventure, Ellie passes away. But by the end of the story, Carl discovers that Ellie was happy with their life together – and considered it the greatest adventure of all.
Whether your favorite nerdy couple has a grand honeymoon adventure planned or they fill up the pages of the scrapbook with the little adventures of everyday married life, they’ll be happy to have the memories to look back on as the years go on.
Complete the Gift: Text an Airbnb gift card so they can get the adventure started.
Gotta catch ‘em all? Well, maybe not anymore. Celebrate the “catch” that your favorite Pokemon fans made in finding each other with these adorable bride and groom pikachu plushies. Pokemon Center sells officially licensed Pokemon merchandise – and these little plushes are available in western wedding attire (pictured here) as well as traditional Japanese garb.
DnD reigns supreme amongst nerds as the favorite board game. While digital trackers and character builders have made organizing and running a campaign easier than it was in yesteryear, a game of Dungeons & Dragons is still a big time commitment for the Dungeon Master and players alike.
If DnD is a part of the happy couple’s life, why not set them up with a game-themed home goods like this coaster set?
Complete the Gift: Text an Amazon gift card so they can stock up on their other favorite things.
Say goodbye to boring date nights! Marriage might be the end of their single lives, but it’s the beginning of a whole new adventure. A grand experiment, if you will. Perfect for scientists or any other type of nerd, this book of science experiments will take the newlyweds back to their days as students.
From testing who can keep their hand submerged in ice water the longest to examining your decision-making preferences in a chocolate-themed experiment, this book is packed with 50 fun experiments to help you learn with (and about) your spouse.
Complete the Gift: Text a gift card to Michaels, where they can find lots of crafty supplies they may not have on hand at home.
The nerds in your life would love any of the geeky gifts on this list. We hope that these ideas have inspired you to find a wedding gift your favorite couple will really love.
Haven’t fallen in love with any of these ideas? Not to worry. The GiftYa catalog has thousands of local and national brands to choose from. So whether you’re looking for their favorite arcade or their favorite theme park, you’re sure to find something the nerdy couple in your life would be happy to unwrap on their big day. Happy shopping!