For a slightly different card or gift this Valentine's Day your independent bookseller might have the answer.
For a more sophisticated take on the Valentine's Day card what about these unusual cards from Marijana Dworski? This one is “Thousand and One Nights” inspired by 1900s Spanish Modernista movement:
Barbara at March House Books has some rather different vintage cards: This cute card is a Valentine for a teacher:
Barbara has some other lovely vintage cards which you can view here, here and here.
If you're looking for a romantic gift then Charlotte in Love : The Courtship and Marriage of Charlotte Brontë is available as a signed hardback from CL Hawley Books:
Also available is Auden in Love : The Intimate Story of a Lifelong Love Affair, a memoir of the relationship between Auden and the American Chester Kallman.
Another sweet idea is an appropriate book of poetry. How about Elizabethan Love Lyrics:
or Love Poems on the Underground, both suitable for the cash-strapped, are also available from CL Hawley.
Another unusual gift is this charming music score from March House Books, Why Don't You Fall in Love with Me?:
March House Books also have some fun picture book titles including Cupid and True Love both by Babette Cole.
And if you must buy chocolates and roses, they're available in book form too. Orangeberry Books have a nice copy of The Love of Roses : From Myth to Modern Culture, signed by the illustrator, and there are lots of books about chocolate at Books and Bygones.