It’s almost Valentine’s Day and flow­ers would be a great gift if your Valen­tine didn’t prefer the smell of a new book over a fresh rose. This Valentine’s Day, make an evening of the things your favorite book nerd loves most with a lit­er­ary-themed night in. Here are some of the roman­tic, fun­ny, and fun book­ish gifts avail­able at Kards Unlim­it­ed to help you plan the night!

1. Out of Print T-Shirts

Set the tone for the evening with lit­er­ary shirts from Out of Print! Throw on match­ing Where the Wild Things Are tees before show­ing off your wild sides (ahem). The Alice in Won­der­land design (pic­tured) will lead the way down the rab­bit hole of love (ahem). Com­fort­able enough for sleep­wear, trendy enough for day­wear, your Valen­tine won’t be able to get enough of their shirt.

2. Bookish Jewelry

Gift the one you love (or real­ly real­ly like) book-themed acces­sories to fin­ish the look. Voz cuffs and pen­dants are per­fect for a Valen­tine-on-a-bud­get. Designed for pop cul­ture and lit­er­ary buffs, designs range from the bold (Books are sexy”) to the roman­tic (“You have bewitched me body and soul”).

Kathy Brans­field Neck­laces are hand-stamped neck­laces will sweep your sweet off her feet. Made of ster­ling sil­ver with gold-plat­ed brass over­lays, roman­tic themes include Tennyson’s icon­ic quote, “If I had a flow­er for every time I thought of you I could walk through my gar­den forever.” Cue the swoon. Here are some oth­ers, includ­ing for your bestie; don’t for­get Galentine’s Day is the Mon­day before Valentine’s Day!

3. Get Cookin’

Once you’re both dressed for the occa­sion, warm things up in the kitchen with din­ner from a lit-inspired cook­book. From the play­ful 50 Shades of Chick­en to cook­books inspired by the Out­lander and True Blood series, we’ve got plen­ty of cheeky, sexy, and deli­cious options to choose from. Make the meal solo or turn it into a team adven­ture; some­times two cooks are more fun than one!

4. Harry Potter Games

Ron and Hermione. Har­ry and Gin­ny. Always. Any­one who says the Har­ry Pot­ter series isn’t roman­tic is a dirty filthy liar. While the 32nd shade of chick­en is in the oven, have some light­heart­ed game time with Har­ry Pot­ter Triv­ial Pur­suit, Hog­warts Bat­tle, or Har­ry Pot­ter Clue. I’m sure there are ways to make it sexy, if that’s your kind of thing. Remem­ber, Gryffind­ors, this is Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to win.

5. Temporary Tattoos

Now that you’re all roman­tic over HP, you’ve prob­a­bly real­ized you’re soul­mates. But before you go get match­ing Always tat­toos on your first Valentine’s togeth­er, try some­thing a lit­tle less per­ma­nent. Go the sen­si­ble, roman­tic route with a set of Jane Austen tat­toos, or the dark but just as fun Edgar Allen Poe set. “The Tell-Tale Heart” is kind of Valen­ti­nes-y, right? I mean, it’s got a heart.

6. Coloring Books

All right, the Raven­claw won Triv­ial Pur­suit in five min­utes flat and tem­po­rary tat­toos are now plas­tered over arms, legs, faces, and the dog, but there are still fif­teen min­utes before din­ner is ready. What to do? Let your love relax and col­or pic­tures from their favorite books while you set the table. Whether col­or­ing siz­zling sce­nes from Out­lander and Game of Thrones, or re-liv­ing child­hood with The Lit­tle Prince, Lit­tle House on the Prairie, or Har­ry Pot­ter, col­or­ing books are all the rage right now for a rea­son.

7. Poetry

What’s sweet­er than dessert? Poet­ry. All right, don’t skip dessert. That would be a bad choice on Valentine’s, but cer­tain­ly add to the sweet­ness with some poet­ry recita­tion. Not a poet? We have you cov­ered. Love poems are always a great choice, but if you’re look­ing for some­thing for year-round, we also offer themed books of poet­ry cov­er­ing just about every­thing, includ­ing pets and ani­mals, music and the blues, mar­riage, par­ent­hood, soli­tude, and even a book of erotic poems. Take your pick, it’s hard to go wrong.

8. North Ave Candles

Time to get cozy before the evening’s main event: read­ing! (What’s bet­ter?) Pull out the plush­est blan­kets and add some ambiance with a North Ave Can­dle. Heat things up with a Fahren­heit 451 inspired can­dle, which smells of smoked pine and parch­ment, or play some jazz and light a gin, juniper, and daisy Great Gats­by can­dle. Offer­ing more than a dozen book-inspired scents, North Ave Can­dles are made right in Pitts­burgh!


9. Tea

Almost ready to cud­dle and read, but don’t for­get the best friend of book nerds: tea! Tea Forte’s heart-shaped gift sets will warm your Valentine’s heart, but any of the sam­plers are strong choic­es. Choco­late tea will sati­ate the sweet tooth, while teas for the heart will show you care. The Tea Forte Noir fla­vors are espe­cial­ly fun for after dark. Don’t know where to start? Our staff hap­pens to love tea, and we love to talk, so feel free to ask­for rec­om­men­da­tions.

10. Books

Now the best part of the evening, it’s time to read! We may be called Kards Unlim­it­ed, but we also have a pret­ty awe­some selec­tion of books. Bet­ter yet, we’ve com­piled a spe­cial sec­tion with our favorite love and romance books to make shop­ping for your Valen­tine even eas­ier. From Pride and Prej­u­dice to Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies, and tear-jerk­er Me Before You to Aziz Ansari’s comedic Mod­ern Romance, there’s some­thing for every taste and romance lev­el.

Come on in to Kards Unlim­it­ed for more great ideas to make your Valentine’s Day one for the his­to­ry books. And don’t for­get your Valentine’s Day card while you’re here!

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