No matter what gift you give for Valentine’s Day, a card should accompany it — instead of something you can grab at a drugstore, why not elevate with something a little more special (no offense meant, but we’ve banned anything Hallmark or American Greetings from this list). Amazon has a surprising number of cards whether you’re looking for something tasteful or artsy or slightly naughty — they’re so cheap, you can afford to toss a few in your basket and pass them out to friends, friends’ kids, or that nice receptionist Mildred.
Funny & Punny Valentines
A sweet card from Florida-based Rifle Paper Co. Not since Robin Hood has an illustrated fox looked so handsome.
The old “ice cream/I scream” pun does it every time.
Sweet for couples whose idea of a romantic evening is a large pepperoni.
A cute sentiment — flirting while doing chores into our golden years! — for a couple of any age.
This book of postcards has plenty of puns for every type of valentine, including your “palentine,” all illustrated with adorable llamas.
Touch the chocolates and you’ll notice they’re raised on the paper — and prettier than anything you could get at Godiva.
The paper bouquet on this card doesn’t give you much room to write, but the intricately designed flowers should do most of the talking anyway.
A delicate scene of a couple under cut-out dogwood blossoms.
No matter how long your relationship lasts, this paper pop-up rose will certainly never lose its bloom.
For something less literal, here’s a pop-up Valentine’s Day card featuring two slices of bread popping out of a toaster.
So, not exactly a card per se, but how precious is this birdcage tableau? You can write a message on the table right next to the other valentines propped up.
Flower seeds are packed in a thin layer of compostable paper — put them in some dirt and watch the plants sprout.
Record up to 90 seconds of yourself saying “I love you” to your partner — or of Whitney Houston from a computer speaker.
Valentines Meant for Kids, But Great for Adults
What adult man (or woman, for that matter) wouldn’t want to turn a valentine into an airplane?
This kids’ coloring book is therapeutic way for adults to make personalized cards, too.
These Hello Kitty valentines include glitter temporary tattoos for both kids and hipsters alike.
Whether you love someone a latte or just want to wish them a yummy Valentine’s Day.
These cootie catchers are DIY valentines, fortune tellers, and if nothing else, a way to spark a conversation.
Instead of handing out packs of Sweethearts, hand out cards that look like Sweethearts.
Or you could just give out candy.
If your kid’s in a treat-free classroom because of allergies, these Super Mario Brothers valentines come with gold coins …
… While these unicorn valentines come with glittery tattoos.
Retro & Vintage Valentines
Retro valentines from the ’50s and ’60s repurposed for today are way too adorable.
You can punch out these mini-valentine cards from the pages of this book from Golden Books (which you might know as the publisher of The Poky Little Puppy).
Send a Victorian postcard to your Brontë-obsessed valentine.
This set of Valentine’s Day cards is inspired by vintage playing cards.
For the valentine who takes hearts literally.
If you’re of the mind that the only note to be given should be on clean, heavy-stock, ecru paper, trust these from Crane & Co.
These aren’t strictly valentines-themed, but who wouldn’t love charming renderings of elephants, owls, and cupcakes adorned with hearts?
Perfect for friends, this blank card gets the sentiment across without being cloying about the whole thing.
Because why should greeting cards be strictly for men and women?
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