Valentine’s Day is the one day in the year dedicated to celebrating all the varieties of love relationships – between family members, romantic partners, and friends. Greeting cards are a great vehicle to help us express how we feel to those special people in our lives, and for Valentine’s Day, it’s nice to say just a little more to make it personal.
Let’s say you’ve found the perfect Valentine card, but there’s this voice in your head urging you to add a few words of your own – just to show a little effort. Kind of like going for the A+ instead of settling for the A! But what do you write in that blank space at the bottom of the page beyond XOXO and your signature? We’re here to help you find the words that say what’s in your heart!
Mom/Dad/Parents – Since a parent is the nucleus of the family, this one’s pretty important! Consider mentioning something specific about why they’re so special to you. Think back to something they’ve done for you recently and thank them for it. Maybe it was a bit of advice or some help with a project or “rescuing” you from a difficult situation or just listening to you.
• “Thanks, Mom, for helping me with _____. Love you!”
• “Nobody makes my fave pancakes like you, Dad! Love ya!”
• “Mom & Dad, thanks for always being available to help with the kids. Love you lots.”
Daughter/Son – Your kids! You love ‘em to pieces, whether they’re young or grown! Why not remind them that you’re so proud of them for a specific accomplishment, that you appreciate them for something they’ve done or something that makes them unique, or that you just enjoy spending time with them?
• “I really admire your sportsmanship.”
• “You’re such a thoughtful person – I love how you always remember to _____.”
• “You’ve got the biggest heart.” “Love you so much for the caring/fun/considerate/
honest person you are.”
Granddaughter/Grandson – They’re the apple of your eye, the ones you love to spoil, even if they’re all grown up! Here, too, focusing on something that’s unique to them is the best possible sign-off! Let them know you’re proud of their accomplishments or tell them how much you enjoy their company and/or hearing from them.
• “Can’t wait to spend some time together soon so we can [bake cookies/play a
game/catch up, etc.]”
• “So thrilled to know you’re happy [at school/in your new home/with the new
Husband/Wife/Partner – When you’re in it for the happily-ever-after, you know how easy it is to just take stuff for granted. Here’s your chance to write an intimate little note to the most important person in your life. Mention something only the two of you would understand…use a pet name, reference an inside joke or compliment, or say you can’t wait to spend special alone time together.
Boyfriend/Girlfriend – Whether you’ve declared your love or you’re not quite “there” right now, this is the perfect opportunity to express yourself to that special someone. If you’re an established couple, you could reference a few romantic ideas mentioned above. If you’ve only been together for a few months, you could simply write something about time or experiences you’ve shared, or offer a compliment.
• “I love hanging out with you.”
• “It’s fun seeing our relationship grow.”
• “You’re so easy to be with.”
CARDS FOR THOSE SOMETIMES-TRICKY SENDING SITUATIONS
Blended family “mom,” “dad” or kids.
No matter your family’s make-up, it’s always nice to acknowledge your family members for the unique role they play in your life.
• For the “mom” or dad”: “So glad we’re in this together” or “Glad we’re family.”
• For kids: “You’re so considerate! I love how you ______”
• “You’re so dependable! I can always count on you to_______”
Brand new love interest. If you’re in a new relationship, keep your message light, fun (and flirty, if you’re comfortable. Consider referring to a fun moment from your last date.
• “Dinner was fun. Let’s do it again soon!”
No matter who your recipient is, it’s important to remember it’s the thought that matters – especially in this era of digital communication, when people truly value receiving greeting cards. So just have fun, don’t stress about it, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
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