17 Creative Valentine’s Day Card Ideas
For those who appreciate the lost art form of putting pen to paper, This selection of greeting cards is sure to stir your creativity—and charm your significant other in the process. Since all of our card choices offer a blank canvas inside, you’ll have plenty of room to pen your innermost thoughts, feelings, and, perhaps, even a poem if the mood should strike. If your love is a musician or just a lover of classic tunes, he or she will certainly get a kick out of the attractive “Our Love Is Solid Gold” card, which displays a gold record and lettering across the front. The fanciful “To The Moon And Back” option, which offers a beautiful multicolor illustration of a sleepy moon, bright gold stars, and fluffy clouds, will no doubt be appreciated for its intricate handmade nature (not to mention the environmentally friendly ink that’s used). You might have trouble picking just one!
Funny Grammar Card
For those who never forgot all of the rules from those elementary grammar lessons and won’t let any slip-ups go (no, not even in text messages!), here’s a comical card that subtly compliments your Valentine’s intelligence, too. The card features the words their, they’re, and there in big bold letters. Beneath that, it says “I love you because you know the difference.” The text is printed on 100 percent recycled brown kraft paper and comes with a matching envelope. It’s blank inside, so you can write your own grammatically correct message. The card does ship from the United Kingdom, so you’ll want to order early—the seller recommends allowing five to seven business days for delivery.
To Buy: $3.50; bettieconfetti.etsy.com.
Obligatory Valentine’s Day Card
If one (or both) of you aren’t too keen on expressing your emotions—or Valentine’s Day in general, for that matter—let this silly card do the talking this February 14th. A hand-lettered design—“obligatory overly mushy sentimental Valentine’s Day card”—is printed in neon pink ink on the front of 120-pound white cardstock. The card is blank inside, so you really can pen your own sappy love letter… or you could just let the card do the talking and write a simple “I love you.” The card comes packaged in a clear cellophane sleeve and, to the delight of procrastinators everywhere, arrives in just three days.
To Buy: $5; rowhouse14.etsy.com.
Toilet Paper Card
There are two types of people in the world: those who hang their toilet paper in the “over” position and those who display it in the “under” position. True love is being on the same wavelength when it comes to this age-old discussion—or at least this funny card thinks so.
To buy: $6; amazon.com.
With so many dating apps out there (Tinder, Match.com, Bumble, The League… just to name a few!), this modern day card couldn’t be more relevant to a large percentage of relationships. Browsing said apps may feel laborious, subjective, and sometimes even superficial, but this card lets him or her know it was all worth it—you swiped right and now you’re lucky enough to have them in your life. The card, which is blank inside, is printed on recycled kraft paper and comes packaged in a clear cellophane bag. Orders ship within two days of purchase.
To Buy: $5; silviaveronica.etsy.com.
Instagram “Like” Card
To some people, a “Like” on social media is a big deal. If the second most important thing (you’re the first, of course) in your significant other’s life is their Instagram feed, this is the only card for them. Plus, it’s pretty Instagram-able, too right?
To buy: $6; minted.com.
For anyone with a serious hot sauce addiction, choose a card that will add a little spice to the romantic holiday. This unique card features a Sriracha bottle that’s heat embossed in white and then hand painted red and green. Rather than the usual logo, the bottle features a complimentary message: “You are hotter than Sriracha.” Inside, the card can be personalized with your choice of 11 different messages, including “Happy Valentine’s Day,” “I love you,” or blank. Red and white baker’s twine adds a nice touch, too. A matching envelope is included with each card.
To Buy: $4, nuts4stampin.etsy.com.
Dear Valentine Card
If you have a hard time formulating just the right words to tell your partner why you love them so much (we get it—mushy and sentimental isn’t for everyone!), let this card be your guide as you pen your Valentine. The card features prompts “I thought you should know that” and “So I’m sending you” with wild, tame, and comical selections (“you turn me on,” “you’re beautiful,” or “you’re always right”). You can even choose your salutation (“xoxo,” “with love,” or “with lust”). The card is blank inside, in case you’re feeling inspired to write a little bit more.
To Buy: $3; papersource.com.
My Heart Is Stuck on You Card
Love is one thing we won’t mind pricking us. This sweet card takes a prickly cactus and makes it Valentine’s Day appropriate with a punny phrase and heart-shaped leaves and flowers.
To buy: $6; minted.com.
Yellow Owl Workshop Lapel Pin Magic Card
If you don’t generally exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, this card will last a little longer than a piece of paper, but won’t break the bank. The colorful card, which says “you are magic,” is printed using a risograph technique, which means the vegetable-based ink is printed one color at a time. (We wouldn’t be surprised if she wanted to frame it for her desk!) As a bonus, a lapel pin is fasted to the design, giving her a fun accessory for a jean jacket, book bag, or bulletin board, too. Each card comes with a matching envelope.
To Buy: $14; urbanoutfitters.com.
Love Solid Gold Card
This bold and bright card—exclusive to Paper Source—will undoubtedly be a hit (pun fully intended!) with the vintage record collector in your life. Designed and printed in Chicago, this gold-lettered greeting card features an image of a record with “OUR LOVE IS SOLID GOLD” proclaimed in large capital letters. It’s blank inside, so you can pen your own message. A bright neon pink envelope ensures it stands out in his or her mailbox.
To Buy: $3; papersource.com.
I Love You a Bushel and a Peck Card
Even if your Valentine is too young to remember the beloved Doris Day song that inspired this sweet card, the sentiment remains the same. Printed on premium cotton paper, this card is handmade on a 100-year-old letterpress for the ultimate in authenticity. This item arrives with a red envelope and is shipped first class to ensure a speedy delivery (perfect for any procrastinators out there).
To Buy: $5; cherrylaurelstudio.etsy.com.
You’re My Chew Love Card
This one’s for the Star Wars mega fan in your life. And an added bonus, it combines Chewbacca and that iconic scene from Say Anything when John Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler holds a boombox outside love interest Diane Court’s house while blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” It’s a match made in pop culture heaven.
To buy: $6; papersource.com.
Bee Mine Card
This straightforward greeting card, featuring “Bee Mine” in red text along with an illustration of a bumble bee, is sure to appease a nature-loving Valentine. The heavy card stock feels simply luxurious, and each card comes with a brown paper envelope for the ultimate in chic simplicity. The owner of M Press is a graphic designer by day, and custom makes each card on one of three vintage letterpresses she’s acquired over the years, ensuring a precision, quality, and craftsmanship that’s hard to match. She can also collaborate with you on a custom card (or invitation!) project if you have something particular in mind.
To Buy: $3.50; mpresstudio.com.
Toaster Pop-up Card
Want to give your valentine a surprise this year? Gift them this adorable pop-up card. It opens up to reveal a toaster and two pieces of toast that pop out. The cover of the card is shaped like a retro toaster with heart details.
To buy: $10; amazon.com.
Let’s Ride Tandem Card
For the bicycle enthusiast in your life, this cute kraft paper card is the perfect way to say “I Love You.” Each three-by-three inch card is paired with a matching envelope. Just be sure to note: Because of its tiny size, this card is better suited as a present topper than as a greeting card. A set of four (or more) is also available for purchase, as are other fun designs for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
To Buy: $3; whoiamdesign.etsy.com.
To the Moon and Back Card
This whimsical design from Rifle Paper Co. is sure to delight your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Once she’s read your message, it’s pretty enough to showcase in a small frame on her desk or vanity. The company uses environmentally friendly paper and printing techniques before assembling each card by hand, so you can feel good about this purchase, too. Includes one blank envelope.
To Buy: $6; anthropologie.com.
My Type on Paper Card
Show your loved one that they’re exactly made for you with this witty card. They’re 100 percent your type on paper and in your heart, too. The quirky illustration makes it lighthearted and not too overly mushy.
To buy: $5; asos.com.