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How to Pick the Perfect Card for Your Valentine

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in. I'm also a booklover- see my reviews at
Published January 23rd 2013
Love it or loathe it, there's no denying that Valentine's Day has become a commercial success- raking in the big dollars for enterprising companies who deal with love and romance, and manipulating consumers to spend small fortunes on their loved ones for the sake of appearances.

Let's face it, if you don't actually get involved in the day (and you have a partner) there are only a few deductions that can be made about your behaviour, and all of these have been pushed onto us (and enforced) by the businesses whose biggest profits come from February the 14th. These (negative) deductions are as follows:

a). You're a miserly scrooge who doesn't think your partner deserves anything special on a day when almost everyone is getting some love. Trust me, everybody likes to receive a present, regardless of the occasion.

b). You're trying to be cool by bucking the trend to spend (because Valentine's Day has just become so commercial). Sure, the day has become a big money-spending spree, but you can still show your love without spending your dosh.

c). You've decided that you're not giving each other presents? Or having anything to do with Valentine's Day? How dodgy of you! It's one day in the year, why not take advantage and enjoy it?

Luckily, for some, all that is required on the day to remedy these problems is to purchase a card and shower a whole lot of attention on the love of your life. While I can't show you exactly how to do this (I'd be a little concerned if you don't know how to show your partner unlimited adoration), I can help you with the countless choices involved in choosing a relevant Valentine's Day card.

With so many options available, you have to know what kind of message you would like to send in your card. Do you want to come across as a lovey-dovey romantic? Or would you rather a slightly naughty or risqué approach? There are plenty of cards available in the shops that can cater to all sorts of ideals, and if you can't find what you want, you can always make your own.

Cute Cards

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
Some examples of cute cards

These are the ones that feature teddy bears and a whole plethora of cuteness. Often given to a female partner, these cards are perfect for the girl who is young at heart and loves receiving soft stuffed toys as presents. You are also more likely to receive a card like this from your girl if it's the kind of card that she likes to get, because if she likes teddy bears, then surely you do too… right?

Naughty Cards

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
Some examples of naughty cards

On the opposite spectrum of the cute card is the naughty card- hinting at possibilities for some Valentine romance in the bedroom. These cards are not only suggestive, but they're perfect if you want to hint at taking a relationship a step further, or if you want to add a bit of a spark to your already physical relationship. These cards are better kept private (ie. Not displayed on the mantelpiece). Also be wary of giving them to partners who are not quite ready for the implied messages the cards send.

Humorous Cards

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
Some examples of humorous cards

Believe it or not, there are quite a few cards out there that are actually funny. Sure, some of the humour in them can be pretty cheesy, but the majority of them are sure to get a laugh, or at least raise a smile with even the most despondent partner. Just a note: there shouldn't be any reason why your partner would feel despondent on Valentine's Day while in your company- if they are, then you must be doing something wrong!

Quirky Crafty Cards

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
Some examples of crafty-looking cards

Nothing says "I Love You" like a handcrafted card, even if it wasn't actually made by you. There are a whole range of cards out there (to suit all budgets) that feature cardboard cut-outs, felt, quilling (which is a curled paper artform) and other scrapbook-style crafts. Not only do these cards look more unique than your average cardboard creation, but it looks as though you've gone to some effort, even if all you've done is go down to your nearest newsagency and purchased it.

Traditional Cards

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
Some examples of traditional cards

If you don't want anything too unique or clever, and just want to convey the message that you love and cherish your partner, then you can't go past the traditional Valentine's Day card. Favoured more by the older generations, these cards generally feature love hearts and roses, and will often have a verse written about how lovely the recipient of the card is. Although these cards can be quite pretty, younger couples may be better off buying a more modern style of card.

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
These retro-style cards are perfect for the superhero in your life

The above are only some of the many variations of cards that are available on the market. If you go to your local newsagency, craft market or even the supermarket, I'm sure you'll find the perfect card to suit your loved one. Just think about the type of person they are, the type of person you are, and try to find a card that suits you both. Good luck!

How To Pick The Perfect Card For Your Valentine
This ferris wheel card is cute, opens up in three stages with a verse on each part, and the crafty-looking wheel spins- a great mixture of a few different styles of card!
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Cost: Prices range from about $4 and up, depending on the brand and the complexity of the card
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