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From the Heart | What to Write in Your Valentine’s Day Card

Many people feel overwhelmed by the pressure to give their loved ones ‘the perfect Valentine’s Day’. It’s easy to get swept up in all the red and pink hearts exploding from every store as the holiday draws closer. Should you buy the chocolates? The jewelry? How about a puppy, or a new car, or a private island? After all, you want to show your special someone just how much they matter to you — what if you get it wrong?

Rewind. Freeze-frame.

Love — romantic or otherwise — isn’t something you can put a monetary value on. It’s not something you can ‘get wrong,’ and it’s certainly not something you can perfect. Any celebration of love should be focused on the love itself — not gifts, or expectations, or traditions. The act of loving someone is what matters.

Not the message you were expecting from a greeting card service? While it is true that we believe in the power of a well-thought-out greeting card, what our HELLOFROM team really believes in is authenticity — saying things like you mean it. A card is only as thoughtful as the, well, ‘thought’ behind it. Anything else is just a waste of cardstock.

We know what you’re thinking — where is the Valentine’s Day card writing advice?

Before you get yourself worked-up over wording, let’s talk about the unique origins, mythos, and meaning behind Valentine’s Day.

It’s Complicated | What's Valentine’s Day All About?

To put it frankly, no one really knows the truth behind this important holiday. Historians agree that the namesake most likely hails from Christian or Roman mythology, as many Valentine’s Day traditions stem from those two ancient cultures. However, with several legendary figures bearing variations of the name ‘Valentine,’ the origin of the name itself is shrouded in obscurity.

The three most likely Valentine candidates all come from Catholicism, in third century Rome: the Priest, the Bishop, and the Prisoner.

Legend has it that Emperor Claudius II once outlawed marriage for young men. He had decided that men without wives or families made better, more dedicated soldiers. However, Valentine the Priest found the law unjust, and defied the Emperor by performing marriages in secret. When the Emperor learned of his insubordination, he condemned Valentine to be executed.

The tale of the Bishop — Valentine of Terni — is similar enough that it is often confused with Valentine the Priest, as both were said to have been beheaded by Claudius II outside of Rome. However, plenty of historians contest that the two were in fact separate individuals — and either could be the inspiration for the holiday.

Finally, Valentine the prisoner was rumored to have aided imprisoned Christians from being tortured at the hands of their Roman captors. One story even claims that he was the first person to send a ‘Valentine’ card; he fell in love with a young woman who had visited him during his confinement, and before his death, wrote her a letter signed, ‘From your Valentine.’

Historians are also unsure as to why Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th. Some claim that Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of St. Valentine’s death or burial; others contend that the date was chosen to compete against the pagan fertility festival of Lupercalia, which traditionally took place on February 15th. Pope Gelasius outlawed Lupercalia at the end of the 5th century, and declared February 14th St. Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that Valentine’s Day became a holiday associated with love and romance.

Valentine’s Day is now celebrated in countries all across the world, such as Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Mexico, and Japan. Each culture brings its own unique traditions and customs. Although we will probably never know for sure just who this legendary St. Valentine was, or why February 14th has become a day for lovers, the common themes of love, sacrifice, and romance throughout all of these legends contribute to the holiday that we still celebrate to this day.

Written with Love | Make Valentine's Day More Meaningful With a Card

Valentine’s Day is consistently one of the most popular card-sending holidays around the world: and that’s not even including Valentine cards that are delivered by hand. Store bought cards are common, but there are plenty of people — especially school-age children — who create handmade cards for their loved ones. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; handwritten messages make people happy. They show that someone took the time to think about you — that they went out of their way to express what you mean to them, and how they feel. There’s intention behind a handwritten message. It’s something you just can’t get from an email or text message.

It makes sense that this intimate, thoughtful form of communication would blend so well with a holiday that celebrates love. But if the idea of writing a Valentine’s Day message gives you butterflies — in an anxious way — take a look at these ideas of what to write in a Valentine’s Day card.

Things to Say in a Valentine's Day Card for Significant Other/Partner

One of the best aspects of receiving a physical greeting card is that it can be saved. You can look at it again and again over the years, and remember the special person who sent it to you. That’s why a Valentine’s Day card is such a lovely, romantic gesture — and why you should definitely give one to your SO this year.

That being said, deciding what to actually write in your card can be tricky. Think about the special relationship you share; terms of endearment, memories, and inside jokes are all a great way to personalize a Valentine. You should also take into consideration the type of relationship you have. For example, if you and your partner have only been together for a month, a card declaring your undying love for them might be ill received. Likewise, if you and your significant other are engaged, you might write about your excitement for your shared future.

Try not to get too caught up in the idea of writing something ‘perfect’. If you say it from the heart, your partner is sure to love it. If you need inspiration for what to say in a Valentine's Day card, consider these examples;

New Relationship/Dating

  • I like who I am when I’m with you.
  • I love being with you, no matter what we’re doing.
  • I know we haven’t been together for very long, but a (girl/guy/person) like you deserves to be celebrated on Valentine’s Day.
  • You give me such a good feeling every time we’re together.
  • I’m so glad you didn’t turn out to be a serial killer.
  • Yay! We’re still dating!
  • I love spending time with you.
  • You bring out the better in me.
  • Getting to know you has been so much fun! I’m really excited to see where this adventure takes us.
  • Thanks for reminding me how much fun dating is.
  • I’m so excited to be sharing our first Valentine’s Day together. I hope it’s the first of many…
  • And they say dating is supposed to be tough—you make it seem easy to me.
  • We’re not single today! Yay!
  • We’re kind of new at this Valentine thing, but I just want you to know how exciting you are to me and what a good time I have whenever I’m with you.
  • I don’t know what’s next for us, but whatever it is, I can’t wait.
  • I love where this Us thing is going.
  • Thank you for adding so much sunshine into my life already. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • I’m excited for us.
  • We’ve got something really good here. 
  • We may not know exactly what this is just yet, but I like it. A lot.

Boyfriend/Girlfriend

  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Beautiful.
  • You’re the best, Babe.
  • I love all the adventures we have together.
  • We’re so awesome together.
  • You make the world better.
  • Tonight is all ours. I can’t wait to celebrate with you. 
  • Thanks for being my guy.
  • Thank you for being my Valentine. I hope I can give you the day you deserve.
  • Today and every day, you make me so happy.
  • Sweetness. Funniness. Hotness. Just HOW do you do it all?
  • I’m so happy we’re a thing.
  • I’m so happy to be on Team Us.
  • I finally understand what all the Valentine’s Day fuss is about! I can’t WAIT to celebrate you!
  • Thinking about you still makes my cheeks hurt from smiling so much. 
  • Always thanking my lucky stars that you’re my Person.
  • You’re my favorite part of every day.
  • Just thinking about you as I sign this card is making me feel all mushy and romantic.
  • My “with you” times are the best part of any day.
  • You’re so much more than my (girlfriend/boyfriend); you’re my best friend.
  • I knew you were special when I met you. But day after day, you out-special yourself.
  • WOW, I’m glad we’re dating.
  • You’re the best (girlfriend/boyfriend) ever.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Gorgeous.
  • I still can’t believe that someone as incredible as you would choose to be with me. I am in awe of you.
  • Every day is better with you in it.
  • I like you and I LIKE like you.
  • Valentine’s Day used to suck before I found you.
  • Thank you for making me laugh and smile every single day since the day we met.

Fiancé/Fiancée

  • Thanks for being my better half.
  • I’m so lucky to be the one loving you.
  • You’re the bright spot in my day, every day.
  • I picked the best guy ever to share my life with.
  • How on Earth did I get so lucky?
  • You make this life thing pretty awesome.
  • You and I are such an awesome Us.
  • My heart belongs to you, now and always.
  • Loving you is so much fun!
  • I would like all of your Valentine’s Days, please.
  • I couldn’t have picked a better person to give my heart to.
  • Especially today, I hope you feel how much I love you and how grateful I am to have you in my life.
  • My heart is all yours.
  • Thanks for being you and for being mine.
  • A lot of people like to say they’ve found their soulmate. But I’m the one who’s right about it!
  • Who knew that one day, we’d be getting ready to join our lives together? Me. I did. From the moment we met.
  • You’re everything I ever dreamed of in a (woman/man/person).
  • Can’t wait to do “I do” with you.
  • My happily-ever-after has already started.
  • I can’t believe I get to marry you.
  • You’re my forever +1.
  • I can’t wait to marry you.
  • You’re my Hallmark movie ending.
  • I’ve waited my whole life for a love like this.
  • We might not be official on paper yet, but we’re official in my heart.
  • You make life feel like a fairytale.
  • You’re the one. I’ve never been so sure of anything in my whole life.

Spouse

  • It’s cool to be married to your best friend.
  • Time goes by, but you’re just as gorgeous and exciting to me as the day we met.
  • I’d be so dang lost without you.
  • You’re my everything.
  • I get to wake up next to you each day. How cool is that??
  • Love doing life with you.
  • You have no idea how sexy you are.
  • Even after all this time, you still find new ways to enrapture me.
  • You take my breath away. Always.
  • Has it really been [10] years? I’d do it all over in a heartbeat.
  • Still not sure how I convinced you to marry me, but so glad I did. 
  • We’ve shared a lot of Valentine’s Days, but loving you never gets boring.
  • I love you more than ever.
  • You keep adding reasons why I’m glad I married you.
  • I’m so glad I married my best friend.
  • I don’t know where I’d be without you, but I do know it wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful.
  • Every time I look in your eyes, I fall all over again.
  • I love coming home to you.
  • I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful husband than you.
  • This will definitely be a kids-in-bed-early kind of night. 
  • Wishing the sweetest, happiest day to my forever Valentine.
  • You’re my love, my best friend, my forever Valentine.
  • You’re my forever love and I’m so grateful.
  • You give my heart peace over and over again. I love you so much.
  • We’ve loved through it all, and that’s what makes me so proud of us.
  • At the heart of it all, we’re friends. I love that. I love you.
  • You are my Valentine every day, in every way.
  • You have my heart forever.
  • We’re growing old together with a love that’s forever young.
  • These days, most people can’t remember a time when we weren’t us. That’s a sweet, sweet thing.
  • You still make me laugh like crazy. That’s true love.
  • We’ve loved each other through good times, rough spots and life’s joys and sorrows. I’m so thankful for that.
  • From fledgling lovebirds to salty old crows, I love that we’ve never lost our sense of humor…or the magic that makes us, us.
  • This love of ours can move mountains.
  • With all my love on Valentine’s Day and always,
  • Soulmate, best friend, partner — you’re everything to me and more.
  • Whenever I'm with you, wherever we are, I'm home.

General Things to Say for Valentine's Day Card

Valentine’s Day is often celebrated as a day for romantic relationships — but that doesn’t mean you can’t send Valentines to friends and family! If you care about someone, surprising them with a Valentine is always a good idea. Check out these ideas for things to write in a Valentine's Day card;

 to get you started;

For Family

  • I hope you feel loved and appreciated on Valentine’s Day. Because you are.
  • Love you in a big way, little guy.
  • You make my whole life more heart filled. Love you!
  • I feel a little luckier every day to have a kid like you.
  • Couldn’t be prouder of you. Couldn’t love you more.
  • My heart is always full because of you.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for all that you do for our family.
  • It’s so sweet having a [daughter/son/cousin/other relative] like you. Hope your Valentine’s Day is extra sweet, too.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day to the sweetest grandkid in the world!
  • You make this family about a million percent better.
  • [Dad], I hope you’re feeling really loved today. You are!
  • Hope your day is filled with reminders of how much you’re loved.
  • As my [Mom]…as a friend…as a Valentine…you’re the best!
  • You make me laugh. You make me think. You make me really glad we’re [sisters].
  • Thanks for all you do that makes my life happier (which is a lot!).
  • Eating a little chocolate cake in your honor, [Mom]. It’s not as good as yours, but it still brings back good memories of Valentine’s Days growing up!
  • We don’t always get to pick our [sisters, aunts, mothers-in-law, etc.], but if we could, I’d pick you again!
  • Aunt, mentor, friend — hope all the love you give comes back to you on Valentine’s Day!
  • Ever since [we were kids, you came into our family, I could remember, etc.], I consider myself lucky to have you as my [sister, mother-in-law, etc.].
  • You’ve always reminded me what’s most important in life…and today, it’s thanking you for being the best [sister, brother etc.]! 
  • You’re more than just an aunt — you’re the best one ever!
  • Because of women like you [Sis, Mom], I see the world as an amazing, inspiring place. Lots of love on Valentine’s Day
  • I’m proud of our family — because we’ve got people like you representing! Love ya lots, [name]!
  • Our family is CRAZY — aren’t you glad we can get past it and still love each other? Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • This valentine is for the coolest person in our family — from the other one, of course.
  • You’re such a great human — hope all the love you give comes back to you a million times more this Valentine’s Day!

For Fun 

  • You’re exactly what friends are for.
  • I’m so glad we can count on each other.
  • From your partner in crime.
  • It’s a day about love, and I totally love you, friend! 
  • If you wanna split a bottle of wine and big box of chocolate, I’m down. 
  • Who says Valentine’s Day is just for lovers? Annoying jerks, that’s who.
  • Our friend-love is so important to me.
  • Soul mates aren’t just a romantic thing. Thanks for being my friend soul mate.
  • Thanks for being the loyal and caring [friend] you are. Love you!
  • Here’s to a Valentine’s Day filled with good wine, good food and especially good friends like you.
  • Did you see where I put your valentine? Oh, wait…here it is.
  • Eat some heart-shaped candy and know that you’re loved. 
  • Friends like you should be celebrated every day.
  • Roses are red. Lovebirds are annoying. Where is the chocolate? Let’s start enjoying.
  • It takes 437 licks to get the words off a candy heart. You’re welcome.
  • Love you lots! And lots! And lots! (And lots!)
  • You’re sweeter than candy! And that’s really, really sweet!
  • Cheers and Happy Valentine’s Day to my [BFF, mentor]! Because you deserve every hug, heart and applause for being so amazing!
  • Just felt like you deserved some candy!

Other Types of Valentine’s Day Messages

Want to add a little something extra to your Valentine’s Day cards? Consider a religious message, a funny joke, or a meaningful quote! Here are a few of our favorite Valentine sayings for cards, along with some ideas for sending Valentine’s Day SMS;

Religious Valentine's Messages

  • God is good. I know because he gave me you to love.
  • Valentine’s Day is all about love, and there is no one better than you at spreading God’s love wherever you go.
  • When I needed a friend, God gave me you. When I needed a hero, God gave me you. When I needed a forever love, God gave me you.
  • You are my greatest blessing.
  • "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
  • "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." John 15:12
  • "We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19
  • “And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them, and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought” Quran 30:21
  • “Ani l’dodi, v’dodi li; I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” —Song of Songs 2:16
  • “Love is stronger than death.” —Song of Songs 8:6

Funny Valentine's Messages

  • I hope no one tells you, but you’re out of my league.
  • Somebunny loves you. Seriously. You’re very popular with rabbits.
  • Valentine, guess what? Love your butt!
  • Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you seriously not sick of me yet?
  • I’m yours. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges.
  • So far, so good. Here’s hoping I don’t scare you away before our next V-Day!
  • So happy we both swiped right.
  • I love you. Though I like you a lot better after my first cup of coffee.
  • I’m so happy and thankful to have found someone as weird as me.
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, I tried to write you a poem, Tippecanoe. (Please don’t break up with me.)
  • All I need in this life is you and me. Oh, and WiFi. And wine. And snacks. But that’s it, I swear.
  • Besides cheese, you are my favorite.

Quotes & Sayings for Valentine's Day

  • “A toast is the recognition your heart makes for the things you’re grateful for — and I cheers to you today!” ­  —Jill Jankowski  
  • “Friends make life a lot more fun.”   —Charles R. Swindoll
  • “My soulmate — the one who makes life come to life.” —Richard Bach
  • “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”   —Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “If you love someone, love them with all your soul.” —Henry Rollins 
  • “The greatest gift of life is friendship.”   —Hubert H. Humphrey
  • “Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.” —Travis Barker
  • “I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” — Arwen in The Lord of the Rings
  • “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — Harry in When Harry Met Sally
  • “To me, you are perfect.” — Mark in Love Actually
  • “I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” — Baby in Dirty Dancing
  • “I want all of you, forever, you and me, every day.” — Noah in The Notebook
  • “I’ve come here with no expectations, only to profess now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours.” — Edward in Sense and Sensibility
  • “I am in love with you. I know that love is just a shout into the void and that oblivion is inevitable. And that we’re all doomed and that one day all of our labors will be returned to dust. And I know the sun will swallow the only Earth we will ever have. And I am in love with you.” — Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars
  • “I think I’d miss you even if we’d never met.” — Nick in The Wedding Date
  • “You have bewitched me, body and soul. I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.” — Mr. Darcy in Pride & Prejudice
  • “When first we fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right.”— Mignon McLaughlin
  • “Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love.” — Leo Tolstoy
  • “I don’t want to live—I want to love first, and live incidentally.” — Zelda Fitzgerald
  • “Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • “Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps most fatal to true happiness.” —Bertrand Russell
  • “Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” — Paulo Coelho

Valentine's Day SMS 

  • Thanks for putting up with me. Love you!
  • You’re def the best decision I ever made. =)
  • Love you!
  • You give me all the butterflies.
  • Thanks for being awesome in so many ways.
  • Thanks for all your love and support.
  • Thanks for helping me get through my every day.
  • Happy Valentine’s to one of my favorite people. Ever.
  • Valentine’s Day and every day, I’m grateful for you.
  • Hope your day brings just what you want it to.
  • Hope your day is just as awesome as you are!
  • Big virtual hug incoming! 
  • Thanks for making my life way more fun.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day, Sweetheart.
  • Love you bunches and bunches.
  • Missing you and sending you a big Valentine hug!
  • I don’t love Valentine’s Day, but I love you. Thinking of you today.
  • Anything I do is better with you. xoxo
  • You are legit the coolest person ever.
  • You exceed every expectation of being a friend — love you lots! 

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