Valentines Day: Hallmark Holiday or Romantic Reality –
After recently blogging about great Valentine’s Day gifts and craft projects, the next logical post seemed like it should be “Where to find the best Valentine’s Day cards”… a no brainer, right? But after a little thought and tinge of remorse, I began to wonder if all of these Valentine’s Day blog posts were a wee bit hypocritical. Why, you might ask? Well, I have always considered Valentine’s Day something of a “Hallmark Holiday.” You know… a holiday that exists primarily for commercial purposes, rather than to commemorate a traditionally or historically significant event. So, after a bit of contemplation (not too much – after all I’m not solving any of the world’s problems…merely blogging about style) I decided that it was time to take a stand on exactly what Valentine’s Day means to me. So here goes…
Hallmark Holiday or not, to me Valentine’s day is a day to show a little extra appreciation for the special people in our lives; a boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, or co-worker. So whether you do it with a note, a phone call, a gift, or even just a smile, make someone’s day this February! Oh and if you are worried about the commercial exploitation that comes with being a Hallmark Holiday, why not shop small and support the local businesses in your town! In honor of that thought…here are 10 of our favorite Valentine’s Day cards, all made by small businesses.
Amazing Valentine’s Cards from Rifle Paper Co.
Always love Etsy for great cards, especially this one by 1canoe2
Total throwback! Available on Etsy by Indie Berries
Snow & Graham sends you love with this pretty card
Assorted cards by Smock Paper available at Design Works
Octopus Valentine’s Day Card by Pup and Pony
Mr. Boddington Valentine cards are too cute!
Sugarcube press cards available at Design Works
Star Wars Valentine by Somebody Loved on Etsy
You’re a Keeper Message Box by Lucky Bug Paper Co.