It’s pretty easy to write in Christmas and birthday cards. When it comes to Valentine’s Day, it can be difficult to find the right amount of emotion without seeming overly affectionate–especially if you’re just expressing sentiments to close friends or family. How do you write a thoughtful message in a Valentine’s Day card? We’ve got some tips for you.
- Know Your Audience–You never want to write the same message for two people. Knowing who you’re writing the card for will help you figure out what to write. The message you write to your parents should be different than the message you write to your significant other or spouse!
- For Your Significant Other/Spouse–Don’t hesitate to be affectionate in your Valentine’s Day card to your significant other or spouse. Use “I love you,” “dear” or any other terms of endearment you have for each other. You can include a memory of a sweet (or funny!) moment between the two of you to make the message even more special. Got the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for him? Tailor your message to match the present! Your significant other or spouse will cherish the card you give them. If the relationship with your significant other is new, avoid any innuendos or declarations of love–unless you’re both in agreement it’s okay.
- For Your Close Friends–You can be affectionate and emotional in these cards, too! Your close friends have probably seen you at your best and your worst, so use the Valentine’s Day card to show them how much you appreciate their friendship. Include a sweet message about how your friendship started or a fun trip you took with them. You can even be specific and discuss a difficult time their friendship helped you overcome.
- For Your Parents–Tell your parents how you appreciate their guidance and love through all the years of your life. Discuss the sacrifices you know they made and describe how it shaped you into the person you have become. If you found your mom the most amazing personalized gift, make sure the message in your card reflects it.
- For Your Siblings–Include lots of humor when creating Valentine’s Day messages for your siblings. Write about the time they got in trouble for something you did, but follow it up with a thank you message for always being there for you when you need them. You can talk about any difficult times you endured as a family and how thankful you are their love got you through it.
- For Your Grandparents–A simple, sweet message to your grandparents about how much you love them is perfect. They will be so excited you were thoughtful enough to send them a message. You can include a sweet message about spending time at their home or growing up with them around to spoil you with love, too!
- For Your Coworkers–If you have a great relationship with your coworkers, share a sweet message with them. Tell them you’re glad to work with them and look forward to working with them in the future. They’ll love that you included them in the holiday!
- For Your Kids–Don’t forget to include your kids in the holiday! You can create a hand-made card and tailor the message to their age. The older they are, the more intimate you can make the message. Even if they’re in that teenager stage where they hate everything, they’ll come back to your card later and appreciate the sentiment you put into it.
The message isn’t the only part of the Valentine’s Day card that matters. When looking for the perfect card, find one that matches any personalized Valentine’s gifts you found for your friends and family. Look for cards that also represent you. If you’re not the type of person who likes curled calligraphy and overly affectionate messages, don’t give out cards like that! The cards will mean much more if they match your personality. If you’re the comedian amongst your friends and family, don’t hesitate to give out cards with humorous messages that have a sweet ending.
Creating the perfect Valentine’s Day card message can be a difficult task, especially for those who struggle with finding the right words for their emotions–and that’s okay! Even a simple “Happy Valentine’s Day!” can go a long way, especially if your friends and family know you’re not one for big, romantic gestures. As long as the message comes from a place of love, your messages will be well-received by anyone you give them to.