If Valentine’s Day is a holiday invented by Hallmark to sell cards, then consider this my formal declaration of rebellion...or at least polite dissent.
This is hardly anything new. My husband and I have always preferred handmade notes of love instead of a corporation’s interpretation of acceptable emotion. Handmade cards are all about the personal and honest touch, admitting that bed head is never attractive, but that the love in this relationship is far more powerful.
Nothing against Hallmark, since some of their cards are quite hilarious and endearing, but some levels of intimacy, honesty, and nerdiness require that personal touch.
The past month has been pretty nutty, so I’ve actually been contemplating buying a card. (gasp!) This might be a first in our nearly seven years together! Not ready to fully drop the authentic feel of a handmade card, I turned to Etsy and all of its magical wonders.
Who knew they had so many clever, nerdy, and honest cards! Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you all.
Sappy and sentimental, snarky, clever, or witty? Which one would you chose?
LittleLow - Her ode to that famous Dr. Seuss quote was a favorite card I stumbled across on Pinterest. She has some sweet, sentimental cards with great design.
Wit and Whistle - Her shop is clever, funny, and just a little bit morbid!
MOD by Mel - She's got you foodies covered...and all you snarky people too.
PageFiftyFive - They do say honesty is important in a relationship...and this is quite honest.
The Fuzzy Bee - For all of the foodies who know the importance of a good pairing.
Somebody Loved - Where my nerds at? Love Star Wars? Star Trek? The Doctor? Check out this shop!
Nightly Doodles - She has some funny, genuine cards with adorable graphics.
Pockets of Film - ...then the voice inside my head and I could go on a real date!
Julie Ann Art - Ah Love! Turning even our worst habits into adorable little nuggets about you since the stone age.
Darkroom and Dearly - And what list of mine would be complete without a shout out to the paleontologist lovers of the world? And just about every other nerdy lover is included in this shop too.
Breath of Fresh Stationary - For those who love clever word play and have a significant other who can read between the lines.
Panic Attack - All I need now with this romantic Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference is a towel. On that note, this shop also had some hilarious cards from Big Bang Theory!
Eliza Stein Design - Morbid and educational!
Emily McDowell - Simple and so true. And isn't that all you really need for a Valentine's day card?
Flaunt it Friday,