Remember when Valentine’s Day cards used to come with scratch ‘n sniff stickers, candy treats, and stick-on-tattoos? As kids, we said, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” by picking out a pack of cards for our classmates, signing our names, and that was it! The annual Valentine’s Day card exchange during our school days was fun while it lasted. Nowadays, Valentine’s Day in our adult lives seems to require a lot more than just our signature on a simple card. In addition to a meaningful gift, a thoughtful, well-written message on the accompanying card is essential. 

The added pressure of knowing what to write in a Valentine’s Day card can add pressure to Valentine’s Day in general. So if you’ve finally picked out the perfect gift for your loved one, BFF, or significant other, and you’re still struggling to find the right words to write in the perfect card, we have a few ideas for what to include. Whether you’re in love, out of love, or just need a few Valentine’s Day quote ideas to add to your blank card, explore our tips below for what to write in your Valentine’s Day card.

6 Steps for Crafting the Perfect Card

  1. Put extra care into the greeting of your Valentine’s Day Card. This is what they’ll see first so you’ll want to start with something that’s a reflection of your relationship to them. Perhaps it’s a nickname, an inside joke, or a romantic term of endearment. 
  2. Wish them “Happy Valentine’s Day.” Tried and true, no Valentine’s Day card is complete without this easy-to-write phrase.
  3. Make it personal to them. What kind of Valentine would they like to receive? A funny card with lighthearted wishes? Or a more serious one, complete with a romantic message and poem? No one likes receiving a card that sounds generic or insincere. Whether it’s a coworker or that special person in your life, make sure to put some thought into what Valentine message would please them most.
  4. Include a Valentine’s Day quote. Quotes are a great way to incorporate a romantic sentiment, words of wisdom, or thoughtful anecdotes when you’re struggling to find the right words.
  5. Sign the card. Similar to your greeting, your closing line should reflect your relationship with the recipient. Close with “Sincerely” or “Best Wishes” for a friend, coworker, or acquaintance. Try “With Love,” or “Warmly” for your favorite person, best friend, fiancé, or mom
  6. Exceed expectations. While sending just a handwritten card is a great way to celebrate this special day, think about supplementing your card with a Valentine’s Day gift. Some gift ideas include gourmet food to accompany a romantic dinner, a classic flower bouquet, candles, wine, or chocolate treats. Not sure what to give your loved ones? Consider a unique valentine’s day gift set that’s specially curated just for them.

Valentine’s Day Message Ideas

Still have no idea what to write? Below are a few Valentine’s Day wishes to fill your blank card:

For Your Significant Other

  • I love our life together. Thank you for all that you do.
  • You’re my favorite person to do life with. So excited for our future together.
  • You are the best thing that ever happened to me. Thanks for making me laugh, and for being my best friend.

For Your BFF

  • What would I do without you? Thanks for being my best friend.
  • Sorry you’re stuck with me—no refunds or exchanges!
  • Happy Valentine’s to my favorite person. Ever.

For Family

  • Love you and miss you! Hope you have a special day.
  • Appreciate you and everything you do! Happy Valentine’s Day.
  • You are so loved! Thank you for all that you do. Happy Valentine’s Day.

For Anyone

  • Hope your day is filled with lots of love and chocolate
  • Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

Valentine’s Day Quotes

And of course—we can’t forget about those Valentine’s Day quotes! Here are few favorites we’ve collected over the years:

  • “I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.” – Paulo Coelho
  • “Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.” —Audre Lorde
  • “You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.” —Albert Einstein
  • “We are all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love. True love.” —Robert Fulghum
  • “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” —Audrey Hepburn
  • “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” —Alfred Tennyson
  • “A friend is someone who knows all about you, and still loves you.” —Elbert Hubbard

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right words to say, especially on a high-pressure holiday like Valentine’s Day. Regardless of what you say or where you get your inspiration from, make sure your message is honest and thoughtful. Your recipient will surely appreciate you taking the time to show them how much you care.

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