How to: Write a non-cheesy Valentine’s card

Monday, 2 February 2015


Writing a card that shows your love and admiration without sounding cheesy isn’t everybody’s forte. Most of the time it’s hard enough to say it out loud, let alone arrange it into poetic sentences on a piece of paper.

This Valentine’s Day, we’re here to help – no more over-the-top cheesy cards with over-affectionate, yet impersonal, messages. This year, it’s your turn to write your own!

There are three basic rules to remember when writing a Valentine’s card:

Be simple and keep it short
Men are simple creatures, and they like things to be straightforward. Keep your message concise and clear – they’ll appreciate it much more than the two-page essay you were conjuring up.

Don’t make it too feminine
Yes, you want to put your own stamp on it, but glitter, frills, hearts and sequins are appealing to you, not necessarily to him. Keep the card simple and the design not too detailed.

Say what you mean
Do you love him? Want to reveal yourself as his secret admirer? Tell him straight – Hallmark may be making a living out of long and contrived love poems, but when it comes to cards, less is more. A simple “you mean the world to me” or “I love you very much” speaks volumes.

Click on the link below to download cute Valentine’s Day cards. Using the hashtag #bsasharethelove, send us a pic on Instagram or Twitter of your card and gift – we’d love to see how you spoil your man this Valentine’s!

Click here to download.

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Anien studied English and journalism before heading off into the world of beauty. An undercover "tree hugger" and fashion lover, she's usually found with her nose in a magazine. She has far too many bottles of nail polish and is completely lost without her lip balm. Anien on Google+

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  1. Tanya Lawrence

    I made my own card but emphasized that every day is special because we’re together – not just Valentines day or birthdays.

    3 years ago •


    Valentines cards are so sweet :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Laura Williams

    I love this! Guys truly love it when you say what you mean!

    4 years ago •

  1. Maryam Jacobs

    I love it! Totes printed the download :) I am going to make a booklet out of it and stick it on his rear view mirror in his car when he fetches me on V-Day :)

    4 years ago •

  1. anisha

    Thanks for the hint! I agree that a card should come from the heart. No need for fancy presents , real love is the best gift!

    4 years ago •

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