While Valentine’s Day means gettingprice-gouged on flowers and spending $90 for dinner on a random day in February every year, I have to say the expectation to find a prewritten, mass-produced message that accurately conveys my feeling is probably my least favorite part.
Compared to oversized stuffed animals, hearts filled with slightly too many coconut-filled chocolates and the many uncomfortably bloated encounters you might have after two bottles of Champagne, there aren’t any cards I’ve seen worthy of inspiring the emotional reaction they imply you should have.
I’m not trying to knock the statistical anomalies who have actually found a Hallmark card capable of capturing their feelings, but there’s a reason Mr. Deeds could never get his ideas made into reality — traditional greeting card companies refuse to adapt to the times.
Thankfully, there are some visionaries out there coming up with cards specifically designed to prevent people from quickly glancing at the message before “awwwing” politely and discreetlytossing it in the trash.
This year, aim to give a card that won’t get thrown away.