Heartfelt Love Letter: What to Write in a Valentine’s Day Card

Rekindle the art of writing love letters and thoughtful thank you’s this Valentine’s Day with helpful tips for penning a meaningful message to your beloved.

It’s easy to feel cynical about Valentine’s Day but what’s not to love about a yearly reminder to make a total fuss of your favourite person. But it’s not all about grand gestures, when it comes to giving cards it really is the thought that counts. 
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As a stationery designer and someone who will spend an embarrassing amount of time choosing just the right greeting card for friends and family, I often rely on the beautiful design to express the sentiment on my behalf. But I believe Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to shower your loved one in affection with the help of a heartfelt message. Who would say no to a love letter or two?

But what do you write in a Valentine’s card without it sounding cheesy or just a bit naff?

If you’d like to write a little more than ‘love you’ or even ‘you’ll do’ in your Valentine’s Day card this year, here’s some inspiration for when you next sit down to write a personal and heartfelt message, whoever the card is for.

Valentine’s Day Cards are not just for romantic couples

The 14th February isn’t just for loved up couples, you can give a Valentine’s card to anyone special in your life whether that’s a partner, family, or your best friend. Don’t take it for granted they know how you feel and even if they do, sometimes it’s just nice to be reminded.

Express your affection for a significant other or thank a friend who means the world to you. A handwritten missive is the perfect way to remind our favourite people just how important they are to us, to keep us connected or to give us that feel good factor.

Write something heartfelt to make your favourite person feel loved and appreciated

I’ve shared my reasons for sending physical greeting cards before and nurturing our most important relationships by giving Valentine’s Day cards is no different. A heartfelt message, handwritten inside a beautiful card makes the most significant people in our lives feel loved and appreciated. In our digitally driven world, such special correspondence has become extraordinary and makes for a lovely keepsake that can be treasured for years to come.

What to write in a Valentine’s Day card?

If you find yourself lost for words focus on your relationship and why that person is important to you. Make it personal and keep it specific. Writing about a shared experience or affectionately reflecting on the unique relationship you share will instantly feel heartfelt and genuine. Try one of these prompts to help get the ink flowing.


  • Your favourite memory of them

You don’t need big declarations of love or cringeworthy poems to express how much they mean to you. Reflect on something you’ve done together as a couple or as friends. Reminiscing fondly about your favourite memory together will be enough to make them smile.


  • A list of reasons why they’re special

Show someone you love a bit of extra appreciation with a Valentine’s card full of all the unique and wonderful reasons why you love them. Your list can be romantic, thoughtful or funny. A fun, feel-good sentiment that makes the perfect keepsake for every kind of Valentine.


  • A thoughtful thank you

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for romantic couples, it’s the perfect time to acknowledge and appreciate anyone important in your life. Write a thoughtful thank you to a kind-hearted lover or as a sweet gesture for a life-long friend to say thank you for their unconditional love and support.


  • A promise for the future

Skip the generic ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’ message and make a heartfelt promise instead. Rekindle long-term love with a handwritten vow to spend quality time as a couple. Anything from a promise, to schedule regular date nights to trying something new and exciting together in the future.


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15 Short and Sweet Valentine’s messages

And if you prefer to keep things simple, here’s a list of one-line messages for anyone special this Valentine’s Day. Choose from sweet sentiments for a significant other to a thoughtful thank you for your best friend.


Cute Valentine’s Day Messages for a New Relationship

You’re my favourite person, Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope your day is as amazing as you are 

Our first Valentine’s Day together, I’m looking forward to more adventures with you


Sweet Valentine’s Day Messages for a Long-Term Relationship

My favourite place in the world is right next to you

I’m so lucky to have a partner as amazing as you, thank you for all that you do

You’re my love, my best friend, my forever Valentine

Fun Valentine’s Day Messages for an Engaged Couple

You’re going to make such a beautiful bride, I’m the luckiest person alive

To my wife-to-be, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you

45 days until I can call you my husband, Happy Valentine’s Day

Romantic Valentine’s Day Messages for a Husband or Wife

You’re my best friend and I love you more everyday

We’re growing old together with a love that’s forever young

The little things we share make every day magical

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Messages for a Friend

Thank you for being by my side through thick and thin, Happy Galentine’s Day bestie

I couldn’t wish for a kinder, more supportive friend, our friendship means the world to me. Love you!

Wishing you all the love and happiness because no one deserves it more than you.

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