I myself will be sending the kids to school with $2.99 24-packs of valentines bought last year at 90% off. But if you were not there with me, riffling through the stacks trying to find a box of Hello Kitty and a box of shape-shifting stickers among the twenty thousand boxes of whatever TV/movie character wasn’t as popular that year as the manufacturers had expected, perhaps you are instead riffling through the current stacks at their current prices and thinking “Meh.”
And yet—do you really want to sit at the table with the kids and MAKE valentines? How good are you at cutting out a heart shape? How about 24 of them, plus 2 for the teachers? And wait, do you have more than one kid? Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg. Suddenly Valentine’s Day seems like a very nice time to support an artist.
Some of these sets come with envelopes, some with stickers; some are folded, some are flat. Some of them can even be personalized with your child’s name, though I’d skip that: I love the look of little kids’ signatures.
Mix and Match Valentine Cards by Stitches & Scraps on Etsy (12 for $9.00 plus $2.00 shipping in the U.S.) (photo from the shop). There’s a dinosaur, a bee, a whale, etc., and you can choose how many you want of which ones. My favorite is the hedgehog, and I don’t see any reason I couldn’t send these to my own friends.
Little Critters Mini Valentines by AE Designs on Etsy (6 for $2.50, plus $1.75 shipping in the U.S.) (photo from the shop)
Dinosaurs Valentines by Letter C Design on Etsy (24 for $12.75, plus $2.50 shipping in the U.S.) (photo from the shop). Next year if Henry goes to preschool I’m getting these. I like how they’re in a 24-pack just like the store ones.
You are Sweet Valentines by Letter C Design on Etsy (24 for $12.75, plus $2.50 shipping in the U.S.) (photo from the shop). You can specify hair and eye color, and you can also get GLASSES. When I saw these, I had a pang of regret about the Hello Kitty ones I already got Elizabeth.
Hi Valentine! cards by Moncher Designs on Etsy (40 for $18 plus $5.95 shipping in the U.S.) (photo from the shop)
Mini Valentines by Lucky Lu Creations on Etsy (10 for $5.50 plus $2.00 shipping in the U.S.). Aw, look at the sheepie on its little sticks! And the pretty heart bouquet! And I love the different fonts.
Bee Mine Cards by Senojal Designs on Etsy (10 for $10 plus $2.00 shipping in the U.S.) (photo from the shop)