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5 Irish-designed Valentine’s cards to give some extra grá this year


by Erin Lindsay
24th Jan 2020
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If you don’t dig the generic I Love You’s from the garage card selection, order these Irish Valentine’s cards for a surprise


A lot hangs on a Valentine’s Day card. Get it right, and tearful kisses will be the soundtrack of the day, and it will make its way into a memory box, saved to show the eventual grandkids. Get it wrong (or, worse, don’t get one at all) and you’re left with a less than loving reception.

Big gestures and presents are lovely on Valentine’s Day, but often, your partner just wants a symbol of how you feel about them, and a great card is a perfect way to do that. Whether you want to create your own sonnet to declare your love, or would rather let the card do the talking, there are so many options out there. And if you’re trying to buy Irish this year, it’s the perfect time to start.

We Irish are well known for our way with words, and some of our best artists and illustrators have brought that wit to the card stand, with Irish-made Valentine’s Cards to show your soft spot for your loved one. Get ahead of the curve and get ordering these ahead of the big day next month.

Pop-up bouquet from Paperbear

Paperbear are known for their intricate pop-up paper designs, with cityscapes and winter wonderland scenes at Christmas normally their bestsellers. We knew they’d go all out with a Valentine’s design, and this pop-up bouquet of roses means you can say it with flowers. From €4.75.

Spicebag love from Fingerdoodles

Is there really anything that says ‘I love you’ more than a spice bag on Valentine’s Day? Keep your fancy restaurant nights out (and everywhere is fully booked by now anyway) and give a card that actually shows how much you know them. From €3.

Begrudging affection from Hazel K Designs on Designist

If you’re the type that finds it a little hard to show affection on Valentine’s, a funny little card like this one from Designist is the perfect option. We’ve all heard the words before, whether from a partner or a parent, when our desire for a little card on a big occasion is deemed wildly overdramatic, and it’s a great way to poke fun at our little quirks. From €3.50.

 

Fairytale romance from Rachel Corcoran

If it’s good old-fashioned romance you’re after, Dublin artist Rachel Corcoran’s dreamy and detailed designs are perfect for Valentine’s. This Happily Ever After card will work beautifully for the day, but can also be saved as a print afterwards by simply popping in a frame — win-win. From €4.50.

 

“You’ll Do” by Stephen Heffernan for Designist

A funny card disguised as a pretty sappy one is what an Irish Valentine’s Day is all about. This one from Designist sums up all good relationships — the spirit of saying “f*ck it” and diving in. Just make sure they know how much they really mean to you with your message inside.


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