Valentine’s Day cards for real relationships

Let’s get something straight: Whether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is for suckers. For one, showing appreciation for people you love shouldn’t be a once a year kinda thing. Then there’s the expectations. If you think paying premium prices for supermarket red roses and a shitty dining experience is the way to someone’s heart, you’re doing it wrong. And, is it just me, or does celebrating with friends turn you into a terrible drunk girl cliché, even if you’re a dude? </rant>

If material things are a must, consider the gift of honesty. Emily McDowell’s awesome greeting cards first caught my eye at Pigment, since they’re both beautiful and bold — you know, the kind that leave you laughing in the aisle and simultaneously wondering why there aren’t more cards like these. For less than the cost of a carne asada burrito (my currency of choice), you can share your true feelings with single friends, long-term lovers, and technology junkies alike. Order today to get ’em before the 14th, or send one in June, just because!

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Read more about Emily in her recent Etsy feature and follow her on Instagram for behind-the-scenes magic with a healthy dose of sarcasm.