Each year, on February 14th, we partake in the age-old tradition of celebrating love and affection with our romantic partners, family, and friends. Valentine’s Day is synonymous with sending heartfelt gifts, cards, and blooming bouquets. It’s the perfect day for those enchanting wedding proposals, as it offers an ideal setting to express love and commitment. But here’s the twist – it’s not just a day reserved for couples. In many cultures and nations, Valentine’s Day is an occasion to show acts of appreciation and fondness between friends. 

The icons of Cupid, hearts, and lace-trimmed flowers have become symbols intertwined with the essence of Valentine’s Day. While cards adorned with these charming symbols often feature pre-written romantic or sweet phrases, the most genuine way to convey your affection is to let your words come from the heart. Check out the following 45 message ideas for inspiration on what to inscribe in your Valentine’s Day card. 

Valentine’s Day Card Etiquette 

Valentine’s Day may make you think of classroom days or over-the-top sentiments, but sweet or funny messages are enjoyed by everyone too. They are a light-hearted way to show family and friends how much you care. Somehow, though, the words to adequately express our feelings can elude us once we sit down to write. 

Valentine’s Day Messages for Her

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In need of the perfect message to go along with your special Valentine’s Day gift for her? Here are six ideas you can’t go wrong with! You might be worried your wife or sweetheart will have high expectations, but all you need to be is sincere and yourself. Speaking from the heart will let her know that she is loved and cherished.

  • I always looked for someone I could live with, but I ended up with someone I couldn’t live without.
  • Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.
  • I’m so excited to be sharing our first Valentine’s Day together. I hope it’s the first of many to come!
  • Have we really celebrated Valentine’s Day for ten years? I’d do it all over in a heartbeat.
  • You mean everything to me. Happy Valentine’s Day to my one and only.
  • I was never a fan of this holiday until meeting you, my sweet Valentine.

Valentine’s Day Messages for Him

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He is your champion and biggest supporter, so take the opportunity on Valentine’s Day to let him know how lucky you are with a romantic message crafted just for him.

  • Enveloped in your strong and welcoming arms is my favorite place to be.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day to my handsome man!
  • You are the love of my life — always have been, always will be. Happy Valentine’s Day to the man of my dreams.
  • You have always been there for me when I needed you most. You’re a shoulder to cry on and a helping hand.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day to my special man!
  • Valentine’s gifts are thoughtful, but nothing compares to the love we share. You are such a romantic husband and I am so lucky to have your heart.

Valentine’s Day Messages for Friends

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Your close friends know and understand you, and are sure to appreciate a friendly message on Valentine’s Day!

  • Good friends are like the stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.
  • Wishing someone close to my heart a warm and wonderful day.
  • A wish for a Valentine’s Day as sweet as you are!
  • May your life be filled with the kind of heartfelt beauty that you bring to mine.
  • Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say.

Valentine’s Day Messages for Parents

valentines day card ideas for parents

You might not think about sending a Valentine’s Day card to your mom and dad, but for all the love they’ve given you over the years, it’s always a good time to make them feel appreciated.

  • As my Mom…as a friend…as a Valentine…you’re the best!
  • Eating a little chocolate cake in your honor, Mom and Dad. It’s not as good as yours, but it still brings back good memories of Valentine’s Day growing up!
  • Without you there would be no me. It’s as simple as that! I love you with all my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Valentine’s Day is about so much more than just love. It’s a time to value those who have always been there, just as you have always been for me when I needed you most.
  • Dear Mom and Dad, your love has been the reason for me being a loving, caring and kind person because I have received these qualities from you two. Thanks for being so full of life and love!

Valentine’s Day Messages for Siblings

valentines day card ideas for siblings

We can wish a happy Valentine’s Day to every person we love, including our family. With siblings, you can add inside jokes and memories from your childhood to make your message extra special.

  • May your Valentine’s day be filled with love, sweetness and all of the things that make your life wonderful!
  • You’re a cool sister. You have always been. You are so much more than just family. You’re also my best friend!
  • In all of our moments we are sisters, through and through. I love you!
  • Life is awesome because I have you for a brother!
  • Brother, I must admit. When it comes to being a great Valentine, you are definitely IT!
  • Having a brother who is also a friend has been a big part of what has made my life happy. Thank you so much!

Funny Valentine’s Day Messages

funny messages for valentines day cards

You already know if your valentine appreciates your sense of humor, and if they do, don’t be afraid to be funny when sending messages with your unique Valentine’s Day gifts. The safest bet is to make fun of the holiday itself, rather than your recipient.

  • I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.
  • You stole my heart, but I’ll let you keep it.
  • Sometimes I wonder how you put up with me. Then I remember, oh I put up with you. So we are even.
  • You’re the best person to spend this annual obligation with.
  • All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Friendly Valentine’s Day Messages

just friends valentines day cards

Valentine’s Day is more than a day to celebrate love and romance. Coworkers and acquaintances also appreciate a friendly message on this sweet holiday.

  • Nothing short of wonderful would do for a Valentine as wonderful as you!
  • Have fun on Valentine’s Day, and don’t eat too much candy.
  • You’re always on my mind and in my heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • So many of my smiles begin with you!
  • Hope your Valentine’s Day brings you happy thoughts, good times and lots of love!

Valentine’s Day Messages for Kids

valentines day cards for kids

Kids are probably the easiest people to write for because they’re already so excited just to receive a card addressed to them! Illustrations pair well with a message to kids too. Even a few hearts or smiley faces will put a grin on their face.

  • Sweet treats on Valentine’s Day help us remember to be sweet to each other. And you’re one of the sweetest kids ever!
  • Life is filled with lots of things that make it all worthwhile, but none is better than your little smile.
  • Even in a fairy tale where every dream comes true, I could never hope to find a son/daughter as sweet as you.
  • Right from the start, you stole my heart.
  • With all the things you do, the smiles you share, the laughter too, with all the dreams you make come true. It’s great to have a kid like you!
  • I love you THIS much!

Adding personalized touches such as a pet name or a shared memory can make the message that much more special to your Valentine. A personalized Valentine’s Day gift is another wonderful way to express your love and appreciation!




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