Gone are the days when we made valentines in school out of paper plates and doilies, relishing guilt-free in the seemingly unlimited craft supplies, and handing out democratically the finished product to everyone we knew. Sure we might celebrate with friends, or secretly hope for a homemade card from the kids, but let’s face it: We are adults now, by golly, and we usually have to narrow it down to one special valentine these days. We all know to book the reservations in advance, and pick up the flowers, but who has time to make a card? Still, nothing says “I love you” quite like that timeless tradition of writing those exact words. 

Although the written letter might be going the way of the dinosaur, I still have hope for the greeting card. Short and to the point, they personalize any and all occasions. Greeting cards make us laugh, make us cry, make us smile while holding small pieces of artwork in our hands. At most, they can make a powerful statement on a special occasion. At the very least, browsing through them in a store entertains us while waiting for our shopping buddies to finish up.

There is still time to buy the perfect Valentine from a Baltimore source. Gift stores, boutiques, and even some wine stores have stocked up on cards for your last-minute needs. You can also buy from local artisans online if you aren’t planning to be out and about before the big day. Here are a few cards from local artisans and boutiques that ought to do the trick:

You and Me Forever by Bowerbox Press. Online at bowerboxpress.com
Hearts and Crows by Burdock & Bramble. Available at Artifact Coffee 
Laser cut Baltimore Bench by Annie Howe. Online at anniehowepapercuts.com
Various designs by Peas and Cheese available at Remington Wine Co. 
You’re My Favorite Cardio Workout in stock at Brightside Boutique
Love at First Sight by Eric Leland Manufactury sold at Baltimore Museum of Industry
Foil Heart by Hello Sweet Grace. Available online through etsy.com
Love u Boo one-off glitter cards available at Double Dutch Boutique

Rachel Bone

Rachel Bone is a regular contributor to the Baltimore Fishbowl.

One reply on “A Roundup of Baltimore’s Best Valentine Cards”

  1. Hi! Didn’t see this until just yesterday, but thanks for including me on this list!! I was so excited to stumble across this!

    Lauren (Hello Sweet Grace)

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