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Preface: I love Valentine’s Day. I don’t love Hallmark Valentine’s Day, where you have to buy schmoopy cards and DeBeers Diamonds and Victoria’s Secret lingerie and 1-800-Flowers red roses by the dozen with a box of Godiva chocolates to boot. What I love is red and pink (two of my favorite colors), construction paper garlands, hearts of all sorts, and general proclamations of affection. Sure, you can do all of this all the other days of the year, and you should, but it’s extra fun in February. In fact, I jumped the gun and rocked a pink sweater, a heart necklace, and red lipstick yesterday. All month, you’ll catch me looking like a living Valentine.

It’s been a while since I did an Etsy roundup, and I thought Valentine’s Day was the appropriate time–might as well put to good use the hours I spend finding beauties on Etsy and adding them to my ever-growing favorites list.

Now, I’m usually of the opinion that the best Valentine is a handmade one. The best Valentine Jon ever gave me, he made of markers and glitter. It was a Simpson’s joke and featured a train and said “I Choo Choo Choose You.” (Get a replica here.) Another time, he decorated a card with a poem from one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson. If you’ve got a Valentine, I highly recommend you go the handmade card route.

But if you don’t want to make a card yourself, buy one handmade by someone else! I took the liberty of making you a cool Valentine card shopping guide. Some of these cards are so cool, you could give your sweetheart a frame to go along with it, and he or she could hang it on the wall and enjoy it long after Valentine’s Day. (Click any image to be taken to the seller’s Etsy shop.)

OK, so this one's not frameable, but if you have a ninja wannabe in your life, this card from seller Cookie Bits is a sure hit.

This photo Valentine from seller NomadicNotebook is frame-able for sure.

Do you know someone who was super amped when The Beatles tracks became available on iTunes, even though they already owned the entire library? This card from vandaliastreetpress is for him!

I'm a dog lover. I'd love this card from scoopofsugarpaper.

I always tell Jon he's my favorite person in the whole wide world. Love this card from SteelPetalPress.

This card from JellyBeanJ would be perfect for the Twitter lover in your life.

I really should get this one for Jon. He always sees me clicking away on my phone and asks "Are you tweeting?"

Do you make passes at cuties in glasses? This card from maddesign is for you.

It takes a special special someone to appreciate an animal anatomy joke on a valentine. But I love it.

A Valentine for your favorite word nerd.

Just lovely. Totally a framer.

One of my very favorite poems, by e.e. cummings.

Add some inside text about love giving your heart wings, and this card is perfect.

Food love! Give to a foodie, a breakfast lover, or someone still hanging on to the bacon trend that refuses to die.

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