We’re just a couple days away from Valentine’s Day, and I’ve seen enough ads for things like “romantic” hoodie-footie pajamas or 50 Shades of Grey teddy bears (seriously) to get me a feeling a little snarky about romance. As for me, I’m all for humor on Valentine’s Day, but not the Home of the Whopper boxer shorts kind of humor. So I’ve been browsing some of our go-to sites for the best Valentine’s Day ecards, for one that makes my husband laugh. Maybe also some sweet and fun ones for people I wouldn’t send a traditional paper card to, but I still want to let them know I’m thinking about them.
Here are a few of my favorite resources, should you need some last minute Valentine’s Day ecard ideas to send off into the ether. Hopefully one is just perfect for you.
Open Me ecards
If I was giving an award for best variety, it would go to the website, Open Me. Scrolling through their designs is strangely addictive and makes me happy. There is a definite sense of humor and style here, even though their cards range from kind of weird (um, that Heartworm card is bizarre) to sweet cards you could send to your mom or grandma. There are also plenty that you, ahem, might not want to send to your partner’s work email, and lots of options for LGBT couples here too.
If you’re looking for sarcastic wit, then someecards is the site for you. Which you probably already know, if you are into sarcastic wit. Or if you’ve been on the Internet even once in the last 6 years or so. This is my go-to site for my girls-night-out friends or anyone with a serious sense of humor. Probably not your mom. Unless you two are really open with each other. In which case, share away. ($0.99 for iOS; free for Android)
We recently showcased some of our favorite Valentines ecards from this awesome site which range from free to a little more–you pay with “coins” you purchase in packages. And trust us, you’ll use them. This site is known for ecards that look like real cards, right down to the envelope, with designers range from Jonathan Adler to Kate Spade to one of our favorite illustrators, Emily McDowell shown here. You’ve got to applaud a gal who understands where your Valentine falls in the spectrum of kittens, candy, and free money. Though we might give free money a little more love than kittens. Sorry.
If you want a really modern selection of clever, fun, non-traditional Valentine’s Day ecards, you have to check out the website or mobile app from justWink. The designs celebrate everything from head-over-heels love to friendship to those with a solidly anti-Valentine’s stance. I also appreciate their section of LGBTQ cards that let all families enjoy sharing love. (Free for iOS and Android)
Red Stamp ecards
If you need a more traditional card but ran out of time to mail one, check out our friends at Red Stamp, a mobile app and website we’ve loved for years. Although there are some funny cards at Red Stamp, they’re sweetly funny. Don’t expect the biting wit of an anti-Valentine’s Day sentiment here. Their designs are updated regularly, and are all stylishly modern, with plenty of photo card options too–which just might be the place to make your card a little edgier. Depending on the photo, of course. (Free for iOS and Android)
The selection at Fleeting Greetings is limited, but they’re simple, well-designed and cool — perfect for my tween niece, who might roll her eyes at whatever a traditional greeting card aisle has to offer. They’re also customizable, so you can make it as sweet or irreverent as you want. And since you can download your ecard image from their site, you can even text it or share on social rather than use that antiquated email thing that we old people rely on so much. (Update: This service is no longer in existence. Sorry!)