Valentines have majorly changed since we grew up. I remember going to the store with my mom and picking out a box of little cards that more than likely had some variation of baby animals on them. There were usually six varieties of cards in that box of 32. Some had friendly phrases others were a little more lovey. I remember I would sort them into piles of who was getting what card. The cards that bore cuddly kittens with glitter were undoubtedly reserved for BFFs. The ones with the cute dogs…for the boys I was crushing on. The random reptile cards (eww) went to the boy who picked his nose and ate it and the girl who had fake Keds. Don’t judge me——> you were ten once, too! I’m pretty sure I still have a Ninja Turtle Valentine tucked away in my Sanrio diary from my 5th grade crush, Chris.
Photos of 80s valentines borrowed from 80’s Toy Ark
The biggest challenge back then was just picking out the best or coolest box of cards at Walmart. Now a days with my fellow bloggers and Pin-addicts, it’s much more complicated. We have to make sure our V-day selections are cute, unique, crafty, oh and if it’s not candy– that’s a major bonus, too.
You see, I have boys. For the past few years I’ve tried the whole “no candy” thing with mine. They are not interested. Let’s get real, folks. On Valentine’s Day, kids want candy. It’s like Halloween #2 in their mind, minus the costumes. So this year I scoured the internet for ‘Valentines for boys’ ideas that involved candy, and I didn’t have a ton of luck. I was pretty much close to just buying the box of Power Ranger pre-printed cards with erasers to attach as gifts and calling it a day.
But then there they were! Organic gummy bears! Target had them 16 to a bag for $4.99. Perfect.
The first thing that came to mind was “I love you BEAR-Y much”. I was pretty sure my boys would not be interested in passing out a lovey card to their fellow little dude friends. So I came up with “You are BEAR-Y awesome”. I love them!! Hope you do too.