Tuesday, February 11th

Valentine’s Day Wedding Anniversary

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies—Aristotle

Valentine’s Day (February 14)  is a very popular and romantic time for couples to tie the knot or renew their wedding vows. Why not? It is considered a day to celebrate love in all its forms.

Marrying for love hasn’t always been the case throughout recorded history. Even the concept of a romantic relationship between two people was uncommon until the twelfth century. Even then, many marriages were arranged for reasons ranging from financial gain to increased social status. To do one’s duty was the highest aspiration. As the twentieth century rolled on, marrying for love became the norm rather than the exception.

In the 21st century, as the modern definition of marriage continues to change and grow to become more inclusive, wedding ceremonies and wedding anniversaries continue to celebrate the theme of love.

Greeting Card Universe offers one of a kind Valentine’s Day Anniversary cards in many unique themes and designs so you can send a heartfelt message to your loved one on the most romantic day of the year. Got a little absent minded this year and forgot the date? No problem. Order on-line, get free in-store pick-up—usually in 1 hour—at most Target and Bartell Drug Stores.

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Sunday, February 3rd

5 Little Known Valentine’s Day Facts


Valentine’s Day is observed on February 14 each year in North America, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, and France. The holiday has surprisingly ancient origins, and may have its beginning in the Roman festival of Lupercalia. The later martyrdom of two Christian clerics named Valentine caused the Catholic Church to declare the feast day of  St. Valentine’s, which as the centuries passed became more associated with romance and love.

Today, we honor  all types of relationships, not just romantic connections. Friends and family members, and even pets, are as much a part of the celebration as lovers and spouses. To put you in the mood, here are some surprising facts about Valentine’s Day you may not know.

Stupid Cupid: Just after commercial Valentine’s Day Cards became available in the 19th century, “vinegar valentines” made their appearance. These crude, insulting, mean spirited cards pointed out the recipient’s shortcomings and failures. Today’s vinegar valentines or Anti-Valentine’s Day cards focus more on the holiday itself and are more likely to be humorous.

By the Numbers: $448 million will be spent on candy, including 58 million pounds of chocolate, and more than 150 million cards will be exchanged. What about champagne and sparkling wine? $8.6 million to buy 174,000 gallons. That’s a lot of bubbly!

It’s a Secret: Receiving a Valentine’s Day card from a secret admirer (or letting your crush know your feelings) isn’t a new idea, although its become a tradition. People have been declaring their love for that special someone  anonymously for centuries. Even elementary schoolchildren give “secret admirer” valentines to classmates.

Let’s Have a Conversation: Those little candy conversation hearts that have become synonymous with Valentine’s Day in the U.S. were first developed in 1866. Around 8 billion Sweethearts® are produced annually – enough to circle the Earth twice!

Who Loves You, Fido?: In recent times, one of the most popular and fastest growing trends in Valentine’s Day is buying gifts for pets. Americans spend $367 million celebrating the day of love with their rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, horses, ferrets, parrots, goldfish, and other pets.

Greeting Card Universe offers unique Valentine’s Day cards for every member of your family, friends, coworkers, and all the other special people in your life … including Mr. Fuzzykins.

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Friday, February 3rd

10 Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts For Men

Choosing the right Valentine’s Day gift for a woman can be difficult, but finding a gift for a man to celebrate the most romantic holiday of the year? That can be a real head-scratcher. You’ll need a great custom Valentine’s Day card for him, of course, but what else can you give a guy that will put a grin on his face?

To help you out, here are 10 Cool Valentine’s Day Gifts for Men.

The Man Cave Book by Jeff Wilser and Michael H. Yost – What separates the men from the boys? A man cave, of course.The book is filled with pictures, interviews, examples, and lots of great ideas.

Hybrid Wall Clock - Made from recycled computer and bicycle parts, this clock makes a statement.

Welcome to Vegas Poker Chips Set – He’ll look like a pro on Poker Night with his buddies. Comes with an aluminum case + dealer button.

Whiskey Flask - Designed to resemble a porthole with a glass front to let him view the contents (carries up to 4 oz.), this is a tailgating accessory unlike any other.

Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug – The coolest looking travel mug on the planet AND it keeps his coffee warm.

Fighter Pilot for a Day - Air combat training, real planes, no experience required. Dog fighting in the sky, Top Gun style!

Smart String Tape Measure – For the DIY guy: measure any object (even curves), dimensions displayed on screen, no guessing.

JOYSTICK-IT iPad Arcade Stick – Great for gamers! A physical joystick to increase accuracy when playing arcade games, won’t harm screen.

Air Swimmer Remote Control Flying Shark - One of the hottest boy’s toys around. Flying. Shark. ‘Nuff said.

AppBlaster - Interactive gun for iPhone and iPod gaming – the ultimate accessory!

Boyfriend, husband, fiance, father, brother, uncle, cousin … the man in your life deserves a little love on Valentine’s Day. Greeting Card Universe offers unique, custom Valentine’s Day greeting cards for all the men in your life!

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Friday, January 27th

10 Facts About Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is quickly approaching. In the past, sweethearts exchanged tokens of affection such as little  gifts, chocolates, flowers, and pretty cards. Today, Valentine’s Day has grown to encompass not just romantic love, but love of every kind including family members and friends.

In honor of the holiday that celebrates all the most important relationships in our lives , we give you …

10 Facts About Valentine’s Day You May Not Know

  1. Valentine’s Day is observed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Japan, Denmark, Italy, and Australia.
  2. While Valentine’s Day is named after St. Valentine, the Catholic Church recognizes three different martyred saints named Valentinus – or St. Valentine, and no one knows which one lent his name to the holiday.
  3. Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card-giving holiday (only Christmas is more popular).
  4. Esther Howland, known as “the Mother of the Valentine,” created and sold the first commercial Valentine’s Day cards in the U.S. in the 1840s.
  5. The earliest known Valentine’s Day card was written in the early 15th century by Charles, Duc d’Orleans, to his wife during his imprisonment in the Tower of London following the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.
  6. In 1382, the English poet Geoffrey Chaucer made the first written reference to Valentine’s Day in connection with romantic love in Parlement of Foules.
  7. In Finland, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as Ystävänpäivä (Friend’s Day), and is more about remembering friends than being romantic with loved ones.
  8. Anti-Valentine’s Day cards (and cards known as “vinegar valentines” containing an insulting poem) have been around almost as long as Valentine’s Day cards.
  9. The Women’s Memorial March, held annually on February 14th in Vancouver, Canada since 1992, calls attention to murdered or missing women in the district.
  10. Americans exchange over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards each year!

Greeting Card Universe offers custom Valentine’s Day Cards for every member of your family, including Valentine’s Day Photo Cards to help you share the love with all the important people in your life (and we also offer unique Anti-Valentine’s Day cards, too).

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