Nothing says love on Valentine’s Day like a personal, meaningful message. Those cookie-cutter “Happy Valentine’s Day!” cards just aren’t going to cut it. If you want to make someone feel truly loved, take a few minutes to choose your words. They can be serious or silly, as long as they are straight from the heart.

And who says Valentine’s Day is only for lovers? Any friend or family member would be happy to hear how much you appreciate them. To get you started, here are some one-liners you can elaborate on for any type of special someone.

For a friend:

You can thank this person for being an awesome friend, and remind them how much you love and appreciate them. You can use humor and poke fun on Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re both single. Or simply say something heartfelt, that you hope they are happy and treated well.

  1. “Happy Valentine’s Day to a friend who’s sweeter than any heart-shaped box of chocolates.”
  2. “Valentine’s Day and every day, I’m grateful for you.”
  3. “February 14th seems just as good as any day to tell you that you’re an amazing friend.”
  4. “Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with you. Happy Valentine’s Day!”
  5. “Nothing is more important and precious than you in my life. I love you forever.”
  6. “I’m lucky to have someone who makes me feel lucky all the time.”
  7. “Life without you is like a broken pencil: pointless.”

Valentines Day Card MessagesFor a family member:

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to remind people how much you love them, whether it’s a grandparent, sibling, or child. To make it extra personal, consider including a pet name or nickname, an inside joke, or a shared experience that was particularly meaningful.

  1. “All I want for Valentine’s Day is for you to enjoy yourself.”
  2. “Have an amazing Valentine’s Day filled with feelings of love.”
  3. “Let the power of love take control of your life on this special day.”
  4. “Here is the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day: half a cup of hugs, two thirds cup kisses, half a tablespoon of snuggles, and 5 lbs. of chocolate!”
  5. “Valentine’s Day is a very special occasion to let you know what an important place you have in my heart.”
  6. “If your Valentine’s Day is even half as sweet as you are, then I expect you to have five cavities by Monday.”
  7. “You are amazing in every way. Hope you feel loved and appreciated this Valentine’s Day.”

For your sweetheart:

Think about how far you’ve come in your relationship since last February 14th, and how many Valentine’s Days you’ve shared over the years. There are plenty of ways to be romantic without sounding cheesy. You can be humorous, nostalgic, sexy or serious—the most important thing is that the words are sincere and speak to your relationship.

  1. “Every moment I have spent with you has been so special. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”
  2. “Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”
  3. “And suddenly, all the love songs were about you.”
  4. “Everywhere you go, love and beauty just seem to follow.”
  5. “Happy Valentine’s Day to the most special person in my life. You are my love, my life, and my joy.”
  6. “Thank you for filling my life with love.”
  7. “You are my partner, my sweetheart, my confidant and adviser, my comforter and friend. You are my quiet place away from the rest of the world.”

What to Write in a Valentine’s Day CardFor classmates:

Whether they are just a friend or a serious crush, your classmate valentine will love being surprised with something other than homework. You might even include a small gift or snack with your Valentine’s Day card.

  1. “Too bad this isn’t one of the holidays that we get off from school. Oh well, have a good one anyway.”
  2. “Life is filled with lots of things that make it all worthwhile, but none is better than your little smile.”
  3. “Don’t have too much fun on Valentine’s Day without me.”
  4. “I hope you have the best day today! Enjoy the goodies! Happy Valentine’s Day!”
  5. “Who needs recess when they can have a great friend like you? Enjoy Valentine’s Day.”
  6. “The only thing I learned this year is how great you are.”
  7. “We are in the same grade, but you are a class above everyone else!”

For coworkers:

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to take a break from the daily grind with a few meaningful messages. Brighten your colleagues’ day with a lighthearted Valentine’s Day wish.

  1. “As long as great colleagues like you are here, it does not matter if the computer, printer, or scanner is down. Thanks for supporting me always. Happy Valentine’s Day.”
  2. “Since you can’t be too careful these days, I’ll just wish you a happy mid-February afternoon.”
  3. “Don’t you think we should get the day off for Valentine’s Day? If only we were running things around here.”
  4. “Roses are red, violets are blue, all my tasks are complete, thanks to you.”
  5. “As if you didn’t love your job enough, here’s a Valentine’s card to boost your output.”
  6. “Make sure you deduct five minutes from your pay sheet because you read this card.”
  7. “Next to the cafeteria food, the thing I love most about working here is you.”

When it comes to delivering your special message, both eCards and handwritten cards will do the trick. eCards are useful if you’re not going to see the person that day, or if you prefer they read it on their own. Alternately, you can print your eCard and present it in person. If you are looking for other DIY ideas, read our Valentine’s Day card ideas article.

You are invited to browse Smilebox’s collection of fully-customizable Valentine’s Day card templates. And, if you just can’t get all those Valentine’s Day feelings onto a single card, try out our Valentine’s Day slideshows as well.