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Valentine’s Day Crafts: 52 Reasons Why I Love You

After 23 years of Valentine’s Days with my husband, I’m not saying romance is dead, but the budget has been somewhat slashed. We have for a number of years had a £5 gift and a card policy; which means that Valentine’s Day often requires a bit of creativity. His favourite of the homemade Valentine’s gifts I’ve made for him was the 52 Reasons Why I Love You pack of cards. It’s a favourite of mine too, because it’s so darn cute!

Valentine's Day Crafts: 52 Reasons Why I Love You

It’s remarkably easy to put together. All you need is a pack of cards, a permanent marker and a list of 52 Reasons Why I Love You. That last one is the tricky one. My advice would be to take a few days to list some of the reasons why you love your partner. I found that I could find 30 or so reasons pretty easily, but then I started to write things like “I love you because you take the bins out”; which is a valid reason but lacks a little romance.

You can use a normal pack of cards. I found a nice heart shaped pack of cards and used them, but you can find a similar pack here on Amazon. Using your list of the 52 Reasons Why I Love You; neatly write a reason on every card in the pack. You may want to write the biggest and best reasons on the heart cards, and make sure you write it on the suit side, not the patterned side of the cards.

Here are a few of my reasons to give you an idea of what I wrote –
  • You cook amazing meals
  • You work so hard for our family
  • You’re ace in every single way
  • You’re generous with everyone
  • I love snuggling with you
  • I’ve known and loved you forever
  • I love the way you tuck me in at night

This 52 Reasons Why I love You gift is such a lovely thing to give someone. I know my husband looks at the cards often. The reasons are full of our shared history, our shared interests, our family and all the special things about him which I love and appreciate.

It’s such a small, inexpensive and simple gift. But it’s something that your partner will probably really appreciate and treasure for many years to come.

See what other Valentine’s Day crafts you could make here.

Valentine's Day Crafts: 52 Reasons Why I Love You

Win a pack of themed playing cards

Growing up we played a lot of card games, mostly with my Grandma. We’d get out a pack of slightly dog eared cards and play whist, snap, fish, blackjack, solitaire, rummy. At school we played a series of complex card games during our lunch breaks, I can’t remember the name of the games but it was super fast and I was often the winner. It’s nice that school gave me at least one demonstrable life skill.

My Grandma had some playing cards with pictures on them which she’d brought back from holiday in Spain. The cards featured illustrations of beautiful flamenco dancers striking poses and I loved to look at them. I’m still a bit obsessed with themed playing cards and really love the retro look of them.

Bird Playing Cards have packs of cards to appeal to EVERYONE, young and old, collector and card sharp, player and non-player, and those who just enjoy the imagery on the cards.

They have themed packs as diverse as Leonardo, trains, match boxes, shoes, beer, whisky, battleships, Monet, Australia, cruises, the French Resistance, African America, spies, VCs, tanks… the whole gamut of War and Peace… 

I love the “Come to Britain” pack of cards – 54 classic travel posters, from a golden age of poster art. Designed by such great graphic artists as Tom Purvis and Frank Newbould, they offered a seductive vision of Britain at its best – a land of pageant, of guardsmen and kilted pipers, of thatched cottage and cathedral, of peerless scenery, sandy beaches… and sun.

themed playing cards

Win a pack of themed playing cards

Three lucky winners will each receive a pack of these wonderful cards. To be in with a chance to win a pack of themed playing cards, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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Terms & Conditions:
1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only aged (18) and over.
2. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The three winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5.The winners will receive a pack of themed playing cards.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 16th August 2016.
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