All we need is love & cute cards!


For years, I’ve used Shutterfly to make photo gifts, cards and actually print out my photos. They’ve always been well-received. As Shutterfly has expanded their offering from those first days of being just a photo print site, they’ve maintained a high quality and the competitive pricing.

This past holiday season was the first time I didn’t send out holiday cards. I decided that I wanted to send greetings at another time of year when my friends wouldn’t be overwhelmed with trying to get it all done. Instead, I  thought it would be fun to send out cards around Valentine’s Day to let them know that they’re loved and thought of not just in December. And while I’m not a big fan of the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, I am a fan of telling people they are loved and appreciated.

So when Shutterfly asked me to talk about their Valentine’s Day cards and gifts, it was easy to say yes. Even better, one of you will win a very nice prize pack just for commenting on this post! How’s that for sharing the love?

My first photo gift from Shutterfly was a photo mug. BabyGirl was probably about 3 and saw mugs at the store and said we should get that and tape a photo on it. I laughed, but BabyGirl was serious. So now, Aunt Zoni is the proud owner of a mug with BabyGirl’s mug on it. Now that she’s 10, I think BabyGirl secretly hopes AuntZoni drops the mug because the photo is definitely a bit cheesy. But sometimes, that’s what these type of photo gifts are for. Right?

My most recent purchase was a custom iPhone case. CycleGuy got a new work phone and I wanted to get him something that fit his personality and wouldn’t be the same as everyone else at the office who had the “corporate” cover. The nice thing about getting it from Shutterfly is that I upload hundreds of images every month so it’s easy to find the right one and create the case without spending too much time sifting through the thousands of images on my computer.

I’ve shared before that I like unique photo gifts, not just stashing a picture in a frame and calling it a day. The prize pack includes one of the newest additions to Shutterfly, the desktop photo plaque. Last time I saw these I was in high school and we ordered one for my grandparents. It’s still the one photo my grandma gets the most compliments on. I’m so excited to get one for CycleGuy (Valentine’s day spoiler alert!) because the other photos he has at the office are also unique.

Back to my “holiday” cards, though. before I was contacted by Shutterfly for this promotion, I’d already started looking through their Valentine’s Day cards for just the right one. Nothing too lovey-dovey or goofy. There are just so many great options. And even better, there are various card sizes so I don’t have to send out a giant “look at me” card when what I really want is something that says “you are thought of”.

I remember taking a shoe box and decorating it to collect all my Valentine’s Day cards at school. Year after year I looked forward to carrying this construction paper-covered box to and from school and opening it up to see all the sweet candy hearts and little cards from my classmates. I hope my friends will be as excited to get their Valentine’s Day cards as I am to send them out.

I’d love for you to enter my giveaway so you can share the love too!

Enter my Shutterfly Valentine’s Day Prize Pack Giveaway

Prize: (50) – 4×5 Stationery Cards and one (1) – 5.5×5.5 Desktop Plaque.

The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of the prize is $85.

All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your favorite Valentine’s Day memory.

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Author: Sara

Sara is a life-long dreamer, creating a list of things she wants to do "someday". Realizing there is no "someday" on the calendar she's taking the steps to make her somedays a reality. Between saving for retirement and college and paying for all the usual things, many women find that they're often putting their hopes and dreams on hold. Saving For Someday is Sara's way of encouraging women everywhere to find ways to save on the ordinary so they can do the extraordinary. Sara is also a licensed attorney and writes about legal issues affecting bloggers, content creators and online professionals. This blog is for informational purposes only. You can also find me on Google+

44 thoughts on “All we need is love & cute cards!”

  1. I remember waking up as a child to a box of Valentine’s Day chocolates next to me in bed, from my dad. How sweet!

  2. I remember I was sick in the 3rd Grade on Valentine’s Day. I was so upset about not being there and exchanging cards with my friends. When I finally returned to school, I lifted my desk to put my books inside and it was filled with Valentine cards. I still remember how wonderful that felt to see them all scattered among my books and pencils.

  3. I started dating my husband a few weeks before Valentine’s Day. He had plans to travel before I met him, so he wasn’t around that Valentine’s Day and that seemed OK to me since we had just begun to date. But that morning I recieved a dozen yellow roses. He says he ordered red and they delivered yellow, but since yellow roses are my favorite color rose and I thought he did it on purpose, that sealed the deal. I get yellow roses every year now.

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  4. My favorite memory is that some how in my girlfriends group, theres always someone who is single. So every year whether or not we’re single we all have a nice dinner together.

  5. Sara:

    I suppose it I’m the odd man out here as I’ve never really been a big fan of shutterfly. I guess they certainly have a lot of cute little things that you can order the quality of their prints have always been lacking in my own opinion.

    I by no means want to sound like the downer or naysayer but I do believe there are better places with higher-quality for printing photographs.

    Thank you for sharing and have a great day,


    1. Barry, you’re not being a naysayer. Your experience is just as important as mine. I agree that there are other places for higher-quality printing of photographs but they’re not often as convenient or inexpensive as Shutterfly. I think Shutterfly is better than most chain-type photo printers and offers a quality and convenience that encourages more people to print their photos to share and enjoy. Thank you for your honesty. ~ Sara

  6. My fav V-day memory is renting a log cabin with a bunch of single girl friends and everyone had to bring a chocolate cake and we spent the weekend hiking and listening to Aretha Franklin! It was awesome!

  7. My fondest memory is making Valentines day boxes as a child to receive Valentines in at school. Valentines just have a way of making you smile 🙂

  8. My first memory was receiving a heart necklace from a boy I liked in junior high school. Now I feel so lucky to have love in my life that I give all my clients a Valentine’s Day card to spread the good feelings. It also reminds them I’m still around if we haven’t been in touch for awhile.

  9. My favorite Valentine’s Day memory is a tradition. Breakfast in bed, then lunch at a fancy restaurant.

  10. My FAVORITE Valentine’s memory is finding out I was pregnant with my first child! 🙂 We had been trying for 7 months and it was the best Valentine’s present ever!

  11. My husband surprised me with my engagement ring on Valentines. It was a complete surprise. I had been hinting at it but he kept completely quiet until Valentines.

  12. In high school I was the only one to not receive a candy gram in class and the teacher gave me one of hers. My mom found out and sent me balloons and a card.

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