10 Cringe-Worthy Valentine's Day Cards That Are Creepy, Confusing, Or Both

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With Valentine's Day already upon us, it's time to think about the ones you love — and no, I'm not just talking about your significant other. If I could sum up my absolute best relationship of all time, it'd just take two words: my sister. She and I share all of the important stuff — a sense of humor, a sense of morals, a love of family, and a similar taste in music. We had very similar upbringings (besides the fact that I got my ears pierced way earlier than she was allowed to — sorry for bringing up painful memories, Leigh, but I had to), and can often go to each other for advice on the important stuff. Regardless of the time.

In May of 2013, she gave birth to my very first niece, Riley. Riley is sweet, chatty, and pretty darn smart. She's also thoughtful, just like my sister. After being in daycare for about a week, the two of them (credit should probably go entirely to my sister, but whatever) thought that it'd be nice to hand out Valentine's Day cards to all of the kids in her class. Not only is this adorable, but it's a start of a tradition that my niece will have to endure until she graduates, with honors, from elementary school.

"Karen, I don't know if you realize how ridiculous these cards are," Leigh told me. Granted, I remember the exchange quite well myself. In a box of standard Valentines that you'd get at CVS for $2.99, there was always that one that you didn't want to give to any boy. It typically said something as simple as "Be My Valentine," but you feared someone getting the wrong impression. The fact that you had to give one to every single person in the class didn't help. Every Valentine had to find a home in someone's DIY construction paper box.

But, that was back in the late '80s and early '90s. Things must have changed for the better, right? NOPE.

Here's a collection of Valentine's Day cards that would be absolutely creepy, or at least a little strange, for my less-than-2 year old niece to send to a daycare filled with tiny boys. For the record, they're also creepy for kids to send to anyone except for the trash can. Remember, everyone had cooties when these were a mandatory gift.

Images: Karen Belz

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