Send your significant other a little snail mail. No matter what the occasion, it's sure to make them smile.
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Pop quiz: What were the last five text messages you sent to your significant other? If you rambled on about how your future husband should be more careful about where he leaves his gym socks, asked your wife what time she was coming home after drinks with friends, reminded him to take his antibiotic, or threw in an "okay" when you really meant "You're annoying me," then you're not the only spouse to largely communicate with your partner about commonplace, everyday things. While it's unrealistic to think you'll be sending mushy texts back and forth 24/7, a simple reminder of your affection for the man or woman you promised forever-and-ever to can go a long way.
One old-fashioned, yet much appreciated, way to express how you feel about your S.O. is to drop a card in the mail for him or her. Or leave one by the coffee maker, inside her purse, or on the windshield of his car. It doesn't actually matter if you mail it or not—the simple fact that you took the time to put pen to paper is meaningful enough. And a card only takes a minute or two to write, but it will surely leave your spouse with a smile on his or her face throughout the day.
Here, 10 adorable cards to give, just because.
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For When He's Feeling Down
Was your partner recently passed over for a much-deserved promotion? Or is new management changing her workflow? Maybe he's stressed outside of the office because of an ailing parent or a falling out with a once-treasured friend. Whatever is causing his or her confidence to sour, remind your S.O. how sweet you think he is.
Rifle Paper Co. "You're the Bee's Knees" Greeting Card, $4.50, riflepaperco.com.
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For When You Want to Make a Joke
Does your Type A guy sometimes get frustrated by your more laid-back personality, or when you and move at half his speed? Make a joke of your difference (hey, opposites attract) with this witty card that the most in-tune couples will appreciate.
Of a Kind "Fast Walker" Greeting Card, $5, ofakind.com.
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For Celebratory Times
You can celebrate so much more than just wedding anniversaries. When your partner conquers a big goal or huge accomplishment, remind him that you intend to be by his side to revel in the good times forever.
Kate Spade "Eat Dessert First" Greeting Card, $5, lifeguardpress.com.
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For Remembering Your Beginnings
There's nothing quite like those first few weeks of dating: You can't stop talking, won't stop finding an excuse to kiss one another, and you're in a constant state of amazement that this human exists. That this-feels-so-right feeling doesn't go away, but it might feel less starry-eyed as your relationship progresses. This simple—yet poignant—card gets to the message: There was a whole life story before you met your partner, but then you met. And bam, the rest is history.
Urbanic Paper Boutique "And Then We Met" Greeting Card, $5.50, urbanicpaper.com.
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For When He's Been Working Out
Maybe you're both getting fit for the wedding, or you simply thought your new wife looked especially pretty today. Whatever the reason, letting your partner know but great you think they look will always be well received.
Rifle Paper Co. "You're a Fox" Greeting Card, $4.50, riflepaperco.com.
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For Reminding Him Of Why You Love Him
Part of the challenges of being in a long-term relationship is being faced with your faults and having to accept them. The right partner will not call out your shortcomings—like irrational fits of emotion or an inability to drive stick shift—but would rather help you grow.
Urbanic Paper Boutique "I'd Be Lost Without You" Greeting Card, $5.95, urbanicpaper.com.
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For a Nod to the Silliness That Brings You Together
Of all the things that tie you and your partner together, friendship is likely at the center of your connection. Remind your beloved weirdo how much you adore them with this perfect sentiment.
Taylor Swift "Weirdest Person" Greeting Card, $5.95, papyrusonline.com.
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For the Long-Term Couple
One of the best parts about being in a long-term relationship is how comfortable you two are together. Let your partner know you're in it for the long-haul with this cheeky card.
Of a Kind "I Like You, I Love You" Greeting Card, $5, ofakind.com.
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For When He Has the Hump Day Blues
A love of food is a big of enough affinity to bring any two tangled, ravenous tummies together, which is why this card hits the spot. Especially if you and your partner can't wait for your weekly jaunt to the bakery to pick up fresh-baked goodies, give him something to look forward to when hump day is taking far too long to end.
Modern Tribe "You Are the Lox to My Schmear" Greeting Card, $5, moderntribe.com.
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For Anytime, Just Because
Do you ever need a reason to surprise your mate with a just-because card? We think not. Consider buying this set to always have a compliment-on-demand in your back pocket. It may help you wiggle your way out of fights, make your one-and-only laugh and bring you closer with just a sentence.
ban.do "Compliment" Greeting Card Set, $12 for 10 cards, bando.com.