Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste

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These websites will ensure you find something out-of-the-ordinary this year. Just make sure you order in time for February 14.

1. Not on the High Street.com: From £1, notonthehighstreet.com

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Not on the High Street has hundreds of offerings by independent designers and makers that you won’t find in a run-of-the-mill card shop. From hand-drawn illustrations and quirky messages - the "I love you even when I'm really, really hungry" card by doodlelove caught our eye - to personalisable designs. Lovebirds should take a look at Cloud and Currents who have created a sweet card with detachable personalised wooden magnets (see main picture). Delivery charges and times vary according to the seller so be sure to order in good time.
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2. Moonpig.com: From £2.99, moonpig.com

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Annoying advert theme tune aside, Moonpig makes card customisation easy. The site offers you the chance to upload your own images which can be taken directly from your Facebook or Flikr accounts. You can keep it simple and just have your favourite photo(s) displayed on the front. Once you have chosen and created your front cover from the templates you can then insert a personalised message for the inside, you can even be specific about where you would like your text to sit on the page. Designs range from super-soppy to the likes of fun spoof magazine covers. Orders made before 4pm will be dispatched the same day. They are currently offering a free card with all flowers.
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3. Photobox: From £1.50, photobox.com

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Photobox has 76 Valentine's Day templates, including one completely blank one, that you can can upload your own images onto. The site is quick and easy to use with no special software required. You simply upload your photo(s) from your desktop and then type the message you want. There's a handy quality-control monitor that will let you know if your pictures will come out okay. The layout inside is customisable, too.
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4. Etsy: From £1.50, etsy.co.uk

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Like NOTHS, Etsy offers handmade products designed and made by independent sellers. The difference with Etsy is that the site is not curated - anyone can sell. The result is cards that will suit all tastes. So this is the place to find something unusual, often with its tongue firmly in cheek. There are lots of anti-Valentine's options, too, if that's your thing. Delivery times and costs will vary according to the seller.
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5. Scribbler: From £2.99, scribbler.com

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Scribbler is the perfect antidote for all things mushy this Valentine’s Day. The site is full of quality cards featuring fun designs and occasionally-edgy humour.  Some cards can be further personalised with your own text and photos. If you prefer to shop in store, there are branches all over the country, however online offers you the chance to choose the size.
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Verdict:
For a truly original card, head to Etsy. The site's ideal for anyone who doesn't take Valentine's Day too seriously.  If you want to make your own quality photo card, Photobox is a good bet.

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