I'm going out later today to buy valentines to send to the grandchildren. My children used to get valentines from my parents, and I try to keep up the tradition. Kids always enjoy getting something in the mail. If I had more time and were a little craftier, I would make my own cards. Sherri Osborn, Guide to Family Crafts, has a lot of ideas for hand-crafted valentines, and they are especially good for the frugal mood of this Valentine's Day.
Another fine way to send Valentine's Day greetings is with an e-card. I just discovered a delightful new e-card site. Jacquie Lawson has the most beautiful animated cards I've seen, set to classical-type music. They are especially appropriate for friends and significant others as well as for older grandchildren. Her e-cards aren't free, but she's a wonderful success story, an artist who created her first e-card 10 years ago and has turned her talent into a cottage industry, appropriate since she lives in an English cottage.
If you want free e-cards, Christy Matte, Guide to Family Computing, has a list of good family-friendly e-card sites. I found my current favorite Valentine's Day e-card on the Blue Mountain site, which has both free cards and a membership program. If you're sending to older grandchildren, you need to know that most tweens and teens have ditched email in favor of texting. You can now send an e-card to a cell phone, from Hallmark as well as other companies, so you might want to investigate that strategy. If you send an e-card via email, you'll need to follow it up with a text alerting your grandchild to check email. You do know how to text, don't you? If not, it's time you learned!