Paper probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your head when Valentine’s Day comes around each year. But Valentine’s Day and paper have been going steady for more than a century since Hallmark first offered greeting cards for the lover’s holiday in 1913.
On Valentine’s Day, paper — including tons of it made by Domtar — wraps up sentiments and gifts from lovers and friends, like greeting cards, crafts, books of poetry and boxes of candy.
Paper Greeting Cards
Valentine’s Day is the second most popular card holiday, behind Christmas, according to the Greeting Card Association. Americans buy about 6.5 billion greeting cards each year, and approximately 145 million of those are purchased for Valentine’s Day. The holiday is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.
Picking out the perfect card isn’t easy. But your first step is buying a paper card. You don’t want to be this guy, who sent an electronic card for a special occasion.
For arts and crafts lovers young and old, Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to get creative with paper. Many schoolchildren will exchange homemade valentines with classmates and collect them in a decorated paper bag or box.
For fancier fare, paper doilies and lace are a great choice. Doilies may not be the popular table decoration they once were, but this paper product is still a Valentine’s Day favorite. Martha Stewart has a guide to making paper doilies, and there are many others shared on Pinterest.
Don’t forget the candy — especially the hearts that say, “Be Mine” and “Kiss Me.” The best Valentine’s Day candies and chocolates are packaged in colorful paper products made by Domtar. And those new pink-and-white cheesecake M&M candies? Yeah, they’re packaged in Domtar paper.
So whether you’re writing a love letter, signing a card or giving a box of candy, save a little of love for paper this Valentine’s Day.