Valentine’s Day Cards 2021 – ‘Will you be my quarantine?’

Valentine’s Day amid the COVID-19 outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – Fancy an “isodate” this Valentine’s Day? Or how about “a socially distanced sanitised face covered kiss”?

With gags about face masks, temperature checks and social distancing, pandemic-inspired cards feature among the traditional romantic offerings this year as couples in Britain prepare for Valentine’s Day under lockdown.

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Designs on greeting card company sites like Thortful and Moonpig include depictions of a socially distanced couple in hazmat suits, a mask-wearing heart or a couple long-used to lockdown at home. One card asks: “Will you be my quarantine?”

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Panda & The Prince designer Amanda Hallam played on temperature checks for one of her cards on Thortful, drawing a heart-emblazoned digital thermometer accompanied by the words “I’m so hot for you right now! Isodate?”.

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“If a card can raise a smile and give people a laugh in slightly challenging times, I think that would be perfect,” the Nottingham-based designer said.

With limited socialising for most of 2020, people have increasingly turned to cards to stay in touch with friends and family. Hallam said she had seen a 200% increase in demand for her cards last year.

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At Moonpig, COVID-19 stay home-themed cards represent 5% of overall sales, according to the company.

“Some of these cards have shot straight into our best selling designs this year,” it said.

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