SOURCE: Order of St. Nick

Order of St. Nick

January 11, 2010 09:01 ET

Recession-Themed Valentine's Day Cards From Order of St. Nick Help Lovers Cope With Difficult Economic Realities

DAVENPORT, IA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2010) - Order of St. Nick, the irreverent greeting card company whose cards have appeared on THE COLBERT REPORT and FOX NEWS, is helping lovers cope with tough times with its recession-themed Valentine's Day cards. The cards are part of the humorous DEPRESSING TIMES series, available online at

"A recession-themed Valentine's Day card is one way to express your love while lowering your loved one's expectations for an expensive gift," Order of St. Nick owner and creative director Andrew Shaffer says. "With job losses still mounting, spending hundreds of dollars on jewelry just isn't an option this Valentine's Day for many Americans."

Order of St. Nick's DEPRESSING TIMES cards feature stark black-and-white photos from the Great Depression paired with humorous takes on unemployment and health insurance woes.

One card reads: "Box of chocolates? She'll be lucky to get a box of rocks from me this year... Tough times call for tough love." The most popular card reads, "I made you a Valentine... but I had to burn it in a trashcan to stay warm."

DEPRESSING TIMES cards have been featured in news sources and magazines around the world since their release in October 2008 and Order of St. Nick has sold over 10,000 of the cards since their introduction. CBS's EARLY SHOW featured Depressing Times cards as one of the most prominent examples of the "Great Depression chic" trend last year.

Four different Valentine's Day designs are available online for $3.99 each at and in select specialty stores. Order of St. Nick also sells recession-themed birthday and Christmas cards as part of the DEPRESSING TIMES series.

About Order of St. Nick

Order of St. Nick is a greeting card publisher specializing in funny and alternative holiday greeting cards ( All online orders are fulfilled by Order of St. Nick is a privately-owned small business headquartered in Davenport, Iowa.

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