Say it with Paper this Valentine’s

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, when was the last time you wrote a love letter?

Nowadays, it's easier to nip down to the newsagents, pick out a greeting card with a few pithy, well-worn words printed in romantic script, and place a first class stamp on the envelope.

Digital just Won't Cut it

For this upcoming Valentine's Day, one American manufacturer has unveiled its "Blow Me a Kiss" card – just blow either the puckered-up piggy or sexy squirrel a kiss, and the character's ridiculous red lips will bounce up and down to sing a silly song. What ever happened to romance?

Worse, for the ultimate in lazy romantics, there is the e-card. Create it online and email – digitally dull! In the United States alone, the online greeting card industry is worth £1.48billion, accounting for the 500,000 million Christmas e-cards which were sent last year.

Surely, nothing says "I couldn't care about you" more than sending an e-card.

Why you should pick up the pen this year…

History is littered with examples of wonderful love letters, written from the heart with meaning carefully crafted in every handwritten word.

Has commercialisation stripped Valentine's Day of its status as the most romantic day of the year? We hope not, and instead believe you will be inspired to pen your loved one a romantic letter this February 14th.

Here's a top 10 of the best love letters of all time, according to a recent poll:

1. Johnny Cash wishes wife June Carter Cash a happy 65th birthday (1994)
Happy Birthday Princess, We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others' minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You're the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.
2. Winston Churchill tells wife Clementine Churchill of his undying love (1935)
Time passes swiftly, but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and, to millions, tragic and terrible years?
3. John Keats tells next door neighbour Fanny Brawne he cannot live without her (1819)
My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you - I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again
4. Ernest Hemingway professes his love to Marlene Dietrich (1951)
I can't say how every time I ever put my arms around you I felt that I was home. Nor too many things. But we were always cheerful and jokers together.
5. Napoleon Bonaparte sends his love to Josephine de Beauharnais (1796)
The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart.
6. Richard Burton tells Elizabeth Taylor of her beauty (1964)
You don't realise of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.
7. King Henry VIII expresses his love for Anne Boleyn (1527)
I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us.
8. Beethoven pens his love for his 'Immortal Beloved' whose true identity remains a mystery (1812)
Love demands everything and that very justly - thus it is to me with you, and you with me
9. Gerald Ford reminds wife Betty Ford of his and their family's love for her shortly after she was diagnosed with breast cancer (1974)
No written words can adequately express our deep, deep love. We know how great you are and we, the children and Dad, will try to be as strong as you.
10. Jimi Hendrix tells his "little girl" to spread her wings (date unknown)
Happiness is within unlock the chains from your heart and let yourself grow

A huge range of romantic notes and letters, from the poet John Keats, rock and roll great Jimi Hendrix and right back to King Henry VIII in 1527.

All proof, in this modern, technological age, that a well-written romantic letter can stand the test of time and provide a permanent record of affection.

Let us know if you'll be writing a love letter this year on our social media site. Or just send us a letter!

Source: A poll of more than 1,000 people by insurance company Beagle Street.