Love letters revealed as Australia's ultimate Valentine's Day gift

By Avika Bhardwaj February 8, 2017

V-Day doesn't have to be D-Day!

This February 14th, don't stress over expensive gifts and draining your bank account because a new survey of 400 Australians has revealed what people really want for Valentine’s Day: handwritten love letters.

The survey, which was conducted by premium dating site EliteSingles, asked 400 Australians to pick their perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Fifty seven per cent said that their dream present would be a heartfelt love letter or poem – making love letters a more desired treat than being taken to a fine restaurant (chosen by 29 per cent) or getting flowers and chocolates (picked by nine per cent).

Eighty two per cent of Australians think that exchanging love letters is an important part of a relationship

The survey also showed that, far from being a dying art, love letter writing is flourishing in Australia. Love letters are considered an important part of a relationship by 82 per cent of those surveyed.

Controversially (or not) 75 per cent of men, 89 per cent of women think it’s acceptable to keep love letters from an old flame. Many also reckon it's fine to keep old love letters even when they're in a new relationship.


So how should you go about crafting the perfect love letter? Don’t stress, it doesn’t have to be all polished – it really is the thought that counts. In fact, 73 per cent of respondents said that writing straight from the heart was more special than one based on beautiful writing. Similarly, 77 per cent agreed that an honest note was far more important than poetic wordsmithery.

As old school as it may seem, 56 per cent of Aussies surveyed agreed that actually putting pen to paper was the most romantic format for a love letter. Nevertheless, love texts are becoming increasingly popular; 16 per cent of respondents under the age of 30 said SMSs were the most romantic medium – we're not sure about that!

One final tip: pay attention to when you send your love letters. Some men believe it's OK to send a love letter to someone as a way to express their interest in someone, but most women don't think it's exactly appropriate

Time to get writing!