Crap! It’s Valentines day and you have not prepared a gift for your lover!

Fear not, worry not. Here is a quick list of things you can do right now, with the powers of online shopping and e-commerce, that can save your day and possibly save your relationship/marriage.

The key to these last minute gifts is that most of them are not exactly ‘tangible’ because items take days to be delivered. What you want to demonstrate is that you thought about the recipient and you made an effort to deliver something special. Who cares if he or she is not getting flowers this year? As long as you know how to ‘spin’ it when you give it to them, I am sure your valentines day will be as good as the others.

So now, here are ten quick ways of getting your significant other a thoughtful valentines day gift.

The “Grocery shopping + cooking together manoeuvre”

I am not going to lie, I’ve pulled this off before. I have nothing prepared and it was the night before the big day. So I came up with this idea and just picked some really complex dish which requires a lot of hard work for dinner. Printed off the recipe and took her to the supermarket the next morning. It worked for me, so if you are desperate, why not make a mundane chore like shopping and cooking  seem more romantic by involving your significant other?

Honey, I’m going to take you to these places later, but just not tonight

Since you cannot provide her something nice and tangible, why not start planning some future date nights? This is by far the cheapest and easiest way for you to prepare before your girlfriend/boyfriend wakes up tomorrow and find out that there are not valentines day gifts floating around. So get yourself a marker and some cue cards, and start writing.

Luxury chocolate delivered to his/her place

Come on, it’s Valentines Day, some chocolate will have to be involved, but it does look a bit cheap and lazy to get your significant other a bar of cadbury dairy milk. Personally, I recommend a more stylistic touch with zchocolat. They let you tailor the kind of chocolate, the engraving, the message, how the chocolate is delivered and all sorts of fancy stuff. I’ve used this service before and if your recipient lives in Europe, they can process your order for the next day. Highly recommended.

A one-day swing dancing class (for the both of you)

Nothing says Happy Valentines Day more than an invite to go swing dancing together. This trouble-free arrangement only cost you the price of a movie ticket and the click of a mouse. So if you want to show your lover that you got things prepared for this special day (especially when he/she just got extremely upset to not see any gifts in your hand in the morning), tell him/her that you’ve prepared something special. Take him/her out to brunch, make sure you bring the right shoes, and go swing dancing before dinner. Register now

 One year’s magazine subscription 

You can easily pull this off within a matter of minutes, but it requires you to know what he/she likes to read. Nothing seems more thoughtful than “honey, I got you this year’s GQ magazine subscription, happy valentines day!” provided that he/she likes GQ.

Champagne Afternoon Tea (for both)

It’s posh, it’s a bit cliche and it’s best for a party of two. Spice up your Saturday (before Swing Dancing) with a little afternoon tea. Surprisingly, some tea houses are not full even on Valentines Day, mainly because those who go to tea would avoid going on Valentines Day and those who don’t go to tea on a regular basis thought it would have been fully booked by now. I personally recommend a booking for a champagne Afternoon Tea for Two at the Waldorf Hilton London

 Honey, let’s brew our own beer! 

If your significant other is a beer enthusiast, he/she must be also getting into the whole craft beer vibe amongst connoisseurs these days. So instead of just going out to a bar for a drink, why not make your own beer and make it the “Dave+Jane Valentines Brew”. It sounds both cool and romantic, and it’s also something that both of you can do together to celebrate the occasion. Click on this link to order the kit now.

Get him/her a birchbox 

Basically, a birch box is a gift box of really classy/tasteful items sent to you in a box every month. You get an assorted list of cosmetics, skin care or grooming products, nicely packed and tailored to your needs and preferences. And by signing up your significant other to an annual birch box subscription, this means that you are giving him a nice thoughtful gift every month. It also means that you and your significant other can try out an array of different brands monthly, without committing to one because you had to purchase a huge bottle of it at the store. You can subscribe here

A gaming subscription (gamers only)

Caution: Only get this if you are absolutely sure that your significant other is a gamer. Nothing is worse than getting this to a non-gamer for Valentines Day because it will look like that you’re taking the piss out of the occasion and you just want to have some me-time with your gaming friends. The up side for this, is that you can literally register a subscription right now without stepping out of the house.

Easy-to-make red velvet pancakes for breakfast 

Who cares if you forget your love a Valentines Day gift if you can make this in the morning? Here is the list of ingredients (mate, rush to the a 24 hour convenient store now)

Maple Pecan Sauce:
2 sticks (½ lb) Butter
1 cup (4 oz) Pecan halves, toasted
1 cup Real Maple Syrup
1 ½ tbsp Vanilla Extract
2 ½ tbsp Water
a pinch of Salt
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
¼ cup Heavy Cream
2 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

Pancake Batter: 
1 ¾ cups (8oz) A.P Flour
2 tbsp (½ oz) Cocoa Powder, unsweetened and sifted
3 tbsp (2 oz) Sugar
1 ½tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp Baking Soda
1tsp Cinnamon, ground
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1 ¼ cup Buttermilk
2 Eggs, large
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp Red Food Coloring
½ stick (2oz) Butter, melted

Happy Valentines Day everyone!