Didn't plan ahead? And do you now find that you’re in a state of panic to get that perfect gift or plan a romantic night for your sweetie?

Relax, we've got you covered! Valentine’s Day gifts needn’t be expensive.

A market survey by fashion house Ziri found that more than 60 per cent of South African women who took part in the survey preferred to be surprised with a gift to choosing it themselves.

Here are a few suggestions you can have ready quickly and they’re more romantic than jewellery or aftershave lotion!

Have a picnic – in your lounge!

If you don’t have a restaurant booking for, you can turn your lounge into a romantic restaurant for two. Buy delicious ready-made finger snacks and your partner’s favourite dessert.

Play the song that played when you shared your first kiss or that opened the dance floor at your wedding.

Say I love you in places they least expect it

Valentine cards are often expensive and not very personal. Be original and write your loved one a message in a place where he/she won’t expect it.

When he’s in the shower write, “I love you” in the steam on the mirror or leave a note in the picture slot in her purse. Or decorate a jar with a paper heart and fill it with a love letter.

For the bookworm

If your partner is a bookworm take her to a bookshop where she can make her own selection.

In Spain couples give each other roses and books on St George’s Day (in April). The tradition in Barcelona is to go walking hand-in-hand in the famous Las Rambla at night after work and select books for each other at the book stalls on the street. *Swoon*

Make a video

Use your smartphone to make a video in which you tell your partner how much you love him/her. (Practice beforehand so you’ll know exactly what you want to say).

Load the video onto YouTube and share it with your partner on a social network such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Then everyone will know how romantic you are.

Enjoy a spa day at home

Buy a packet of candles and run a foam bath for your partner to relax in. Later massage his feet or shoulders. Make it extra romantic with a glass of sparkling wine and a box of dark chocolate or whatever other treat tickles his fancy.