If any of the above are familiar then I'm here to help. After all, how on earth does one nail Valentine's Day these days? Actually, it's not that tough...
1. Be personal
Hard to do when the shelves have been stocked with generic "I wuv woo" teddies since Boxing Day, but it IS possible. Think back to when you first met - do you remember those "what's your favourite chocolate bar/film/song" conversations?
Now's the time to show you were listening. Put the favoured chocolate bar in with her card, post that meaningful DVD through the letterbox, burn her song onto a disc. Here's an insider fact for you - when a girl knows her other half has actually listened, it scores magical brownie points.
2. Don't be cheap, be tactical for your loved one and their benefit
Would I prefer dinner out, or, dinner out AND then a bottle of something special to cuddle up with after? I bet you don't need two guesses.
If Mr BuBakes were to approach me saying "my darling, wonderful, incredibly talented wife..." (Hey, I get to play this out how I want!) "Obviously I love you and would love to take you out for dinner next Saturday... The thing is that there will be fixed menus everywhere, plus it will end up costing more than on any other day, I think you deserve more than that - so how about I take you out the following week for a superior version Valentine's treat? Then I can take you out for food you would actually choose, and sort out a bottle for us to come home to where we can drink it and spend quality time together in peace..." I would certainly applaud that.
3. Be warned, you are setting a benchmark!
If you are familiar with the theory from When Harry met Sally about airport runs, then you will understand this. If you aren't then I heartily suggest it as a perfect Valentine's evening movie to watch!
4. Make February 13th your "go to day"
Agree over the next couple of days that you love each other regardless of the day of the year, and plan to do something low key and personal for Valentine's Day...
...Then bring out the romance ninja!
Send a card to your other half to arrive on the 13th - make a point in it that you meant it to arrive on the 13th, and you don't need a day to dictate when you show your love.
Next send flowers or chocolates to her at work with a similar sentiment. There's one thing that makes a girl feel special even more than when she receives a surprise, and that is when she is surprised for no reason other than "just because..."
5. Ask for help
If you're still stuck then get in touch and I can personally deliver a BuBakes Red Velvet Bouquet to your loved one - what's better than a treat baked solely for them, which incorporates flowers AND a sweet treat?
Plus if you're lucky you may get a cupcake yourself!
If you are in Chelmsford or nearby then get in touch and let me sort it all for you, for only £15 including delivery.
Good luck everyone, I wuv woo all!
Ps. For all you budding romance ninjas, I am also delivering to homes and work places on Friday 13th!