Two days and counting until Tuesday, Valentine's Day. Every February 14 around the world, flowers, candy and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, in the name of St. Valentine. Some quick history, in the 1840's, Esther Howland began selling the first mass- produced valentines in America. She is known as the "Mother of the Valentine." Now for those last minute gift ideas. If you're a procrastinator, I hope you'll get some help right here.

If you're on a limited budget these days ( and who isn't), here are some tips that won't break the bank and help to keep your sweetie happy! Remember, it's still the thought that counts.

According to the Greeting Card Association, one billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year. The first two necessities for you  guys are the traditional cards and flowers . Both are a tradition for a reason and you really can't go wrong with either.  In my opinion, definitely go the romantic card route.

We ladies like to read it once a year in print whether it's Shakespeare or Hallmark. Don't forget that a personalized E-gift card via e-mail or Facebook is a great idea too.

Now for the flowers, I was at my local warehouse store the other day, where two dozen fresh roses could be had for under twenty bucks.  No box, no vase, but you can improvise. Try spiking in some chocolate truffles on skewers for a "sweet touch" and work them into the bouquet.

How about a romantic dinner-at home? Prepare his or her favorite dish. If you're not handy in the kitchen, take-out from his/her fave spot served on nice china will do the trick!  For dessert, (besides you) some chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne-right out of the movie "Nine and a Half  Weeks". As for chocolates. Give the good stuff.

Lastly, if  your budget allows, what's more romantic than a surprise getaway for two ? Your procrastination can actually pay off  big time when you book last minute on some travel web sites.

Whatever you give your honey, make sure it's from your heart.  That's what Valentine's Day is all about. Happy Anniversary to my Sweetie-Pie!