Peonies, Orchids, Dahlias and Gardenias. If you ask me those are the best flowers. But I also enjoy Dandelions and the blooms on Mimosa trees.
No real shock, but women like flowers. And we like to receive flowers. Lots of dudes don’t get it. I don’t really get it, myself, but I accept it as true.
So let me drop a little knowledge that I’ve learned from recent efforts to gift flowers to a fellow female.
A colleague of mine deserved some recognition for her efforts, so the team decided to get her some blooms. I volunteered to make that happen. I consulted Herr Google and sure enough, 1-800-Flowers popped up. I dabbled a bit in exploring FTD, but who was I kidding. One online flower shop was pretty much going to be the same as the next.
I thought the bouquet was a bit pricy, but I figured I was paying for convenience. And then they tacked on the shipping fee. I have irrational abhorrence of shipping fees. But I placed the order anyway, and waited for the day they were due to arrive.
They came in a box.
They came in a box and the bouquet was puny.
They came in a box, the bouquet was puny, and I had to cut and arrange the stems my self.
What. The. Heck?
Do not order flowers from 1-800-Flowers. I have no idea if FTD is the same or if they actually bother to A) arrange and B) gift the flowers like a normal person would expect. But I have decided that I will no longer ever give flowers that way. Nope. Not happening.
Instead, here’s how I will buy flowers for a gift:
Step 1: Research and visit local flower shops to get a better estimate on what the cost will be, and to get ideas for arrangements.
Step 2: Go to a grocery store that has a flower section. They typically have a pretty wide variety and are not as expensive as a flower shop. Purchase flowers there.
Step 3: Go to a craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michaels to purchase a vase, ribbon, etc.
Step 4: Assemble your own bouquet. Write about a quick card; tie card to bouquet with ribbon, string or whatever.
Step 5: Deliver the bouquet in person.
Easy, simple. Not disappointing. Plus, by delivering the flowers in person, you get to see their expression! That’s the best part.