Flowers have been gifted for a variety of reasons for many years. But how did flower gifting come about, and how have trends around it changed over the years? Is flower gifting more popular in some states than others? To answer these questions and more, we’ve taken a deep dive into the state of flower gifting.
- What is Flower Gifting?
- The Power of Flower Gifting
- A Brief History of Flower Gifting
- Current Trends in Flower Gifting
- Popular Flower Gifts and Their Meanings
- Trends for the Most Common Flower-Gifting Holidays
What is Flower Gifting?
Flower gifting is when one person or group gives flowers to another person or group as a gift or an expression of thankfulness, condolences, and other purposes. Flower gifts come in various forms, ranging from a single red rose as a romantic gesture to stunning bouquets filled with an assortment of beautiful blooms.
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The most common flower gift is a flower bouquet. Planters are also popular for certain occasions, and some situations warrant specific flower variations, such as a casket spray at a funeral or a bridal bouquet for a wedding.
The Power of Flower Gifting
Beyond the meaning and symbolism of flowers, studies have shown that people who receive flowers — of any kind — have an emotional response. A study published in 2005 by researchers at Rutgers University in Evolutionary Psychology found that:
- Flowers elicit smiles: Women who were presented with flowers consistently responded with a genuine smile, known as the Duchenne smile. They also reported more positive moods three days after receiving flowers.
- Flowers elicit positive social behavior: When presented to someone in an elevator, a flower elicited more positive social behavior compared to other stimuli. This was true for both men and women.
- Flowers boost mood and improve memory: Elderly participants (55 and older) reported moods and improved episodic memory after receiving flowers.
Researchers from the University of North Florida conducted a study in 2018, The Impact of Flowers on Perceived Stress Among Women, and found that “people who lived with flowers in their homes for just a few days reported a significant decrease in their levels of stress and improvements in their moods,” the Society of American Florists (SAF) reports.
In another study, conducted by researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, participants reported feeling “least positive in the early hours but reported being happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.”
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The SAF also reports on a study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University on the effects of flowers (and plants) on workplace productivity. Researchers found that workplaces with flowers and plants had several positive impacts compared to those without flowers, plants, or other decorations, including:
- Innovative thinking: Both women and men demonstrated more innovative thinking.
- More ideas: Men generated 15% more ideas.
- Greater creativity: Women developed more creative solutions to problems.
A Brief History of Flower Gifting
The concept of giving flowers as a gift dates back to ancient Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, and Chinese cultures. It carried through the Middle Ages, the Victorian Era, and the rest of time, and it remains common in cultures around the world today.
Flowers — and the gift of a flower bouquet with certain types of flowers — have held different meanings over time. For example, in Greek mythology, various flowers represent gods and goddesses.
Flowers and Their Meanings in the Victorian Era
Flowers have their own language, called floriography, which dates back to the Victorian era and is also known as “the Victorian language of flowers.” However, flower meanings evolve over time and differ among cultures.
According to the Royal Horticultural Society, flowers had different meanings in different cultures when floriography first emerged in the Victorian era, and many cultural differences exist today. For example, in the East Asia region, white flowers symbolize mourning in many countries, but in Europe, white flowers represent purity.
In the Victorian era, it was not considered acceptable for women to be outspoken, and flowers provided a way to communicate with others without violating those cultural norms. Women sent bouquets to others, and wore flowers as accessories (such as in their hair), and carried small bouquets — called tussie-mussies or nosegays — to communicate feelings such as love, sorrow, desire, and affection.
Floriography’s popularity waned in some periods, such as the start of the 20th century during World War 1. The traditions were not forgotten and over time various floriography systems reemerged as a way to share feelings and communicate emotions in a subtle, yet beautiful way.
Current Trends in Flower Gifting
According to Abdalslam, one-fourth (25%) of florist sales in the United States are made online, and flower bouquets are the most popular floral product sold online. More than half (60%) of online sales are made on mobile devices. In the United States, fresh cut flowers are expected to account for 29.1% of the US floral market.
Among delivery options, same-day delivery is the most popular option. Subscription services are also increasingly popular.
More customers are looking for personalized experiences and custom arrangements. Consumers are also increasingly mindful of sustainability and look for locally sourced and eco-friendly floral products.
States with the Most Floriculture Sales
The US Department of Agriculture conducts an annual survey on floriculture crops, including floriculture sales. In 2021, the top states for floriculture sales were:
- Florida: $1.1 billion
- California: $962 million
- Michigan: $635 million
- New Jersey: $356 million
- Ohio: $269 million
- Texas: $253 million
- North Carolina: $199 million
- Pennsylvania: $188 million
- New York: $181 million
- Connecticut: $165 million
This data includes sales of not only cut flowers but also annual bedding and garden plants, herbaceous perennial plants, potted flowering plants, foliage plants for indoor and patio use, propagative floriculture materials, and cut cultivated greens. Of these:
- Cut Flowers: Cut flowers accounted for $359.8 million in sales.
- Cut Cultivated Greens: Cut cultivated greens accounted for $105.4 million in sales.
Popular Flower Gifts and Their Meanings
Different types of flowers (and the specific colors of each type of flower) are associated with different emotions and meanings. There are flowers designated for birth months (birth month flowers), anniversaries, and more, so it’s no surprise that these flowers are frequently used in flower bouquets and arrangements to mark these occasions.
Popular Flower Meanings
Some of the meanings commonly associated with the most popular flowers today include:
- Buttercup: The buttercup represents beauty, attractiveness, youth, happiness, joy, and friendship. It also symbolizes good health and new beginnings.
- Calla lily: The calla lily represents magnificence and beauty, with varying meanings based on the color. For instance, pink calla lilies represent admiration and elegance, purple calla lilies symbolize passion and charm, and yellow calla lilies represent happiness and gratitude.
- Carnation: Carnations are another flower with different meanings depending on the color. In general, the carnation symbolizes love, fascination, captivation, and distinction. White carnations symbolize purity and good luck, pink carnations represent gratitude, a mother’s love, and female love, and red carnations represent love. Yellow carnations symbolize disappointment and rejection and thus are often used in sympathy arrangements.
- Daffodil: Daffodils represent hope, rebirth, and new beginnings. They also symbolize joy and good luck.
- Dahlia: Dahlias symbolize love and devotion, dignity, and beauty.
- Gardenia: The gardenia symbolizes purity, peace, love, and refinement.
- Peruvian lily: The Peruvian lily represents friendship and devotion.
- Gerbera daisy: Gerbera daisies come in a variety of colors, each with a unique meaning. In general, the gerbera daisy represents purity, loyal love, warmth, purity, innocence, and cheerfulness. Orange gerbera daisies symbolize energy, enthusiasm, and warmth, purple gerbera daisies represent elegance and pride, and yellow gerberas symbolize happiness and friendship.
- Hydrangea: The hydrangea symbolizes grace, beauty, and gratitude.
- Lavender: Lavender symbolizes serenity, calmness, and grace, as well as devotion, love, and purity.
- Lily of the valley: The lily of the valley symbolizes luck, happiness, purity, chastity, and humility.
- Orchid: Orchids have had many different meanings throughout history and represent different things depending on their color. For example, white orchids symbolize innocence and purity, purple orchids symbolize wealth, loyalty, dignity, and respect, and orange orchids symbolize enthusiasm, excitement, and determination.
- Peony: The peony symbolizes many things, including respect, honor, wealth, and prosperity. Peonies also represent happiness, bashfulness, romance, love, beauty, and good fortune, among others.
- Rose: Roses symbolize different things depending on the color. For example, red roses represent love and passion, pink roses represent grace and admiration, peach roses represent sincerity, and white roses symbolize purity.
- Stephanotis: The stephanotis symbolizes happiness in marriage and the eternal bond of love. Its name is derived from Greek words that mean “fit for a crown.”
- Sunflower: Sunflowers are bright, beautiful blooms that symbolize beauty, adoration, and loyalty.
- Sweet pea: Sweet peas symbolize innocent pleasure, gratitude, friendship, and goodbye.
- Tulips: Tulips symbolize different things depending on the color. For example, yellow tulips represent cheerfulness, white tulips represent forgiveness, and red tulips symbolize deep, perfect love or unconditional love.
Birth Month Flower Meanings
Like birthstones (the gemstones associated with each month of the year), there are flowers associated with each birth month, each with a special meaning:
- January: Carnation, which has different meanings depending on the color. For instance, white symbolizes pure love, and yellow represents missing someone.
- February: Iris, which represents loyalty, faithfulness, and courage.
- March: Daffodil, which represents new beginnings, births, and joy.
- April: Daisy, which symbolizes innocence, purity, love, and beauty.
- May: Lily of the Valley, which represents youth, purity, happiness, and humility.
- June: Rose, which also has a different meaning depending on the color. For example, red roses symbolize love, while yellow roses represent friendship.
- July: Larkspur, which represents an open heart, so they’re often used to communicate romantic feelings.
- August: Gladiola, which symbolizes strength, victory, and pride.
- September: Aster, which symbolizes deep, powerful love.
- October: Marigold, which represents strength, power, and light.
- November: Mum, which represents happiness, joy, longevity, and love.
- December: Narcissus, which symbolizes renewal and rebirth.
When gifting flowers as a birthday gift, birth month flowers are a thoughtful and meaningful choice.
Anniversary Flower Meanings
Flowers are among the most popular anniversary gifts. There are flowers designated for each anniversary year, but flowers associated with some of the big anniversary milestones are:
- 1st Anniversary: Carnations are the first anniversary flower, representing young, passionate love and optimism. Red, white, and pink carnations are especially popular in anniversary bouquets.
- 5th Anniversary: The daisy features petals that fan outward from the center, representing the growth you and your partner experience individually while still being connected to one another.
- 10th Anniversary: Daffodils represent optimism, and they’re strong and resilient, much like your love for each other.
- 15th Anniversary: The classic red rose is the official 15th anniversary flower, symbolizing love and passion.
- 20th Anniversary: The aster symbolizes love and wisdom, the perfect representation of how you’re both older and wiser yet still as in love as ever.
- 25th Anniversary: The iris represents admiration, strength, and courage, representing your admiration for your partner and the strength of your relationship.
- 30th Anniversary: Lilies symbolize devotion, and your 30th anniversary is the perfect time to celebrate your unconditional devotion to one another.
- 40th Anniversary: The gladiolus symbolizes strength, infatuation, and integrity, representing your lasting love.
- 50th Anniversary: Yellow roses and violets are designated for the 50th anniversary. The complementary colors of these blooms represent just how perfectly you and your partner complement each other.
These anniversary flowers are representative of the years you’ve spent by your partner’s side. Consider a beautiful anniversary flower bouquet to celebrate your love.
Most Popular Flowers for Certain Occasions
In addition to the types of flowers designated for each birth month and anniversary year, there are also types of flowers that are most commonly associated with certain occasions.
- Weddings: Many different flowers are used for weddings. Some of the most popular are roses, tulips, gardenias, hydrangeas, dahlias, lilacs, lilies, peonies, orchids, amaryllis, and sweet peas.
- Funerals: White gladiolas, carnations, lilies, and yellow daylilies are often used for bereavement and funerals. Chrysanthemums in many European countries. In the US, it’s often the color of the flowers that matters most. White, blue, and green flowers are often used to represent peace and calmness, and white and red flowers are often used to symbolize the celebration of life despite the mourning process.
- Sympathy: Lilies, daisies, and gladiolus are popular flowers for sympathy bouquets. Other popular sympathy flowers include crimson roses, representing grief and sorrow, orchids to symbolize sympathy and eternal love, white roses for reverence, and pink carnations for remembrance.
- Congratulations: The most popular congratulations flowers include pink tulips, roses, irises, sunflowers, Peruvian lilies, heather, and orchids.
- Easter: Daffodils and tulips are popular flowers gifted at Easter.
- Christmas: The red poinsettia, holly, and narcissus are the most popular flowers gifted at Christmastime. In general, red and white flowers complemented by gorgeous greenery — the colors of the season — make the perfect holiday season gift.
- Birthdays: Of course, birth month flowers are excellent choices for birthday bouquets, but gerberas, roses, forget-me-nots, geraniums, jasmine, and orchids are also popular flowers for birthday flower bouquets and arrangements.
- Valentine’s Day: The most popular Valentine’s Day flowers are red roses to represent love, but they’re not the only option. Pink flowers, representing elegance and admiration, yellow flowers, representing joy and affection, white roses, representing chaste love, and primroses, symbolizing new beginnings and new love are also ideal for a Valentine’s Day bouquet.
- Anniversaries: In general, gerbera daisies, lilies, roses, dahlias, lavender, and stephanotis are popular flowers for anniversary arrangements. The flowers associated with the anniversary year are also popular flowers given to celebrate anniversaries. If you’re not into the anniversary themes, seasonal flowers are another popular choice:
- Summer: Sunflowers and pink or yellow roses are the perfect seasonal flowers for a summer anniversary.
- Spring: For a spring anniversary, peonies, cherry blossoms, and peach blossoms are popular seasonal options.
- Fall: Lilies and gold roses are seasonal fall flowers suitable for celebrating a fall anniversary.
- Winter: If your anniversary is in winter, choose seasonal favorites like chrysanthemums, orchids, and pansies.
- Mother’s Day: Red and pink flowers to symbolize love and admiration and yellow flowers to symbolize joy and affection are ideal Mother’s Day flowers. Carnations, roses, chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, lilies of the valley, dwarf sunflowers, yellow tulips, and yellow lilies are among the most popular flowers for Mother’s Day,
- Thank You: For thank you flowers, choosing your recipient’s favorite flower demonstrates your thoughtfulness and sincerity. If you’re unsure of their favorite flower, daisies, lilies, and carnations are the most popular flowers for thank you bouquets.
- Get Well Soon: The most popular get well soon flowers are bright and cheerful irises, tulips, and daffodils.
Trends for the Most Common Flower-Gifting Holidays
According to Astute Analytica, cut flowers generated $28.9 billion in revenue globally in 2021. 83.3% of that revenue was generated online. The global market size for cut flowers has been growing steadily since 2017 and is expected to reach $47.9 billion by 2030.
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A significant portion of overall flower sales transactions occurs on several important occasions throughout the year. According to the Society of American Florists, most transactions occur on the following holidays:
- Valentine’s Day: 30% of all flower transactions take place in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day.
- Christmas/Hanukkah: Christmas and Hanukkah account for 26% of all flower transactions throughout the year.
- Mother’s Day: 26% of all flower transactions take place around Mother’s Day.
- Easter/Passover: 9% of total annual flower transactions occur around Easter and Passover.
- Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving accounts for about 8% of flower transactions throughout the year.
- Father’s Day: Father’s Day accounts for 2% of annual flower transactions.
In terms of total dollar volume spent annually on flowers, the distribution is similar. However, Christmas and Hanukkah account for slightly more spending in terms of total annual dollar volume compared to Valentine’s Day, and more money is spent on flowers leading up to Thanksgiving compared to Easter and Passover.
- Christmas/Hanukkah: 29% of the total dollar volume on annual flower spending is spent for Christmas and Hanukkah.
- Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day accounts for 28% of total dollar volume spent on flowers annually.
- Mother’s Day: Mother’s Day accounts for 24% of the total dollar volume spent on flowers throughout the year.
- Thanksgiving: 8% of the total annual dollar volume spent on flowers is spent for Thanksgiving.
- Easter/Passover: Easter and Passover account for 6% of annual flower sales volume.
- Father’s Day: 4% of the total annual flower sales volume is spent on Father’s Day.
Flowers have long been a gifting staple on Valentine’s Day. The Society of American Florists reports that 22% of US consumers bought fresh flowers or plants as Valentine’s Day gifts in 2022. Roses were by far the most popular flower, as 83% of those who purchased flowers opted for roses.
SAF’s survey also asked those who said they purchased roses what color roses they purchased (multiple responses were allowed):
- Red: 65%
- Pink: 40%
- White: 36%
- Mixed Colors: 32%
- Yellow: 26%
- Purple or Lavender: 24%
- Peach or Coral: 21%
Other purchases among those who purchased flowers include:
- Non-Roses: 35% chose flowers other than roses, such as tulips, carnations, and lilies.
- Mixed Flowers: 36% chose mixed flowers.
- Plants: 27% purchased plants for Valentine’s Day.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), which has been tracking consumer Valentine’s Day trends since 2004, consumers were expected to spend $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day in 2023, up from $23.9 billion in 2022.
With over half of consumers (52%) planning to celebrate, flowers were among the top three most popular gifts planned.
More than one-third of consumers (37%) planned to purchase flowers for a loved one, beaten only by candy (57%) and greeting cards (40%). The most popular shopping destinations for Valentine’s Day flowers and other gifts include:
- Online: 35% of consumers planned to purchase flowers and other gifts online for Valentine’s Day.
- Department Store: 34% of consumers said they’d head to a department store to purchase Valentine’s Day gifts.
- Discount Store: 31% of consumers planned to shop at discount stores for Valentine’s Day flowers and other gifts.
- Specialty Store: 18% of consumers said they’d likely purchase Valentine’s Day gifts at specialty stores.
- Local/Small Business: 17% of consumers planned to shop at local and small businesses for Valentine’s Day.
- Florist: 16% of consumers planned to shop at florists for Valentine’s Day.
- Jewelry Store: 13% of consumers said they’d likely purchase Valentine’s Day gifts at a jewelry store.
- Specialty Clothing Store: 11% of consumers planned to shop at a specialty clothing store for Valentine’s Day.
- Other: 8% of consumers said they’d do their Valentine’s Day shopping from another source.
- Catalog: 2% of consumers said they’d shop from catalogs for Valentine’s Day.
Christmas & Hanukkah
For Christmas and Hanukkah, flowers are purchased to give the home a holiday feel as well as for gifts. According to the Society of American Florists, the IPSOS Floral Tracking Study found that (note that multiple responses were allowed):
- More than half of consumers purchase flowers for home decor and entertaining: 54% of consumers purchase fresh flowers as home decor or for entertaining purposes, such as table centerpieces.
- Red poinsettias are the most popular flower purchased: 53% of survey respondents said they purchase red poinsettias around the Christmas and Hanukkah season.
- Half of consumers purchase flowers as gifts: 50% of respondents say they purchase fresh flowers as a hostess gift or as a gift for someone else.
- One-fourth of consumers buy other flowering houseplants: 25% of respondents purchase flowering houseplants other than poinsettias.
- Nearly one-fourth of consumers buy green houseplants: 24% of respondents reported buying green houseplants around Christmas and Hanukkah.
- More than one-fifth buy other types of flowers: 21% of respondents purchase other types of flowers and plants during the holiday season.
The survey also asked respondents about the color of the poinsettias they purchase:
- Red: Unsurprisingly, red poinsettias are the most popular color for the holiday season, with 74% of respondents indicating they opt for red.
- White: 8% of respondents buy white poinsettias during the holidays.
- Pink: 6% of respondents purchase pink poinsettias at Christmas time and during Hanukkah.
- Mixed: 3% of respondents say they purchase poinsettias in various colors.
Mother’s Day is another holiday that hit record spending numbers in 2023. The NRF estimated that consumers planned to spend $35.7 billion on Mother’s Day in 2023, exceeding the previous record of $31.7 billion in 2022.
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Flowers have come in second to greeting cards among the most popular Mother’s Day gifts since 2007.
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In 2023, flowers are tied with greeting cards with 74% of consumers planning to purchase them for Mother’s Day.
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The most popular shopping destinations for Mother’s Day flowers and other gifts include:
- Online: 34% of consumers planned to shop online for Mother’s Day flowers and other gifts.
- Department Store: 34% of consumers said they’d head to a department store to shop for Mother’s Day.
- Specialty Store: 30% of consumers planned to shop at a specialty store for Mother’s Day.
- Local/Small Business: 24% of consumers said they’d shop at local and small businesses for Mother’s Day flowers and other gifts.
- Discount Store: 23% of consumers planned to shop at a discount store for Mother’s Day.
- Specialty Clothing Store: 13% of consumers said they’d likely shop at a specialty clothing store for Mother’s Day.
- Catalog: 3% of consumers indicated they’d order from a catalog for Mother’s Day.
Easter & Passover
According to the National Retail Federation, consumers were expected to spend a record $24 billion on Easter in 2023, an increase from $20.8 billion in 2022. The previous record-high was $21.7 billion in 2020.
While flowers aren’t the most popular spending category for Easter, more than one-third of consumers planned to purchase Easter flowers over the past decade.
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In 2023, 44% of consumers planned to purchase flowers for Easter, an increase from 41% in 2022.
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Here’s a look at the percent of consumers who planned to purchase Easter flowers since 2013:
- 2021: 43%
- 2020: 42%
- 2019: 38%
- 2018: 39%
- 2017: 39%
- 2016: 38%
- 2015: 36%
- 2014: 37%
- 2013: 39%
The top shopping destinations for Easter flowers and other gifts include:
- Discount Store: 54% of consumers planned to shop at discount stores for Easter flowers and other gifts.
- Department Store: 42% of consumers said they’d head to a department store to do their Easter shopping.
- Online: 33% of consumers planned to shop online for Easter flowers and other gifts.
- Local/Small Businesses: 22% of consumers planned to shop at local and small businesses for Easter flowers and other gifts.
- Specialty Store: 20% of consumers planned to do their Easter shopping at a specialty store.
- Specialty Clothing Store: 13% of consumers said they planned to shop at a specialty clothing store for Easter.
- Catalog: 2% of consumers planned to shop from catalogs for Easter.
Gifting flowers is a long-standing tradition for many occasions. Thanks to their meaning and symbolism, flowers remain a way to express your feelings, and they genuinely make people happy.
FAQs About Gifting Flowers
What is the meaning behind gifting flowers?
Gifting flowers has been a common practice across different cultures and time periods, and it carries various meanings and symbolism. Here are some of the common meanings behind gifting flowers:
- Expressing love and romance: Different flowers can convey different messages, such as love, affection, and desire, so they’re often associated with love and romance. For example, red roses are traditionally associated with passionate love, while pink roses symbolize admiration and gratitude.
- Showing appreciation and gratitude: Flowers are often gifted to express appreciation or gratitude, such as thanking someone for a favor, help, or support.
- Celebrating special occasions: People gift flowers to celebrate a variety of special occasions, from birthdays to graduations, anniversaries, retirement, or other achievements. When gifted in this way, flowers express congratulations and well wishes.
- Conveying sympathy: Flowers are commonly sent as a gesture of condolence to express sympathy and offer comfort to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. White flowers like lilies and chrysanthemums are often associated with funerals and symbolize purity and remembrance.
- Apologizing or seeking forgiveness: Flowers can be used as a way to apologize and seek forgiveness. They can convey sincerity and remorse, helping to mend relationships and express regret.
- Offering well wishes and support: Sending flowers to someone who is feeling unwell, recovering from an injury, or going through a difficult time can convey wishes for their recovery and well-being. Flowers can provide comfort and let them know they’re not alone.
- Symbolizing friendship: Flowers can also symbolize friendship and appreciation for a close friend. Yellow roses, sunflowers, buttercups, gerbera daisies, and other bright yellow blooms are often associated with friendship and joy. Yellow carnations are the exception, as they symbolize disappointment and rejection.
Are flowers an appropriate gift?
Yes, flowers are excellent gifts for various occasions. With so many types of flowers and colors to choose from, flowers can convey many different emotions and meanings. Here are just a few reasons to consider gifting flowers to a friend or loved one:
- Almost everyone appreciates flowers: Flowers are widely appreciated and loved by people of different ages, genders, and backgrounds. They bring beauty and life to any environment, and many people feel joy and happiness when receiving flowers.
- Endless options: There is a wide variety of flowers available, each with its own unique beauty and symbolism, many of which are available in a variety of bold or pastel colors. This allows you to choose flowers that are appropriate for the occasion and the recipient’s preferences.
- Thoughtful and personal: Choosing someone’s favorite flowers or carefully selecting blooms that have a special symbolism or a personal meaning to them makes them a meaningful, thoughtful, and personal gift.
- Symbolic: Flowers have symbolic meanings associated with them. Choosing blooms that hold a special meaning make it possible to convey emotions or message such as congratulations, condolences, or appreciation.
- Suitable for various occasions: Flowers are suitable for just about any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, celebrations, and even somber events like an illness or the loss of a loved one.
Keep your recipient’s preferences and circumstances in mind when gifting flowers. For instance, you don’t want to gift flowers to someone who is allergic to different types of flowers.
What to give with flowers as a gift?
There are many things you can give with flowers as a gift. One of the best options to give with flowers is food, such as decadent chocolates or scrumptious baked goods. Here are a few excellent ideas to pair with flowers as a gift:
- Chocolate covered fruit: Chocolate covered fruit is a popular pairing for flowers, such as our Cherish the Moment Flower Bundle or Riveting Roses & Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.
- Wine: A bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine makes the perfect pair for a romantic occasion or to congratulate someone on their graduation, retirement, or other achievement.
- Fresh-baked cookies: Consider pairing a flower bouquet with a box of fresh-baked cookies, such as our Flowers, Premium Cookies, & Popcorn Gift Bundle.
- Jewelry: Jewelry is always a good gift to pair with a gorgeous flower bouquet. Consider something meaningful, such as a necklace featuring their birthstone or anniversary gemstone.
- Cupcakes: Celebrate a happy occasion by pairing cupcakes with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Get it delivered to their doorstep with our Celebration Cupcakes, Flowers, & Balloon Gift Bundle.
- A stuffed animal: Add an adorable plush animal to a flower bouquet, such as our Flowers & Puppy Plush Gift Bundle.
- Brownies: Scrumptious chocolate brownies pair perfectly with a bouquet of roses. Choose a gift bundle like our Brownie & Blushing Roses Bundle.
- Fresh fruit bouquet: A fresh fruit bouquet is the perfect complement to a stunning flower bouquet. Consider our Sweet Appreciation Flowers & Fruit Bouquet Gift or Unicorn Fruit Bouquet and Flowers Gift Bundle.
When should you give someone flowers?
There are many occasions to give someone flowers, such as:
- Valentine’s Day
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- An illness or injury
- The loss of a loved one
- To say “I love you”
- Just because