Sure, Valentine’s Day might have been invented to sell greeting cards, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great excuse to celebrate that special person in your life. Everybody likes a little romance now and again, and what better way to say “I love you” than with flowers.
Here are a few things every guy needs to know about buying Valentine’s Day flowers.
1. Red Roses Aren’t the Only Valentine’s Day Flowers Out There
Yeah, yeah, roses are red. And apparently the epitome of romance. They also come in pink, white, and yellow. But, they’re a little tired as a Valentine’s gesture. Unless your gal is the type that wants a bunch of petals sprinkled across the house when she comes home, you’re better off looking for a bright, fresh bouquet with a little more personality.
2. Avoid Flowers That Suggest the Dreaded Friend Zone
Okay, if you’re shopping for your mom or a platonic gal pal—no need to worry too much about misrepresenting yourself. Additionally, if you’re married or in a long-term relationship, a gorgeous arrangement of any type of flower is bound to be appreciated.
However, in the early stages, we all tend to overanalyze every little thing our new significant other does. Just to be safe, avoid giving yellow roses (cliché, we know), which imply friendship or chrysanthemums which signify support toward a friend. That said, traditional meanings shouldn’t dictate your purchases altogether.
3. Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute
The good news is: there are tons of options—including Bouqs’ two-hour flower delivery service—that allow you to select and send flowers in a jiffy.
However, procrastinating in all of its forms isn’t exactly ideal. You might find that it’s hard to lock down the Bouq you had in mind if you wait until Valentine’s afternoon to make your move. Our scheduler tool means you can set it, forget it, and lock in rates. Put a reminder on your phone and shop well in advance.
4. Maybe Try Something Potted
This one is a little risky, and it depends on the gal (or guy) you’re shopping for. Potted tulips might be a good pick—or an orchid. Just know in advance: orchids are notoriously hard to care for, and unless your Valentine loves them already, you’re gifting them an extra chore.
If she’s into succulents, try one of our succulent Bouqs. Surrounded by a supporting cast of roses, lilies, or something else—it’s the replantable gift that keeps on giving. While conventional wisdom often says that you should avoid giving someone a dry, prickly plant for fear of negative associations—times have changed, and desert plants are a perennial fav that needs minimal care—a win-win if you ask us.
5. Avoid Cheap-o Flowers and Fillers
Look, carnations have their place. But, they’re not exactly Valentine’s Day flowers. Unless you want to conjure up images of junior prom and the corsage that came along with it, you’re better off looking at other options. You’ll also want to avoid too many fillers, which can lend a tacky vibe to the bouquet if not done correctly. If you must, look for green foliage like eucalyptus for a lusher, more modern look.
You don’t need to spend Valentine’s prices on a dozen red roses if you’re on a budget. Instead look toward Gerbera daisies, sunflowers, and mums. There are plenty of robust, colorful options that won’t break the bank.
6. Don’t Forget to End on a Sweet Note
Flowers may be beautiful, but they pale in comparison to the sentiment that comes with the gesture.
You don’t have to compose Shakespearean sonnets or anything, just a little note that says “hey, I love you,” in whatever way that makes sense for your relationship. Oh, and don’t just buy a card and sign your name—then you’re just wasting paper. Write something that truly comes from the heart.
Bouqs Makes V-day Shopping a Cinch
On a final note, remember: buying flowers is the fun part. With Bouqs, you can simply cruise through our selection of Valentine’s Day flowers, put in your order, and send a gift that will make her smile. For special occasions, we recommend using our scheduler, which helps you avoid that cold sweat panic when the big day inevitably sneaks up on you. You’ll lock in the best rates and feel confident you’re getting a top-notch, on-time delivery.
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