Flowers are a popular gift given for almost any occasion. And there’s a good reason for that! Not only are they beautiful, but they often carry symbolic meaning that makes for an incredibly memorable gift. In fact, 89% of Americans remember the last time that they received a flower gift! This unforgettable gift is a great choice, whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or any special occasions. It’s also an appreciated gift in times of hardship, such as the loss of a loved one. No matter the occasion, it’s crucial to choose the best flower gift that’s just right for the recipient.
With so many different types of flowers (over 400,000 types in fact!) and various ways to gift them, you may find yourself confounded by the myriad of options. From flower bouquets and gorgeous centerpieces to curated flower gift sets, there are endless ways to gift the memorable gift of flowers. For the best flower gift, choose one that best suites the person your gifting to. Whether incorporating their favorite flower or choosing blooms that symbolizes something meaningful, a personalized touch always makes a world of difference.
To help you choose the best flower gift to give someone in your life, we asked around and rounded up thoughts from a range of flower lovers and gift givers. (Note: FruitFlowers® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for responses to get some different perspectives.) Next time you want to give the gift of flowers, visit this collection of ideas for some inspiration to give the best flower gift possible!
Craig Wilson is a Director at Gardeners Dream, one of the largest online garden retailers in the UK.
“I personally am always a fan of giving a lovely and simple bouquet as a gift. It’s a great way to put a smile on someone’s face, and they are able to arrange and decorate with the bouquet as they wish. In terms of types of flowers and additions, it can depend on the occasion, time of year, and your relationship to that person. If it’s a just because type of gift, I love to offer a nice bright mix of alstroemeria, placed in a beautiful vase with a nice note. It’s not too over-the-top but still gets the message across. I just love a good bright flower, and those flowers scream friendship and happiness to me. They’ve always put smiles on my friends’ faces.”
Stacy Cason is the CEO of Planetarie, a CBDa wellness company.
“Flowers are a great gift to give to someone as a way of expressing your care for them. Whether it be a ‘congratulations,’ ‘thank you,’ or perhaps an ‘I’m sorry,’ flowers are a gift that will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
You can never go wrong with a nice rose bouquet. Different colors have different meanings. For example, pink and yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy, so this is a perfect gift for a friend.
Chrysanthemums are also great flowers to gift as they symbolize the message of well wishes and happiness. Plus, they have a delightful fragrance.
If you’re looking for something more out of the ordinary, I suggest a bouquet of dahlias. Because of their bright color and vibrant blooms, this bouquet will stand out in a crowd of flowers, letting the individual you’re gifting to know they are special to you.
If you’re looking to enhance your flower gift, adding a slim glass vase and a handwritten note will definitely bring the gift to another level. Everyone loves to know they are cared for and appreciated, and there’s nothing better to show appreciation than a handwritten note. The fact that you took the time to pick out a vase and write a note of appreciation will mean a lot to the recipient of your gift.”
Mark Blakey is the founder and CEO of Autism Parenting Magazine, a magazine that provides the most up-to-date news and guidance for parents of children with autism.
“Flowers are my go-to gift for every occasion, hence based on my knowledge and experience I would like to share some insights.
Flowers attach an emotional value to a gift. But one of the biggest cons of flowers that make people think twice about buying them is their perishable nature. Several flowers only last for a week or two even when kept fresh by changing water, giving the proper amount of sunlight, etc. This shortcoming has been eliminated with the all-new technique of preserving a flower and converting them into an ideal gift. Pressed flowers are an amazing option when it comes to flower gifts. It is made with real flowers which capture its real beauty and essence. Also, they can be pressed into useful items like earrings, pendants, key chains, magnets, etc.”
Chad Price is the CEO of Life Grows Green, a company that sells hemp derived products.
“I have always had an affinity for hanging plants and flowers. I just love how they look and how they can brighten up the look of a house. I’m the type of person who enjoys sending gifts as a surprise to my friends and family members, so I enjoy being able to give them hanging plants.
One of my favorites is million bells. They can be so bright and inviting, and are just overall beautiful plants. Anytime I see million bells I have to marvel at them or try to buy and take some home for myself. My family also really loves this plant, and I have given several to relatives to just do something nice for someone. They are also fairly easy to care for, so they won’t go to waste in someone else’s care.”
Jack Williams is a repair and maintenance expert and founder of HandymanReviewed, a website that aims to provide the best handyman service reviews.
“Flowers are usually a good choice when you want to congratulate a friend, cheer them up, or simply put a smile on their face. My guide to the best flowers to give to friends will assist you in creating the ideal friendship bouquet.
Roses: Most ladies like red and pink roses as their preferred colors. Because red roses can be expensive, mix in some pink roses. This could save you money while still sending out a love message. Although this is a popular pick for Valentine’s Day, love may be found at any time of year.
Sunflowers: Sunflowers might represent the warm and cheerful feeling you receive when you’re with your sweetheart. This cheerful flower can be used as a centerpiece in a lovely bouquet.
Tulips: Tulips are among the world’s most popular flowers. They reflect different aspects of love, such as comfort and warmth. These basic flowers are a low-cost but lovely solution for your girlfriend. Tulips come in a variety of hues, so you can send her her favorite color or a combination of colors in one bunch.”
Veronica Thompson is the chief operating officer of Everyday Power, a website that provides daily inspiration and empowering quotes.
“One of the best flowers to give to someone is Iris flowers. These are blue-colored flowers and they don’t usually signify romantic love. Hence, these are perfect flowers to give to a friend. These flowers symbolize trust, hope, and valor. They are usually combined with lilies or daisies as they all symbolize friendship and trust. That said, this is a good flower to give someone. Personally, I love giving this to my friends because I grew up with my mom usually sending these flowers to her friends. I grew up seeing my mom send platonic affection to her friends by sending flowers. Hence, I adapted this practice too.”
James Green is the owner of CardboardCutouts.com, a site that sells custom cardboard cutouts as well as cardboard cutouts of celebrities, comic book characters, and more.
“I prefer to give flowers as gifts that will remain alive for years to come. While flowers are always a beautiful gift, most cut flowers eventually die. This is why I like to give orchids, and even some succulents for those that I know already have and love succulents, as gifts. Orchids are easy to take care of and will continue to bloom year after year, which will help the recipient remind themselves of your gift for years to come. Succulents are also easy to care for, and depending on the species, they will also bloom for years to come. It just feels like more of a long-term gift this way, rather than a fleeting one.”
Elena Zimmerman is a content writer at Love & Lavender, a blog about weddings, gifts, lifestyle, travel, and more.
“While roses have always been the showstopper of flower arrangements, there are many other flowers that deserve a bit more credit. Whether for scent, color, size, or symbolism, a gift of flowers can go a lot deep than simply a red rose (as lovely as they are).
My favorite flowers to gift have always been lilies, lilacs, sunflowers, and gardenias. These are not always the easiest flowers to source, and are also usually very seasonal, but it is worth it if it can be done. Lilacs and gardenias simply offer a smell that no other large bloom flowers I know of can compete with. Lilacs do have a short blooming season, about 1-2 weeks for a fully grown bush, and gardenias are notoriously tricky to bloom in nontropical climates. However, for a cut floral arrangement that is not meant to last more than a week, they simply cannot be beaten for smell.
Sunflowers and Lillies are there for color, usually an intense orange or yellow that really jumps out. This can be complemented with smaller lacey flowers to fill out a bouquet, but the Lilly or sunflower will always take center stage.”
Bruce Coleman is the Chief Operating Officer of VeryInformed, an online blog that delivers articles about the latest in tech, lifestyle, travel, and personal growth.
“When it comes to giving the perfect gift, flowers are always a good choice. But with so many different types of flowers to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which ones to give. Roses are a classic symbol of love and appreciation, making them a great choice for anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions.
For a more unique gift, consider sending a bouquet of stargazer lilies, which are known for their beautiful fragrance. Orchids are also a popular choice for flower gifts, as they represent luxury and sophistication. No matter what type of flower you choose, your gift is sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face.”
Larry Snider is the VP of Operations at Casago, a resource for searching for vacation destinations and rentals.
“When giving someone a flower gift, I often prefer giving a live plant over a traditional bouquet. My favorite option actually doubles as an herb: lavender. Lavender plants are hardy and easy to care for, even for those who don’t have the greatest track record for plants. They have dainty purple flowers that give off a relaxing scent. In addition to the well-known calming properties of their scent, lavender plants can also be used to make herbal tea. When it comes to unique flower gifts, you can’t go wrong with a lovely, multipurpose lavender plant.”
Julia Bobak is a Content Creator at Home Grounds, a community of coffee hobbyists who share their knowledge and tips about brewing coffee at home.
“I remember when a relative of mine passed away, my family received this beautiful flower basket with a white painted cross in the middle of it, and I thought it was the most beautiful arrangement I had ever seen. I remember thinking how thoughtful of them it was to send us something like that, and anytime I know of someone who has lost a loved one or is going through a difficult time, I think of that arrangement and how it made me feel.
Gifts like those give you an extra boost and help you feel strong – like you know everything is going to be just fine. I love sending a basket full of white tulips with a quaintly decorated cross in them along with a nice card. I feel it shows support, sends condolences, and helps bring at least a small smile to the person’s face, even if just for a moment.”
Chel Gacrama is a Content Editor at Castnoble, a personal development website that aims to inspire mental resilience and improve well-being.
“The best flower gift to give is a bouquet of flowers. They can be as simple or as extravagant as you want them to be, and there are so many different ways of making them look beautiful.
Flowers also make great gifts because they are inexpensive, which makes them easy to afford if you’re on a budget. Being able to give someone flowers without worrying about how much money it’s going to cost them is just one more way that flowers are the best type of gift for giving!
When it comes to flowers, the options are endless. You can choose from all types of flowers, including roses, tulips, orchids, and more. You can also choose between different types of vase shapes and sizes. Vases can be made out of glass or ceramic, or even made out of fabric like a basket! You can also add other fun things like a handwritten card (or an e-card!) with your special message inside it.”
Brandon Li is the co-founder and CEO of Power, a resource for finding and researching clinical trails across the United States.
“I find that the best flower gifts are something small and personal, rather than your typical big bouquet. Back in my student days, a couple of friends and I got into the habit of giving each other flower gifts on Valentine’s, as a bit of a running joke that we were all each other’s soulmates by surviving the degree together. We’d pick a single flower that we thought symbolized the person in question, and we’d put it in a little envelope with a handwritten note of friendship.”
Luke Fitzpatrick is a marketing officer at Drsono, a company that provides portable ultrasound scanners and other medical equipment.
“The best flower gift to give to someone will ultimately depend on that person’s individual preferences. However, some general tips that may help you choose the right floral gift include considering the recipient’s favorite flowers, colors, and/or scents; selecting an arrangement that is appropriate for the occasion; and making sure the flowers you select are fresh and in season. Additionally, it is always thoughtful to include a handwritten note with your flower gift, conveying your personal sentiments to the recipient.”
Rachel Scott is the Co-Founder and Medical Practitioner of National TASC LLC.
“Bromeliads are beautiful flowers that you can give to someone and they will surely appreciate it. Bromeliads are good plants to be grown in pots, hence, they are perfect as balcony plants. Once they bloom, you can give these flowers to someone you want to appreciate.
You can place them in a beautiful vase so the receiver can display it to their home. You can even give a bromeliad plant with a flower bloom and the receiver can care for the plant itself. They don’t have complex soil, water, and light requirements so they can be easily grown in pots. Bromeliads also have long-lasting flowers so they will give a breath of fresh air in the room. They also thrive well in high humidity so any room is a good place for them to grow. They don’t require much effort to care for them and they easily thrive as long as watered regularly.”
Davin Joseph is the Marketing Manager of MyEnamelPins, a company that manufacturers custom pins to help people promote their brand, make a fashion statement, and celebrate professional milestones.
“There is no wrong answer when it comes to giving someone a flower gift. However, some flowers are more popular than others as gifts. Roses, for example, are often seen as the ultimate romantic gesture. They can also be given as a sign of appreciation or admiration. For something a little different, try giving a bouquet of tulips. These flowers are associated with springtime and new beginnings, making them ideal for many occasions. No matter what type of flower you choose to give, your thoughtfulness will be sure to impress the recipient.”
Caroline Pereira is a tech researcher and Lead Editor at TechUnderworld.com, a blog that features reviews, buying guides, and more about a wide variety of tech products.
“From my personal experience, pink and yellow tulips are the best flower to send as a gift to a friend or your partner. The tulips blooming in spring represent joy and renewal and show affection and good wishes to the receiver. Adding these beautiful flowers to a bouquet with other flowers or in a tapered vase would send a perfect message of care. Tulips on their own would be enough to send joy to the person receiving these beautiful flowers as a gift. The tulips are perfect for spring gifts as they bloom in spring.”
With some new found inspiration from these flower lovers and gift giving experts, you’ll be on your way to giving the best flower gift to that special person in your life. And for a flower gift that’s extra special, considering choosing a FruitFlowers® gift bundle. They are complete with gorgeous bouquets of flowers, along with delicious treats like chocolate covered strawberries. No matter which flower gift you choose, it’s sure to be a memorable gift that the recipient will love and appreciate.