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Sending a colorful floral arrangement during this time of social distancing can be the perfect way to brighten someone’s day. Life goes on, from birthdays to babies to anniversaries and beyond, and we’re looking for ways to honor those moments from afar. So, from sunflowers and succulents to roses and ranunculus, here are 10 reasons — and coordinating arrangements — to send a bouquet to a family member, friend or colleague.
The occasion: a birthday
Birthday Happiness Bouquet (from $50; ftd.com)
So you will have to organize a virtual birthday party this year. But at least the guest of honor will have a beautiful bouquet of flowers to admire! Filled with pom pom daisies, spray roses and sunflowers, this bright and cheerful arrangement is presented in a rustic pewter vase and features a ‘Happy Birthday’ sign. Let the virtual singing begin! If you are celebrating the birthday of a child or someone who loves dogs, treat yourself. un-DOG-able in a basket ($59.99; 1-800-Flowers.com) arrangement.
The occasion: a commemorative ceremony
Deluxe Peace Lily ($75; bloomers.com)
Most of us are currently unable to host or attend funerals and memorial services. It can be devastating not being able to honor the loss of those who impacted your life in person. Share your sympathy with a spathiphyllum ground plant – better known as the peace lily. The flowering plant arrives in an attractive hand-woven basket dipped in white, stands over 2 feet tall and will serve as a tribute to the life of your loved one for far longer than a flower arrangement.
The occasion: a thank you
Small Blue Hydrangea Plant ($39.99; plants.com)
Whether someone helped you with something big (brought you disinfectant wipes when you thought there were none!) or small (helped you figure out all that virtual Skype stuff! ), nothing says “thank you” like a beautiful bouquet. This sturdy, bright blue hydrangea plant looks chic in a modern, copper-rimmed slate pot and should last for seasons to come.
The Opportunity: A New Relationship
The Finesse ($80; Urbanstems.com)
You’ve had a few good dates and you can really see this relationship going somewhere. But shelter-in-place orders will delay things a bit. Continue the romance with this pretty floral bouquet of Love, Bogart, and Carabella roses, plus dainty ranunculus and dianthus, all in shades of coral and peach. Add a simple glass vase for $12 or upgrade to a gold or charcoal style for $25.
The occasion: Anniversary
I love you forever ($54; bouqs.com)
When looking at traditional anniversary gifts by year, flowers are recommended four years after the wedding. But, really, we can’t think of anyone who would be disappointed to receive a bouquet every birthday (although we’re not against the addition of gold jewelery for 14 years – I’m just saying). Chances are your favorite restaurant is closed, but if it’s offering delivery, order a meal, blow some bubbles, and decorate the table with this peachy arrangement of Campanella, Free Spirit, and Star Blush roses. You can also splurge on the $84 upgrade to 48 stems, plus an additional $10 for a signature vase to really wow your one and only.
The occasion: graduation
Bouquet of Precious Peonies ($71.99; 1800flowers.com)
Peonies are said to symbolize good fortune, so celebrate the new grad in your life with this soft pink bouquet. It’s disappointing to have to miss such an important rite of passage, but this elegant and deliciously scented arrangement in its blue mason jar is a sweet way to say, “You rock!”
The occasion: new baby
Magical Garden Unicorn Bouquet ($56.99, originally $59.99; teleflora.com)
New parents can be stressed, sleep deprived and, of course, totally in love with their baby. Not being able to call on Grandma for help during this time surely doesn’t make things any easier. Surprise them with this super cute ceramic unicorn vase overflowing with peach roses and miniature carnations, pink spray roses and waxflowers, white alstroemeria and blue sinuata statice, and blueberry and pitta negra. We’re pretty sure they’ll be smitten by you too.
The occasion: I’m thinking of you
Daisy chain ($58; farmgirlflowers.com)
Maybe your best friend has been furloughed. Or your sister is knee-deep in the stress of working from home coupled with managing online school for her school-aged children. Or you really miss spending time with your happy hour pal. When you haven’t been able to see your mom/sister/college roommate/favorite co-worker/all of the above in weeks, but still want to let them know they’re on your mind, this cheerful and colorful bouquet of 30 assorted California-grown Gerbera daisies (comes with an elegant rose gold slanted metal vase) should do the trick.
The occasion: you miss your parents
Never Give Up ($64; bouqs.com)
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The greatest gift is a part of yourself.” Next best? A superb bouquet that arrives unexpectedly. Especially this particular bouquet, which includes alstroemeria, eucalyptus and a succulent that — genius! — can be planted later. It’s a lovely way to let mom and dad know that they’re on your mind, live nearby and miss your weekly meetings, or are away and just counting the days. until travel bans ease then you can plan a trip.
The occasion: a gift of well-being
Phalaenopsis Orchid ($74.99; plants.com)
What a time to recover from surgery, recover from illness, or deal with symptoms of covid-19. This graceful, double-stemmed yellow orchid housed in an understated white ceramic vase may not offer healing properties, but it will bring a smile to its recipient’s face.
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