Here is a rare tip directed at the men in the audience. For the women, leave this blog up on the screen as a hint drop if he is to use the computer where you left off. This is my expert advise on what to get your significant other for Valentines Day. FLOWERS. Don’t fall for the teddy bear or pajama-gram infomercials. Flowers are still and always will be the best Valentines gift. I’ll make it very easy for you by listing some of the best choices online. Before I get into the online choices I will let you know that I still think it is better to patronize your local florist. Your local florist, being not affiliated with some mass network such as FTD or Teleflora. Order ahead (like today) to ensure that you actually get the best flowers, also walk-in to the florist to order rather than by the phone. The reason why is that if the florist that is actually going to make the bouquet for your actually meets you, he or she will be able to put a face on the order and give your order that extra TLC. Beleive me, florists do remember such customers. Also order today because florists generally pre-order all the flowers and whatever else is ordered in addition to the amount of flowers needed to fill pre-orders is usually not sufficient to fill the demand of a line of guys waiting in line last-minute at the florist’s cashwrap. You may be stuck with a piece of fern or some substandard chocolates or balloons if you wait until the day of.
The next consideration is where to present the flowers. It is the most romantic to hand deliver them in person, either at dinner or before dinner when you pick her up. If you have the flowers delivered, have it delivered to her office instead of her home. As evil as it sounds, some women absolutely love to rub in their special delivery to their co-workers. Valentine’s is on Saturday this year, so if you want to deliver to the office, do it on Friday. Monday is unacceptable!
Another reason why having flowers done locally rather than online is all about presentation. And for Valentines Day, presentation is usually everything. A local florist can arrange a beautiful bouquet in a vase and it is care-free. The flowers have been professionally prepped and will ensure a long-lasting bouquet. A box coming direct from the grower will often be just that – a box of flowers wrapped in cardboard with the vase left seperate. The recipient is left to condition and arrange the flowers that she receives. In other words, the flowers do not come like you see them in the photo. There is a way to avoid this with online ordering -you can order from a source that works through affiliate local florists. This would be the compromise from ordering directly from your boutique florist. Just note however, that you don’t get to choose the affiliate florist, the Network will choose the closest associated florist. This may be a good thing or a bad thing. For one you get the presentation, but on the flipside, the network company gets a chunk of the florist’s profits and can often result in a substandard product (you might get skimped some flowers from what the photo shows.) I’ll give you a few tips below on what to tell the operator taking your order.
With all that said, I have some choices that I picked from the top online sources. These choices are based on style and feasability. In other words, I chose designs that were easy to make but elegant so that the florist would have less of a chance to screw it up. Here are my tops:
The reason I chose this bouquet is because tulips are beautiful, but they can look like a cheap cop-out to roses if given alone. This is an elegant way to present tulips -with classic red roses. Your order will be made by a Teleflora affiliate store. Rest assured, this bouquet is easy to make. Make sure you tell them not to substitute cheaper ribbon (I can totally see a florist cutting that corner). Tell them you want a similar wired French taffeta that is shown!
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