Holidays and other special days provide an excellent opportunity to show the ones we love how much we care. Sometimes this means taking our family member or sweetheart out for a special meal or buying them a gift that we know they’ll find thoughtful.
That being said, there are some holidays, like Mother’s Day, that come with the perfect gift traditions baked right in. Mother’s Day usually means buying your mom a gorgeous bouquet of flowers.
You’d think that having a great gift tradition associated with Mother’s Day would make things easier, but that’s not always true. After all, if you’ve been getting a bouquet for your mom every Mother’s Day, you might want to get a unique gift or a more special floral arrangement every once in a while.
Well, did you know that you can actually consult with your florist about the type of blooms you’d like in your Mother’s Day bouquet? It’s true. If you’re thinking of speaking to a local florist about taking your Mother’s Day gift-giving to the next level, here are a few questions that are good to ask.
Which blooms send a personal message?
You might not know this, but flower arrangements have a rich history of symbolism, especially in the Victorian era, and it’s worth looking into as you figure out the details of your bouquet.
For example, orchids represent beauty and love, while tulips represent passion. Daylilies are emblematic of motherhood, while daisies symbolize innocence and hope and pink roses show devotion. One way to take your bouquet to the next level is to look into the history of sending a personal message by using specific blooms and incorporate those you want into the floral arrangement.
Ask your florist if they have experience working with the Victorian method of using beautiful flowers to send messages. Incorporating this lost art into your Mother’s Day flower arrangement makes for an even more thoughtful gift than just buying a dozen roses.
Does it matter if I choose a vase or not?
Most florists will offer the option of adding a vase to your Mother’s Day gift, even if you’re working with a flower delivery service.
However, different vase types cost different amounts. It’s worth considering whether your mom would want a vase and if it’s worth the money.
If your local florist offers a vase to add to your flower delivery, make sure that you ask if there’s an additional fee. If you do end up opting for a vase, make sure it’s in a style that your mom would like. After all, that vase will stick around long after Mother’s Day has passed.
Are the blooms you use locally sourced?
This is an important question if you’re concerned about climate change (which you should be). Did you know that many of the floral arrangements we send today are actually shipped and flown from far-flung places around the world?
Even the most popular flowers that you see being sold at local supermarkets and mini-markets are often sourced from far away locations and grown in wasteful facilities. Not to mention the major energy waste that comes with shipping carnations and daisies across the ocean.
Buying local blooms for your Mother’s Day floral arrangement both supports the local economy and helps to stop climate change, so you should definitely ask your florist about the source of those pink tulips you may be eyeing.
Making your mom smile is the best feeling in the world, and a floral gift may be the best way to go about it. If you’re thinking about a unique gift that’s a little different this year, consider asking your florist these questions. Either way, your mom is sure to appreciate the thought you put into her Mother’s Day flowers, which is the point, after all.