Here are the cheapest places to buy flowers and how to ensure that that they will last longer:
Look at your local grocery stores.
My Publix and Kroger stores have potted flowers for under $10$5.99 to be more specific. This is less expensive than roses, and I have the benefit of being able to plant these beauties once the weather warms up.
Home improvement stores have many options when it comes to flowers and plants.
Just like the grocery stores have potted flowers, so do the improvement stores like The Home Depot.
Avoid ordering flowers online if possible.
When shipping and handling gets added in, this becomes the most expensive way to give flowers. Sometimes, it's nice to splurge on your lady with having flowers delivered (she will definitely feel spoiled), but it can be pricey if done regularly.
This week, we have a gorgeous Ultimate Elegance bouquet, courtesy of our friends over at 1800Flowers, valued at $129.99. Filled with majestic lavender and white blooms, this arrangement is sure to make her smile. Roses, lilies and other fresh blossoms are arranged in a sleek glass vase. So even if you're not able to spend time with your Mom next Sunday, you can show her that you care.
If you'd like to win, tell us what makes your Mom amazing. Leave us a comment below or over at our Facebook page. We'll choose an inspiring story and pick a winner Tuesday, so that the flowers can be delivered just in time for Mother's day. Good luck! ...
... You could give your mother the standard bouquet of flowers, or you could bombard her senses with a visit to a flower garden, flower field, or other flower-based attraction. Admission is cheap (usually around $10 for adults), and May is the perfect time of year for such an excursion. If you live in southern California, check out the Carlsbad Flower Fields.
5. Family Game Night - 2011 Edition
If your family is anything like mine, you got sick of playing all your board games years ago. The problem is that board games are confusingly expensive, not to mention they take up too much storage space. The solution: word game apps for your smartphone! (I think it's safe to assume that there will be someone at your Mother's Day celebration with a smartphone.) Try the highly-rated iTabo, basically the smartphone version of Taboo, for $0.99. If you get ...
Flower merchants realize that many buyers do not have a great deal of knowledge on what flowers and colors are best for every occasion. For this reason, sites include sections for those who shop by purpose, and they are labeled accordingly. Examples include Get Well, Birthday Bouquets, Anniversaries, Sympathy and others.
Each Flower is a Symbol
It is safe to leave the symbolism to the online floral shop and just choose from the bouquets in the section for your occasion. Nevertheless, if you're buying flowers for Mom, wouldn't she love to know that you got her irises because they symbolize hope and wisdom? Or, if you are sending a get well bouquet to a hospital, sunflowers are a symbol of warmth and adoration. What about romantic bouquets? While red roses are the symbol of never-ending love, mixed bouquets ...
Looking for a gift for someone who has everything or an inexpensive way to let someone know you care? Make a special holiday snack! Everyone enjoys homemade goodies, and they're fun to whip up. Invest in some cute holiday tins, colored cellophane or themed paper plates to create a simple package, and then get to work in the kitchen. If you want to go all out, you can even buy a basket from your local crafts store. It's cheaper than purchasing a pre-made holiday gift basket, and you'll be able to give it your personal touch.
There are hundreds of ideas for holiday snacks that you can make, but here are a few of my favorites:
As I mentioned yesterday at the end of the Creative Zen V giveaway post, we've got another giveaway starting today. Next Friday, December 11 we'll be giving away the Deluxe Wall Gallery Frame courtesy of our good friends over at Red Envelope.
When I heard we were giving away picture frames on the blog this week, I have to say, I was a little underwhelmed. However, after seeing a picture of it on the Red Envelope site, I'll admit this is a pretty sweet picture frame set, and I'd be stoked to win it. And if picture frames (even ones as cool as these) aren't your bag, I'm sure there's someone on your holiday shopping list that would love it!