*The best deals predictably show up around Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and the major holidays. For example, FTD will frequently offer free shipping on specific brands. If you are willing to limit your selection, ordering at the last minute on holidays offers the advantage of a lot of reduced-for-quick-sale items.
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If you want to send yourself flowers and not pay the full price, just take terrible care of them and return them within the 7-day "Good As Gold" freshness-guaranteed period. You deserve this.
Along the lines of exploiting the need for freshness, there are constant coupon-free sales on overstocked flowers. Flowers spoil if they don't sell them to you to surprise your boyfriend with at work.
FTD's best bargains are for same-day purchases and sale-flowers. Shop for those first to save time and money. For in-advance jewelry, stuffed animals and the non-spoiling like, they are not a bargain compared to their competitors.
FTD was an outstanding way to send my father a 4' tall birdcage, covered in fake ivy, with a stuffed parrot in it, that would embarrass him in front of his coworkers on Father's Day. And you can too! You know, or just longstem roses. They have gifts that are very general or very specific (like vases painted with the words "Congratulations Graduate" "Best Aunt" or "I'm Sorry I Spilled Dippin Dots In Your Pool but I Cannot Promise I Won't Do It Again"). They have multiple flavors of coffee beans, and they have potted plants that can't be killed. Great for same-day delivery on a wide selection of presents.