Are Flowers Really A Good Gift?
As Mother’s Day, and all of the Graduations approach, before we get to the distinction of which flowers are best, we’ve got to know if flowers are a good gift, or just an easy out.
Mother’s Day and graduations are perfect reasons for gift-giving this Spring. But are flowers the perfect gift, or just the easiest option?
Spring blooms, the sun shines brighter, the days are longer, and a season of celebration approaches, but as we collectively come together to celebrate the Spring season, we ask this vital question: Are Flowers Really A Good Gift? The answer is yes, and we have a lot of reasons to think so.
Writer John Harrigan once said that, “Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower.” And that happiness, the smile on the face of someone receiving flowers for any reason and no reason at all, is a big factor in deciding on a gift during this season of celebration.
A study by two professors at Rutgers University determined that flowers make people authentically happy. The Duchenne Smile, often called smiling with your eyes, happens nearly every time people get flowers. But what is it about flowers that make us so genuinely happy? A popular thought is that flowers hit multiple markers that engage people positively: they smell good, have a vibrant color, and carry a natural symmetry that is pleasing to the eye.
Putting Them In Their Place
Another good indication of the happiness that flowers bring is in the places we are most apt to share them. Floral arrangements, hanging baskets, and planting flowers are always displayed prominently on front porches, in foyers, along sidewalks, on kitchen tables, and in the places of a home where the most living is often done. Why is that? Because we naturally like to share what makes us happy. Even when you come see us at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce, you’ll find our beautiful flowers waiting for you at the door and greeting you as you pull into our parking lots.
All Things to All People
One of the best, most underrated qualities of flowers and bouquets is the universality they maintain. Imagine all the places and times when flowers are just right.
No Dietary Restrictions
More people than ever are living their lives carb-free, gluten-free, fat-free, low sodium, high protein, and dozens of other dietary restrictions. Allergies are everywhere, and it makes cooking a big challenge. So skip the fear of a culinary misstep in your gift-giving, and just buy a beautiful seasonal basket or bouquet.
This Situation Calls For…
Think of an event you’ve gone to recently. There aren’t many places you’ve been to honor someone that didn’t have flowers present. Weddings are adorned in flowers and the bride holds her bouquet. When we’ve lost a loved one those life celebrations are in rooms filled with arrangements and baskets. And when a new neighbor moves in, a child is born, the student in your life walks at graduation, or a place of worship is celebrating a special season – flowers. And in our very own Washington State, we have a whole festival dedicated to just one kind of flower.
A Bouquet for Every Budget
With such a wide range of species of flowers, and given that they exist all year round in some form or fashion, flowers cover the spectrum of cost. Teenagers can grab a simple bouquet for Mom on Mother’s Day, while Dad ponies up a bit more cash for her favorite arrangements. Flowers can be the perfect ‘just because’ purchase from a store or roadside stand. And you can even choose to completely change your home landscaping by purchasing flowering shrubs, hanging baskets, or planting bulbs.
More Than Meets the Eye
Red roses mean love, but they aren’t the only flowers that send that message. Lilacs, red tulips, and pink carnations extend affection as well. Yellow roses are a nod to friendship. Lillies bring comfort in loss. The carnation is the official flower of Mother’s Day. Daisies are synonymous with innocence, and pansies are for thoughtfulness.
The Black Eyed Susan, long considered a symbol for justice, is the state flower of Maryland and also the inspiration for the colors worn by students at the University of Southern Mississippi. The Rose Bowl is an annual college football game that is always preceded by the Parade of Roses.
Every state boasts a flower, every holiday comes with a complimentary bloom, and nearly every life event has a pre-approved accompanying fresh cut flower or plant paired with it.
All the Blooms
In short, yes. Flowers really are just that good of a gift. That must be why we have so many at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce. They are great in every season of the year, and every season of life as well. So swing by one of our 3 locations and get a beautiful bouquet, flowering plant or basket today.