Are Flowers a Good Birthday Gift?

Flowers can be a fabulous birthday gift, especially in certain situations.

The type of flowers and the qualify of them plays a very important role. You don’t want to go with a cheap source and risk having dead flowers delivered on the guest of honor’s special day or send flowers to someone who is allergic to them.

But in most circumstances, flowers are the perfect way to say, “Happy Birthday!”

🎕 Most Popular Birthday Flower Arrangements

Most florists have a website you can go to with a section devoted to “most popular” where you can see the arrangements most chosen. Petal Republic has listed the most popular flower choices in general as follows:

  1. Roses
  2. Peonies
  3. Carnations
  4. Tulips
  5. Dahlias
  6. Irises
  7. Geraniums
  8. Gardenias
  9. Camelias
  10. Marigolds
  11. Hydrangeas
  12. Sunflowers
  13. Gladiolus
  14. Stargazer Lillies
  15. Ranunculus

Bouquets can be purchased in mixes according to season, color, or types of flowers. They can also come in random assortments. A search online can reveal the birth month flower of the birthday person which is awesome if you are having trouble deciding which flower to go with.

Flowers can also be ordered in live varieties with or without other plants in the arrangement. Trees and bushes are yet another option that are offered by some florists.

💁 Who Are You Giving Flowers To?

Who you are sending the flowers to does matter when deciding if flowers are a good birthday present. If you just met someone who is a romantic interest, you’ll want to evaluate the situation to see if it’s too forward.

Flowers are typically a very appropriate, loving gift to a co-worker or boss you are close to, a significant other, your adult child, a family member such as your mother, sister, or grandmother.

Contrary to what you may have been programmed to think, flowers are nice for men too. You can opt for a flowering plant or a manly type of flower such as a succulent or spray of blue hues, but never think men won’t appreciated getting flowers.

🤔 Why Are You Sending Flowers?

Other than the fact that it is the recipient’s birthday, what is the reason you are thinking of sending flowers? Some give flowers because the guest of honor adores them but there can be other underlying factors too such as if the birthday gal or guy lives in another location.

Flower deliveries can be arranged from anywhere in the nation by florists like 1-800-Flowers. If you’ve accidentally let time get past and don’t have time to mail a gift or go through an online gift source, like Amazon, you’ll usually find next-day and same-day flower delivery services. That’s always a perk.

Another reason for sending flowers or giving them in person is if you have no clue what else to gift. Fair enough! If you are sure the recipient will love them and don’t know of anything else they’d like better, flowers are an excellent choice.

Flowers are the perfect solution for gifting someone who has it all or who is a minimalist and doesn’t want “it all”.

🚚 How Are You Sending the Flowers?

Flowers can be delivered by the florist, or they can be hand delivered by you. Which you choose will depend on how close the person lives to you, if you want to add the extra special touch of receiving them through a delivery person at work or at home, or if you want to personally present them.

🎁 Should I Give Something Else as Well?

It’s good to consider the facts when deciding whether to add another gift to the flowers. You can easily tag on a balloon, stuffed animal, vase, or candy when ordering flowers from a florist. Or, you can give an entirely different gift along with them such as jewelry or a nice bottle of wine or champagne.

Don’t feel obligated to give more than the flowers though. Flowers are a nice gift in and of themselves.

✨ The Beauty of Giving Flowers

There are so many benefits attached to giving flowers including:

  • Mood Lifting: Flowers are scientifically proven to lift spirits and boost moods according to the website Psychreg. Eighty-four percent of those polled said flowers helped calm them and made them feel positive. Endorphins kick in when certain acts of kindness are present – like receiving a bouquet of flowers.
  • Brightening Up a Difficult Day: Just because it is someone’s birthday doesn’t mean it’s a pleasant one. Maybe the guest of honor has to work all day. Sending flowers to their place of employment can help brighten things up a notch. Perhaps the birthday girl or boy is hitting a milestone that they are not looking forward to or is having their first birthday after a loved one’s passing. Flowers made everything better.
  • They speak volumes: Flowers say what you may have trouble communicating. They can say “I love you”, “I’m sorry,” or even “Things will be alright.” When you want to say what you feel loud and clear, send flowers.

🧐 What to Watch Out For

Flowers make a lovely birthday present but there are some things to watch for. Be sure you’re not copping out by getting flowers. Put a personal touch on them such as getting his or her favorite flowers or favorite color of flowers. Also, make sure the recipient isn’t allergic to flowers or the chemicals flowers are sometimes treated with. Knowing before you purchase is the best rule of thumb.

An article in Environmental History Now lines out the chemicals often used and who might be susceptible to have negative reactions. If you are in doubt, you can always go for a cake, cookie bouquet, or fruit bouquet instead.

Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl Jerabek
Cheryl is a professional writer that has been writing ever since she could hold a crayon. She has authored over 200 fiction and non-fiction books for teens and adults (both credited and ghost-written) on a wide range of subjects. Cheryl also writes blogs and articles on various topics and themes. Residing in a small mountain community in Southwest Colorado, Cheryl draws her inspiration from the gorgeous scenery, her 2 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys traveling, party and event planning, and hanging out with family and friends. “I write so you don’t have to,” is Cheryl’s motto.

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