Buying Flowers for Her
22nd Jul 2019 | Posted by Wild Poppies

Buying Flowers for Her

Women aren’t always the easiest to please. Often, you’ll be expected to know what they want without being told. Despite it sometimes being a stressful task, it’s important to show the women in your life how much you care.

Whether you’re celebrating one year with your girlfriend, congratulating your sister on finishing school, or wishing your mum a happy Mother’s Day, flowers are a perfect gift idea.

The next challenge starts as you begin to debate what flowers to pick. To help make this process a tad easier, we’ve compiled a female flower gift guide below.

Why are flowers a good gift for women?

Why are flowers a good gift for women?

It may sound cliché, but receiving flowers will ultimately make any woman feel special. This simple gesture will be perceived as incredibly thoughtful and bring a massive smile to the recipients face.

Not only are flowers a caring gift but they look good too, which means they will instantly brighten up her bedroom or house, doubling as a stunning décor piece.

When should I give flowers to a woman?

Depending on your relationship with the recipient, the appropriateness of flowers may vary. They'll always be a suitable gift when on her birthday however. Regardless if you’re buying them for a relative or a lover, a beautiful flower arrangement will make for a terrific birthday present.

Likewise, most women will feel hugely appreciated if you congratulate them with flowers when celebrating their success. Whether she has recently graduated from university, received a promotion or bought her first house, flowers are a fantastic way of expressing how proud you are.

These lovely floral gifts are also an ideal way of saying thank you. From acknowledging your mum for supporting you through a tough week to thanking your girlfriend for helping you with a project, a floral arrangement will show how much you appreciate their time and efforts.

If the recipient is someone you’re romantically involved with, you’re certainly going to want to add Valentine’s Day and your anniversary to the list. Both of these occasions are the perfect time to showcase your appreciation with flowers.

When should I not give flowers to a woman?

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again, avoid gifting flowers on the first date. We’re all for a bit of romance, but we don’t want a huge bouquet scaring off the girl you’ve just started dating. Rather than risking coming across too strong, wait until after a few dates before you decide to sweep her off her feet with a beautiful bunch of flowers.

What kind of flowers should I buy my girlfriend?

When most of us think of romance, we think of roses, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that these delicate beauties are a top pick. Just be mindful when gifting them, as their colour and quantity have an underlying meaning.

Red roses are the traditional symbol for love, with a deep red rose often being associated with beauty and perfection. Likewise, pink roses are an ideal way to express happiness, joy, and admiration, making them an excellent gift for your girlfriend.

Alternatively, if the relationship is still in its first few months, white roses may be an appropriate choice as they are linked to young love and charm. Lilac roses may also be a good option during this time as they represent enchantment.

While almost any colour rose is a suitable pick, try to avoid yellow roses as these symbolise friendship rather than romance.

Now, that’s the colours sussed, let’s talk numbers. If you want to say a simple, “I love you,” gifting three roses is the traditional way to do so. Similarly, giving one rose indicates love at first sight, 12 roses means that you want them to be yours, and 30 roses convey faithfulness.

In addition to roses, red or pink tulips or red chrysanthemums are also often associated with love and beauty.

Simpler options could include orchids or dandelions. Just make sure that if you’re opting for a different flower, you don’t pick yellow carnations as these express disappointment.

What kind of flowers should I buy for a friend?

In the wonderful world of flowers, yellow is the ultimate colour of friendship. Therefore, if you’re buying flowers for a woman who is strictly a friend, yellow rosessunflowers, or yellow tulips are a perfect choice.

If you’re not digging the yellow, alstroemeria is also often associated with friendship, so including this in a floral arrangement would be a suitable idea.

What kind of flowers should I buy for a female relative?

When buying flowers for a female relative, it’s useful to keep in mind any of their preferences that you’re aware of. If you know your mum loves sunflowers, get her sunflowers. It’s as simple as that. However, if nothing seems like an obvious choice, tulipsgerberas, or hydrangeas are always a safe option.

Should I include a message with my flowers?

Including a message with your flowers is always a good idea. A few simple words can go a long way and will certainly add that extra personal touch.

At Wild Poppies, we can handwrite, print or type your message on one of our signature cards or a purchased speciality card. Just make sure to put your preference in the delivery instructions box.

Message ideas: 

Dear Mum,

Wishing you a day filled with joy and a year filled with happiness.

Happy Birthday!

Love, Josh

To Vicky,

Congrats on finishing your degree.

I’m one proud brother.

Love from Tom

To Angela,

Thank you for all your help this semester.

From Luke

Dear Sarah,

Happy Valentine’s Day to my one and only.

I love you more and more every day.

Love, Mike

Dear Laura,

I love doing life with you.

Happy third anniversary.

Love, Oliver

Should I give any other gifts with my flowers?

The flower arrangement themselves will make any woman smile, but adding a gift can often take your gesture to the next level.

While they say “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, it relates to everyone, including women. Accordingly, adding the recipient’s favourite snackscake, or chocolate is always a winning idea. Likewise, you may want to add her favourite wine or a voucher to a café or restaurant you know she loves.

Candlesbooks or skincare are also great options. Not only will pampering gifts like this make her feel extra spoilt, but it shows that you’ve taken time to think about your present.

If the occasion you’re celebrating is something quite special, you may want to gift her jewellery, surprise her with concert tickets, or buy her the bag she’s been eyeing out for months. Ultimately, the gift you choose should reflect the recipients’ interests and personality, so try to keep that in mind when making your decision. 

Read our article on buying flowers for different personality types.

We hope that with this guide you’re feeling slightly less stressed about buying flowers for a woman. Just relax and remember it’s the thought that counts (and don’t buy yellow carnations).

See us in-store at 28 Ethel St, Sandringham, Auckland or call us 09 357 6161 if you need help picking the perfect flowers and gift.

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