Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Are Flowers an Effective Gift?

It’s been a long day. Work is stressing you out and the long commute home has left you an exhausted mess. What better than a gift from your partner to cheer you up? But what is it…? A bunch of flowers…

Flowers have been a romantic offering for centuries. But are these really still an effective gift for singles in our days of gross consumerism?
                                           Yes!

They’re always a surprise…
If you’re going for the surprise factor, flowers fit the bill. They are so visually beautiful and eye catching they will have anyone bowled over in genuine delight and astonishment every single time.

They brighten up the house…
It’s always great to have flowers in the house brightening the place up and spreading their life, joy and gorgeous smell through the rooms. Every time you come in you’ll remember the gift, recall who it’s from and smile at the memory.

They help you say what you can’t…
On some occasions it’s too difficult to express your feelings or condolences for someone. The universal symbol of the flower can sometimes say what you can’t express for you, whether that’s ‘thanks’ or ‘I love you’ or ‘I’m sorry for your loss.’

They’re inherently romantic…
Flowers represent romance, particularly roses. It’s an expected ritual to receive a rose from your partner on Valentine’s Day, and elsewhere, many other courtship rituals involve flowers. Flowers mean romance across the world, to a single Muslim, to a married Christian, to just about anyone. And that is and always will be a very powerful thing, giving the gift its special quality.

                                                  No!

The association of flowers with romance can sometimes mean that people misinterpret their worth, buying flowers instead of apologizing when a face-to-face conversation is necessary. But flowers don’t fix everything, and this will never go down well. Avoid clichéd gifts as a source of reconciliation. Flowers are also sometimes not enough of a gift. No matter how expensive the flowers you buy, they may not meet expectations in some situations. If it’s a big occasion, flowers should only be a part of the gift. If they’re a surprise, the flowers will be more effective offered with another treat, a surprise date for example.

A key reason why flowers sometimes aren’t enough of a present is they only last a few days. They wilt and die in their vase and end up in the bin. Some would argue that a true gift is something to be cherished and will last a lifetime.

Flowers are a brilliant universal expression of love and can be a wonderful thing to receive as a gift. But they can also be misinterpreted if presented in the wrong circumstances, so be careful with your flower buying habits!

1 comments:

sw0605 said...

Yes they are, and will always be :-) I personally like potted ones...