3 Steps To Choosing the Best Valentine’s Day Gift

Most people make choosing the right gift too hard – which leads to a lot of stress and bad gifts. You don’t want to purchase something that will get thrown out the next day and you don’t want to get a gift that they expect. Plus, after you decide on the gift, you still have to deal with actually going out and purchasing it. However, if you follow theses three simple steps it does not have to be a difficult task at all.

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1. What are their interests? You have to think about what they like before you can get much further in this process. You do not have to get them a gift that is directly related to their interests, but you need to have a general feel of what they like to do in order to get the best Valentine’s Day gift for them. If you have been seeing that special someone for a while then you should probably know a few of their hobbies or special interests. Use these to your advantage.

2. Translate their interests into a Valentine’s theme – this is the part where you can really get creative. After you have nailed down what their interests are, then you need to apply this to some type of Valentine’s theme. Here are a few Valentine’s themes to consider – soft things, edible things and expensive things. Take one of their interests, playing soccer for example, and apply this to edible things. Voila – you could buy them chocolates in the shape of soccer balls. Do they enjoy music? Apply this to the expensive things theme and get them a bracelet with a music note on it. Do they love a certain television show? Based on the theme of soft things you could get them a plush animal dressed up as their favourite character.

3. Research and find it – this is where a lot of us let ourselves down. We decide on the perfect gift but have no idea where to find it. In my opinion, the best place to find the best Valentine’s Day gift is online. On the Internet you have an endless amount of possibilities to choose from. Plus, if you cannot find the specific gift you’re looking for, then you will certainly be able to find a few different items that you can put together to create it yourself.

See? Gift giving doesn’t need to be difficult at all. Simply follow these 3 simple steps and you’ll enjoy Valentine’s Day once more.


Keeping your Christmas Flowers Fresh

Flowers are a lovely gift to receive for Christmas.  When you do get such a wonderful gift, you want to take the extra measures to keep your Christmas flowers fresh for as long as possible.  To keep your Christmas flowers fresh for an extended period of time, follow these easy steps:

Check your Christmas flowers daily to ensure it has proper water.  Your Christmas flower vase, container, or liner should always have fresh room temperature water.  Even floral arrangements with Styrofoam liners should have adequate water to keep your Christmas flowers as fresh as possible.  When ever you completely change the water in your Christmas flower arrangements, makes sure to clean the container as well.  Use the fresh flower food the florist provides on delivery with all flowers.  Use as directed.  Improper use can actually cause more damage and premature aging of your flowers.  

Every few days trim the stems of your Christmas flowers back to give them a better drink way to intake fresh water.  Cutting the steam at an angle also gives the flowers the best chance of taking up fresh water.  Remove any spent or damaged blooms or foliage that falls below the waterline in the vase.

If you are concerned of disturbing the Christmas flower arrangement order, simply tie a piece of twine around the stems just above the vase line.  While holding your Christmas flowers from twine tied location gently turn over, cut stems with sharp scissors, and return to vase, arrangement unharmed.  

Be sure no debris is floating in the water (such as leaves and stem parts) as this could promote the growth of bacteria, which can shorten a flower’s life.  Most flowers prefer temperatures between 65 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 22 degrees Celsius) and are best displayed away from direct sunlight, heating or cooling vents, directly under ceiling fans, or on top of televisions or radiators, which give off heat and can cause flowers to dehydrate.

Following these few simple steps will help extend the life of your Christmas flowers while keeping them fresh.  

Christmas Flower Meanings that make for a Holly Jolly Christmas!

There is always so much joy in the air around the Christmas holiday time; it is too bad that it doesn’t flow throughout the year for everyone.  I particularly love the spirit of Christmas, the colors, the decorations, and the vibrancy it brings out in people.  Maybe it is part of the reason I love flowers so much, because each and every flower has a way to bring out that same feeling, even when it isn’t the Christmas season.  

Flowers are packed full of meaning, history, and even ancient legends of love.  However, what about those beautiful accents used in Christmas floral arrangements such as myrtle, holly, Mistletoe, fir, pine and moss?  Not only do they add the perfect accents to holiday arrangements, they also carry their own special meanings that add to the spirit of Christmas floral arrangements.  

Let’s take a look at a few of those wonderful foliage that give the perfect touch to these gorgeous Christmas flower arrangements.  

Holly is one of the leading accents in Christmas floral arrangement.  Holly holds the floral meaning of domestic happiness.  The meaning itself – domestic happiness – is a big part of what the holiday is all about so it couldn’t be more perfect.  The secondary meaning of Holly is defense or protection.  With the two meanings, with Holly in a Christmas flower arrangement, it is wishing the recipient a safe and happy home/life.  

Mistletoe without doubt plays a fun roll in the holiday festivities.  Who doesn’t love to sneak a little kiss in under the mistletoe with their favorite person?  Mistletoe brings to Christmas love, from new blooming love to long lasting love.  It fits perfectly in with the season meaning.  

Myrtle is such universal foliage during this season that emits the meaning of love and unity.  For the Jewish, Myrtle is a Hebrew emblem of marriage.  With Myrtle in your holiday flower arrangements, you are gifting love, luck, as well as holiday cheer.

Firs used to accent Christmas flower arrangements emit the feelings of strength and durability to life’s challenges.  In nature, firs are strong and can withstand most of what the world can throw their way.  In Christmas flower arrangements, they give those deep luscious greens, a great fragrance, and delivery the meaning of undeniable strength.  

Brant Florist is happy to help you create the perfect meaning you are wanting to express this holiday season in beautiful flower arrangements, bouquets and even gift baskets.  Give the best gift this year in one that is full of meaning expressed like none other then flowers and their foliage.