Everyone needs a little appreciation now and then, especially the ones whom you love and those who have either shown you some TLC or helped you in some way or another.
And, nothing’s quite so simple yet lovely as a gift of flowers.
Whether bunched, in a vase or even presented as a single stalk, blooms make perfect presents for almost anybody in your life – the GF, your ’cher, the next-door auntie who greets you every morning (and makes your day) with a wizened smile.
So, don’t just stop and smell the roses; buy ’em as gifts, to cheer up, encourage or just to show your gratitude to the most beautiful people you know.
For everyone you ever liked or loved (or vice versa)
Feeling super thankful and generous? Have dozens of precious peeps in your life? Then you might want to turn to Flowers and Kisses.
Founded in 2017 with the goal of selling “quality and stylish floral bouquets at an affordable price”, this growing online floral biz’s bouquets are made-to-order, with the blooms supposedly handpicked every morning by its florists at the flower market – freshness at a nice price!
And with over 80 “Thank You” options available here (and with no-minimum spend for same-day delivery), you will be spoiled for choice.
Need one for all the important ladies in your life? Then the aptly named Appreciation bouquet’s ($49) your top choice – three blush pink roses, three pink carnations, eucalyptus, baby’s breath and statice flowers, all wrapped up in baby pink floral paper.
It’s got to be Skittles ($119) for your sweet-toothed sweetie; an ultra colourful bunch made up of six premium rainbow roses (each rose features a myriad of colours), white lisianthus (more popularly known as Texas bluebell or prairie gentian) and foliage.
Got a beer buddy who’s always lent you a listening ear? Then send him or her a Beer Bouquet (from $49), composed of light blue baby’s breath and two cotton flowers (for some extra fluffy love), that you can top with either one or three beer cans.
Shop Flowers and Kisses at www.flowersandkisses.com.sg
BONUS: SAFRA members get to enjoy 10% off all regular-priced flower bouquets and gifts at Flowers and Kisses. Click here for more information.
For your foodie gang
This is your no-brainer prezzie for your eats-obsessed friends – food, but in bouquet form. Established in 2013, Rainbowly specialises in edible bouquets – not edible flora, but Insta-worthy, vegan-friendly floral arrangements made out of food (think petal-shaped fruits and chocolate-dipped strawberries).
Your BFF (best foodie friend) in need of some TLC (tender loving cheer)? Pick the vibrantly-coloured Cheer Up Fresh Fruit Bouquet Arrangement Pot ($99) that comes with strawberries dipped in dark chocolate, daisy-shaped pineapple slices, grapes and slices of lime green apples and oranges.
Have the kidults in the group go “kawaii” with the Pink Kitty Strawberry Bouquet ($99). The Hello Kitty-inspired fresh fruit arrangement features 20 to 25 strawberry and white chocolate-coated strawberries housed within a cutesy kitty-face ceramic mug.
Or, want to surprise your specially invited party-of-5 diners at your home? Then order the health-is-wealth, value-packed Fruit Basket Singapore – Sunny Garden Fresh Fruit Arrangement (from $179) that serves 5 to 10 for a small-sized basket. What’s in here: apples, oranges, cantaloupes, kiwifruits, grapes and lettuce (yes, you read right, it’s the leafy vege). After-meal dessert and group appreciation, done.
Rainbowly, 11 Sin Ming Road, Thomson V Two, 575629 (by appointment only), rainbowly.com
For the hipsters you hang with
For those in the know, Humid House provides the kind of snazzy bouquets and floral arrangements that you would see splashed across the pages of an interior design magazine. So, to impress the fancier folk in your hip posse or members of your fam with expensive taste, pick a creation from this home-grown botanical design studio.
Our recommendations: The Murakami junior bouquet ($140) of peonies and gerberas (inspired by the hipster-beloved Takashi Murakami) for the art lovers, and any of its MICRO BBs ($60) that showcases one or three stalks of dried blooms in a slim, 100% brass, bud vase, for the minimalists.
And, for the absolute royalty in your life, the Queen ($500) is the crown of pink and yellow peonies, and yellow oncidium orchids composed in a glass vase that Her Majesty – the Mrs or Mum – so truly deserves.
Humid House, 27 New Industrial Road, #02-01, 536212 (by appointment only), humidhouse.com
For your loved ones with flora-related allergies
Here’s the perfect solution for presenting botanical prezzies to peeps who weep at flowers because they are sensitive… to fragrances or pollen, and not because they easily touched. TheFloralPetal (stylised as such) by paper floral artist Michelle offers bespoke floral bouquets and arrangements made with Italian crepe paper and cardstock.
A quick glance through Michelle’s past commissions on her online shop gallery and Instagram account reveals delicate yet totally gorge creations such as cherry blossoms, lilies, roses and orchids (prices upon application), with some named after the people who either ordered or were gifted them.
Custom-made, OOAK (one of a kind) floral works of art christened after one’s name? Your special someone would feel so lucky and loved.
(Psst: Michelle also runs craft workshops, so if you want to learn how to make your own paper flowers for whomever, whenever, look up TheFloralPetal site for the deets!)
Visit TheFloralPetal at www.thefloralpetal.com