Choosing the right gift for someone’s birthday can be a weighty ordeal, as the best birthday gifts reflect the care for the person you’re celebrating and the nature of your relationship with them. Gifts should be thoughtful, personal, appropriate, and timely – which can be a tall order when facing the sea of gift options available at your fingertips (thanks, Amazon). But we’re here, in very Julia Testa fashion, to make the case for fresh flowers, and why we think they make the best birthday gifts for the people in your life.
1. They are visually appealing.
Perhaps almost *too* obvious, is the fact that flowers are both naturally beautiful and visually appealing. They brighten up a room and create a joyful atmosphere in the home or office of the person lucky enough to receive them. Giving someone a bouquet is like giving them a small piece of nature's beauty, and is a gift that extends beyond the recipient to everyone with whom they share their space.
2. They’re equally experiential and thoughtful.
Gifting flowers demonstrates that you have taken the time to think carefully about the person you’re celebrating and the effort you expended in making them happy. Fresh bouquets make recipients feel valued and appreciated, while not contributing to the clutter of well-meaning but sometimes poorly executed gifts that recipients often feel compelled to hang onto long after they “spark joy” (we’re looking at you little cat statue from Grandma circa 2006).
3. They hold the extra weight of symbolism.
Because different flowers carry different meanings and symbolism, you can choose a flower or a bouquet that conveys a specific message or sentiment for the birthday celebrant. For example, roses are often associated with love and romance, while sunflowers symbolize happiness and friendship. By selecting flowers that hold significance, you can convey all that you feel about the person and your relationship, without having to say more than, “happiest birthday.”
4. They can be as personalized and unique as the person you’re celebrating.
There is a vast variety of floral arrangements available, each with its own blooms, colors, designs, and fragrances. This diversity allows you to personalize the gift based on the recipient's preferences or by showcasing their favorite flowers. By selecting a unique and *so very them* arrangement, you can reflect their one-of-a-kind personality, and demonstrate your grasp of the style that makes them the very person you love to celebrate.
5. They literally make people feel good.
Science has proven time and again that flowers have a positive effect on people's moods - literally impacting happiness while also boosting productivity and creativity (move over coffee!). Flowers can bring joy, uplift spirits, and create a sense of well-being in the people receiving them, so gifting flowers on a birthday can help create a festive and celebratory atmosphere – making the day even more special for the person you’re celebrating.
They last longer than the birthday itself.
While fresh floral arrangements do have a limited lifespan, they can be enjoyed for several days or even weeks depending on the blooms and the quality of care they receive. This means that the birthday celebrant can continue to enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the flowers long after their special day, serving as a pleasant reminder of your thoughtful gift and the joyful birthday you helped create.
Whether your reason for gifting flowers is their visual appeal, their potential for significance, a showcase of your thoughtfulness, or their mood-boosting effects, we want to extend a whole-hearted well done. You’re mastering the art of gift-giving, one beautiful arrangement at a time.