We get it, you probably don’t want to spend money on a bouquet that’s worth just as much as those sneakers you’ve been putting off. But it’s Valentine’s Day and even if you don’t want to fall into the traps of romanticized commercialism, making your girl feel loved and special is still among your top priorities.
You may not get why the ladies love receiving flowers so much, but we’ll let you in on a floral crash course: fresh flowers are heavily dependent on the psychology of colors and each variety means a different thing when given to different kinds of people. It's more than a sweet gesture—like art, each of these aspects evoke a specific feeling, that you may or not be aware that you’re communicating. Flowers are part of a love language girls understand more than anyone else.
Sounds cheesy? Well, so is your flower-crazed girl! Here are some arrangements we know she’ll love:
1) For the sweet-toothed
Anyone who pops this open will be delighted by the mix of dainty colors, as well as its sugary and lip-smacking scent. Half the box is filled with sweet treats all dessert lovers will appreciate—different flavors of French macarons, pastel-colored fluffy meringue, chocolate-covered strawberries and white chocolate barks. If your girl is very much into fashion, make sure you order comes with a self-portrait by live illustrator Pete Rich because she’s guaranteed to recognize his work!
2) For the artsy-fartsy
Don’t hesitate to include these intrinsically hand-crafted floral pieces with your fresh flower bouquets. She can keep these for later—a new mason jar arrangement or a journaling piece. Paper geeks and creative junkies alike will surely go crazy over these!
3) For the old soul
If finances are quite tight this love month, head over to the nearest craft store and purchase all kinds of dried everlasting flowers. These are often in vibrant hues of pine, lavender, and yellow. Challenge yourself and get creative by putting together a one-of-a-kind arrangement! Your girl will definitely thank you later for her newest flat lay props.
Get these flowers at Common Room branches.
4) For the minimalist
Ditch the usual red roses and go for this pristinely fresh and relaxing monochrome arrangement. Even in its simplicity, it spells out an unexplainable beauty. We’re sure your girl will fall for any of Te Amo Floristeria’s gorgeous and huge bouquets that can transport her to an imaginary European garden.
Ground Floor, Active Fun Building, 28th Avenue Corner 9th Avenue, Taguig; catch them at the Powerplant Mall Flower Fair.
5) For the Instagram-junkie
Have a short but sweet message to say? Have it printed on balloons that are filled with confetti (maybe this can even help you pop the question, if you want). These balloons definitely add pizzaz to the on-trend box of roses. You can even have Petalier arrange your roses to form initials or hearts.
Catch them at the Powerplant Mall Flower Fair.
6) For the funny one
Is your humor the best thing she loves about you? Then this will crack her up for sure! Saint Jo’s Flowers is bringing back these wake-inspired floral arrangements for Valentine’s season, just in case you need some help saying patay na patay ka sa kanya.
Market! Market!, Taguig
7) For the succulent lover
Maybe she’s a green thumb. The kind who just discovered her love for window-sill succulents—indulge her. And whether she puts it in her little garden, or on top of her bedside table or work desk, every Friends fan knows Ross Geller will approve of your Valentine’s gesture.
8) For the classy one
Everyone is going crazy over boxed roses and the Beauty and the Beast inspired eternal rose arrangement that every flower shop seems to market these days. If you’re a bit old school, go for the astounding sight of Pacific Blooms’ 3-feet rose bouquets that are wrapped delicately in elegant twists of locally-made fibers. Plus, this 28-year-old shop has the most beautiful selection of Ecudorian roses you’ll find in the metro. They have more than 20 colors and hues—from two-toned roses to tri-toned buds—to choose from, you might just pick one of each!
19 Examiner Road, Quezon City; catch them at the Powerplant Mall Flower Fair