Why Flowers Aren’t The Cliched Gift You’re Led To Believe

There are so many articles and posts out there that give ideas on what gifts you can give people to make a positive impact on them – except most of them bash flowers in the process. ‘Give these gifts instead of flowers’, they say, and yet fail to realize that there’s a reason flowers have made such a popular gift for years.


lady carrying a beautiful bouquet of pink and red flowers


Turns out, flowers aren’t the cliched gift that many think they are. Here’s why!

They Bring Life To A Room

A nice bunch of flowers can bring life to just about any room. Whether you want something to greet guests in the hallway or lighten up your living room, they are going to add something to your decor and bring joy to all who see them. If you think something is missing from a room, chances are, it’s a nice bunch of flowers.

They Have A Positive Effect On A Person’s Brain

Flowers are actually one of the only gifts that can have a genuine, positive effect on a person’s brain. Sure, something ridiculously expensive might make somebody happy on the surface, but is it really having an impact on their brain? Flowers can actually reduce mental health issues like stress and depression, and many people who received flowers as a gift reported having a positive mood that lasted for days.



Selection of bright blooms on a desk with a white porcelain coffee cup

They Give A Sense Of Wellbeing

Studies have shown that for mature people, flowers can give a much greater sense of wellbeing and satisfaction with life. This is why getting your grandma a lovely bunch of blooms has never been a better idea!

There’s Something For Every Budget, Occasion And All Tastes

There really is something for every budget, occasion, and taste when it comes to flowers. You can buy a cheap bunch from the supermarket if you’re running low on funds, or you could look for an interflora discount code for something a little higher quality. There are flowers for weddings, birthdays, ‘thank you’s and so much more.

Flowers Can Make You More Productive

If you send somebody flowers at work, you may just inadvertently help them to get a promotion. Keeping flowers at work can make you happier and more productive, so just think of the effect your gift will have on the receiver when they keep them on their desk!

It’s Good For Your ‘Chi’

You might be wondering what ‘chi’ is; in short, it’s energy. The ancient practice of Feng Shui talks about this a lot. There are many principles to this practice, but one of them is to have flowers in the home to improve positive energy!

Giving Flowers Says Something About You

Don’t forget, giving flowers also says something about you as a person. People who send flowers are viewed as successful, caring, emotionally intelligent people. This goes for both men and women! If you enjoy giving flowers a lot, this might just be the reason why.

So, have you changed your mind about flowers after reading this? Leave a comment and let me know!

Win A Dozen Red Roses For Your Valentine

There is nothing like a dozen red roses to say “I love you” is there?  And I just such a prize to give away from Beards & Daisies – The Letterbox Florist guaranteed to melt the frostiest heart this Valentine’s Day.

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Beautiful Valentines Day Roses From Beards & Daisies – The Letterbox Florist

Using Beards & Daisies couldn’t be easier.  You simply choose your flower box and select a delivery date. Their florist carefully packs your flowers and greetings card and the flowers are delivered straight to the recipient’s doormat.

There are currently 6 boxes to choose from, each one named after a bird:- the Hummingbird, the Nightingale, the Wren, the Dove, the Firecrest or the Skylark. Each box has a different combination of flowers and colour themes.

You can choose from a one-off box or a three month gift subscription – which would be an ideal Mothers’ Day gift too.  (This year Mothering Sunday falls on Sunday 6 March).

I was sent “The Hummingbird”  and this box is filled with Alstroemeria, Solidago, Wax Flower, Madiba and Hypericum.

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The Hummingbird Arrangement 

Each box contains fresh, locally sourced flowers posted straight through your letterbox in a purpose designed, 2ft ventilated flower box. It’s as easy as receiving a letter and the flowers will be waiting on the recipients doormat when they get home!

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This is how the flowers arrive.

The flowers are lovingly packed in premium gift wrapping, including an A6 ‘A Little Note to Say’ greeting card with a hand written message, perfect for any occasion.

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The flowers are beautifully packaged.

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Lovely additional touches to your flower box

As you can see, the box contains a card which explains which flowers you have received and, on the reverse, there are detailed instructions for both caring for, and arranging your flowers – a great help for those of us who tend to use the “plonk them in a vase” technique!

There is also a discount code to save 10% on your next order.

The Hummingbird box costs £25.99 for one box and £59.99 for a 3 month subscription (a saving of approx £18).

This includes free Royal Mail 1st class delivery in a ventilated box which fits through a standard letterbox.

Order by 4:00pm for free next day delivery.  Note that to ensure the freshest flowers, Beards & Daisies deliver Tuesday-Saturday.
Flower boxes are delivered to mainland UK only.
The recipient doesn’t have to wait in, it’s as easy as receiving a letter!
Protective packaging ensures flowers are delivered in perfect condition.
Signature gift wrapping is included with every flower box, together with a free A6 gift card ‘A little note to say’ with every flower box.

I found the flowers to be in great condition and they have added a lovely and much needed touch of spring to the house.  The quality of the Beards & Daisies box is excellent and would make a great gift.

Now, to my giveaway.

To win a beautiful dozen red roses for your Valentine (or to cheer yourself up!), just enter via the rafflecopter below.  Mainland UK entrants only.  The giveaway ends at 11:59 on Monday 8th February.  Terms and conditions, together with details of other Mother Distracted giveaways are on my Competitions page.

Note:  Beards & Daisies are only able to deliver to mainland UK. The winner will be required to respond with their details within 48 hours in order that their flowers can be received on Valentines Day.

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Say Thank You With Debenhams Flowers This Grandparents’ Day (4th Oct) & Discount Code

It’s Grandparents’ Day on Sunday 4th October this year and what better way to say thank you for all they do than by sending a lovely bouquet of flowers?

My Lovely Mum, Kay & Her Moonlight Bouquet from Debenhams Flowers.

For working parents, grandparents are an invaluable source of trusted childcare. Recent research carried out by restaurant chain Table Table found that grandparents save parents an amazing £8,000 per year by babysitting their grandchildren and driving them around.

And research by the specialist over 50s insurer RIAS found that Britain’s “Grandparent Army” of childcarers is now 9.1 million strong as the number of grandparent childminders has increased by 49% since 2009.

There’s little doubt that parents owe them a huge debt!

I have to admit that Grandparents’ Day seems to be a new annual celebration but I can see no reason why we should not take some time out to show our appreciation.  It is only too easy, if grandparents live a long way away, to let contact slip, perhaps only visiting around Christmas and birthdays. Another reason, I think why an extra day to share with them is a good idea.

The relationships our children have with their grandparents are often unique.  Having had to put up with my sister and I, our parents now combine many years of wisdom with a level of patience I can currently only dream of!  Both share their love of painting with the kids and my father, who teaches the piano, has been giving Caitlin lessons.  Ieuan will have lessons a little later on and I am hoping he will not have been too far indoctrinated by the Husband in the ways of “shouty Viking Rock” by then!

So bearing this in mind, I have been mulling over what to get them to say thank you on Grandparents’ Day and flowers would seem to be an easy-to-please gift.

I was recently sent a lovely bouquet for my mum by Debenhams Flowers who have a great flower delivery service.  They offer next day flowers 7 days a week across the UK with a beautiful range of seasonal bouquets. For guaranteed next day flowers you need to order before 9pm on weekdays, 4pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays.  Next day flowers are available by courier or you can choose flowers by post which are delivered in secure packaging by Royal Mail to any UK address.

You can send your best wishes with a personalised gift message delivered alongside the bouquet you choose and add a gift, for example chocolates, fine wines or balloons.

Debenhams Flowers suggested range for Grandparents’ Day can be viewed here.

The bouquet I selected for my mum was the “Moonlight” – a lovely display of lilies, roses and carnations (£30.99).

As you can see, the picture above really doesn’t do the bouquet justice.  It will be even more gorgeous when the lilies open.


I am delighted to offer my lovely readers a discount code which entitles you to a very generous 25% off a bouquet (*Flowers By Post not included).

The code is: DFBLOG25.

Just go to www.debenhamsflowers.com.  You are sure to find a bouquet that suits.

I hope you and your family get to spend some quality time for the grandparents on Sunday 4th October.

*A “Moonlight” bouquet was received for the purposes of this review.

Serenata Flowers – Great Online Flowers, Hampers & Gifts & A Giveaway

If you’re busy, like all working parents are these days, it’s very easy to completely forget to buy that special gift – or at least to leave it to the last minute.  I also find that, because I am a midlife mum, whilst my kids are young, the rest of the family is, shall we say, well into adulthood!  I’m either looking at lists of toys or scratching my head in desperation trying to come up with something they might like.

Now I don’t know of a single lady who would not appreciate a beautiful bouquet of birthday or Christmas flowers.  There is nothing like a stunning floral arrangement to brighten up your home and add a dash of luxury. So the female side of the family are easy to please.

But then there are those relatives like my dad, who, when asked what they’d like as a present declare they “have everything they need” and “don’t go to any bother”.  This is, of course, usually a complete fib because we know full well that hurt feelings would ensue, were we ever daft enough to take these words at face value.

I’ve found a hamper is a great solution to this, not least because the contents can be shared!

I have recently had the opportunity to sample a gorgeous hamper from Serenataflowers.com. Although I had heard of the name, I didn’t realise that Serenata is the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online florists, and one of the largest buyers of flowers in the UK.

They receive fresh flowers from around the world every day, 7 days a week and say their prices are often 30% cheaper than other online flower shops because they supply direct to the buyer.  They also have a free flower delivery service the same day and they guarantee that your bouquet will be on time and as advertised or your money back..

Serenata also offers an exclusive champagne and wine gift service, luxurious chocolate gifts and of course their great range of hampers in wicker baskets. The prices range from £40 to around £140 for a filled hamper, although you could also buy a wicker basket from them and fill it yourself – if you were considerably more organised than me, that is.

There are loads of themed hampers – for example chocolate, cheese, beer, port, wine, new baby and pamper hampers. You can order up to 10 pm for free next weekday delivery to any UK mainland address.

I was sent the Simplicity Hamper at £39.99 and free delivery.  This one contains quite a (I think!) quirky selection as it has:-

* Hand Waxed Scrumpy & Crunchy Apple Cheese 150g
* Hand Waxed Worcestershire Gold Mature Cheddar 150g
* Black Olive Cracker for White Wine 125g
* Chardonnay Terres 2014
* Dormens Wasabi Nuts
* Lemon Sherbets 120g
* Cheese Board Chutney 105g

Needless to say the Husband has already laid claim to the Lemon Sherbets and the Wasabi Nuts and I have secreted the wine and cheese in the fridge behind a wall of yoghurt so he can’t find them.

The hamper arrived within 24 hours, well boxed (there is no wicker hamper with this particular selection) with everything protected and in perfect condition.

The lovely hamper contents

I would have been more than pleased to receive the Simplicity Hamper as a gift – and I have one to giveaway!

Entry is via Rafflecopter in the usual manner and the competition ends at 11:59 pm on 30th September 2015.  UK entrants only.  Make sure you leave a comment as to which is your favourite Serenata Hamper.  I’ve a few others on my list.  Good luck!

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Further information is available at www.SerenataFlowers.com and you can also get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.