Tell Me…Are Flowers a Waste of Money or a Lovely Gift?

Posted June 9th, 2017 in My Features, Tell Me / 18 comments


Tell Me…Are flowers a waste of money or a lovely gift?

I’ve always thought buying flowers for people and receiving flowers was a waste of money. A bouquet has an expiration date of over a week or just few days, so how is that a good gift idea? I use to never get my mom flowers for Mother’s day and other occasions because she felt the same way.

One day, I stopped by a florist because I had nothing better to do and told the lady, “I’ve got $20 bucks, do your worst.” So she created a custom bouquet with my mom’s favorite colors. I liked the feeling of getting her flowers for no reason at all. She loved it too. Now it’s become a thing. I get her flowers all the time, be it for Mother’s Day or because it’s a Tuesday.

Yes, flowers don’t last, but I’ll admit, they bring something to a room. A liveliness, a breath of fresh air, a visual centerpiece for everyone to enjoy. Especially the cat who loves to eat our lovely flowers and then throw them up everywhere. We put the flowers on a high mantel now. Cat-proof activate!

So, I’ve changed my mind. I love giving flowers to other people (I don’t really ever receive them because apparently I’m a loser). Yes, they are kind of a waste of money but who the hell cares. They’re pretty and they smell good!

I know a lot of people who still never buy nor want to receive flowers because they think it’s a waste of money and not a good gift idea at all. What do you all think? Are flowers a waste of money or a lovely gift? If you like them, are you more of a giver or a receiver?

Oh Will, you are too much!

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18 Responses to “Tell Me…Are Flowers a Waste of Money or a Lovely Gift?”

  1. JenM

    I adore flowers and buy a fresh bouquet every week to keep right near the TV so that we see it all the time. When I used to work in one location, my hubs used to just randomly send me flowers and I was the envy of everyone in my office. It was pretty funny though because they would ask what he’d done wrong and when I would tell them “nothing”, they were even more envious that he’d sent them for absolutely no reason.

  2. Carrie

    Alas… they are both! They are a total waste of money because of their short life span, but at the same time they are a valued gift for a lot of people. For me, I love them, but I don’t like spending money on them. I sometimes like getting them, but not always. I enjoy sending them to a hospital room for someone and although I’d rather buy a fruit basket which is not wasted and enjoyed, I have found that the recipients seem to get more enjoyment out of the flowers. I think it all depends on the person you are either buying for or receiving from. (example: I wish the hell that my office would stop buying me flowers for Secretary’s day! I only enjoy flowers from my husband or family not people from the office! haha)

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I agree about office flowers. No thank you. They don’t have real feeling behind them.

  3. kindlemom1

    Even though it seems like a waste of money, I think there is just something about getting flowers from someone that really does cheer you up and make you feel special. 😉

  4. Nathan

    You are not a loser! The major problem I have with giving flowers is my Mom is allergic to them:(
    We do give potted plants that can be planted outside and enjoyed as long as we keep them away from the deer:) Flowers are a waste in the sense they last such a short time, but at the same time they are valued when given to someone who can enjoy them.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Awww, that sucks. I am slightly allergic to them but not too bad.

  5. Northwoman

    I think they are a lovely gift for once in a while. I don’t believe in them being a regular thing because they aren’t lasting but infrequently they are a special luxury. Of course, there is an answer to the waste of money thing. I used to have a huge flower garden and I could cut beautiful flowers as gifts but only for maybe 5 months a year because I lived in Minnesota then. Also, there are potted plants like orchids or African violets which are beautiful and more long-term. Anne

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I have bought potted plants as well. I do like that they last longer.

  6. Lily B

    I love flowers. I am a sucker for them. I wish I had a bigger garden. Currently I cannot own many because my two year old rips them up but yeah XD

  7. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    I think it’s a nice though, and I know a lot of people love and appreciate them. Personally, I’d rather not get flowers because they will die soon. I think fake flowers are nice. But yeah, if someone likes getting them, go for it! 🙂

  8. Christy LoveOfBooks

    My grandparents used to get me flowers every year for my birthday since I was little. I continued the tradition when my goddaughter was born. She’s 20 now, and still loves getting them. I love having fresh flowers around and will buy them for myself. Guys are welcome to buy them for me too. Or women… 😀

  9. Olivia Roach

    I never really give flowers too much. But I LOVE to receive them. I find them beautiful, I think they smell beautiful and they’re so useful for making bookstagram photos when I have some as well.

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