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Celebrate the Romantics

August is Romance Awareness month! There are so many ways in which we can celebrate and unleash our romantic side because whether we want to admit it or not, we all have one! You can treat your lover to a nice dinner, be courteous and say “hi” to a stranger on the street, or better yet – send flowers!

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5 Floral Gift Ideas for 5 Different Boss Types

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Boss’s Day has really gained traction in recent years. If there was ever a time when this holiday could be ignored or set aside in favor of more important things, that time is long passed. So if you have a boss, and let’s be honest most of us have a boss, here are a few floral gift ideas to make your boss’s Boss’s Day a roaring success!

The Sports Fan

If you’ve ever seen your boss sporting their favorite football team’s mascot on his tie, he may be a sports fan. Your local florist is more than aware of any local or regional sports teams and probably carries a plethora of items they could use to put together a wonderful sports-themed arrangement. If nothing else, an arrangement using flowers in your boss’s favorite team’s colors can provide that “Wow” factor! If your boss loves golf, a sport where there are no teams, or is a fan of a team across the country, do not fret! Your local florist will have what they need to put together something impressive!

The Workaholic

Does your boss spend long hours at the office? Is she there when you arrive and there when you leave? Then she may be a workaholic. The best gift for these dedicated employers is a potted plant! The plant will inject some much-needed nature into their world while offering fresh oxygen that hasn’t been run through the building’s filters and HVAC unit. A plant is also very low maintenance. It will be a benefit without distracting this hard worker from her daily duties.

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Remember To Be Generous This Holiday

Be Generous This Holiday Season

Life seems to speed up during the holidays. Our extra time is devoted to decorating, shopping, gift wrapping, and we seldom think of much else. Well, we want to remind everyone to be generous during the holidays. There are so many out there who won’t be getting anything this year.

Gift Baskets Are A Great Way To Be Generous During The Holidays

Gourmet Gift BasketCome up with a way you can be generous this holiday season to those in need. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have your local florist deliver a fresh-fruit gift basket to a nursing home.
  • Have a gift basket delivered to your local shelter.
  • Send a gift basket to someone’s home who can no longer get out

You can also show your generosity by:

  • Volunteering at your local shelter or soup kitchen
  • Donate to your local food bank
  • Volunteer at a local nursing home or hospice
  • Donate old coats and jackets to the needy
  • Donate to kids in need through programs set up by local schools
  • Donate toys for kids in need through local charities.
  • Encourage friends to do the same

If we all do just ONE thing from these lists, imagine the difference it could make in the lives of so many.

My Story of Holiday Generosity

One of my favorite memories of the season is actually from my high school years. There was a teacher who got a little wrapped gift for every single student in the whole high school, from 7th to 12th grade. This teacher didn’t drive a fancy car, or wear fancy clothes, or live in a big fancy house. She was admittedly poor herself, but her heart wouldn’t.. no, couldn’t let a single kid go without receiving something for the holidays. The gifts she gave were nothing fancy either. You might get a pair of used wool socks (I did one year) or some little hand-me-down something from one of her kids, but we knew she gave all she could. She didn’t see the gift as the important part, but the act of giving and generosity was something she wanted those who knew her to focus on. I will never forget you, Mrs. Lopez.

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Ideas de Regalos Para El Dia de Los Padres

Cada  año hay varios días festivos que son muy especiales para mucha de la gente. Unos ejemplos son El Día de San Valentin para todos los enamorados, El Día de Las Madres para todas las madres, y finalmente El Día de Los Padres, un día muy especial para celebrar la existencia de los padres atravez del mundo. Aunque solo hay un Día de los Padres en el calendario, este día tan especial es celebrado en una manera diferente en cada país. Aunque muchas de las tradiciones sean diferentes, algo que sigue lo mismo es el día en que es celebrado. El Día de Los Padres caí el tercer domingo de Junio cada año.

Canasta Gourmet Para El Dia de Los Padres¿Sabe que va ser el regalo de su padre este año ? ¿No esta  seguro en que puede ser el mejor regalo para su padre? Bueno hay muchas ideas en lo que usted puede darle a su padre para este Día de Los Padres. Es una costumbre para mucha de la gente regalarle una corbata a su padre. Para mucho de los padres ese regalo es algo que se puede poner para salir y también es un regalo que les encantaría.  ¿Su padre no es el tipo que usa corbatas? Bueno eso es solo una de los miles de ideas que usted puede usar.

Canasta de Fruta Fresca Para El Dia de Los PadresEl regalo de fruta!

Todos saben que a los padres le encantan la comida. ¿Porque mejor no le envía usted un regalo de comida a su padre? Flower Shop Network ofrece canastas de regalo con comida diferente, que es seguro a encantarle a su padre. Tal vez a su padre le encanta los chocolates y dulces sabrosos. Una canasta gourmet seria perfecto! Lleno de chocolates de diferentes tipos y otros dulces sabrosos que le encantarían a tu padre! O tal vez su padre es el tipo de persona que le encanta la fruta fresca. Pues no hay de que preocuparse, aquí en FSN también ofrecen canastas de frutas frescas.
No importa si su padre prefiere naranjas, manzanas, plátanos o hasta piña, su florista local hace todo a su gusto.

No pierda mas tiempo! Mire por nuestras fotos de canastas de regalos para buscar la canasta mas perfecta para su padre! Hable con su florista local hoy para arreglar el regalo mas perfecto para su padre este Día de Los Padres.

Sweets For Your Sweet On Sweetest Day!


UFiremen Love Sweetest Day Treats!nlike Valentines Day, which focuses on romance and love, Sweetest Day (October 15th 2011) is all about showing kindness to those around us who deserve a little recognition for being so sweet! For example, I have a friend who’s mother, Mrs. Shirley, always seems to have the perfect something whipped up for all occasions. From chess cakes to pecan pie, it seems she constantly bakes delicious treats and gives away her goodies from the kindness in her heart. There is nothing better than getting a mouth-watering, chocolate marble cake ‘just because.’ Her son is a fire chief so, of course her cookies are famous amongst the firemen in our town. (Speaking of firemen, who better deserve a little recognition for all they do for us daily?) It’s sweet people like Mrs. Shirley who brighten our days and deserve something sweet in return.

Need Sweetest Day Gift Ideas?

Send Sweetest Day Sweets! Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket

Sweetest Day gift baskets from your local florist are the perfect gift for the holiday. Not only are they filled with your favorite sweet snacks, but they can be customized to be even more sweet for your special someone. Have a candy gift basket made for your friend who loves to snack. For chocolate lovers, you could do a candy bar gift basket or a gourmet chocolate gift basket, it just depends on your Sweet’s taste.

Sweetest Day is the day to reward those around us who make our lives a little sweeter. Our moms, dads and grandparents all have specific days for attention, but Sweetest Day was created to show our appreciation to the people in our life who often go unrecognized. It can be the person in the office who makes the (good) coffee in the morning, or your dog groomer who goes the extra mile to make your pup look spectacular. So, on Sweetest Day, October 15th, it’s your turn to return the favor.

For people who are unable to eat sweets, but still deserve the recognition, try sending sugar-free candy gift baskets, or go with Sweetest Day flowers instead!

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Personalized Gift Baskets and Arrangements: the New Trend for Dad.

Think back to how much thought you put into finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Wouldn’t you like to make your dad feel just as special on Father’s Day? You may think to yourself “…men don’t want flowers…” but nothing could be further from the truth! The key to this success is personalization!

Giving a floral arrangement or gift basket that is personalized will undoubtedly make every father who receives one feel exceptionally special.  These personalized gifts create the opportunity for you to show your dad exactly how you feel about him! Following are a few ideas for themed baskets.

  • fathers-day-basketGadgets & Gizmos: for the dad who always has the “newest” and “hottest” items on the market!! If your florist does not carry these items in the store, bring something in for them to incorporate into the elaborate, futuristic arrangement. Let your florist be as creative as they like by coming up with something new and unique that isn’t available in an “ordinary” flower arrangement or gift basket!
  • Grillin’ It Up: most dads are known as “King of the Grill.” A basket filled with grilling essentials and recipes is perfect for this guy.
  • Sports Galore: what father doesn’t have at least one sport he follows with the utmost dedication? Your florist can create a beautiful arrangement with flowers matching the team’s colors. Include some memorabilia for that team/sport or take tickets to your florist and ask her to tuck them into the arrangement.
  • Food, Food, and More Food: for the dad who loves to indulge himself! They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach; curb his appetite with a basket overflowing with gourmet foods. Your local florist may be willing to create a fruit/nut basket or even use chocolates and/or candy.
  • Popular Pasttimes: fishing, camping, golfing, running, bicycling, hiking… the list goes on! Dads find many ways to spend their spare time– what does your dad like to do? Most of these hobbies are nature related; ask the florist to create a rustic arrangement… perfect for dads that are on the go.
  • Play that Funky Music: music loving dads will go crazy for this theme! Choose a favorite artist, genre or decade to inspire the florist and let them voice their creative expression!  This fun theme could include tickets to a local concert or a CD tucked into the arrangement.
  • Cultural Buff: this guy is up to date on the latest and greatest movies, books, art and more. Since this dad has an appreciation for the finer things in life, find out if your florist carries any rare or unique flowers or plants. Tickets to an art exhibit or a new book are great pieces to include in this basket!

Personalized Food BasketTip: What ever basket you choose, discuss the options with your local florist to create the perfect custom gift basket or arrangement.  They may have their own creative ideas to carry on the theme with the container, basket and accent pieces. The colors of the arrangement are also vital in continuing the theme throughout the entire gift basket. Make sure you and your florist have the same vision for this creative gift.

Father’s Day is less than a week away, Find a local florist and ask them to work with you to create the perfect personalized gift basket and/or floral arrangement for your dad. You will be surprised at the amount of dedication and creativity your florist will put into this project. Don’t forget the card! An original and heartfelt message from you will send your dads emotions over the top. Your dad won’t forget the effort you (and your florist!) put forth to make this Father’s Day his best one yet!

Administrative Professionals Day Gift Ideas

There’s no better gift than flowers to recognize the hard work of administrative professionals — well maybe time off …  But seriously, administrative professionals keep our businesses, churches, groups and other organizations moving.

April 24th (2013) is a day set aside for their appreciation — show them you care by sending something personalized just for them.

Many local florists offer some type of customizable gift basket options. Find out your administrative professional’s favorite candy or chocolates and send them a cute gift basket filled with his or her favorite sweets. If she prefer fruits and veggies, send her a fresh fruit basket. There are great skincare baskets filled with lotions, body sprays and bubble baths  you can send. Some florists even offer great themed baskets: Cat Lovers Baskets, Golf Baskets, Cooking Lovers Baskets, just to name a few.

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Don’t think sending flowers is too old-fashioned either! People LOVE getting flowers… (I’m not just saying that because I have to!) Sending flowers to the office is a great way to say thank you for all your hard work. Coffee cup arrangements are FANTASTIC for office gifts. Sure, getting flowers will brighten someones day, but seeing the coffee cup their flowers came in every morning can really give them the sense of appreciation that we can all use in the mornings.

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Celebrating Sweetest Day

What Is Sweetest Day?

Looking for a reason to send a gift? How about Sweetest Day!  Never heard of it?  Well, it is the holiday that celebrates kindness and appreciation.  Sweetest Day is a fantastic way to show your appreciation for a special person, to remember those who are alone, or give back to the unsung heroes of your community.

Chocolate Hearts & CandyGifts are extra special when unexpected and given as a form of appreciation or simply just because. Those receiving a Sweetest Day gift are usually caught completely by surprise.  After all, no one expects a gift/treat on Sweetest Day like they do on Halloween, Christmas or even Valentine’s Day.  The element of surprise and sheer kindness in these gifts is what makes Sweetest Day so awesome.

The History Of Sweetest Day!

Celebrated on the third Saturday in October, Sweetest Day is a tradition that is often forgotten, but has a deep and chocolaty rich history.  The concept of this tradition began with a philanthropist and candy employee named Herbert Birch Kingston. Feeling the weight of  his good fortune and seeing the plight and misfortune of others, Mr. Kingston saw the need to brighten the lives of others.  Understanding the need all people have to feel appreciated, he wanted a day that recognized people simply for being people.  So drawing from his candy background, Mr. Kingston conceived the idea of a holiday that would give candy and small gifts to the underprivileged, shut-ins and [Read more…]

October 16th 2007 is National Boss Day

Just a reminder — tomorrow is National Boss Day. Every working guy has a boss. Some bosses are good – some are bad – some are great. So if you appreciate your boss, tomorrow is the day to let him/her know. If you just need to make brownie points, tomorrow is the day to do it without all of your co-workers thinking your a … well you know. Need some ideas? Try sending one of these:

A gourmet chocolate gift basket.

A mixed bouquet of fall flowers.

A cookies and snacks basket.

A coffee mug with a world’s greatest boss balloon.

Have a happy National Boss Day. That reminds me, I need to get my boss something.

Fruit, Gourmet & Custom Gift Baskets

Fruit BasketThe popularity of fruit and gourmet gift baskets has increased substantially over the past several years, and more and more full-service florists are offering wide selections of gifts to complement their fresh flowers. It used to be that a simple basket full of apples, oranges, grapes and the like was the most interesting fruit basket choice available. But supply and variety have happily increased to meet demand such that, today, gift baskets can be custom-created in any theme you can imagine…..and these gourmet baskets deliver so much more than just fruit.

Choosing The Right Gift Basket

  • Coffee-lovers

For the caffeine-lover in your life, send a coffee gift basket, brimming with interesting and exotic coffees and condiments, aromatic whole beans and an electric grinder, a pair of special mugs, fancy napkins, some delicate cookies, and a CD featuring music of the coffee-growing regions of the world.

  • Day At The Spa

Pamper someone who is in need of a little luxury with an at-home “Day at the Spa” collection of bath and body products. These gift baskets can include scented bath oils or bubble bath, handmade soaps, skin lotions, a loofah sponge and body sprays. Add an aromatherapy candle to heighten the sense of relaxation.

  • New Baby Gift Basket

For the parents of a newborn child, send a bassinet basket of baby gifts. Tuck in a rattle, some tiny socks or booties, a spoon and a bib, a miniature T-shirt, baby powder and lotion, a bottle of aspirin for Mom, and for Dad, some bubble-gum cigars. Don’t forget a cuddly, plush teddy bear for the newborn. Have a congratulatory balloon tied on to add buoyancy to the celebration.

  • Dog Lovers

Is one of your canine friends feeling blue? Send a dog-themed gift basket of yummy treats, a new collar and leash, a cute squeaky-toy and a chew bone, all wrapped up in a big, new dog food dish. Trends forecasters say that, with declining birth rates in the U.S. and the increase of single-person households, pets are the “new children.” (I wonder what happened to the old ones.) Surely, you know someone who is especially fond of their pet.

  • Gourmet Gift Basket

Gourmet assortments of imported jams and jellies, pungent cheeses and creamy pates have become almost commonplace. But not every fruit or food basket needs to be filled with gourmet items. Surprise your favorite sports fanatic with a gift basket overflowing with junk food snacks like potato chips, pork rinds and pretzels. Toss in some bite-size Snickers bars, a can of squeeze cheese and saltine crackers, and let the snack-fest and games begin! Don’t forget to include the antacid tablets!

  • Seasonal Gift Baskets

Seasonal gift baskets are always popular choices, with selections tailored for a specific time of year or upcoming holiday. A gardener‘s trug containing gardening hand tools, gloves, seeds, knee pads and sunscreen makes a useful and thoughtful gift in spring. Summer might suggest a day at the beach, with a collection of beach toys, a beach towel, a bottle of sun tan lotion, and a couple of pulpy paperback books all delivered in a large plastic pail. Autumn evokes the gustatory pleasures of the harvest season…..grapes, apples and other fruits, nuts, cider mixes, a fresh-baked pie or loaf of herb bread. A Christmas-time basket could include a special Christmas tree ornament, candy canes, a tin of holiday cookies, a scented candle or potpourri, a CD of carols….even a pair of festive mittens!

  • Graduation Celebration

Now is the perfect time to honor a recent graduate with a ‘Congrats #1 Grad’ gift basket! A professional florist can help you create a customized array of unique and practical gifts that a high school or college grad will enjoy. Fill a ‘Class of 2004’ keepsake mug with Jolly Rancher candies or bubble gum and nestle it in a basket loaded with munchies like microwave popcorn, sunflower seeds and Pop-Tarts. Personalize your congratulations basket even further by adding a prepaid phone or gasoline card, book of stamps or pens and pencils. Just right for memorable snapshots with class buddies in caps and gowns or ‘best summer ever’ photos are disposable cameras, mini photo albums or mini picture frames. Have your local florist assemble the gifts into a re-usable basket, all tied up with ribbon in school/college colors, and deliver it to a graduate that’s in a class all of their own!

You are sure to get rave reviews for creativity when you surprise a friend or loved one with a brightly-packaged basket chock-full of all his/her favorites! Remember, next time an occasion arises call your professional full-service florist for an extra-special delivery of fresh flowers, along with a fruit or gourmet gift basket.