While the holiday giving season might be winding down, we need to keep in mind that gift-giving continues beyond the cold, Winter months and throughout the rest of the year. Whether it’s birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day, or a host of other celebrations, we are always on the hunt for a good gifting idea.
Believe it or not, I find that artificial flowers and arrangements make the perfect gift for just about any occasion. While faux flowers once carried the stigma of being tacky or gauche, they’re now used by interior decorators in the finest homes. No longer is it considered taboo to give the gift of a beautiful arrangement that requires little maintenance and will keep on being beautiful even after the snow has melted.
An article in The Washington Post had this to say about the changing perceptions of artificial flowers:
“In the past few years, consumers have embraced artificial flowers, unapologetically welcoming the silk, polyester or poly-blend version of succulents, orchid plants, and hydrangea bouquets into their homes. Although they might have once carried a stigma, perhaps harking back to a dusty arrangement on a grandmother’s coffee table, the tide has turned, thanks to modern materials and more sophisticated designs. Decorators and design bloggers feature faux flowers in their projects and on social media.”
With this change in attitude toward faux flowers and plants, they make the perfect gift for anyone on your list. An Artificial gift can be a personal gift for a close friend or a simple hostess gift for someone you may not know that well. With this in mind, you can start thinking of plants as gifts and their meanings.
They’re a great gift for someone who is a new homeowner, a new parent, or graduating from college and getting their first apartment. For someone just getting started in a living space, they can incorporate artificial plants and flowers into their feng shui design. Also, a new sparked coworker or gym partner would be a great way to get them a friendship plant gift; whether that be a trendy artificial plant or, to make the gift even better, consider plant and wine gifts together.
Need some help picking out the perfect artificial plant to gift? Follow these five tips for choosing the best plants, flowers, and arrangements for everyone on your list.
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Tip #1: Consider the size and style of the recipient’s home.
It’s always best to know something about the gift recipient’s home before purchasing fake flowers or plants as a gift. You don’t necessarily have to visit their home, but you should have some basic idea about how large it is and what type of decorating they prefer.
You don’t want to buy a large, ornate rose arrangement if they live in a small apartment decorated in the bohemian chic style. Alternatively, a small, humble centerpiece might get lost in a large house with ornate furniture.
If you know your friend or loved one lives in a smaller space, be sure to choose an arrangement or plant that is sized accordingly. You don’t want to give them something that overwhelms their space.
If the gift recipient lives in a small space, consider gifting a smaller arrangement like this petite rose flower arrangement in a glass vase. It’s a lot of beauty packed into a small vase.
Beautifully displayed from a glass vase, a beautiful petite rose flower arrangement would transform even the tightest spaces.
Another great idea is considering artificial plants for coffee table. Check out the one below for some inspiration:
Tip #2: Seek out their favorite colors
Even if you’ve never seen the inside of someone’s house, you can generally figure out whether they have a color preference. Most people’s sense of style and color carries over from their home to their clothing and even to how they brighten up their workspace.
If you do happen to know their favorite color, look for something either in that color or one that is a complimentary color. Try using a color wheel to find colors that align with their preferred color.
For instance, for the lovers of purple on your list try our whimsical Hydrangea arrangement in a Glass Vase. This arrangement would be perfect for an end-table or as an accent piece on a hutch.
This Ranunculus and Peony in a Glass Vase flaunts intricate silk flowers in bold, bright colors, in a uniquely simple glass vase.
Tip #3: Go with a seasonal arrangement.
If you’re unsure about the recipient’s style or whether they would appreciate a larger faux plant or flower arrangement, choose a seasonal option. Most people love to enhance their home or workspace with a holiday decoration or two. A gift of a seasonal wreath or swag will also have them thinking of you every holiday season when they include it in their holiday decorating for years to come.
A seasonal arrangement like this Rose and Hydrangea arrangement makes a perfect gift for anyone on your list.
This Pink Rose and Hydrangea arrangement will bring the holiday spirit to any room.
Tip #4: You can’t go wrong with succulents.
An arrangement of faux succulents is a trendy gift that fits any space. The recipient can use it to provide some interest to their cubicle or at work or use it to decorate a coffee table or even a patio dining table at home. Succulents are versatile and fit with any décor and their different shades of green work with nearly any color scheme.
Succulents are the perfect gift when you don’t know what type of arrangement to buy. They go with every type of décor and don’t take up tons of space. Check out this Faux Succulent Garden for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list.
With its luxurious combination, this Faux Succulent Garden can create a peaceful and calm feeling in any room.
Tip #5: Create a hidden meaning.
Each flower carries its own meaning.
Red roses symbolize love. Daisies represent innocence. Choose a meaningful arrangement for a friend or family member that uses flowers to tell them how much you care about them. Check out this article about flowers and their meanings to help you out.
Attach a note to the gift, letting your loved one know what each flower means. Give a powerful gift by explaining the meaning of the flowers in the arrangement you choose. It will leave a lasting impression with your friend or family member that they will recall each time they look at the gift.
For example, give this Faux Orange Protea & Eucalyptus Arrangement to your friends as a symbol of true and lasting friendship. Accompany the arrangement with a note sharing a special story or memory that you treasure. Each time they walk by the gift, they’ll remember the story and be reminded of the value of your friendship.
This Faux Orange Protea & Eucalyptus Arrangement has a splash of vibrant orange adorning any room and it is certain to engender feelings of warmth in full bloom.
Think of the occasion on which you are gifting them this arrangement, Is it a wedding? Anniversary? House warming? If it’s a wedding, think of a wedding plant gift that the new couple can use in their house or front porch.
No matter what artificial plant or flower arrangement you choose, you’ll be giving a gift that your loved one can enjoy for years into the future. Faux flowers provide beauty without the upkeep of real blooms, and you don’t have to worry about unintentionally causing an allergy attack.
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Have you ever received faux flowers or plants as a gift? Let us know about your experience in a comment.
As always, please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.