- The National Retail Federation estimates that people spend $2 billion on flowers for Valentine's Day
- From Teleflora to Bouqs, these are some top online delivery services
When we think of Valentine's Day, we think of red and pink cards, heart-shaped candies and, most importantly, flowers. We're not alone on this; it's estimated by the National Retail Federation that people spend $2 billion on flowers alone on Valentine's Day.
Flowers are a simple, thoughtful and pretty much foolproof way to tell people how you feel. And thanks to a number of delivery services across the globe, you can gift friends, family and loved ones even if they don't live in your zip code. Many of these retailers offer perks like same-day shipping, which ensures that even the worst procrastinators can get their gifts delivered in time. These online-based retailers, like1-800-Flowers or Teleflora, offer seemingly endless options of bouquet styles, flower colors and specialty arrangements. There really is no shortage of blooms.
We've rounded up five notable delivery services and their perks, so that you can ship out gift baskets and bouquets right on time for Valentine's Day.
BloomThat is an on-demand flower service that offers same-day delivery for New York City, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles recipients, as well as next-day delivery nationwide. We were extremely impressed with its customer service. When we tested the service, we ordered through the designated app and could choose from a variety of arrangements. If you're looking to send something extra, there are luxurious add-ons like clay facial masks and Sugarfina gummy bears that you can tack onto your gift. After booking the bouquet through the app, we reached out to customer service by both phone and email. The wait time for a response was nonexistent, under a minute in both cases, and we were thoroughly impressed with how the service keeps you up to date as your blooms make their way to your loved one. Currently, the site has a number of Valentine's Day-specific arrangements, which are both beautiful and affordable. What's better than that?
Do your loved ones enjoy fresh flowers at home year-round? Consider gifting a flower delivery subscription, like Bouqs. Its claim to fame is its simplicity and focus on sustainability. With its subscription, they'll get fresh blooms delivered to their homes as often as you want, whether once a month or once a week. They'll love receiving an artisanal arrangement at their doorsteps regularly, and you'll love that the gift offers free delivery and major savings. It shows you care about someone well beyond Valentine's Day.
Of course, you can also enjoy one-time bouquets too. Just pick your Bouq, which will be cut and delivered from a sustainable farm which practices eco-friendly farming, or get an on-demand delivery from an artisan florist in as little as two hours.
Much like Bloom That, Teleflora taps into local florists to find top arrangements in your area. Every order is sent to a local florist to create and then delivered in a vase, ready to be enjoyed. Same-day delivery is available, as long as you place your order before 3 p.m. from Monday through Friday or noon on Saturday or Sunday in your recipient's time zone. There are a few notable features when it comes to Teleflora. One is that all orders come in a decorative vase that the recipient can use over and over again. And the bouquet ships exactly like that, in a vase, instead of in a cardboard box. The thought is that the florist should do the assembly work for you. Plus, there are tons of options to choose from. So whether your loved one prefers tulips, roses or lilies, there's a bouquet that's perfect for him or her.
In an exclusive offer for CNN Underscored readers, Teleflora is offering 20% off any bouquet sitewide (even for same day delivery orders) using the code "TFCNN20" from now until December 31, 2018.
1-800-Flowers has become a household name since gaining popularity back in the 1990s as a top purveyor of floral arrangements, gift baskets and other festive goods. It's a great option if you're planning on gifting more than just flowers. On the site you can pick from a seemingly endless array of arrangements, as well as chocolate sets, cookies, fruit baskets and succulents. They even have a wide selection for same-day delivery if you find yourself down to the wire on your Valentine's Day gift.
What sweetens the deal is that in advance of the holiday, the site is offering 40% off select Valentine's Day flowers and gifts, making it the perfect excuse to splurge on everyone you love.
Good news for Amazon Prime users -- you can get flower arrangements through the service, just in time for Valentine's Day. And although it's not a typical place to get bouquets, it is incredibly convenient, especially when you factor in Prime's free two-day shipping. Currently there's a number of beautiful fresh cut flower arrangements to choose from, including rose bouquets, which come with an additional vase. If you'd rather gift something that has a longer lifespan, Amazon can also deliver live indoor plants, such as Bonsai trees and potted succulents, straight to your loved one's doorstep.