Ahhh flowers. People love flowers for many different reasons—they're perfect as decors, they stimulate our eyes, their scents bring aromatherapy benefits, but most of all, they lift our spirits!
As the much-awaited day of love and romance is nearing, one of the go-to gifts among couples is bouquets filled with sweet-smelling and vivid-colored flowers. But since they have become the standard gift during Valentine's Day, surprising your sweetheart floral arrangements may come off as something unimaginative.
Luckily, there are some stores out there that sell unique bouquets that you can give as an alternative. Check them out below.
Dried and preserved flower bouquet
Perhaps the main risk of having flower bouquets as your Valentine's Day gift is that the blooms are eventually going to lose their beauty as they wither and die in a few days' time. Fortunately, there are some stores out there that sell bouquets with dried and preserved flowers that can maintain their fresh appearance for several months or even years.
At Blooming Bliss Manila, you can find a vast selection of beautifully-curated dried flower arrangements that can come in either a bouquet or in a glass dome. Their Valentine’s Day collection will surely flutter the heart of your dearest one with its dreamy pastel color scheme and meticulously-structured form.
Flowers in a glass dome come with a price tag ranging from P2,499 to P3,499 while other flower arrangements cost P2,499 to P4,599. The store is accepting orders until Feb. 13 through its Facebook page.
Crocheted bouquet of sunflowers
While red roses are typically the first ones that come into mind when thinking of flowers to give on Valentine's Day, there's no harm in considering sunflowers. Often thought of as a symbol of positivity and happiness, giving your S.O. these bright and yellow blooms will surely put a beaming smile on their faces.
Handcrafts store Crafty PH is offering sunflower bouquets for their Valentine's Day gimmick. But instead of using real flowers, they are offering crocheted ones that are too adorable to resist. If you choose to buy up to five pieces of sunflowers, the package comes with fairy lights and a handwritten message card.
Aside from this, they're also selling crocheted sunflowers in a pot and mini sunflower and tulip bouquets, all made with love and passion.
Vegetable and fruits bouquet
Why settle for bouquets that you can only smell when you can get one that you can eat? FruiQuet has made the innovation of using delicious and nutritious fruits instead of flowers for their bouquets.
After all, who can go wrong with giving fruits as gifts, considering their numerous health benefits? This unique alternative will not only please your Valentine's Day date, but you can also provide them with a meal that can fill their stomachs and nourish their bodies.
The store uses a wide variety of fruits to make its products, such as pineapple slices, orange wedges, slices of kiwi, red American strawberries, and more, all carefully shaped to take on the appearance of flowers.
Aside from flowers, another traditional gift that's popular on Valentine's Day are chocolates, but what happens when you combine the two into one?
Enter the premium chocolate bouquets by C & C's Shop. The items contain a variety of your all-time favorite chocolates such as KitKat, Maltesers, Ferrero Rocher, Toblerone, and more, resulting in a gift that will surely sweeten your romantic moment with your sweetheart.
We all know how expensive onions are as of late, so much that is now considered by many to be almost a luxury item. If you're feeling confident that you have enough cash to treat the love of your life, you may opt to gift them a bouquet filled with onions from A&B Flower Shop. Your date will certainly squeal with this thoughtful and practical gesture.
The store also sells a so-called "Bahay Kubo" bouquet that contains a myriad of nutritious vegetables from the classic Filipino folk song. You can also find onion bouquets being sold at the Dangwa Market in Manila, and vegetable bouquets can also be bought from Community Pantry PH, in which the proceeds will be used in vegetable rescue operations for the harvest of farmers.
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