Etiquette for Sending Men Flowers

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Etiquette for Sending Men Flowers
Women can send men flowers if they follow proper etiquette. (flowers image by OMKAR A.V from

When giving flowers, the most common recipient is a woman. However, flowers can be enjoyed by men as well, according to the website Orange and yellow, more dominant colours, are appropriate when gifting to men. Also the type of flower, how they are wrapped and presented, keeping it simple by avoiding frills, ribbons and bows is also appropriate for a man.

Acceptable Gifting of Flowers

Due to political correctness and equality issues, it has become more socially acceptable for a woman to give a man flowers, according to the Advanced Etiquette website. There are a number of protocols to bear in mind when gifting with flowers, which apply to whoever the recipients are, be they man or woman, a couple, etc.

Type of Flower

Flowers have superstitions and special meanings unique to the flower itself and different cultures according to Advanced Etiquette. Therefore, know the meaning of the flower and choose one appropriate for the male recipient.

Colour of Flower

Men seem to prefer vibrant colours such as red, yellows and oranges. In Asia, white flowers symbolise unhappy occasions or mourning and are used in funerals. In Mexican folklore it is believed that red flowers cast spells while white flowers lift spells. Chrysanthemums, carnations and daisies come in many colours, so it is possible for a flower-knowledgeable person to choose the appropriate colour when gifting to a man.

Number of Flowers

The appropriate number of flowers given varies from country to country. The number 13 is considered unlucky almost everywhere, and in Europe and elsewhere even numbers are inappropriate. A gift having an association with the number four is not appropriate in parts of Asia as it sounds similar to the word for death. The giving of a single flower is generally done by lovers or between married couples.


No matter the occasion, a mixed bouquet with richer-toned, darker blooms with foliage and in a masculine-type container is a basic to keep in mind when gifting to a man, according to the website Stay away from long-stemmed roses of any colour, red carnations or red roses as these have a romantic bent. However, if romance is the goal, there is nothing that says romance more than long-stemmed roses of any colour, making sure that the chosen colour falls in the appropriate category. Just keep in mind that flowers convey a personal touch, thoughtfulness and can strike the right mood for any occasion. And it's perfectly acceptable for flowers to be given to a man.

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