Though not often associated with men's gifts, flowers are growing in popularity as birthday, anniversary or congratulatory gifts for men. From get-well-soon bouquets of greenery accented with sunflowers or zinnias to anniversary gifts of candy and edible roses, tailor the arrangement to the recipient in terms of occasion, style, theme or scents. Create your own bouquet or work with a local florist to design the perfect gift for your husband, father, son or friend.
Examine the meanings and symbolism of different flowers and their colours or numbers before designing or purchasing a bouquet. Roses can symbolise innocent love, family or deep passionate love while sunflowers convey adoration, according to Victorian Bazaar's Language of Flowers. Use greenery, ornamental berries and pieces of eucalyptus or mint to add a clean scent to the arrangement. Present the bouquet in a striking vase with simple, clean lines and bold colours, using minimal adornment and opting for raffia or twine over ribbon.
Edible Crafts Online explains how to construct flowers from truffles, butterscotch candies, bubblegum and more. Mix candy flowers with fresh flowers and greenery for a multidimensional gift that may enjoy a warmer reception than a bouquet of strictly fresh or artificial flowers. Candy flowers and bouquets can also be shared with roommates or coworkers and can help reduce the stigma associated with men receiving gifts of flowers.
Bamboo, Bonsai and Flowering Plants
Alternatives to brightly-coloured blooms include stalks of lucky bamboo, pint-sized bonsai trees and flowering plants or shrubs that the recipient can nurture in a garden. Choose bamboo or bonsais for office deliveries and plants or shrubs as gifts between the two of you at home. A flowering shrub or tree he can nurture from a seedling to a full blossoming adult plant offers the opportunity to make the gift interactive.
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