Long-stem red roses have their place — in the Bachelor mansion, for instance — but handing a dozen of them to your valentine on the most romantic day of the year can accidentally express that most dreaded of V-day sentiments: “I picked these up on the way over.”
Showing up with a bundle of your loved one’s favorite flowers is certainly a step in the right direction, but if you’re looking to really sweep val– or galentine off their feet, try one of these thoughtful alternatives.
1. A Flower Subscription
Why reserve the romance for one day a year? Set your sweetheart up with a subscription for regular floral deliveries. Flower Muse‘s “Valentine’s Day Every Month” subscription sees that a bouquet of roses, tulips, calla lilies or other seasonal blooms arrive on your loved one’s doorstep once a month for three ($179,99), six ($359.99), or twelve months ($719.99). Feeling extra loved up? You can have a bouquet of fresh peonies arrive every week for three months for a cool $1,299.99.
2. A Bouquet-in-a-Box (with Extras)
Not able to be with your partner on February 14? The Bouquet Bar allows you to curate a selection of Valentine’s goodies including cut flowers, succulents, teas, candles and a combination of sweet treats like chocolate caramel popcorn and chocolate-dipped gummy bears, and send them to your valentine in a big orange box that feels like a keepsake on its own. Gifts start at $65 and the Martini box shown goes for $115.
3. Celeb-Approved Blooms
If your giftee is always on top of the latest celebrity trends, they probably already know about the Bouqs Company, the L.A.-based florist beloved by A-listers like Jessica Alba, Lauren Conrad and Lea Michele. You can even read their rave reviews and order your own “bouq” — we’re partial to the “Be Mine” arrangement, pictured —on bouqs.com. Most bouquets are $40–$60.
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4. A Succulent Terrarium
This trendy take on the houseplant is far more romantic than your average ficus and will long outlast cut flowers. Better yet, most succulents thrive with the occasional spritz of water, so you’re not gifting your sweetheart a chore, and they won’t have to feel guilty for letting your love fern die. BloomNation, a marketplace for buying from local florists around the country, offers many varieties, though we’re loving this minimal version for $59.99 from Avenue J Florist in Brooklyn.
5. Plantable Paper Flowers
The perfect floral gift for a valentine with a green thumb, these pretty paper flowers from Paper Sprouts are made of a special paper filled with flower seeds. The recipient can enjoy the beauty of the handmade blooms all winter, then plant them in the spring and wait for your love to bloom! A set of 10 flowers costs $20 and includes peonies, roses, anemones, poppies and more. Wildflower and herb varieties are also available.
6. An Eco-Friendly Gift That Gives Back
Nature lovers will appreciate a present that keeps the earth happy, too. Organizations like the National Forest Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation allow you to have a tree planted in your loved one’s name for a small donation. (See a more complete list of places you can donate on the U.S. Forest Service website.) Note, the plantings are part of reforestation initiatives throughout the country, so you can’t generally pick the exact location of your tree.