Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and it’s one of the busiest days of the year for florists. Everyone loves receiving a beautiful bunch of flowers from their valentine, and on their busiest day of the year, florists need a lot of water to ensure bouquets look their best when they arrive on the doorsteps of your loved ones. So this year, in an effort to be more sustainable, why not buy gifts that require a little less water? Here are some ideas…

Bye bye roses…

Of course bouquets are the most popular gifts. It’s a romantic gesture and will make you feel all gooey inside that someone has made an effort in choosing them just for you. But when you’re picking a bouquet, why not choose one that will last longer, whilst requiring as little water as possible. Surprise, surprise, roses are one of the most popular choices on Valentine’s but who wants to be predictable? In fact, roses don’t last as long as other bouquet flowers because their heads are prone to wilting fast. Be different and pick a longer-lasting flower such as carnations. If you’re not sure about your choice, here’s a quick shelf life guide of the most common bouquets:

  • 1-2 days Gardenia
  • 3-5 days Tulip, Daffodil, Lily of the Valley, Cornflower, Peony
  • 5 days to 1 week Roses, Anemone, Delphinium, Calla, Gerbera, Snapdragon, Freesia, Zinnia
  • 1–2 weeks Aster, Gladiolus, Lilies, Tuberose, Heather, Wax flower, Chrysanthemum

Potted presents

Bouquets are beautiful but they’ll only last a short amount of time. Getting someone a plant is another option and unlike bouquets, plants last for as long as you look after them! Yes, plants might be a little pricier, but they are certainly a more sustainable choice. Florists don’t need to use a huge amount water to transport a potted plant, and the recipient of the plant isn’t required to refill a vase everyday. For the most part, plants can feed from the rainwater – a much more natural and sustainable method than taking care of a bouquet. Fruit trees are a great gift idea – it’s a gift that keeps on giving!. Lemon trees, apple trees, the options are endless. You could also get a potted floral plant such as orchids, lilies, and azaleas if you’d rather stick to a more classic style. The best part about choosing a plant is that in years to come, your gift might still be standing – hopefully like your love!

Save water, drink wine!

This one’s a bit of a joke but it’s still a great gift option. Why not ditch the flowers and get a bottle of wine or bubbly? This is a safe gift as the recipient is bound to appreciate it and there isn’t the hard decision of choosing what kind of flowers to get. The best part about this option is that it can be shared!

We hope these ideas have inspired you to think a little more ‘outside the box’ this Valentine’s Day! Roses might be one of the most popular gifts, but who wants to be like everyone else?! We’d love to find out how you’re trying to be more sustainable in your gift-giving this Valentine’s Day. Why not share us your gift ideas with us on Twitter?