Flower bouquets: The perfect Valentine's gifts
The 14th February is the most romantic day of the year, but people fret over how to make it romantic year after year without fail. Many people want to stray from the traditional in an attempt to impress their loved one, but there is one enduring Valentine's gift that never fails to warm a loved one's heart.
Flowers are usually the first thought for any Valentine's gift giver precisely because they are everywhere at this time of year. Everybody recognises how nice it is to receive a bunch of flowers, but the actual symbolism behind many flowers, bar roses, is arguably not as widely recognised.
Buying a bouquet of flowers is a nice gesture in itself, but it is often the case that not enough thought goes into picking the right bunch. The more thought and planning that goes into buying a bunch of flowers for a loved one, the more impressed they will be and the more romantic Valentine's Day will be.
Roses are the obvious choice for a Valentine's gift, but even different sized bunches of roses can portray different meanings. A single rose is the perfect expression of love from one to another and is especially popular with people looking to pop the question on the big day. Twenty five roses, however, signify congratulations, while a whole bunch of fifty is representative of absolute unconditional love.
If your intended recipient is unaware that you are a bit of a secret admirer, the perfect bloom for you is the yellow chrysanthemum. Be careful about picking any old chrysanthemum, though, because the bronze flower represents excitement and the Cosmos one simply means peace. Chrysanthemums are not exactly a minefield when it comes to mixed messages, but you need to make sure you get the message right when it really matters.
Taking the time to pick the perfect bunch of flowers also indicates a great degree of attention to detail and shows that you really care, so it's worth not just picking the first bunch you see!