Gifting flowers is the ideal choice for many, no matter what the occasion is or whether it’s for a friend, lover, relative, or colleague. Like so many other things in life, the preference for flowers is personal, which can make choosing the right bouquet for someone a little difficult. On top of that, you have to consider the fact that many flowers are seasonal and available only at certain times of year. So if you need assistance choosing a bouquet for a special someone or occasion, the hints and tips in this article should help you select the perfect arrangement every time.


Consider personality traits

A person’s character traits can really reflect in many ways the sort of flowers that will knock their socks off. If they’re more of a traditional person who likes classic and timeless things, roses are always a good choice. For your second half, red roses signify endless love, while yellow roses represent friendship and vitality.

For more ‘out there’ personality types, an arrangement full of different colours and flower types is best. You want something that’s bursting with life, just like them! Artistic individuals love unusual and intriguing arrangements, so choose something with succulents or even orchids, which have a striking resemblance to living structures.

When buying for earthy, natural types, a bouquet that incorporates a lot of natural greenery and foliage is a must. Native are another good choice in this instance. 

Also consider whether if they like wearing a lot of one particular colour. Is their bag, phone cover, and favourite shoes a certain colour? This can be a great indicator of what colours they like the most, which can help you choose flowers in a similar shade.


The occasion

One huge consideration when choosing flowers is the occasion. Here we’ll run through some of the flowers that are traditionally used for particular occasions.



While we know there are specific gifts for each year of a wedding anniversary, there are also flowers for each anniversary as well! While red and pink roses are always a fantastic choice for an anniversary as they represent passion and love, you can also choose to go for the flowers that correlate with each anniversary:

  • 5 years - Daisy
  • 10 years - Daffodil
  • 15 years - Rose
  • 20 years - Aster
  • 25 years - Iris



In the same way that there are birthstones, there are also flowers for each birth month.

  • January - Carnation
  • February - Violet
  • March - Daffodil
  • April - Daisy
  • May - Lily
  • June - Rose
  • July - Larkspur
  • August - Gladiolus
  • September - Aster
  • October - Marigold
  • November - Chrysanthemum
  • December - Poinsettia

Get well soon

If someone you care about is sick in hospital or at home, flowers are a wonderful way of saying, ‘I’m thinking of you, get well soon’.

  • Flowers for hospital - If you are sending flowers to a hospital it is best to make sure you send something that isn’t fragrant. Tulips and Irises are a great choice.
  • Flowers for home - Sending someone flowers to their home? A flowering plant is a great choice as greenery represents health and well-being. Marigolds are also a wonderful choice as they signify resilience.

Thank you

Want to thank someone with flowers? While their favourite flower would be a first choice, if you aren’t sure, then carnations, lilies, and daisies are great flowers to thank someone.


Flowers make a wonderful gift at Christmas. The traditional flowers perfect for gifting at this time of year include the Red Poinsettia, Amaryllis and Paperwhites.

Mother’s Day

Flowers are an exceptional gift on mother’s day. For mother’s day flowers she’ll never forget, opt for one of these:

  • Pink carnations - These represent love and gratitude
  • Red carnations - These signify admiration
  • Gerbera daisies - The flowers that represent cheerfulness.


Sympathy flowers are often a nice thought when someone you know has lost a person dear to them. These flowers are not the same as funeral flowers, but are instead sent to the home of those who are grieving a loss. Roses, daisies, and lilies are all good choices.


Different types of arrangements

Flowers come in so many different types of arrangements. The main thing to consider here when buying someone flowers is whether you should buy a traditional bouquet that they will put in a vase, a boxed arrangement, or an arrangement that comes in a vase. If you are buying for a work colleague who will be having their flowers delivered at work, it’s best to get something they can easily take home, such as a boxed arrangement where the flowers sit firmly in an oasis so they stay fresh and in place. This is also an ideal option when buying for someone in hospital.

Of course, if you know someone well enough to know their favourite blooms, regardless of whether they are your spouse, friend, aunt, or colleague, buying them a bunch of their favourite flowers on just about any occasion is ultimately the best way to go. If you put time and thought into purchasing flowers you think they will like, this will also show, and the receiver will not only enjoy their fresh smelling bouquet but also the sentiment behind them. If you are in doubt, the above tips will ensure you’ll purchase a bouquet that will surely surprise and make them feel wonderful!