Giving Roses on Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Have to be Cliche

Type ‘Valentine’s Day roses’ or ‘roses Valentines Day’ into your Google search bar, and you’ll get thousands of hits from florists, garden centres, High Street shops and online retailers. All offering hundreds of different ways you can give your Valentine roses to show you care. Are roses considered cliche? We asked around a few of the females here at, and the general consensus was yes they are, but you’ll never hear any of us turning them down. Kind of reassuring, but on the other hand it also highlights the need for doing something a little different with your bouquet of red roses. And if you’re certain it’s got to be flowers then why not try something a little more unusual, but still beautiful and thoughtful.?

roses are good for valentines dayThere is little confusion about the message conveyed by a bunch of red roses. It’s got to be “I love you” all the way. But unfortunately for many it’s also saying “I don’t have a creative bone in my body, and have no clue at all which flowers are your favourites”. Nearly three quarters of all flowers bought for a Valentine gift are red roses. And while Valentines Day roses will be appreciated they may also be a huge disappointment.

A reasonably priced alternative to giving roses for Valentine’s Day

Not all ladies will be bowled over by a bouquet of red roses, a Valentine’s Day gift that more than doubles in price when the day is looming. It’s not that they don’t like them, just that they’d prefer something a little less cliche. Tulips are a great alternative, and there aren’t many people who don’t like them. Such a simple and elegant bloom will be a good surprise for your Valentine and leave a much smaller dent in your wallet. Tulips are also a very eco-friendly alternative because you’ll be able to find locally grown varieties. Meaning you don’t have to feel guilty about the impact of shipping flowers from countries thousands of miles away.

If you’re not au fait with the true cost of your Valentine’s Day blooms you might want to read an article we found in The Guardian.

Anemones and ranunculus are also perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day.

Giving her flowers for Valentine’s Day can be very romantic

Females often complain their men are nearly romantic enough. But it’s not always easy for men to express their feelings, leading them to the last resort of cheesy Valentines cards and expensive sparkles. There are some good ways to be romantic, and it doesn’t have to involve spending a fortune. You can even express your feelings without saying a word.

In Victorian times when courtship involved more dignified and formal endeavours symbols were used to express feelings and thoughts that were too special for a few simple words. They developed a complete romantic language around the giving and receiving of flowers. Not only the type, but the shape and number of flowers, as well as how they were held and presented, conveyed meaning and communicated a gentleman’s feelings and intentions. In every bouquet given was a secret message for the lady, and it was up to her to interpret and dissect the hidden code.

Nowadays, flowers have become very cliche and the meanings have long been forgotten. So we think it’s about time we resurrected the tradition, and to help let’s give you a few suggestions to get you started.

Flowers and their different meanings

  • Daisy – Loyal love
  • Orchid – Love and beauty
  • Lily – Purity and sweetness
  • Carnation – Fascination
  • Chrysanthemum – Friendship
  • Red rose – Romantic love
  • Pink rose – Secret love
  • Yellow rose – Friendship
  • White rose – Innocent love
  • Lilac, Mauve – “Do you still love me?”
  • Baby’s breath – Happiness
  • Forget-me-not – True love
  • Honeysuckle – The bond of love
  • Camellia, red – You’re a flame in my heart
  • Camellia, white – You’re adorable
  • Oleander – Beauty and grace
  • Periwinkle, white – Pleasures of memory

If you want to know more meanings you might want to look further. is one site we found very useful.

Does she mean it when she says “I don’t want anything for Valentine’s Day”?

Valentine’s Day seems to have created a lot of cynics. Those that think Valentine’s Day is just another of those holidays, dreamt up by corporations who want you to buy their stuff. And anyway, shouldn’t love be expressed everyday when you’re in a relationship? Rather than saving it all for one measly day of the year. We know there are plenty of men out there who are wondering what to do when faced with a partner that is telling them “I don’t want anything for Valentine’s Day this year”.

Is she setting a trap? Does she really mean it? Many men will testify to both in the affirmative. Those that found out, not getting something for the lady who said she didn’t want anything, only earnt them the cold shoulder.

Gift set for Valentine's daySome females do mean it when they say they want nothing, but the real problem arises with the different ways “anything” is interpreted. Clearly, “I don’t want anything” doesn’t mean “I want nothing”. When she says she doesn’t want anything, what she’s referring to is one of those sickly sweet teddy bears clutching a red heart, or any kind of teddy bear come to think of it. She’s not expecting you to buy her a diamond encrusted pendant. Or any of the other generic gifts touted by those money grabbing big retailers.

A love letter and bunch of flowers are the minimum requirements for your Valentine’s Day gifts. And make sure your letter is full of those mushy things you wouldn’t normally say. This gift may seem really simple, but it is sure to melt her heart.

Even if she says she wants nothing, better to be safe than sorry. So go and buy her roses for Valentines Day, and see if you can add something else to add to the surprise.