While Filipina women today frequently send flowers, the great majority of gift flowers purchased are still made by men for their new love pursuits, their girlfriends, for their woman, other woman, whomever. Any way you look at it – women love flowers – the commercially universal symbol of love – that and diamonds. They love to receive them, look at them, show them off to friends and co-workers, and display them on their desks for all to see. I see it all the time. I used to do it myself. Of course that was when I was with a more devoted partner.
Today, flowers make wonderful presents for any occasion. They’re no longer just for the major holidays or birthdays. Giving flowers during special holidays is almost a given, for guys. But if you really want to score bonus points, try sending your special lady flowers for no special reason at all. It’s even better when she’s not expecting them.
One of the biggest gripes with sending flower arrangements as gifts is that they’re usually quite expensive. Flowers don’t come cheap and particularly around special holiday occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Prices can double during these high demand seasonal periods the closer you get to those special holidays. It would be nice to be able to save money by waiting till it’s off peak, but sometimes you just can’t avoid the premium periods.
Flowers are expensive. But in the Philippines, buying and sending them doesn’t have to break the bank.
As the bearer of flowers, there are two main options – you can either 1) buy the flowers at a cheaper price at the grocery store or local florist shop, or 2) choose to order them online and have them delivered. Both options are good for different reasons. Buying flowers at your local supermarket is definitely the most cost effective way to go if you have the time to browse and choose, as well as personally deliver the gift. If you don’t have the time to visit or browse the store’s flower selection, or if the distance between you and the intended recipient is too prohibitive, you can choose to place the order through an online florist and have it conveniently delivered. In most cases, online Philippine florists can deliver anywhere in the Philippines.
While you may be able to save time and effort by ordering online, it’s definitely going to cost a bit more. To give you an idea of what buying flowers online will cost you compared to buying them at your local Philippine flower shop: a dozen roses complete with a decorative vase at the supermarket will usually fetch about Php700-1200 on Valentine’s day; at a local florist they will usually go for a bit higher at around Php1400-2200; and online they will usually cost upwards of Php2400-3200 or more, although plenty of online flower deals, offers, and coupon codes abound. Another option is to buy them at side street vendors where flowers are frequently sold at great discounts or near wholesale prices. Places like Dangwa for instance offers a wide array of colorful but very affordably priced flower varieties – if you don’t mind doing a little bit of arranging yourself.