The gift of a fresh bunch of flowers is an eternally popular choice. Flowers have a way of making the recipient smile, and their colour and fragrance brighten up the room. Unfortunately, sometimes fresh flowers aren't the most practical of gifts; they don't travel very well and they sadly have a fairly short lifespan.
However, if you have a loved one who adores flowers, don't despair. Here are four beautiful and meaningful floral gift ideas that are easy to send and that will last for many years.
1. A rose bear
Teddy bears are another incredibly popular gift. You can combine the soft, cuddly nature of a teddy bear with the beauty of flowers by sending your loved one a rose bear. Instead of the regular furry material, rose bears are created using many small fabric roses. They come in a wide variety of sizes and colours, and they're a soft, silky and beautifully cuddly alternative to fresh flowers.
2. Flower resin jewelry
Another beautiful, long-lasting floral gift idea is flower resin jewelry. It's made by setting either fresh or dried flowers in a cast that's filled with an epoxy based resin. The resin sets rock hard, permanently preserving the flower in a clear disc or sphere. You can opt for earrings, necklaces or beaded bracelets made with a number of flower resin beads.
3. A floral print scarf
If your loved one is fond of fashion accessories as well as flowers, then a floral print scarf is a wonderful gift idea. You can choose from vintage floral prints or a bolder, more contemporary design. Fabrics such as silk, satin or organic cotton give this gift an extra luxurious and elegant touch. They add a touch of colour and natural flair whether they're being worn or draped over a dressing table. Floral print scarves are also light and compact to pack and send to loved ones that are a long way away from you.
4. Flower seeds
If it's not practical to send fresh flowers, then a gift made up of a variety of flowers seed packets may be a great alternative. Although your loved one may not be able to enjoy fresh flowers immediately, with a little time and patience, they can look forward to a garden full of them. Make sure that you choose flower varieties that will thrive in the region that they live in. Some pretty gardening gloves with a floral motif will complete this thoughtful, lasting gift.