Don't want to send flowers? Seven floral gift ideas, that aren't a bouquet

A light blue modular outdoor sofa on a patio next to a red brick house. The sofa looks comfortable and is accessorised with nevy blue patterned outdoor scatter cushions. An ottoman in front of the sofa holds a tray of delicious pastries and a large vase of white lilies.

Treat Your Favourite Flower-Lover With Gifts From Gorgeous Independent Brands

Gifting flowers to someone you love, whether for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, a birthday or anniversary, may date back to the times of chivalric knights and their desperate declarations of devotion (…or maybe I’ve been hibernating with too many old movies!)

The tradition could also have originated in the East where hanakotoba, the Japanese language of flowers, bestows each bloom with an emotion or sentiment. A gift of a bouquet of flowers thus saying more than a ream of words.

It is certainly true that Anna Jarvis, the founder of Mother’s Day, used white carnations to celebrate her mum, embedding flower-giving into the traditions of this particular occasion.

But sometimes you want to give something that won’t wilt within the week - and might earn you plaudits as favourite offspring!

There are many lovely businesses that can help you give something really special for occasions like Mother’s Day. I’ve picked out a few that I would be absolutely delighted to receive something from.

What makes them even more fabulous, is that they are a group of wonderful individuals as well. When you buy from them, as well as getting a gorgeous gift, you'll be supporting independent UK business.

Dahlia Tuber Collections from Dahlia Beach


A series of clear glass vases filled with purple, lilac and violet dahlia flowers


Dahlias are having something of a renaissance and, with their showy blooms in a huge range of hues, I understand why! Choose from six collections of dahlia tuber varieties, carefully curated and beautifully packaged by the brilliant, and ever-adventurous, Andie. Order before Mother’s Day and you can include a personal message.

Flowery Chunky China from Marigold and Lettice


A pure white large china mug decorated liberally with flowers and grasses. Real pink flowers have been put in the mug and two pink macarons lay next to it.


Choose from bowls, mugs, and vases decorated with Bronwen's distinctive stylish blooms. Handmade in her shed, this chunky china tableware is the perfect combination of art and practicality – admire it on the table and then pop it in the dishwasher!

Flower-Growing Subscription Box from The Rose Press Garden


A plae blue flat letterbox-sized cardboard box decorated with watercolour pastel flowers has the words The Rose Press Garden written on it. A purple allium flower and a fern lay next to the box.


I rely on Lizzie from The Rose Press Garden to help me get my garden ready for spring. With her flower-growing subscription, every month you’ll receive an exciting delivery of seeds, bulbs, bare roots, and sometimes even plants! Each box comes with advice and tips for planting so that creating a beautiful garden is a joy (and doesn't become overwhelming). This subscription would make a very special gift.

Pot Stems from A Blackbird Sang


A metal silhoette of a long-tailed tit feeding on flower blossom has been put in an indoor pot filled with a plant with some light green leaves.


These decorative pot stems make a very sweet addition to indoor plant pots. I love the craftmanship of all the outdoor accessories from A Blackbird Sang, and think they'd make a wonderful gift that's just a little different. Why not choose the silhoette of the receiver’s favourite flower or bird?

"To Stand and Stare - How to Garden While Doing Next to Nothing" by Anthony O'Brien


The picture shows a book with the words To Stand and Stare on it. The book cover is decorated with a blue and green painted landscape.


Published in February 2023 this book is a treasure trove of beautiful language; moments captured; and thoughts to sit and ponder on. Why not encourage your loved one to sit down, read and relax – ideally on a garden bean bag of course! Perhaps add a lambswool throw at this time of year to stay cosy while enjoying the emerging spring flowers.

Seed Box from Bishy Barnabees Cottage Garden


A flat cardboard box has a large printed sticker on it ready Floriography - the little box of love. The box is surrounded by white roses and pink tulip flowers.


If you are buying for someone who loves growing their own flowers, one of Melanie's seed boxes would be a lovely and thoughtful gift. My favourites are “Floriography” and "The Chilli Collection".

Personalised Gift Box from Don't Buy Her Flowers


A gift box filled with chocolate, bath essence, tea bags and handcream.


Of course, if you’d rather avoid flowers all together, then Steph at Don’t Buy Her Flowers has created a hamper of goodies and treats you can carefully personalise for your loved one.

I hope this list of flowery - and not so flowery - presents have inspired you. Small businesses really need our support at the moment so please do have a browse on their websites. I’m sure you’ll find something you, and your giftee, will love! Let me know what you choose.

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