With Valentine's Day around the corner, nothing says "I love you" like a boxed bouquet. However, this year, your flowers don't have to be predictable or expensive. The experts at 1-800-FLOWERS.com shared some tips on how to bloom your flower shopping skills.

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1) ORDER EARLY

Flowers go up in price as an event gets closer. Putting off your shopping until the last minute will cost you! For example, the same dozen roses that cost you $69.99 on February 5, will cost you $79.99 if ordered between February 6 and February 20. While 1-800-FLOWERS guarantees V-Day delivery, save yourself some cash by ordering early.

2) BE UNIQUE

Roses aren't the only buds in bloom on the most romantic day of the year. Show that special someone you care by thinking out of the bouquet! She'll feel extra special when the "Tulips for Lovers” arrangement arrives. Consisting of 20 stems of pink, red and white tulips arranged in a glass vase, this beautiful bouquet is a nice option at $59.99. If you are steeped in intradition but searching for a cheaper choice, multi-colored roses with shorter stems can be had for $49.99.

3) SEND A MESSAGE

Sending flowers is sure to make any woman feel special, but knowing what your petal preference means is sure to set her heart on fire!

White roses: New love
Yellow roses: Friendship
Pink roses: Appreciation
Coral roses: Desire
Red tulips: Love
Orchids: Seduction
White lilies: “It's heavenly to be with you”
Stargazer lilies: “My heart aches for you”

4) SPREAD THE LOVE


More than one woman in your life? V-Day is not just for lovers. Think pink for Mom; roses and carnations are best. And for sis, gram, and your B.F.F.? A lovely spring mix of tulips or daffodils is sure to show you care. Save the red roses and tulips for your wife and/or girlfriend.

5) MAIL TO YOUR MALE

Men need to feel loved too! 1-800-FLOWERS.com suggests sending the “Roses for Him” arrangement for $69.99. If your guy is too brawny for a bouquet, try sending him cookies or chocolates to satisfy his softer side.