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A Guide to Giving Flowers to a Man
When to give and how to buy the right flowers for your husband.


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You may not think your husband would like flowers, but regardless he'll love the surprise.


There are many occasions when flowers or simply a live plant in general can be a thoughtful, welcome surprise for a man.”
It’s a rare woman who doesn’t enjoy receiving an arrangement of fresh-cut flowers for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day or "just because" a family member, friend or thoughtful spouse is thinking of her. But here’s an idea: though flowers are traditionally a gift that a man would give his wife, flowers can be a great gift for men too. There are many occasions when flowers or simply a live plant in general can be a thoughtful, welcome surprise for a man.

The advantages for sending a floral arrangement to your husband are the same that all women appreciate: they’re beautiful, they instantly cheer up a room, they let the recipient know someone is thinking of them and they bring a smile to someone’s face.

So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and to make flower giving a completely androgynous endeavor throughout the year, here are a few occasions when flowers (or a plant) might be just the right way to show appreciation for your loving husband.

A job well done. If your husband receives honors for a special achievement, saying congratulations with a nice arrangement would certainly be in order. Surprise him at the office along with a thoughtful card.

Get well soon. Who doesn’t like a cheery bouquet of flowers when feeling a little down in the dumps or under the weather? Placing a nice bouquet next to the bed will brighten up his day.

An apology. Flowers are a great way to say, "I’m sorry." He may be so stunned that he is receiving flowers that he may forget why he’s mad at you in the first place!

A change of scenery. Flowers are always a nice way to make his office more inviting. This is where a plant, in particular, can come in handy. Brighten it up with a nice succulent that requires only once-in-a-while watering or a blooming cactus.

Birthdays. He deserves to feel special on his birthday. The fact that flowers are unexpected takes the well wishes to a new level. Include in the bouquet some special dinner reservations and movie tickets.

Thinking of you. Men like knowing that their significant other is thinking about them and a nice bouquet of flowers with an "I love you" card enclosed will make his day.

Guidelines for Choosing a Bouquet for a Man:

* Select vibrant colored flowers; pastel colors are more feminine.

* If you feel strongly that a floral arrangement will make your man squirm, send a "manly" houseplant like bonsai or bamboo.

* Opt for an artistic, uniquely designed arrangement that mirrors his personality, rather than the classic rose bouquet.

* Exotic flowers are more masculine than carnations or daisies.

* Include a little something extra to the bouquet like candy, chocolates or a gift certificate for two to a spa.

Not so sure your honey would appreciate a bouquet delivered to the lumberyard or hardware store? Simply re-read this article and replace all references to "flowers" with the phrase "tickets to a sporting event" and see what kind of response you get.

Diane Gottsman, a nationally recognized etiquette expert, is the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in etiquette training for corporations, universities and individuals, striving to polish their interpersonal skills. You can reach Diane at 877-490-1077 or www.protocolschooloftexas.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @: www.twitter.com/DianeGottsman.

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