Flowers – a Christmas Gift Alternative for Backpackers

With Christmas fast approaching, finding the perfect gift for your friends and family can often be an incredibly stressful experience. Traipsing around a busy city centre in the sleet and snow in search of a few bargains may well be worth it for the people you’ll get to see over the festive period, but what will you do for the family members who you won’t get to see at Christmas? Well, one idea might be to send flowers to them.

Now I know what you’re thinking: Doesn’t that seem a little bit lazy? But sending flowers, even at Christmas, need not necessarily be a lazy option. Christmas is supposed to be all about the gift of giving, and putting a smile on the faces of those you care about. While a bunch of flowers may not be the most high-tech of presents, just think how your auntie will feel when she opens her front door to see she’s been given flowers by somebody. She’ll feel great! A nice bunch of flowers from her nephew will almost certainly put a smile on her face, as well as creating a pleasant scent wherever she decides to place them. Getting her a bunch of her favourite type of flowers is an incredibly thoughtful think to do.

Even the fact that your auntie lives on the other side of the world shouldn’t stop you from sending her flowers. With more and more companies taking to the internet to sell their wares, international flower delivery is as straightforward as buying flowers from your local neighbourhood florist. You could almost say that it is even more straightforward, as instead of being possibly pushed into buying the most expensive flowers in the shop by a more knowledgeable florist, you can take your time, sit in front of a computer with a nice cup of tea, and pick the flowers you think your auntie will appreciate.

If you’re not sold on the idea of giving someone you care about a bunch of flowers this Christmas, then I highly recommend that you watch this clip from the superb Charlie Kaufman film ‘Adaptation.’ In the scene, orchid enthusiast John Laroche – played by actor Chris Cooper in an Academy Award winning performance – describes the wonders of flowers to Meryl Streep’s character Susan Orlean. If you watch that clip and don’t think that flowers can be a good gift then I don’t really know what to say. If a clip of an Oscar-winning performance can’t convince you then maybe nothing will!

If you have a TV, then there is a good chance you’re currently being bombarded on every single advert break by a whole host of Hollywood actors trying to sell you perfume. With that much exposure to perfume ads, it’d be easy to think, “why don’t I get my auntie perfume for Christmas?” But that would be incredibly obvious, and there’s a good chance she’ll not even like the perfume you get her. As I said before, with online florists, it doesn’t matter where you have to have the flowers delivered to. Even if you are sending flowers to Manchester or a distant family member in America or Australia, then the prospect of international flower delivery makes a bunch of flowers a stress-free present for both you and whoever receives them.