4 Smart Ways to Ship Valentine's Day Bouquets on a Budget

4 Smart Ways to Ship Valentine's Day Bouquets on a Budget

This post originally appeared on All You.

If you’ve ever ordered flowers for a family member or friend online, you know that the process can be a little… er, frustrating. On most websites I’ve shopped at, there are an overwhelming number of options, annoying up-selling and pesky hidden fees (somehow that $20 “deal” always becomes $50 at checkout). This year, shop at one of these websites for an affordable, beautiful bouquet without the hassle.

1. Use BloomNation to find beautiful bouquets from local florists.

This site lets you easily order flower arrangements directly from local florists, cutting out the middleman, eliminating many of the traditional fees and helping to support small businesses. We love that all photos on the site are of florists’ actual work (no stock images here) and that you can receive a “BloomSnap” of your completed order before it’s delivered—so you’ll know exactly what the recipient will get. Prices and shipping fees vary depending on location (bouquets are hand-delivered, and many florists on the site offer same-day delivery). For a limited time, All You readers can get an extra 10% off their BloomNation.com order with the coupon code “ALLYOUBN10” (expires 2/15/2015).

2. Order an eco-friendly floral arrangement from The Bouqs.

TheBouqs.com curates a limited number of bouquets that are grown on sustainable, eco-friendly farms. Flowers are delivered just 2-4 days after they’re cut, so they’re guaranteed to be super-fresh. Bouquets start at $40 (including shipping), but many selections offer a $5 rebate. You can also score an additional 10% off your order when you first create an account.

3. Send a handmade silk floral arrangement from Etsy.

If your recipient lives far away or has allergies, sending silk flowers instead of fresh can be a smart alternative that’s still thoughtful (and your gift will last longer!). Type “silk floral arrangement” into Etsy’s search bar and sort through the variety of beautiful handmade options. A few of my favorite arrangements on the site right now: Flovery’s Baby Pink Fuchsia Silk Peony Arrangement ($43), BrandyByDesignLtd’s Oranges and Lemons Silk Floral Arrangement ($35) and BlackWillowSoaps’s Valentine’s Day Roses Arrangement ($18).

4. When in doubt, go with a grocery store bouquet.

If you’re hand-delivering flowers, you can’t beat the price of a bouquet from your local grocer (they’ll usually cost between $5 – $25). And with a little know-how, you can make a store-bought flower bouquet look high-end: TheKitchn has great tips for turning inexpensive grocery bouquets into beautiful floral arrangements, and I love Apartment Therapy‘s ideas for cleaning and showcasing your budget-friendly finds.

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