You know what sneaks up on you? Valentine’s Day! Sure, starting Dec. 26, stores do switch from their jolly holiday displays to all things red and pink, but that means it’s far too easy to get lulled into complacency and assume you’ve got all the time in the world to get your flower order in. Suddenly, it’s February cough cough something and you’re standing there rose-less, like a rejected candidate on “The Bachelor.”
Before you give up and take a shovel to steal flowers out of your neighbor’s garden, we’ve got tips on how you can find flowers last-minute (including last-minute flower delivery), without completely going broke. Here’s what to know:
1. Bad News First: Prepare to Pay an Extra Fee
Wherever you’re ordering from, when you’re trying to get flowers delivered last-minute on or around Valentine’s day, you will pay more. For one, if you want them delivered on February 14, that may involve a surcharge, since many floral delivery companies tack on an additional delivery surcharge in addition to the regular delivery fee for bringing your blooms on Valentine’s Day itself, due to high demand. (Set a reminder now so this doesn’t happen if you want to send mom a bouquet on Mother’s Day!) That’s not always the case, though. You’ll see if a delivery surcharge is required when you hit the calendar screen to schedule your delivery:
Many flower delivery companies also charge a surcharge for next-day delivery, no matter what the day. So if you’re first thinking about ordering flowers on Feb. 12 or 13, paying an extra delivery fee will likely be your only option.
Not only that, but some of the biggest budget-friendly buys offered from each retailer won’t be available this close to the wire, so don’t expect to find major bargains on tried-and-true roses or tulips when trying to order flowers at the 11th hour.
2. Here’s the Good News: You Can Still Get Flowers Last-Minute
Many businesses will still get your loved one their flowers on time — even during these busiest of days. After all, you’re hardly the only person who didn’t take care of this early. Do be aware a same-day option may not be available in all locations, the cut-off time tends to be fairly early in the day, many flowers will be sold out and you may have to pay that extra fee we mentioned above.
All that said, the best flower delivery services have your back and may offer same-day delivery where you need it.
3. Flower Delivery Services Offering Same-Day Delivery
Here are the top spots to find same-day gifts — as well as ways to save more through RetailMeNot’s coupons, discounts, and codes.
- 1-800-Flowers same-day delivery (save at 1-800-Flowers with RetailMeNot)
- Bouqs Co. same-day delivery (save at Bouqs with RetailMeNot)
- Edible Arrangements same-day delivery (save at Edible Arrangements with RetailMeNot)
- Florists.com same-day delivery (save at Florists.com with RetailMeNot)
- Floom same-day delivery (only in 16 U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Miami, San Jose and more) (save at Florists.com with RetailMeNot)
- FromYouFlowers.com same-day delivery (save at FromYouFlowers.com with RetailMeNot
- FTD.com same-day delivery (save at FTD.com with RetailMeNot)
- H.Bloom same-day delivery
- Proflowers same-day delivery (save at Proflowers with RetailMeNot)
- Teleflora Flowers same-day delivery (save at Teleflora with RetailMeNot)
- UrbanStems can do same-day delivery in the DC and NYC bicycle & car courier delivery areas, otherwise they offer next-day delivery via FedEx. (save at UrbanStems with RetailMeNot)
4. However, If You Have Time, Opt for Next-Day Delivery
The more time you give yourself, the better as far as avoiding last-minute, day-of delivery-fees. This also opens up possible flower options that might be sold out on, say, midnight of February 13. In addition to the above-mentioned brands that offer next-day in addition to same-day delivery, other popular flower delivery services that offer next-day delivery include:
- Amazon next-day delivery (save at Amazon with RetailMeNot)
- BloomsyBox next-day delivery (save at BloomsyBox with RetailMeNot)
- Farmgirl Flowers next-day delivery (save at Farmgirl Flowers with RetailMeNot)
5. What About Your Local Friendly Neighborhood Florist?
Have you used Floom yet? Through them, you can find local florists in your community who offer same-day and next-day delivery. It’s all the convenience of online shopping with all of the personalization of shopping local.
6. Let an Instacart Shopper Help You Out!
Too late to order online from a flower service? Try Instacart. You can search for flowers available for delivery or pickup near you and let your personal shopper handle the job (and make you look good).
7. Peer Past the Rosebush
Roses are gorgeous, meaningful, and so, so symbolic, but they’re not the only game in town, says Nancy J. Lee, an event and commercial floral designer and owner of Petals & Moss Floral Design. Lee previously told RetailMeNot that all flowers can be romantic, so not to worry if the roses near you are sold out, or you think your loved one would prefer a different type of flower or plant instead. (You could even swing by Michael’s and pick up pretty faux flowers.)
8. Head to a Warehouse or Big Box Store
Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale, Walmart. These businesses aren’t going to be caught flat-footed, so they won’t leave you high and dry. Their arrangements are reasonably-priced and, no surprise, big. Even better, you may be able to get a delivery or set up a curbside pickup to save yourself time.
9. Stop At Your Local Supermarket
If all else fails, your local supermarket will have something — be it a single wrapped rose, a bouquet, a pretty plant, and of course, tons of chocolate. Whatever it is, you taking the time to pick up a gift for the people you care about the most will be appreciated.
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