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Flowers make one of the most versatile gifts, and everyone is delighted when they receive them. Whether it be ceremonial, ritualistic, or out of compassion, flowers hold the ability to deliver emotions with their bright colors and sweet scent.

The sheer versatility of the flora has made it popular among people of all ages and is an acceptable form of gift for almost any occasion in this day and age. But different flowers mean different things in different cultures. If you want to convey a message through your floral gift, it is in the best of your interests to get accustomed to which occasions call for which flowers.

Not all flowers were created equally and add the significance of the occasion with them, and we have a variety of options to choose from.

Here we will help you in choosing which flowers to give and which to avoid.


Roses are versatile but the color can signify the essence of the message that you want to send out. For example, Roses are excellent for confessing you love or even a celebration of it but will definitely not suit a funeral. Red roses are symbolic of love, while yellow ones are associated with friendship and endearment.

In recent times the number of roses has also been known to signify the bond or the attraction between the two people. In popular culture, a single rose can be said to represent love at first sight. A bouquet of roses has been romanticized by Rom-coms to be the perfect pairing to a proposal. Bigger bouquets are an unprecedented declaration of love and appreciation for the other person’s companionship through and through.


One of the most ornamental plants on the planet and known for their heritage and bloodlines, these little plants are popular amongst plant enthusiasts and people alike. Aside from being expensive, they are also extremely beautiful and would fit most occasions of joy. Whether it be a second date or a sweet gesture, orchids are like the wingmen that are always there for you.

Orchids also signify love but not as extreme as roses. Their symbolism is much more subtle and gentle, which makes them perfect for a second date, or for giving it someone who you might not be best associated with. But you want them to know you care.


Tulips are closed bud flowers that can add a splash of color in any bouquet. Mostly associated with being happy-go-lucky and cheerful types, tulips come in a wide variety of colors. They are prevalent in spring tulips are said to be the ‘Essence of Spring’ in a flower. With a short bloom of 3-7 days, tulips are a great addition to any occasion.

Generally, red tulips signify love, while the white ones are known for the person being apologetic. This means that these are great for birthdays and housewarming parties. Pair it with a sweet message and you have a great gift waiting to be appreciated.

Stargazer Lily

One of the most ornate looking flowers, the stargazer lily is as pretty as the person you are giving it too. The white accents on the pink flower only bring out the flower’s bold and dramatic persona. Add a pinch of aesthetics to your life with this flower.

These make a great substitution for roses and are versatile enough to be a perfect gifts flower for birthdays or maybe anniversaries.

Pastel Carnations

Often associated with wedding decoration, pastel carnations are fluffy white or pink flowers that are symbolic of pure love and affection for one another. The fluffiness of the bloom only adds to the visual appeal and will definitely convey your feelings across beautifully.


Another bold choice like the Stargazer Lily, the Alstroemeria is also known as the Peruvian Lily. Having been used in a friendly manner rather than signifying courtship, Alstroemeria is also a great choice for gifting people.

Best as an anniversary present or a birthday, the red shade can replace the red of roses. The purple variant is as royal as its other counterparts.


Pink or deep red, this flower is used to celebrate years spent together. Native to Japan but also very popular in China, Camelia is a great choice for adding some color into your lives. The pink Camellia is extremely bright and also has a fresh and sweet scent, which will definitely put anyone in a good mood.


Forever etched in our memories as the springtime flowers, Daisies are a go-to for conveying innocent love and cheerfulness that comes with spring. Romanticized by being used to signify spring in countless movies in both the West and East, daisies are a common symbol for new life and freshness.

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Iris is a sophisticated and elegant looking flower that is named after a Greek goddess of the same name. A flower befitting a goddess the flower is used on occasions when one needs a bit of motivation or a reminder of holding onto hope. A positive affirmation in every sense of the word, Blue Iris is excellent for impromptu gifts or trying something different.

Now that we have discussed flowers that make great gifts, let us see which flowers one must avoid.

In most cultures, floral gifts mean different things, but it can be noticed that in almost all cultures. But there are a few flowers that are reserved for inauspicious occasions.


Floral Gifts are heavily related to traditions and rituals in the land of the rising sun. When one gifts flower in Japan, they have to be very careful. Over time Japan has developed social norms as to which flowers are appropriate for which situations.

  • Red flowers are for love
  • Blue is expressing gratitude
  • White flowers are or mourning

Avoid white flowers until there is a special requisite for them as they can be interpreted in a bad way.


In China, floral gifts are tied to societal customs and can be used to show friendship, respect, gratitude or hospitality. It is important to get all the social cues right so that you can convey the meaning you want to put forward.

Here are a few tips

  • Tulips are best reserved for adoration and appreciation
  • Peonies and dahlias show respect for elders and wish them a good fortune
  • Sunflowers make a great gift for anyone you want to respect towards
  • White flowers or chrysanthemums are used mostly to honor the deceased


Since ancient times flowers have been associated with wellness and royalty and also show allegiance to each another. This tradition was passed from aristocracy to common folk and has stayed with them.

Although now it is only customary to bear floral gifts only when you are at a funeral or a wedding.

Some flowers are associated with joy and other with sorrow here is how you can weave the perfect bouquet for each f the occasion

  • Funeral – Egyptians, unlike the Japanese and Chinese, like to remember all the good the person did during his life and celebrate not his passing but the mark he left. A bright-colored basket will convey this message beautifully.
  • It is customary to send a floral arrangement a week after funeral too. This is so that they know you have them in your thoughts and prayers.
  • For weddings, a mix of lilies, roses, iris and cornflowers are common as these flowers are easily available in Egypt.


Gifting in Ghana has been informal since time immemorial. The country prides itself in being one with nature. Being grounded in realism and natural beauty, people in Ghana welcome the thought behind the gift more than the gift itself.

People like to be close to mother earth flowers are a welcome gift

  • Daffodils signify reincarnation or rebirth
  • Calla Lillies are often used to convey love
  • Sunflowers mean longevity and being loyal
  • Daisies celebrate innocence


Gender roles are still followed quite rigidly in Russia, and the society has developed social cues as to which gifts flower are appropriate for which situations. Flowers hold significance in their dating customs, and boys are supposed to give flowers on special occasions to their significant others.

  • Single rose stem is enough on the first date
  • Yellow Flowers signify the friendship
  • Potted plants make great gifts for women older than you.
  • Subtle colors like white, pink or blue can be given to young women


Europe follows the conventional system of gifting flowers and most of it is derived from the cultures that are present throughout the continent

  • Red Flowers mean love
  • Yellow usually means unfaithfulness
  • An odd number of flowers mean bad luck

United States of America

When it comes floral gifts, the USA might be the one with the most informal and lax customs. Although there hasn’t been a great significance attached to flowers, some societal traditions and customs make it an acceptable gift for one another.

  • Sunflowers signify adoration
  • Orchids represent strength
  • Peonies are for romantic gestures
  • Yellow roses celebrate friendship.