boss's day (10/16) advice
Not all roses are created equal. Red roses are most often associated with undying love and are the flower of choice for Valentine’s Day.
Not to be outdone, pink tulips represent caring, white are for forgiveness, red mean love and purple reflect royalty.
Different color carnations also express a variety of sentiments with pink meaning gratitude, yellow reflecting cheerfulness and red denoting admiration.
Calla lilies are regal, hibiscus and orchids are delicate beauties, geraniums imply comfort and daffodils signify chivalry. Daisies suggest innocence, Ivy represents fidelity and gardenias reflect joy.
Every Occasion is a Flower Occasion!
Fresh cut bouquets and a variety of flower arrangements in traditional, modern and even whimsical designs allow you to express yourself on any occasion although the most popular include Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and birthdays.
Even if it’s not an official occasion you can pick up a single stem or a bunch of fresh flowers to brighten any room or make any day special.
So Which Flower Should I Choose?
If you’re not sure what type of flower to give, ask your florist for assistance. Check out our beautiful flower collections for some great gift ideas! Notice the types of flowers featured for different occasions and times of the year to help you make the perfect choice.
Don’t be afraid to combine blooms to send a bouquet representing all of your emotions. Or, throw symbolism aside and pick the flowers you think the recipient would most enjoy.
To gift or not to gift? That’s a good question!
Whether it’s the friend who regularly pick up your kids, a neighbor who has invited you to dinner or a relative who’s hosted you for an overnight visit - it’s always nice to show your gratitude to anyone who’s done you a favor.
Whatever the occasion, you can’t go wrong with a handwritten thank-you note and perhaps a small gift or token of your appreciation. Here are some suggestions that are sure to please any host/hostess:
Bottle of wine or champagne: If you’re invited to dinner and know your host enjoy a glass of wine or champagne, take along a bottle and make sure you tell them it’s to share later. That way, the hostess won’t feel obligated to serve the beverage during the party.
A gift basket: Fill a basket with gourmet teas, coffees and packaged cookies or biscotti for a yummy indulgence to be enjoyed later.
Flowers: If you’re a dinner guest, you might consider a flower arrangement so that the hostess does not have to stop the meal preparations to arrange flowers. A fresh-cut floral bouquet or arrangement is an excellent way to say thank you to a friend who’s done you a favor.
Soap assortment: If you’re an overnight guest, you can give your hostess an assortment of scented soaps upon your arrival. This is something that most women enjoy but don’t splurge on themselves.
If you’re staying with a friend or relative for a number of days you should offer to treat you host(s) to a nice dinner out. If you’d prefer to wait until you get home, you could send flowers or a gift card to a restaurant along with a thank-you note for their hospitality.
Also, it never hurts to have a few small gifts on hand in case you get a last minute invitation.
It's always a challenge deciding what you should get–or if you should get–a gift for your supervisor. Would it be better to pool your money as a department or recognize the day individually? What's the fine line between showing your appreciation and trying too hard? Here are eight picks that will leave a lasting impression.
Who’s the Boss?
Think about your company culture and boss’s personality. If you work in more of a corporate environment or if your boss keeps a sparse, almost impersonal office, then stick with more traditional gifts You don’t want to gift your boss something that’s not their style or something they wouldn’t have use for, which might put them in the uncomfortable situation of feeling like they have to keep it on display. On the other hand, gifting your boss something you know they would appreciate and use, but wouldn’t necessarily buy for themselves–always a nice and thoughtful surprise!
If donning a suit would elicit stares and Converse sneakers are the unofficial office uniform, consider a quirky desk accessory. But keep it work-appropriate no matter how casual your office is. Even if your boss is the team jokester, you don’t want to give them the wrong impression. Avoid the usual taboo watercooler topics like sex, politics, age, etc.
Make it a Team Effort
Boss’s Day can be an awkward occasion for many and it’s often a big relief for the group (and the boss too) if everyone just passes the envelope, puts in what they can and gets one gift certificate or gift basket from the team. If your team likes to eat lunch together, consider taking out the boss or ordering lunch in so everyone can enjoy.
The More the Merrier
Boss’s Day is to honor your direct supervisor. If you report to more than one person, keep the gifts equal and simple. Consider flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries, or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop as a collaborative present among coworkers. Again, the key here is not leaving anyone out, but to show recognition and appreciation. If you and your boss don’t have the best relationship, then simply pass a card around the department. But the last thing you want to happen is have the way you observe the day negatively affect your standing with your boss!