Fantastic Gifts For Fantastic Women

May is a big month for women; we’ve got Mother’s Day, National Nurses Day and National Teachers Day all in the first couple of weeks. Since these last two reflect fields mostly dominated by women, we can safely say that this is really a time to appreciate and honor the strongest women in our lives. Peoples Flower Shops thinks these super ladies should be feted and thanked all year long, but this is definitely the moment to make your gratitude concrete. We’ve come up with two ideal gifts for the women who educate, nurture, protect and otherwise empower the rest of us.

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3 Smart Gifts From Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our Holiday Gift Guide – basically our online version of Santa’s workshop – is chock full of everything from bold blooms to winter greens. We’ve got plants and wreaths and centerpieces; we’ve even provided our elegant silk flower work, a nod to the luxe textures and fabrics of the season.

But we at People’s Flower Shops want to highlight something that is just as colorful, abundant and gift-worthy as our floral designs and winter bloomers – and you can eat it, too. We’r’e talking about our collection of holiday gift baskets, and you’re going to want to take a look (and a bite) at of them.

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Delicious College Care Packages for Your Student

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College students around the country are returning to campus this month, settling into dorm rooms and facing a new year of challenges. Although they may be out from under your roof, you can still make sure that they know how much you care for them, with delicious college care packages from Peoples Flowers.

Every student is different – but no matter what type of food your student prefers, we have the perfect gourmet gift basket for them. If they are still local to the Albuquerque area, the Survival Kit collection may be just the right choice. Cookies, candy, crackers, and caffeine join forces to give students the energy boost they need, all in easy to carry snacks sizes and delivered locally the same day. If the way to a teenager’s heart is their stomach, they are sure to love you for this! college care packages

For those whose tastes have been a bit more refined, this selection of gourmet cheeses, crackers, and fruit will be just the study aid they need. Generous enough to share with roommates, these snacks will be perfect when writing term papers or cramming for a test.

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College care packages are always eagerly anticipated and appreciated. These gifts are also arranged in baskets that will serve to help organize their dorm room after the food is gone, and make great catch-alls for books, papers or supplies. Whether local here in Rio Rancho or Santa Fe – or across the miles – your student deserves the best. Browse Peoples Flowers’ selection of gift baskets or give us a call to create a customer gift with all their favorite items, and get the school year start off right!

Teacher Gifts to Begin the School Year

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Very often we give teacher gifts at the end of a long school year. It seems only fitting, after all, to reward hard working educators for successfully making it all the way through – teaching is not an easy job! But knowing how much effort and dedication that they exhibit every day, we think that teacher gifts should be given at the beginning of the year. This thoughtful gesture will convey your appreciation, support, and encouragement.

 

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This late summer flower arrangement is just one of our back to school teacher gifts. Rustic and natural, this design is suited well for the teacher’s desk, or for them to bring home to adorn their own decor. Either way, the beautiful bouquet looks back just one last time at summer before we move forward into the new year.

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Most people agree that one of the best ways to unwind after a long day is to put your feet up and light a scented candle. We have a wide selection of WoodWick and Bridgewater candles that are sure to bring soothing relaxation after a long day in the classroom.

We recommend sending these delicious teacher gifts before the children even return to school. As teachers, administrators and staff put final touches on their preparations for the first day of school, our gourmet gift baskets will be the hit of the teacher’s lounge! Choose from meats and cheeses, fruits or chocolate – but make sure there is enough to share. Not only will you get their school year off to a great start, but you just may be the favorite parent this year.  Simply choose your basket, and we’ll make sure it gets there.

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With school starting in Albuquerque in the next few weeks, now is the time to order. We love the idea of bringing a smile to the faces of these committed professionals who invest so much of themselves into our children. How can we help you to say thank you?

Back to School Gifts and Flowers

back to schoolIt is hard to believe that the summer is half over for school and college kids. While the kids may not want to think about going back to school yet, parents will certainly be concerned about everything from getting their college age kids off to school with everything they need, and making sure that the kids still at home are prepared for school. Sometimes schools have open houses so that parents can get to meet their children’s teachers. We think that it’s important to recognize the things that students may worry about when returning to school, and show their kids’ teachers or guidance counselors, their gratitude. All of us at People’s Flowers believe that regardless of the message you want to convey, “Flowers say it all.”

We hope you agree with our belief that the school year will start out with a huge bang when you give flowers and gifts. We have some suggestions that we hope will inspire or help you as you shop for back to school gifts for the important people in your life, and in your child’s life.

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Cyclamen

Your child’s teacher will appreciate your kindness when you present him or her with a Cyclamen plant. This lush flowering plant has dark green heart-shaped leaves that have silver markings near the edge of each leaf. The flowers have five petals that resemble the wings of a butterfly. The plant has flowers in a variety of colors including deep pink, lavender, red, white, and a bi-colored variety whose flowers have a darker colored circle at the center of the petals.

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Bromeliad Plant

A Bromeliad Plant will brighten any dorm or bedroom, classroom or living space. This dramatic tropical plant looks very exotic. These plants are often found in tropical rainforests. When you want a plant that doesn’t require a lot of care, but yields huge rewards, while leaving a lasting impression on the person who receives it, you can’t go wrong with a beautiful Bromeliad. They come in a variety of colors, depending on what is available when you buy it.

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Survival Kit

If you have a child who is away at college, you can really surprise them and give them something they’ll appreciate when you send our Survival Kit. A care package that is full of his or her favorite treats will earn you a grade of A+. The basket is filled with sodas, chips, cookies, candy, and popcorn. Any college kid will be thrilled to receive a care package that will help them keep up their energy during late night study sessions.

 

Celebrating Father-in-Laws and Friends

bossp1With July coming to a close there are still a few days left to celebrate two special days – Father-in-Law Day and International Friendship Day. Both of these fall on July 30th and celebrate those special people in your life that are there to listen, support, and encourage. Now is the time to celebrate them and let them know just how much you appreciate them in your life.

We’ve put together a short list of gift ideas for both special days. Here is just a taste of what we offer so you’ll want to come visit our Albuquerque flower shops or shop online.

Gift Ideas for the Father-in-Law

From food to plants and flowers, there is something for every special bonus dad:zoom_bromeliadgarden120410105715

  • The Maine Lobster Gram Seafood Bake is overflowing with seafood, including two lobster tails along with mussels, scallops, corn, potatoes and garlic butter sauce.
  • An All-American favorite is a homemade apple pie that oozing with apples, sugar, and a buttery crust.
  • The Bromelaid Garden combines flowers and plants with a flowering plant that features bold colors.
  • The Schefflera Plant is a lush green plant that is perfect indoors at home or the office.

We also have many masculine flower arrangements as well as other plants, gourmet food, and gift baskets for that special father-in-law.

Gift ideas for Friends

Gifts for friends really depend on their taste preferences, but here are some general ideas that illustrate the range of what we have to offer for International Friendship Day:

  • Orchids in decorative containers come in a wide range of colors and container choices.foodp2
  • Our Gerbera Daisy flower arrangement is a perfect summer choice as it comes in a vibrant array of colors within a glass bubble bowl.
  • Among our delicious food gifts is the Drizzle Layer Cake, which is a vanilla layer cake with chocolate mousse filling that is topped with vanilla buttercream frosting and chocolate drizzles.
  • Another sweet treat is our Devilishly Delicious Chocolate-Covered Cookies, which are cream-filled sandwich cookies that are covered in either milk or white chocolate.
  • Our Dazzler flower arrangement is a colorful array of flowers in purple, pink, yellow and red.tropicalp3

Deliveries for Special People

We deliver throughout Albuquerque, New Mexico as well as across the United States. Order now so you can celebrate these two special days!

Time to Pamper Yourself Now that the Holidays are Over

jan1p1While the holidays are fun and usually involve some time off from work, they can still be exhausting. With the start of the new year comes many resolutions that tend to focus on taking better care of yourself, including losing weight, exercising more, eating better and balancing out life for more personal time.

One way to start the year off right is to treat yourself to a great gift from People’s Flower Shops. One of our favorite and most requested items from our gift collection is our spa themed basket called Orchid Sensation Gift Box.jan1p2

In this special pampering basket you will find floral inspired scents of vanilla orchids. The spa products include body butter, body lotion, shower gel and vanilla orchid body soap. You will also find a shower loofah as well as a box of English tea cookies.

After trying all these products and relaxing in a robe with a tea or coffee and the cookies, you will be sure to feel rejuvenated and re-energized.jan1p4

We also have other gift baskets, including a soothing olive oil gift basket.

This pampering gift basket includes naturally moisturizing organic olive oil spa products presented in a faux birch basket and tied with a beautiful green bow.

The gift basket includes deep moisturizing olive oil lotion, organic olive oil shower gel, organic olive oil moisturizing body lotion, a beautiful pear shaped candle, organic sparkling pear soda, spiced pear tea and Beth’s organic shortbread cookies.

You can also take our spa gift baskets and plan a small in-home spa party with friends so everyone can feel pampered, including going manicures, pedicures, and facials while enjoying time with friends.

The gift baskets make a nice take home present from the spa party. You can also give one of our spa baskets as a birthday, bridal shower, or baby shower gift to friends or loved ones that could also use a little pampering in the new year!jan1p3

Other pampering ideas from our gift collection include getting baskets of healthy fresh fruit delivered to your home or office. These are a great way to commit to your resolution of healthy eating in 2014!

Gift Baskets for Every Occasion

giftp2There’s never a wrong time to give a gift basket. In fact, just about every occasion imaginable would be enhanced by giving a gift basket of gourmet food, fresh fruit, or other thoughtful items. From birthdays and anniversaries to welcome baby and get well to thoughts of love or a just because, gift baskets can provide the perfect message whether it is for an individual, team, department or group.

Our blog post this week provides some great gift basket ideas for all those special occasions. And, not all of our gifts come in an actual basket – some come in boxes and others in towers – but that doesn’t mean they can’t be counted as show-stopping gifts that your recipients will be sure to love!giftp4

Gift Ideas for Women

We have a range of food and non-food themed gifts and gift baskets for women that are sure to please. Here are just a few of the great ideas:

  • Red velvet cake bites
  • Farmer’s Market fruit and cheese basket
  • Spa and lotion baskets
  • Food and plant basket
  • Organic olive oil gift basket
  • Chocolate dipped pears

Gift Ideas for Men

Let’s not leave the guys out who also have birthdays, job promotions, and other occasions to celebrate. Here are some great ideas from our collection of gifts and gift baskets for the guys in your life:giftp3

  • Maine Lobster Gram
  • Garlic and wine clams
  • Harborside soup sampler
  • Cookies and brownies
  • Junk food survival gift basket
  • Fruit and cheese baskets
  • Surf and Turf selections

Other Gift Ideas

A number of our gift boxes, baskets, and towers can make for the perfect care packages for a range of situations:

  • Get Well care package
  • College care package
  • Baby arrival care package
  • New parent survival care package

For example, our Get Well Care Package contains a family sized (64 oz.) jar of handcrafted chicken noodle soup, a stainless steel ladle, 6 made from scratch rolls, 6 oatmeal raisin cookies, healing teas and cozy socks. Who wouldn’t want to get that?!giftp1

Same Day Delivery for Gifts and Gift Baskets

Our same day delivery area for gifts and gift baskets includes Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Cedar Crest, Corrales, Los Lunas, Placitas, Rio Rancho and Westside. Even if you just remembered a special occasion or want to treat a loved one spontaneously, take advantage of our same day service.

Start Your New Eating Plan during National Nutrition Month

nutritionP4nutritionP3Everyone needs a little push toward a healthier lifestyle and January’s resolutions may already have been forgotten. However, here is another occasion that might be a place to start – March is National Nutrition Month, according to Eat Right Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Eating Right the Informed Way

With just a week left in the month, there is no time like right now to start making those small changes that can end up becoming a dramatic lifestyle shift toward eating right, sleeping more, exercising daily and balancing your life.

Now in its 40th year, this year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The focus this year is on showing people that eating right is not a regimented plan with only specific menus to choose from; it’s about personalizing good eating habits – the right foods and the right portion of that food.

nutritionP2This is so you can still eat what you personally like but do include enough fruits and vegetables to give your body the fuel it needs to achieve optimum health, energy, and happiness.

Making Better Choicies

And, eating right doesn’t mean going without; it just means balancing out all foods across the various categories and including more fresh fruit and vegetables while keeping carbs, good fats, and sodium on the menu but in much smaller quantities.

It is about making informed choices and switching out trips through the drive-thru and donuts at the coffee shop for a better meal or snack.

Our Bountiful Selection

At Peoples Flowers Shops, we are doing our part to help you eat better and deliver delicious, healthy gift basket selections to your friends, family, and colleagues. We are adding new selections as we find exceptional partners who can bring us the freshest fruit possible, including organic selections. Our gift baskets offer all types of fruit, artisanal cheese, gourmet foods, and, yes, even chocolate (within reason!).nutritionP1

After all, good eating does not mean doing without certain foods; it is simply about balancing out your selection and keeping portion sizes of certain foods to a minimum. A happy, healthy life is not about doing without it; it’s about balance and bountiful choices.

By offering a wider selection of fresh fruit baskets and those with a healthier selection, we are encouraging our customers to reach for what is often quite delicious. As the weather changes and warms up, there is nothing quite as refreshing as a juicy orange, apple, or grapes.

There is never the right moment to get started with small changes to your diet and lifestyle. Just start now with something small and keep it going until you remake your eating choices, your exercise regimen, and your sleep cycle. Just think how you will feel by next March when National Nutrition Month rolls around again and you weigh less, feel better, and smile more brightly!