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?

Time to Celebrate Grandparents Day This Sunday, September 8th

summerp2National Grandparents Day is here and it’s time to celebrate those family members who cherish your kids and most likely shower them with love and gifts as well as provide an excellent mentor for them to look up to. Your parents loved you but they also provide a special love for your children that should be celebrate this weekend and every day for that matter!

Our blog post this week is dedicated to Grandparents Day, including its history, purpose, and gift ideas. Whether near or far, grandparents can enjoy a special day thanks to you, the family, and us at Peoples Flower Shops.

How Grandparents Day Got Started and Why

National Grandparent’s Day was the idea of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade. She decided in 1970 in her home state of West Virginia that grandparents needed a special day just like mothers and fathers already had. She campaigned and got the media to help spread the news signature2that it should become a national day, which came about in 1978. Now, it’s celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day.

McQuade believed that grandparents should be honored and celebrated for what they bring to families and the community, including guidance, experience, and knowledge. It’s a great day to stop and show your appreciation for everything they do and offer every day.

Ideas for Celebrating Grandparents Day

There are many ways to celebrate this Sunday with your grandparents whether you can be together or not.teacherp4

If you can get together, try these ideas:

  • Enjoy a meal together.
  • Take in a show or some type of entertainment.
  • Visit the old neighborhood.
  • Reminisce over old photographs.
  • Sit down and talk about family history and stories.
  • Go shopping.
  • Get pampered.
  • Host a family reunion.
  • Come over and take care of some home repairs or projects.

dadp2If you can’t get together, there are still ways to show them how much you love them:

  • Have the kids make homemade cards or a craft like a frame or garden stone.
  • Take the time to write a letter to let them know how much you love them.
  • Call or Skype them.
  • Send a special gift like flowers, flower arrangement, plant, or gift basket.

If you order anything from our website or store, we can arrange for same day local or national delivery to make sure your gift gets there on time. Call us now to get started to ensure your gift arrives for Grandparents Day. rosesp3

Monday, Sept. 2 is Labor Day! Let Peoples Flower Shops Help with Your Labor Day Get-together, Including Flowers, Plants, and Gifts

signature4As the end of summer, Labor Day weekend is often three days of summer fun that can include everything from a trip to the beach to a backyard barbecue to a block party. This means you will more than likely receive at least one – if not, more – invitations to Labor Day fun or you may be hosting your own Labor Day party to celebrate time off from work.

signature2Whatever the case, Peoples Flower Shops is ready to help you with a summer flower arrangement or gift basket to bring your host or hostess, or we can be your party planner with numerous summer flower centerpieces and summer flower decorations.

Labor Day Flower Ideas

Just because summer is nearly over doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy summer flowers as part of your Labor Day celebration. Whether gifting a flower bouquet or floral arrangement or decorating your house with summer flowers for an intimate Labor Day gathering, Peoples Flower Shops has some stunning, fresh, and affordable summer flowers to enjoy.

Our summer flowers include gerbera daisies, hydrangea, roses, sunflowers and more all in brilliant colors that are bursting with beauty. Check out our Signature Designs, which are only available through our shops thanks to our brilliant floral design team.friendshipp4

We also have some gorgeous flowering plants, including a Bromelaid Garden and Pink Azalea. There are also garden baskets and dish gardens to enjoy or share with friends.

Labor Day Gift Ideas

It’s a great idea to bring a gift basket to a party that can be given to the party host as a thank you or even shared among the guests. Our selection of gift baskets works perfectly well for any type of Labor Day celebration.foodp1

Here are some of the great gift baskets and gift ideas we have in stock now that you can send or bring with your to a Labor Day event:

  • You can take gourmet to the max with our selection of seafood, including lobsters, lobster tails, crab legs, and surf and turf. There are selections of clambakes that are perfect for the beach or a backyard feast.
  • If the main meal is covered, considering arriving with a tempting dessert that will be sure to please all the guests. We have a great selection of chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, caramel apples, cheesecake and more!
  • Keep it fresh and healthy with a basket full of fresh fruit or a gift tower of organic fruit and cheese.teacherp3
  • If you are not sure what to get the host or hostess, we also have gift ideas for men and for women, so you can find the perfect item to say thanks for the Labor Day invite!

 

Back to School! New Teacher Flower & Gift Ideas in Albuquerque

teacherp1School has just arrived or is just days away. Everything is ready except maybe your kids! But, now that school clothes and schools supplies are sorted out, it’s time to think about how to welcome the new teacher and show them how much you appreciate what they do for your child.

teacherp2We’ve put together a few gift and flower ideas for teachers in the Albuquerque area that fit all types of budgets and offer a range of styles and colors to suit every teacher.

Flower Gift Ideas for Teachers

If you do not know the teacher and not sure what type of flowers or floral arrangement they would like, a great place to start is our online flower shop’s top sellers page where you can find our most popular flower arrangements.

This includes our Signature Design series, which are unique to Albuquerque and created by our incredible floral design team. Additionally, we have glass cube arrangements that are perfect for perching on a teacher’s desk or filing cabinet as well as flower baskets that can be displayed in the classroom.teacherp4

Plant Gift Ideas for Teachers

If you are not sure if the new teacher will like flowers, you can opt for a green plant, which adds a bit of nature to the classroom as well as is known to be a healthy addition to any space thanks to the beneficial qualities that plants offer.

teacherp3We have a wide range of green plants that are also designed to last a long time, making it a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year.  Our green plant selection includes succulents, blooming plants, and dish gardens.

Other Gift Ideas for Teachers

Another great option to welcome the new teacher is a gift of gourmet food or a gift basket overflowing with different goodies. The possibilities are endless and provide a great way to personalize each teacher gift you hand out this year. We have fresh fruit baskets, junk food baskets, coffee baskets, assortments of different sweet and savory gifts, delicacies and chocolates, and gourmet food like lobster tails and steak.teacherp5

We have created separate online shopping areas that also provide gift ideas for women and gift ideas for men that include non-food items and may be appealing when you do not know what type of food your child’s teacher prefers.

We’ve also got balloons and cards, which are a fun and thoughtful way to let the teacher know that you are looking forward to working with them on making your child a success.

Reasonably Priced, High-Quality Flowers? Yes, it is Possible and True!

fresh1You’ve heard the saying that if it is probably seems too good to be true, then it probably is – well, that seems to apply to so much today when it comes to working with a product or service-based company.fresh2

With all the ads online that pop up telling us we have won the latest and greatest phone or video game system, it is kind of a wonder why anyone could ever fall for such a ruse.

And, when it seems like there is a real deal on a product or service, we jump at the chance because the economy has us in a grip where we have less money than ever before to spend.

So, instead of thinking it through many of us may have bought cheap items only to realize that you get what you pay for and that it was too good to be true.

Flowers are Expensive

One area that many of you may have cut back in is buying fresh flowers. And, when you see ones advertised for cheap, you wonder if they are the real deal. 

As a flower shop, this has come to our attention because we have seen many second rate florists are advertising online specials for elegant bouquets with starting prices in the range of only $19.95. This is a prime example of if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is because, as it turns out, they are not elegant bouquets at all.fresh4

These are bare minimum bouquets that are small and certainly not fresh. Sometimes, it even turns out to be a scam. Some consumers have complained that these companies have even been known to deliver the flowers a few days late or not at all.

fresh3If the flowers arrive late, not only will your loved one be disappointed, but it also could be likely that the flowers are not going to be fresh.

Then, these flowers often show up in boxes that take away any of the special or elegant feel rather than coming hand-delivered as if they have just been picked and arranged.

There are many florists out there like this, but luckily there are also just as many quality, family-owned florists out there as well. At Peoples Flowers, you can always expect our bouquets and floral arrangements to be fresh and of the highest quality.

Don’t be fooled by scammers making promises they can’t keep because if it’s too good to be true, it probably is! Instead, choose a local florist who provides exceptional value as well as the freshest flowers possible!

Celebrate Mother-in-Law Day with Gifts and Flowers from Peoples

Dazzler bouquet

A bouquet is a classic gift.

We’ve all heard mother-in-law jokes, but there’s at least one very big reason to be grateful for your mother-in-law. If it weren’t for her, you wouldn’t have your lovely spouse in your life. That alone is a great reason to celebrate Mother-In-Law Day on Sunday, October 28.

Guess what? The majority of mothers-in-law actually get along just fine with their daughters-in-law. A survey by ThirdAge last year checked in with 1,868 mothers-in-law and 2,000 daughters-in-law about what they think of each other. The survey found more than 60 percent of of mothers-in-laws consider their son’s wife to be a friend, the right woman for their son, or like a daughter.

We already have a Mother’s Day, so why do we have a day for mothers-in-law, too? Mothers-in-law often get overlooked by their daughters-in-law and sons-in-law on Mother’s Day. Mothers-in-law are often there to watch the kids when you need them. They can be a great source of wisdom. They may be the one person in the world who knows your spouse as well or better than you do. So let’s raise a cheer for mothers-in-law and celebrate them on October 28.

Show your Appreciation
If you haven’t celebrated Mother-In-Law day before, now is a great time to start with making it an annual family tradition. Since Mother-In-Law day isn’t as widely known as Mother’s Day, you’ll likely be giving your mother-in-law an unexpected and delightful surprise when you give her flowers or a gift. If you already have a good relationship, it will make your bond even better. If you’ve maybe had a few rocky places along the way, it will help smooth things over for the future.

Flowers are a classic gift. It’s hard to go wrong with any bouquet, but it’s especially sweet if you take the time to select flowers that are meaningful for her. If you’re not sure where to start, try to sneak in a word with your father-in-law. Your spouse may also remember if she has a favorite flower. Use this as the centerpiece for a beautiful bouquet.

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The kiwi spa basket.

Give your Mother-in-Law a Spa Day
After all those times your mother-in-law saved the day by watching the grand-kids, why not express your appreciation with a spa basket? These specialty gift baskets from Peoples come in several different flavors. Choose from Kiwi Melon, Orchid Sensation, or Fresh Fruit. Even better, our Fresh Fruit and Spa basket is organic! It comes with apples, oranges, pears, and organic green tea. Rosemary mint hand wash, soap, and moisturizing cream round out the spa side.

Order for Anywhere
Still looking for gift inspiration? Come on into any of Peoples Flowers locations to see our fresh, seasonal flowers and explore our collection of fun and unique gifts in the store. Does your mother-in-law live somewhere else? No problem. Peoples Flowers can deliver almost anywhere in the United States. Check out our selection of online gift and bouquet ideas for women.

Celebrate Boss’s Day with a Special Delivery from Peoples

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Give your boss a striking plant for Boss’s Day.

Administrative Professionals Day on the third Thursday of April often gets a lot of attention. Did you know there’s also a special day set aside for honoring employers? That day is Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Boss’s Day is officially celebrated on October 16 every year, but if that happens to fall on a weekend, then it automatically moves to the closest working day. That’s not an issue this year, since the 16th is a Tuesday.

Now is the time to plan how to honor your employer. Since bouquets are traditional on Administrative Professionals Day, why not return the favor for Boss’s Day? Peoples Flowers has bouquets and gifts that will make your boss smile.

Why we have Boss’s Day

Boss’s Day has been around since 1958. It was first officially recognized in Illinois in 1962 and has since spread around the country and even internationally. It’s a way to thank employers for the good work they do year-round. It’s also a great way to honor fairness and strong leadership skills. If you have a boss you really like, then take advantage of this special day to say “thank you.”

Bouquets for your Boss
Peoples knows every employer is different. Browse our website or talk to us about a custom arrangement made to fit the personality of your boss. Does he like to take vacations in Hawaii? Remind him of good times with the Hawaiian Bliss bouquet. Do you have a boss who is fun-loving? The Just Happy arrangement says it all. Is she passionate about purples? Then a Luscious Lavender bouquet will make her day.

For a fun twist, come into any of Peoples Flower Shops’ convenient Albuquerque locations and bring a copy of your business logo. We can put together a special bouquet to match your company’s colors. This would make a great centerpiece for a surprise party or celebratory lunch on Boss’s Day.

Luscious Lavender

This is a memorable bouquet for Boss’s Day.

If you want something longer-lasting than a flower arrangement, then check out People’s extensive selection of green plants. These are a great way to brighten up the office environment year-round. For a real wow factor, look to a Croton plant. These stunning plants are easy to care for and have shades of yellow, orange, and red tucked in with the green. It will look great on a desk or in the corner of your boss’s office.

Gifts for Bosses
Your boss might have a sweet tooth or a penchant for stockpiling fresh fruit in the lunch lounge. We have gift baskets full of edibles that will delight your boss’s taste buds. From steaks and seafood to chocolates and cookies, we’ve got you covered. Browse our bright ideas for woman and gentlemen online or check out our wide selection of creative and unexpected gifts in our stores. A good boss makes going to work every day fun and meaningful. Take a moment on October 16 to say, “Thank you!”

Holiday shopping is coming! Get it done with Peoples’ Mobile App

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Floralapp on iPhone

It’s late September. That means we’re right around the corner from a whole slew of holidays. Halloween is first up. After that, we get Thanksgiving. Before you know it, it will be time for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. You probably haven’t started thinking about your holiday shopping list yet. Before you spend too much time fretting about the perfect gifts, download People’s mobile application and take all the worry out of the hectic holiday shopping times.

Get the App
Connecting with Peoples Flower Shops on your smartphone or tablet is as easy as pumpkin pie. It’s available for both iPhone and Android devices. Visit the app store for your mobile device and search for “Floralapp.” Download the app and start it up. Enter the keyword “PEOPLES” to get connected to Peoples Flowers. Alternately, just go to this page and follow the links.

You will be given the opportunity to create a profile or log in to an existing profile. This profile helps make ordering fast and easy. That’s especially smart when you’re running short on time right before a birthday or holiday and need a last-minute gift.

App Features
Great, you’ve got the app. What can you do with it? Browse bouquets, search for gifts and view specials. Check out the categories for quick access to gifts and flowers that are perfect for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. There’s even a section for business gifts, so you can get timely and appropriate thank-yous out to your clients or employees. You can even order corsages and other wearable flowers right through the app. Keep that in mind if you have fall or winter wedding plans.

Large photos make it easy to see what you’re shopping for and find the perfect gift. Keep an eye on the coupon and special offers section for the latest deals. Add a custom touch by choosing balloons, stuffed animals or chocolates for your order. You will have the opportunity to include a personalized message for the recipient.

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Peoples’ app is available for both iPhone and Android.

Your Holiday Helper
Peoples’ mobile app is like having a shopping elf on your side. You can avoid slogging through mall parking lots or getting lost in an unending maze of online stores. Just fire up your mobile app and take care of all your personal or business gift needs. Whether you’re looking for a romantic bouquet of roses or a playful gourmet food basket, we’ve got you covered. It’s also great for procrastinators who find the holidays are sneaking up on them faster than expected.

Convenient Ordering
Peoples Flowers Shops has been in business since 1944. We offer the same outstanding customer service that we always have, but we have consistently added the latest technologies to make buying bouquets and gifts easy for our customers. Come into our stores, visit our website, or order on your mobile phone. No matter which way you order, you will still get the finest flowers and gifts in New Mexico.

Discover the Beautiful Blooms of September

Englsh Breakfast bouquet

Enjoy the colors of early fall.

We tend to think of spring as prime time for flowers, but fall has its own special mix of elegant and exuberant blooms. September, in particular, is a great month for seasonal specials. You might be surprised at the number and variety of flowers that are showing off in late summer and early fall. Follow along as we tiptoe through some of our favorite September seasonal blooms.

Romantic Roses
Many roses go through two blooming cycles during the year, a major bloom in spring and then a smaller, but just as lovely, bloom in the fall. This means many roses are in season for September. This is great news for anyone planning a fall wedding with a traditional style theme. Romance is year-round! You can also feel good about picking out a selection of seasonal roses to share your love with that special someone.

As September moves along, think about branching out into fall rose colors such as yellow and orange to really celebrate the arrival of autumn. Peoples’ English Breakfast bouquet features a combination of fanciful fall blooms, including yellow roses and hydrangeas.

Dashing Dahlias
Dahlias are a quintessential flower of late summer and early fall. These flowers are very architectural in their shape and come in many different colors, ranging from peppy pink to antique-looking bronze. Dahlias are small wonders of geometry, with each bloom radiating outward in a show of beauty.

A collection of dahlias can make for a truly stunning bridal bouquet for a September wedding. Their shape, strength, and beauty will compliment any dress or decor. Peoples’ experienced wedding consultants can help you track down the perfect dahlias to meld with your wedding theme and colors.

Stargazer bouquet

Hydrangeas make for a gorgeous backdrop for these lilies.

Happy Hydrangeas
Showy hydrangeas are prized for their variety of colors and pom-pom blooms. These fun flowers typically begin blooming in mid-summer and continue into early fall. Hydrangeas can be combined with other flowers to create a unique look that really stands out. Peoples’ Stargazers and Hydrangeas bouquet is a great example of this. The strong lines of the lilies show up in stunning contrast against a canvas of hydrangeas.

Awesome Asters
Asters are a favorite fall plant. These hardy flowers bloom well into autumn. They attract butterflies when planted in a garden, and will be sure to attract your eye when included in a bouquet. Asters are prolific bloomers with small flowers that lend a sense of softness to an arrangement. They are often found in shades of pink, purple and white. Add them as accents to a larger bouquet or enjoy their delicate daisy-like flowers grouped together in a dainty collection.

Get your September Bouquets
Feeling inspired? Drop by any of our Albuquerque-area Peoples Flower Shop locations, visit us online or call us at 800-727-1600 or 505-884-1600 to put together your very own bouquet in celebration of September.

Sparkling Summer Wedding Ideas from Peoples Flower Shops

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Let the colors of summer inspire your wedding decor.

Many couples choose to get married in the bright, warm summer months. It’s a beautiful time of year and you have a good chance of great weather for outdoor nuptials. Get married by a lake or under the climbing roses of the Albuquerque Botanic Garden. The sun will smile on your wedding and your guests will enjoy the fresh air and beauty of your surroundings. Embrace the fun of the season with summer weddings ideas and tips from Peoples Flowers.

Seasonal Sensations
Summer evokes warm shades of yellow, orange and red. Use these cheerful colors to add spice to your ceremony. They can be reflected in the bridesmaids dresses, decorations, and floral arrangements. The abundant fruits and vegetables of the season can give you inspiration for food and cocktails for the reception.

A summer theme wedding might be your cup of tea. Beach and garden themes are fun and allow you to put your own unique stamp on the celebration. Think outside of the box with a desert theme wedding that embraces cacti and the rich reds and ochres of the New Mexico high desert. Use your imagination and tap into your creativity to personalize a summer wedding theme to fit you and your fiance.

Summer Blooms

Gerbera daisies

Use Gerbera daisies for a fun flair.

The flowers of summer are bright and memorable. These include lilies, roses, sunflowers and Gerbera daisies. Daisies can be either dainty or flashy, making them a versatile choice for any summer wedding. Check out examples of Peoples’ daisy arrangements with a peek at our delicate Dashing Daisies and vibrant Gotcha Gerberas.

You can really bring the feel of summer into your celebration with a collection of sunflowers. These make great centerpieces for tables and add a warm flair to accent arrangements at your wedding venue. Stop by any of our Albuquerque metro area locations to see our spectacular summer blooms in person and find inspiration for your own custom floral decor for your wedding.

Remember the Shade
Many couples choose summer weddings for the opportunity to have their ceremony outside. If you’re getting married in New Mexico, that means you may have to contend with high temperatures and the occasional monsoon rain. Don’t let the fickleness of the weather dissuade you from your dream wedding.

You might want to choose a venue that also offers a shaded or rain-protective place to exchange vows should the weather get fussy. Provide guests with parasols or umbrellas to ward against sun or showers. Have lots of cold liquids available to keep everyone hydrated and happy. Lemonade is a refreshing option.

Plan with Peoples
Peoples Flowers can turn your summer wedding dreams into reality with artful arrangements designed just for you. Our experienced wedding floral designers can work with your color palette, track down hard-to-find flowers and deliver delightful bouquets and decorations to your wedding venue. Request an appointment with one of our talented wedding specialists today.