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?

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!

Starting the Summer Right

feb25p1Summer is full of reasons to celebrate with flowers. This is the start of a busy wedding season plus events, birthdays, anniversaries, and new babies. Plus, there is Fourth of July all of which can be enhanced with the beauty of flowers. Here are some of our summer flower selections.

It’s Still National Rose Month

Each year, the month of June is designated as National Rose Month. There are still a few days left to celebrate this occasion by checking out our selection of premium, high-quality roses in a range of colors, sizes, and designs. We can create an arrangement with everything from one to multiple dozens of roses in hues of yellow, red, pink, white and lavender.jan20p3

Summer Selections of Flowers and Gifts

To celebrate the arrival of summer, we have put together a delightful selection of summer flower arrangements and gifts for you to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites:

  • A favorite summer flower among our customers and our staff is the sunflower, so we are excited they are here and we are adding them to many of our floral designs as well as offering them on their own.
  • Victorian Summer is a garden style, vintage arrangement with stunning colors and blooms arranged in a tall glass vase.
  • When life gives you lemons, we suggest getting this unique flower arrangement called Life’s Lemonade, which features a vase full of sliced lemons along with brilliant and bold yellow flowers in an array of varieties.teacherp1
  • Our Gerbera Summer highlights the bold colors of gerbera daisies in an arrangement served up in a tall vase.
  • Summer Sherbet is a sweet arrangement in a short vase with bursts of brilliant colors and plenty of greenery.
  • One of the more elegant summer flower arrangements we offer is Heavenly Dreams, which includes white lilies, blue delphinium, and purple and green blossoms for a stunning look.

A great summer gift item is our Sweet Squeeze Package. This lemonade gift includes a gift set to enjoy and refresh over the summer months. The gift set comes with a natural lemonade mix made with real lemon pulp, a pair of old-fashioned glass mugs, and vintage paper straws.teacherp4

Lastly, the Fresh and Fruity Gift Tower contains a delicious combination of the sweetest and juiciest pears, apples, and oranges as well as such savory treats as cheese, crackers, summer sausage, hot and sweet mustard and assorted California nuts. Also included are some tempting fruit candies.

Flowers for Those “Just Because” Occasions

march26p1While gifts of flowers are often associated with a special occasion, such as a holiday or celebration like a birthday or anniversary, they are also a great idea when you want to do something “just because” you want to show your love for a friend, a partner, a sibling, a child or family member. It might even be a “just because” gift for a colleague or client.march26p2

The fact that you don’t have a specific occasion to send these flowers makes it extra special and a wonderful surprise that your recipient will never forget.

To help you pick out that perfect “Just Because” flower arrangement to give as a gift, we have a special section on our website full of ideas under the category of Just Because. It includes almost 90 different flower arrangement products to choose from, including every variety, color, size and price under the sun.

Here are some of our favorites that also illustrate the great range of possibilities for that “Just Because” flower arrangement:march26p3

  • Luscious Lavender includes lavender roses and Silvery Dusty Miller, which are showcased in a lush garden style cube arrangement.
  • Exotic Beauty is a beautiful, modern, and exotic design that features a lovely Cymbidium orchid resting on a pedestal surrounded by clear marbles.
  • A Daisy Delight is a great reminder that spring is here with beautiful blooms in many bright, sunny colors arranged in a clear glass bubble bowl.march26p4
  • Aster Spring Garden is another delightful spring flower arrangement that showcases many spring flowers, including Gerbera daisies, fragrant stock, and wax flower in a tall, clear glass vase.
  • Floral Fantasia is an extravagant flower arrangement with hot pink and lavender roses, pink and green hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids and viburnum, and purple tulips arranged in a cylinder vase lined with aspidistra leaves.march26p5

If you don’t see anything that fits what you are looking for among our floral designs, we can also customize a flower arrangement just for you. Come into any of our Albuquerque flower shops to learn more and work one-on-one with our talented floral design staff to create that Just Because flower gift together.

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.

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

Focus on Freshness and Quality – The Hallmarks of Peoples Flowers

teacherp2Whether you are buying flowers or a gift basket for a loved one or colleague or you are just treating yourself to a green plant, blooming plant, or floral bouquet, you want to get as long a life from it to not only enjoy it, but you also want to get value for your money.

You Get What You Pay For

Although many people jump at flowers found at the grocery store or through online-only discount florists because they are on a tight budget and the price seems right. However, the saying, you get what you pay for, does apply here.Brom Garden

You Get More than What You Pay For

To get the freshest flowers possible as well as long-lasting green plants and fresh gift baskets full of fresh fruit and gourmet food, you actually do not have to spend much more than the prices found on these discount sites.

That’s because no matter which floral arrangement, plant, or gift basket you choose from Peoples Flower Shops of Albuquerque, you can be sure it will be the highest quality and the freshest possible.     nutritionP3

Our focus on quality and freshness has never wavered from our original philosophy developed when we opened in 1944. It has worked for decades and we are not about to change it now to turn a fast profit.

After all, these long-standing hallmarks have earned us a growing customer base of loyal clients who have continued to select us as their florist of choice for quality, freshness, value and personal service.

It is this focus on freshness and quality that has also garnered us local awards as the favorite flower shop in Albuquerque as well as helped us gain the position of “Preferred Florist” in a national network of award-winning florists who share the same hallmarks of quality, freshness, value and exceptional service.gerberap4

We are so sure of our freshness and quality that we have continually provided our satisfaction guarantee. Since 1944, our guaranteed satisfaction offer covers everything we sell. Whether you have purchased plants, flowers, or gift baskets, if you are dissatisfied, simply return it for replacement, exchange, or refund.

If you have not given us a try, please visit one of our many locations in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area or try our online store to experience freshness, quality, and value in one florist.

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!

Sending the Ultimate Thank You

TY2We often spend a lot of time stressing over the gift giving season — who to get what and such. You aren’t alone either as others all over are too looking for that gift that is just a perfect fit yet is not always easily found.

Though when you do find it, you know it and after that nothing is really better than the surprised expression a thoughtful gift leaves on a loved one’s face.

So what happens when you unwrap one such present? It is bound to happen at least once every year. That one present that tugs on your heart just a little harder than the others — the one that may just bring a tear to your eyes is one that finds its place a little closer to your heart than the others. So what do you do with that one special gift?TY1

The Importance of a Thank You

Big or small, any gift you get deserves a thank you. Whether you say it once, send a card, or write out a sentimental letter explaining how much you love it, when you get a gift it is important to say thank you. Now though we aren’t talking about just any gift — we are talking about that one very special gift and with these we believe that saying thank you is only the beginning.

The Thank You Gift

While you won’t find yourself moved to do this for every gift, but like we said there might be just the one. With that one gift, you should not only be openly expressive of your thanks but should also do a little more for the person at a later time.

Below we have prepared a list of thoughtful thank you ideas that are sure to delight:

  • Flowers: After all, we are a florist and with our great holiday sales going on, there isn’t a better time to give thanks with flowers. Take any one of our handpicked and designed bouquets or arrangements and you will surely pleasantly surprise anyone with your thank you.
  • Wine: There is just something about the holidays and wine that goes together. If you want to especially thank someone this holiday season, why not try wine or maybe even invite them to a tasting? Be sure that they actually like wine first of course.
  • Craft: A craft is an inexpensive and personal way to say thanks to anyone. Not to mention that the options for this choice are literally endless.
  • Gift Basket: A gift basket is also a generous way to say thank you for that special gift.
  • Handwritten Note: In the digital age of emails, texts, and posts, getting a handwritten card says you are truly thankful because you took the time to compose something on paper.TY3

Giving thanks this holiday season is one of the best gifs you can give to loved ones!