Celebrating Albuquerque’s Best Bosses

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In 1958, Patricia Bays Haroski had an idea which she felt would bring employers and employees closer together. As an employee at State Farm Insurance in Chicago, Haroski felt that her boss, and other bosses like him, deserved recognition for all of their hard work and dedication. Four years after filing her idea with the U.S. Department of Commerce. Illinois governor Otto Kerner made the day official.

Fun Fact: Haroski’s boss was her father, and National Boss’s Day is observed on his birthday.  (October 16)

Peoples Flowers is Albuquerque’s premiere choice for flowers, plants and gifts for every occasion. If you have a great boss who you appreciate, come take a look at our selection. Continue reading

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.

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

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!

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

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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.

10 Things You Didn’t Expect to Find in a Flower Shop

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Find gorgeous gifts of all kinds at Peoples.

When you step into a Peoples store, you are surrounded by the delights of fresh flowers, bouquets, and custom arrangements. But that’s not all you’ll find. From dainty ceramic blue birds to stained glass to fountains of green ivy, Peoples is the answer to all your gift and decor desires.

1. Candles
Enjoy the warm glow of scented candles when you shop for Bridgewater Candles at Peoples. We carry any array of soothing, spicy, and floral-scented candles in colors to match your mood and decor. With their universal appeal, candles make gift shopping easy.

2. Garden decor
Peoples Flower Shops is a celebration of all things floral. That means our stores also carry decor for your own garden or for giving as gifts. For example, a bronzed metal sun will truly light up your yard no matter the weather.

3. Silk flowers
Silk flowers aren’t just for hobby and craft stores. Peoples carries a colorful selection of high-quality silk flowers for long-lasting, low-maintenance decorating. These are the perfect solution for people with allergies or anyone who needs a durable alternative to real flowers.

4. Ceramics
Peoples stocks colorful ceramic items, whether it’s a whimsical bluebird or a unique vase to hold your flowers. You are sure to find something irresistible.

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We carry decor for inside and outside.

5. Interior decorations
When you’re looking for a way to personalize your home, come get some fresh ideas at Peoples. From ornate plant stands to tall decorative vases, we have interior decor items that will tickle your fancy. Browse our stores to discover a delightful selection to beautify the home.

6. Unusual Gifts
When you want to add some oomph to your gift-giving plans, stop by Peoples. Pick out a bouquet and then add even more flair with a beautiful bird gift box or adorable stuffed animal. We have gifts to fit every personality.

7. Edibles
Chocolates and flowers go hand-in-hand when it comes to classic gift ideas. Peoples has partnered with local candy maker Buffet’s for a selection of outstanding chocolates. We don’t just cater to sweet tooths. Order gifts packages ranging from lobsters to steaks to hot sauce collections to college survival kits through our website.

8. Stained glass
You probably didn’t expect to find a stunning stained glass peacock in a flower shop, but it’s one of many unusual gifts and decor items we have at Peoples.

9. House plants
Healthy house plants add life and fun to any home. Peoples always carries a wide variety of plants that can thrive inside. Choose from gorgeous greenery or flowering plants that bring cheer to any room. Check out our tips for keeping your flowering plants happy and blooming for a long time.

10. Gift baskets
Albuquerque relies on Peoples Flower Shops for bouquets, but we’re also a top resource for gift baskets of all kinds. From personal “thank-yous” to business gifts, we have a the perfect basket to get your message across. Got a golfing dad? Try our Only Fore Dad Golf Tray.  Got a special lady in mind? Check out our Mandarin Spa BasketCome into our stores to customize a one-of-a-kind gift basket.

Chill Out in the Hot Summer with Cool Gifts from Peoples Flowers

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Revel in summer with a sunflower bouquet.

Summer is in full swing in New Mexico. Albuquerque temperatures are in the 90s and the monsoon rains aren’t quite enough to quench our thirst for cool during the long, hot days. There are a lot of ways to chill out during high temperatures. Crank up the swamp cooler. Turn on the air conditioning. Make some iced tea. Then, browse Peoples Flower Shops’ collection of cool summer gifts online or in-store.

Cool off with Green Plants
Summer is associated with hot colors like red, yellow and orange. Cool off your senses by delving into the world of green plants. We offer many different sizes of plants, whether you’re looking for a small basket of greenery to place on a desk or a large indoor plant that will make a statement. The rounded leaves of the Schefflera plant make for a great accent piece to remind you of cooler days and the abundant green of spring.

You can go green and still have a splash of accent color when you choose a Bromeliad. This tropical plant combines long leaves with a spike of color rising from the center. It’s a long-lasting gift that features both the cool green of fresh foliage and the bright orange-red of summer. Green plants are a lovely way to add to your personal collection of houseplants, but they also make great gifts for budding green thumbs. They are a welcome business gift, bringing liveliness and verdant colors to any office environment.

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Feel the heat with our spicy Bucket of Fire.

Embrace the Heat
A lot of New Mexicans love the warm weather and hot chiles of the Land of Enchantment. We’ve heard that eating hot foods makes you sweat…and that in turn cools you off. Test that theory with our Summer Heat Bucket of Fire. This silver bucket is full of fiery treats like special hot sauces and crunchy snacks with a spicy kick. Summer time is also grilling time. Bring a wow factor to any backyard barbeque with Peoples’ Maine Tails & Filet Mignon package full of four fresh Maine lobster tails and four filets.

Now that your taste buds are tingling, excite your eyes with an arrangement from our collection of summer flowers. If you’re looking to tailor a gift package or arrangement for a summer birthday or wedding, our design professionals can create the perfect custom package. From delightful sunflowers to the cool, fresh blooms of our Victorian Summer bouquet, Peoples has your every mood and occasion covered.

Summer Gifts for Seasonal Fun
Green plants, spicy taste treats and buoyant bouquets are just some of the cool summer gifts Peoples has to offer. We invite you to come by any of our Albuquerque area locations in Nob Hill, Downtown, the Northeast Heights and Far North on Montgomery. We have an outstanding selection of summer gifts ranging from yard art to home decor and the freshest seasonal flowers for custom bouquets. No matter what the thermometer says, you’ll be the coolest person around when you give a gift from Peoples.