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Flowers on Valentine’s Day is the only cliche we’re not sick of yet. I mean, who doesn’t love getting a gorgeous bouquet they can just stare at all day? While you could pick up flowers at your grocery store, online flower delivery services are an easy way to ensure the special person in your life gets their flowers in time. Plus, there are so many unique services like Bouqs and Floom that make it look like you spent more time and energy to pick out the perfect bloom.
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But before you shop for flowers online, it’s important to note that you usually have two options: boxed or florist-delivered. Boxed flowers typically do not come pre-arranged or fully bloomed, which means you need to do a little work, but they tend to last longer. But if you want your sweetheart to take in all the glory of a fully bloomed bouquet on February 14, then the local florist option is your best bet.
Below, you’ll find 12 highly-rated flower services that should be delivered by Valentine’s Day this year.
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Our favorite: Sweetheart Medley—$64.99
1-800-Flowers is probably one of the OG services that comes to mind when you think about flower delivery. There are a ton of Valentine’s Day bouquets to choose from, as well as gifts like chocolates and teddy bears that your valentine will find especially sweet. Plus, we found that 1-800-Flowers delivers quality bouquets in a timely manner after testing the service ourselves.
One thing to note though: We found that the flowers on the site delivered by local florists were far superior over the ones that come in a box. Those that arrive via florist are nicely arranged and fully bloomed, compared to those that came in a box that you’ll need to clip, feed, and place in a vase—which diminishes the romance when receiving flowers. Plus, with a huge selection from local florists, you’ll be able to find the perfect bouquet for your lover.
Our favorite: Bloomsy Roses Plan—$44.99/month
While BloomsyBox is technically a flower subscription service, you can still buy a one-off bouquet from the site for Valentine’s Day. Or you could just go with the subscription and keep the romance flourishing for months. The flowers are all locally sourced and the site offers an array of bouquets featuring flowers that are in season. When we tested BloomsyBox, we were impressed by their vibrant flowers that arrived on time and lasted for about two weeks. While we haven’t received any of the individual bouquets, if they’re anything like the subscription, your valentine will be wowed.
Our favorite: Love You Forever—$69
Several of my friends and coworkers have boasted about Bouqs’ farm-fresh, eco-friendly flowers. I’ve even sent a lovely bouquet to my parents and they absolutely loved the quality of the flowers. They source from local farms, so you get information about the farm your bouquet came from with each purchase. The site sells individual bouquets, but also offers a flower subscription service (which would also make a great ongoing gift for your valentine) that gives you 30% off your first bouquet. Our executive editor of commerce has been using the service for the past year and is absolutely obsessed. Her mom gets them too and is always sending her pictures and fawning over how beautiful each arrangement is.
4. FTD Flowers
Our favorite: The Valentine Bouquet—$60
From sweet arrangements to chocolate-dipped strawberries, FTD Flowers has pretty much every corner of the Valentine’s Day gift market covered. Whether you’re looking for deals on Valentine’s Day flowers or other gifts, FTD has dozens of options to choose from. FTD bouquets are also arranged by local florists, which is a nice touch. We’re currently testing out the service, and found that they’re absolutely lovely, though come a bit smaller than they appear in the picture.
Aside from ordering your household essentials, you can order your valentine a bouquet of flowers from a local florist at Amazon. The massive online retailer has a specific page devoted to fresh cut flowers and you can choose your lover’s favorite with a vast selection of roses, carnations, mixed bouquets, and more. But because these flowers come from different florists, you’re going to have to read the fine print for each bouquet to make sure it will arrive on time.
Our favorite: Meant to Be Bouquet—$55.25
ProFlowers is a FTD company, and has similar offerings but with a slight twist. It’s the first service we tested that delivered beautiful, bloomed flowers straight out of the box rather than waiting a few days for them to perk up. The flowers we tested lasted a full week without wilting, which is shocking considering they came already in full bloom. In our experience, they also came on time and looked absolutely stunning.
7. The Sill
Our favorite: Pink Anthurium—$68
If you’re looking for something less traditional and will last longer than a week or so, try ordering potted flowers from The Sill. The site currently has a Valentine’s Day page featuring a ton of curated flowers and houseplants. Note that some of the more popular plants have a waitlist, so you’ll want to pick flowers that are currently available to ensure they arrive on time.
One of our editors bought a houseplant from The Sill and absolutely loved the plant delivery service. She appreciated how well and safely her ZZ plant was packaged and that it came with care instructions, so her plant is still thriving. You can expect whichever plant you choose for your valentine to arrive intact.
8. Urban Stems
Our favorite: The Romeo—$75
We tested Urban Stems and found its boxed flowers to be gorgeous, though they required a little bit of TLC straight out of the box. The flowers are arranged in-house and sourced from local farms, so a pre-arranged bouquet will be sent to your valentine—meaning no fuss for you. Vases can be ordered along with bouquets, but note that they’re delivered separately. But there are no hidden fees when ordering and the site currently has a wide array of Valentine’s Day-themed bouquets to choose from.
Our favorite: Moonstruck Mercury Bouquet—$56.99
Teleflora has a plethora of bouquet options that are arranged by a local florist and will be hand-delivered to your valentine on the desired date. Alongside its gorgeous arrangements, Teleflora offers unique, handmade vases and pots that make the bouquet extra special. If you’re looking to save on flowers, Teleflora also runs a Deal of the Day featuring a different discounted arrangement each day.
Our favorite: Love Lane—$85
Linking you with local artisanal florists, Floom has a gorgeous selection of unique flowers. Because of this you need to select blooms based on your valentine’s location first rather than shopping by bouquet, which does limit your options. However, it crafts a more localized experience that will make your recipient feel loved. You can also order local plants and groceries with Floom, too.
11. From You Flowers
Our pick: One Dozen Rainbow Roses—$34.99
From You Flowers is quite popular for flower delivery, and it sells its highly-rated bouquets on its own site as well as Amazon. Aside from dozens of bouquets to choose from, there are flower plants like orchids, hydrangeas, and anthuriums to give your valentine. Even better, flowers can be delivered within four hours of ordering, and you can get the arrangement delivered in vases or choose add-ons like chocolates and stuffed animals.
12. Venus et Fleur
Our favorite: Small Heart Box—$359
If you really want to impress your valentine, check out Venus et Fleur. These luxury arrangements can cost anywhere from $300 to a whopping $1,200, depending on the selection, but supposedly last an entire year so you can justify the price. Celebrities like The Kardashians and Gigi Hadid are obsessed with them, too. They also have additional gifts to choose from, including candles, mini-flowers, and roses encased in glass boxes.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The 12 best places to order flowers online - Gorgeous flower bouquets for Valentine's Day