They Might Seem Romantic, But Flowers Are The Worst Gift He Could Give You

Showing up at the door with flowers isn’t the way to win a modern woman’s heart. There are so many more gifts that we’d love to receive, so why do so many men settle for buying the most cliché one of all? It’s because it’s simple and sweet, that’s why. But it’s time for them to stop showering us with daisies and lilies, because flowers are actually the worst gift he could ever get you.

  1. They take two seconds to buy. If your boyfriend forgot your anniversary, he could head to a florist and buy you a bouquet of roses at the last second. It’ll only take him a second, and you would never know the difference. It’s an easy way to get away with being lazy.
  2. They die quickly. You can’t keep your flowers in a box in your room and look back at them when you’re old and gray. They’re going to die eventually, so you need to appreciate them while they last, and they won’t last long.
  3. They’re not thoughtful. If your man buys you an engraved ring, he needs to know the right words to put on it. If he buys you a dress, he needs to know your size and clothing style. However, he doesn’t need to know much about you in order to give you flowers. He’ll just pick out the prettiest arrangement he sees.
  4. They’re associated with death. You’ll receive flowers when your man messes up and wants to apologize, or when you’re in a hospital room feeling sick. Since they’re associated with so many bad things, why would you want to receive them on a special day, like your birthday?
  5. They need to be cared for. Women want gifts that they can wear around the house or that they can use to make their lives easier. While flowers can make a great centerpiece, the downside is that they need to be cared for. If you don’t water them enough or place them in enough sunlight, they’ll wither. Taking care of your gift is just another thing to put on your to-do list.
  6. They have strong scents. Some of us have allergies. It’s bad enough to deal with pollen when we step outside. We don’t need flowery smells following us inside of our houses. Even if the scent is sweet, it can aggravate our noses.
  7. They’re impersonal. He might’ve bought the same flower arrangement for his last three girlfriends, and you’d never know it. He might’ve even bought the same bouquet for his mother that he bought you. With flowers, there’s no guarantee that his gift was specifically picked out for you. 
  8. They’re cheap. Sure, he could’ve bought an expensive arrangement of flowers that cost him three digits. However, that price is nothing compared to what a fancy ring would cost. The price he spends doesn’t determine how much he loves you, but that doesn’t mean he should be cheap.
  9. They need a vase. Plenty of men buy flowers without thinking the present through. They’ll show up with a bouquet wrapped in paper without a vase. If you don’t have an empty one in your house, you’re in trouble.
  10. They’re predictable. The best gifts are unexpected ones, and flowers are predictable. That’s why it’s best for men to surprise us with something that we never saw coming. It’ll score them way more brownie points than flowers ever could.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.