How to Send Retirement Flowers

Retirement for most people is an occasion to celebrate! The individual retiring has likely worked their whole life and can now find time for themselves to go on new adventures, travel the world, or start a project. Whether it’s a work colleague, friend, or parent, an ideal way to express your happiness is to send retirement flowers.

There are many arrangements to choose from, including baskets of blooms to plants and bouquets. Regardless of which arrangement you pick, sending flowers in a great way to wish them well for the next stage of their life.

Why opt for flowers?

Flowers are guaranteed to make the occasion special, regardless of whether the bouquet is small or large, low-cost, or expensive. You’ll find an arrangement to suit every recipient and the majority of today’s florists offer same and next day flower delivery.

When placing an order, think about the recipient and keep the date they are retiring in mind. A number of online florists, including Serenata Flowers, offer a host of delivery options and you can either send the bouquet to the recipient’s home or alternatively, to their place of work ahead of their last day.

What type of flowers is appropriate to celebrate retirement?

Unlike weddings or funerals, there isn’t a particular flower suited to the celebration of a retirement. It’s more about knowing the person, their favourite colour or their preferred bloom that will help to determine your choice. Regardless of what option you pick, having blooms delivered to the door with your choice of words will help mark the retirement occasion perfectly.

Types of retirement flowers

It is best if you know the recipient’s taste before picking a bloom. If you’re unsure of this, opt for something generic in style and shade. It’s also important to remember that flowers should be different for men and women. A choice of bold colours and strong blooms may be more suitable for men, whilst pastel hues are more tailored to women. Try to find out more about the person’s favourite colour as it can make choosing a bloom easier, especially when today’s choice of flowers come in every shade imaginable.

Potted plant options

If you’re looking for a longer-lasting retirement gift, choose a plant instead of flowers. If you pick wisely, it may even start an interest in gardening. Knowing the person will help with the choice – if they are planning on traveling more, an easy-care succulent that needs little watering will be ideal. Cacti make the perfect companion for those who live a busy lifestyle and they come in many varieties, ranging from large impressive species to smaller styles. These plants require little water or care, meaning they can often survive even when they’re forgotten for weeks at a time.

When to deliver flowers and gifts

If the retired person is a friend as opposed to a work colleague, you can either opt to send the flowers to their place of work or alternatively, to their home address. If they are a little on the shy side, opt for the latter, as a bouquet of blooms delivered to the office always attracts attention. When sending flowers to a home address, choose a time and day that the recipient is likely to be in, or place a note on the order stating where the courier should leave them if not.

Alternatively, opt for letterbox flowers, in this way you can ensure the recipient will receive them when they arrive home. When finalizing the order, it’s always a good idea to double-check the address to avoid the blooms being sent to the wrong place and for best results, try to send retirement flowers in the first week of retirement, just in case the recipient has big plans now they’ve finished work!

Some things to avoid

Try to think about the blooms you will be sending too, especially the symbolism associated with certain types of bloom, as you don’t want to send mixed messages. For example, red roses are associated with romance and are better suited to a partner, while other flowers have definite meanings – it’s important to do your research beforehand to make sure they are apt. A mixture of flowers set against a backdrop of greenery is always a safe option if wish to really make a statement.

Optional extra

Along with the retirement flowers, an extra gift can be added, such as chocolates, champagne, or a helium balloon with a congratulatory message. This added extra will make the gift really special. There are lots of combinations that will enhance the flowers, including a card with a personalized message. Consider the types of gifts that may benefit the retiree, from things like spa days or golf memberships to puzzle books, food hampers, or a wine collection – just what they need to make the most of retirement!

Lily Calyx is our in-house flower whisperer, an expert on all things botanical and an enthusiastic orchids collector. She loves discussing the insights of the secret world of flowers, shares her gardening tips and hacks and moons over the latest additions to Serenata Flowers flower range. Ask Lily anything about flowers and we can guarantee she will have the answer.

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