If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Rolling Stone may receive an affiliate commission.
We're going out on a limb here and say that almost everyone can appreciate thoughtful reflection bouquet of flowers – seriously, just ask Science. Whether you're shopping for a friend, family, or loved one in need of a colorful pick-me-up, the best flower delivery services make it easy to send a thoughtful gift in just a few clicks.
While there are several unique gift offerings on the market today, flowers can still make an impact.
“I often hear that spending money on flowers is a waste,” says Nathan Aubé, creative director and owner of Toronto-based floral company Aubé Studios. “While it is true that the most beautiful flowers have a short lifespan, they leave such a lasting impression and have the ability to improve mood that, in some ways, I find them priceless.”
For other occasions (or “just cause”), Aubé says you can’t go wrong with orchids. “I think the best types of flowers to give as gifts — and one of my favorites — are orchid arrangements. Orchids come in many colors, are suitable for any occasion, last for several months, and instantly elevate any space.
Although flowers may seem old-fashioned, Aubé says there's a reason why a beautiful bouquet or arrangement delivered to someone's door is still a welcome gift. “Flowers continue to become a popular gift idea because they spark joy in people and their homes,” he says. “During previous recessions (and even during a pandemic), the floral industry has seen little downturn as flowers are a convenient way to show love, care or appreciation.”
What are the best flower delivery services?
Here, we've rounded up some of the best ways to send flowers online, from sustainable options to fashion-inspired florals – check out our top picks below.
Count on FTD (full name: Florists' Transworld Delivery) to deliver a wide selection of arrangements for a variety of occasions, plus gourmet sweets and thoughtful gifts to match your colorful flowers. Flowers from the popular online floral company start at $45, and same-day delivery is also available on select bouquets.
Promising Customer Feedback: “Always delivers beautiful flowers on the day requested. Easy to order and reliable.” —AnxiousBee-53497
Are you a stylish flower lover? 1-800Flowers.com offers standard and same-day shipping for birthdays, housewarmings, retirements, congratulations, anniversaries and other festivities.
If you still can't find the perfect gift, you're sure to find something from one of the company's other gift-ready brands, which include Harry & David, Wolferman's Bakery, Stock Yards, Personalization Mall, and Shari's Berries, to name a few.
Promising Customer Feedback: “I sent this to my sister for her birthday and she was delighted. She said they were very pretty, plus they lasted a long time (she regularly trimmed the stems). —Margaret K.
Bohemian-minded gift recipients will love the rustic arrangements from Terrain (the garden-focused sister brand of Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters), which also offers live plants, dried stems and bunches, artificial flowers, vintage-inspired vases, and more. The home goods retailer is also a great source for gifts like candles, bath and body products, gift sets, decor and other finds for lovers of shabby chic design.
Promising Customer Feedback: “This cascading jasmine bouquet arrived in a perfectly shipped box. The flowers were safe and intact. The beautiful scent wasn't overpowering – just right. All in all, an incredible floral experience.” —GladysNYC
ProFlowers is owned by online floral giant FTD, but its curated selection of arrangements means a more streamlined shopping experience for those who get overwhelmed by too many choices. It also offers a wide range of same-day flower deliveries starting at $50, so they're a great option if you're short on time.
Promising Customer Feedback: “Multi-toned roses are beautiful. This bouquet smells and looks amazing. I highly recommend it and would buy again.” —Pleasant Wombat-43136
Unsurprisingly, the world's most expensive online mall also has a notable flower department. Amazon Prime members can enjoy free one- and two-day delivery on select items and free two-hour delivery at local Whole Foods Market locations.
Promising Customer Feedback: “Absolutely beautiful! Long lasting flowers! The person I sent them to kept sending me pictures of how beautiful they were and how long they lasted! I was very impressed and will be ordering many more times!!!” —S. Placa
How long does a flower delivery take?
Whether you're picky about planning or a procrastinator, many of the best online flower companies offer same-day flower delivery. Keep in mind that there is usually a cutoff time, which is usually around 2pm or 3pm on weekdays or noon on weekends in the recipient's time zone. Don't forget that there may be some shipping delays and that some holidays fall on a Sunday, so keep this in mind if you want your delivery to arrive on or before a specific date.
If you like supporting your friendly neighborhood florist, many of these online flower businesses also turn to local florists to create their blooming creations (so your money still goes to a small business).