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A Fresh Gift Idea for the Person on Your List Who has Everything

It's nearly Christmas! Tell me that I'm not alone in the panic of still having a few more presents to buy for people on my gift giving list?! It's been a busy winter so far—so much that I haven't been able to whip up my usual gift guides or even share a holiday tour of my seasonal decor. But I do want to share this fresh and oh-so-pretty last minute gift idea with you just in case you're having trouble thinking of something lovely to buy that person on your list who has everything.

Subscription services and boxes have been trending for some time now. I love them and have been holding off on gifting myself with one. ;) Subscriptions are one of those gifts that keeps on giving throughout the year, not just the holidays. And they've come along way since "jelly of the month" club. Wine. Books. Cosmetics. Curated collections of goodies. And now my personal favorite: a flower subscription, via the lovely company BloomsyBox

BloomsyBox hand-picks and assembles sends fresh, seasonal blooms, and then sends them straight to your door. There are no mixed bouquets with unnecessary, fussy extras—just beautiful, single variety, hand-tied bunches. Most of the blooms arrive in bud form, too, so they're guaranteed to last longer than typical store-bought bouquets. And the flowers are sourced direct from supplier partners in South America, Holland, Thailand, and California—from farms that take care of their workers and the environment—so you can enjoy flowers from around the world without the middle-man price mark-up. There are 3, 6, and 12 month subscription options and three bouquet size options—subscribe yourself or give a subscription as a gift. Click here to see how it works.

BloomsyBox gift subscriptions are perfect for your mom, significant other's mom, bestie who lives in another state, or sister who just got her first place or bought a house. You could gift BloomsyBox to the HGTV addict who will enjoy displaying fresh flowers throughout her stylish abode—or to the DIY'er who can turn fresh flowers into gorgeous projects like flower wreaths and floral letters. 

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a bouquet from BloomsyBox to review here on the blog. And let's be real: I'd forgotten how much of a difference flowers can make in a room. When I lived in a larger city, I could pick up bouquets from the market or grocery store any day of the week. Now that I'm in a teeny-tiny town, my flower sources are very few and far between. So I adored the convenience of having these delivered right to my door.

First, I was surprised at how generous the bouquet was! This wasn't just a few roses tied with string. BloomsyBox sent me a full bouquet. There were so many that I couldn't fit them all in the pretty white vase I'd picked out, so I plucked out a few to display in a mason jar on my kitchen window sill, too.

Then I moved the vase of roses all around the house until I finally decided on the perfect spot: my fireplace mantle! Also, I love the instructions that they sent. For a non-green-thumb like myself, I need all the help I can get when it comes to keep flowers alive. BloomsyBox made it simple on a cute card that I kept on my fridge for the duration of my roses' lives.

And as mentioned above, most of the blooms hadn't quite blossomed. So I had the delight of seeing the roses open up and bloom into their full, lush glory. They lasted so long, too! My favorites were the coral-hued roses. 

Learn more about BloomsyBox online. Then, follow BloomsyBox on Instagram to brighten up your feed with some seriously pretty pictures of their flowers.

Thanks to BloomsyBox for sending me the colorful roses, which I received for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions in this post are 100% honest and mine, and I only share products and services I think you lovelies would adore, too. :)



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