The date is April 10th, the place – the breakfast table in your kitchen. Your partner walks in with a childish smile and says, ‘Happy Anniversary, my babe!’ Your world spins and you give a giggle and hug your partner tight. Is it your 2-year anniversary or, is it 15 months??? When and how did you forget? Perhaps you didn’t exactly forget, but just didn’t know what to get! NetFlorist is here to help you find the right gift for your anniversary. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right gift for the right anniversary – once you’ve figured that part out, of course!
Whether it is your fifth year of marriage, your son’s 21st, your father-in-laws birthday or your daughter’s matric dance, finding the perfect gift to suit the occasion can be stressful. There is no one gift that you can buy in bulk that will suit every celebration. However, we do have a life hack when it comes to gifting, personalised products! NetFlorist is helping you find the most unique gifts that can be used to spoil your loved ones. Here are reasons why you should be opting for a personalised gift:
The fact that you thought about what you wanted to get for a loved one and did your research means you undeniably have good intentions. Some people say it is the thought that counts, but purchasing a personalised product mean you put those thoughts into action.
Sending a scarf with pretty patterns on it, maybe a great gift for your sister, but having her name, date of birth or a heartfelt message is what will make the entire gifting experience even more memorable. Every time she puts on that scarf, that memory of turning it over and seeing your name in a garment is met with smiles and a heart full of joy.
A personal moment can be heightened by means of a personalised gift. Some people simply don’t like to or struggle to show affection, a personalised gift, however, has the ability to say all you mean to say.
Suitable for all ages
Personalised gifts work for all ages. Whether you are in your fifties or learning to read, personalised gifts have no age limits. New parents are always beyond proud to put their newborn’s name on a decorative teddy. Grandparents are equally as excited to put their grandchildren’s names on charm bracelets. And let’s be honest, teenagers just love to put their names on anything!
A braai set, a cookie dough cutter, a pair of socks, or a set of cosmetic bags. A beer crate, a wine glass, a cupcake, a keyring, a cell phone cover or a photo frame. Personalised products suite all races, religions, genders and cultures. Personalised gifts have absolutely no limits.
No one else will have it
That’s the whole thing, it’s yours. It literally has your name on it. Try to find something that is your favourite colour, has the pattern that grabs your eye, the sparkle in the right places and is delivered to you; you won’t find it anywhere else, other than NetFlorist.
Works for any occasion
Personalised products can be used for any occasion. The scenarios are endless! Wedding: why not get the bride and groom personalised champagne glasses. Have a housewarming to attend: get a personalised doormat with the family name or crest on. Have an anniversary: get your jewellery personalised. Or, perhaps your best friend is starting a new job: get a personalised notebook, coffee mug or cupcakes to show your excitement for them. Any occasion welcomes a personalised gift!
With autumn in full swing and winter slowly approaching we thought we would help you ensure that your home keeps its cosy, rosy atmosphere. Here are a few tips for keeping your indoor rose bushes blooming during the colder seasons of the year. Roses tend to go dormant during winter and their leaves seem to fall but these tips will help keep your rose bush perky!
Indoor rose plants get extra thirsty, so be sure to water the plant once every two days. Use two blocks of ice each time, depending on the size of the rose bush. The rule of thumb is two ice blocks per plant that is similar in circumference to a side plate.
Place the plant in direct sunlight as these buds don’t bloom without the sun’s enlightening rays. The average amount of sunlight, per day, an indoor rose bush needs, is six hours.
Cutting at the right angle
A 45° angle is the norm when pruning a rose bush. Don’t be quick to pluck the dead petals and heads off with your hands because tearing them off can damage the stem.
Timing is everything
Newly purchased plants won’t need pruning. However, as the plant gets older, you’ll want to remove dead branches or any cross branches that rub against one another.
Those damp conditions
Sitting your plant on a bookshelf in the cold study can cause blackspot to develop on the leaves of your rose plant. It’s a fungus that needs to be treated correctly. Cut off affected leaves and treat foliage with a fungicide specially made for blackspot. Good air ventilation will help to prevent fungus so keep the plant by a slightly open window that receives sunlight.
Not sure what to do with your rose petals after the flowers have wilted? We have some ideas for you that will ensure that you make use of your blossomed buds in the best way possible. Below are some great ideas of what can be done with both fresh and dried rose petals.
Rose Petal body scrub
Place 1.5 cups of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of Johnson’s baby oil, and 12-15 rose petals in a blender. The petals you use can be fresh, slightly wilted or completely dried out. Mix the three ingredients together and place them in a mason jar. The fragrant rose body scrub does not expire, therefore, making it makes the perfect DIY gift.
Rose infused water and candle feature
Looking to do something different with those rose petals? Try taking a long vase and fill it 3/4 the way with water. Drop 7-10 petals (depending on the size of the vase) into the vase and place a floating candle on the surface of the water. Perfect for date night, dinner parties and tea time table décor.
Home-made rose potpourri
Take bloomed roses and separate the petals from the stem. Take the petals and place them in a single layer on a piece of roller towel, on a microwavable plate. Place this layer of petals in the microwave for one minute, on high. Depending on your microwave, you may need to put the petals in for another minute. If there is still moisture in the petals you can repeat this step for 10 seconds at a time, until the petals are dry. The next step is to leave the petals on a baking tray for 24-36 hours until completely dry. This step is important as you need to get rid of all moisture so that the flowers don’t grow spots of mould. Voila! You have a natural home-made potpourri.
Rose petal ice cubes
Rose petals mixed with gin makes the perfect floral infused cocktail. Simply place a washed petal (per ice cube) in an ice tray. Fill the ice tray with water and proceed to freeze. When you’re ready to serve, just pop the ice block in your gin cocktail, add some tonic water and mint, and you have the perfect slow-release rose-hinted cocktail.
Rose and lavender infused facial steam
On a Sunday afternoon, when we are all preparing for the week ahead, treat yourself to a relaxing cleansing facial. Place 8-10 rose petals in your bathroom sink and fill it with boiling water. Add a stick of fresh lavender to the mixture. Allow some steam to escape and then pull a towel over your head so that the bathroom sink and your face are covered, allowing you to inhale the aromas. This beauty ritual opens up your pores.
Those precious gestures, flourishing relationships and tender moments are things we wish would happen every day and not just on special occasions such as Valentine’s Day. Seize every opportunity to show your loved one how much they mean to you and employ NetFlorist’s services to help you do just that! NetFlorist is also here to help you with a few tips and tricks that we’ve picked up along the way. Below are five tips to ensure that those passion-filled flowers last that little bit longer! Read our 2018 tricks on how to care for and revitalise your rose bouquet.
A teaspoon of sugar
By adding a teaspoon of sugar, per twelve stems, you are providing the flower with some much-needed energy to grow. If you have no sugar to spare, use 1/3 of a cup of sprite and mix it straight into the water. Repeat this every time you change the water in the vase.
Hold it in place
Hairspray is used to hold hair and makeup in place, but it can also be used as a touch up for flowers. Stand approximately three steps away and spray a small amount on the petals of the flowers.
An apple a day
Experiment with apple cider vinegar. Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar, mix it and add it to the water. We can’t, however, guarantee that apples will start growing!
99% germ killer
Try a teaspoon of bleach, thick or thin, to the water. The bleach will kill all the potential bacteria that may grow in the vase.
Change is good
Try putting a copper coin or two at the bottom of the vase. It is said that the copper acts as an acidifier, which prevents bacteria growth.