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Things He Should Know: Just Because

Does your husband or boyfriend only bring you flowers or little gifts when he's in the doghouse? Do those gifts leave you a little cold because they're a means to an end? While flowers with apologies are fine, I feel reminded of the issue every time I look at them!

And we experience overwhelming feelings of appreciation, love or respect for our significant other all the time, so why do we wait for a holiday or birthday to show them how we feel? The surprise of a "just because" gift always feels wildly thoughtful and special.

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I hope I'm not telling you anything you don't already know, but most women love flowers. Eighty percent of people agree that a gift of flowers changes their mood for the better and, according to recent studies at the State University of New Jersey in Rutgers, flowers make you feel more satisfied with your overall life and help relieve mild depression. Sometimes it really is the little things that make a difference.

Fellas, think about sending flowers to your lady at work. Again, over 80% of people report real pleasure at receiving flowers unexpectedly. Besides, there's nothing like co-workers asking her about the occasion only to discover you sent them without one.

Spring is the perfect time to buy flowers. In case you need a little help choosing, here are a few tips:

  • Roses reign as the universal flower of love and a symbol of romance. Fellas, don't include the baby's breath. Just roses, just because, will do!
  • Gerber daisies make a nice choice, too. They're cheerful and bright, and symbolize beauty or innocence. Ask the florist to add the plastic tubes, as the stems do tend to bend.
  • For the Victorians, tulips represented perfect love. Today, we love their colors, streaks and ruffled petals. You can't go wrong with this elegant flower, but ask that the stems be cut short so there's not too much drooping.

It really does feel very special, fellas, receiving a gift for no special reason or for dozens of little, ordinary ones.


iasc iasc 10 years
I buy myself flowers every week! Don't think it's really my boyfriend's thing-he always comes home with chocolates , art books, drawing pencils..random little things he know's I'll love though..which is sweet so I get to wander around the market buying my own pretty petals! flower shopping is soo much fun! how great is he? can't wait till he comes home! Iasc
giftgirl giftgirl 10 years
I don't usually receive flowers, but I would like anything that required him to think about me.
ebbiebright ebbiebright 10 years
i leave hints occasionally too. and i barely even get them on valentines day and anniversarys.
BKNYGal BKNYGal 10 years
Yeah, I wish my hubby would be as thoughtful. I give him little hints all the time. I end up buying flowers myself at the corner store. I heart monster, sounds like you have a great hubby! Mine is too concerned with himself to think about me..
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
lickety split - they don't have to cost $50. Once a week on the weekend, my hubbie comes with me to the market and picks out 2 bouquets for our home. The total is usually less than $15 and that's nothing to have beautiful fresh flowers in your home. Also - the sweetest flowers I ever got were from my hubbie. He went to the nursery and bought potted flowers that grow and planted them for me. We were really poor at the time and he was doing his best to make me happy. He said, "These are so that they don't just die and go away. If I plant them for you, they'll make you happier for longer."
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
i guess i'm not very romantic. when ever i get them i'm thinking of the $50 they cost everytime i look at them.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
HAHA I wish I got flowers period for something other then valentines day or an anniversary.
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