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Wednesday, 07 July 2010

For many years father's counted on receiving some basic gifts for their special day. Most fathers would receive ties, sometimes with quite unflattering prints and colors. Others would get homemade cards, framed pictures, or perhaps a power tool that they already have three of in the garage.

One thing that fathers did not expect to receive was a bouquet of flowers or a vase full of roses. Those were things they purchased for their wives on mother's day, but they never even thought of receiving them for their big day.

Well, that has changed today. More families are ditching the worn out, cliché gifts of the past and moving toward more masculine looking flower arrangements for father's day.

What father really needs yet another tie? How many "world's greatest dad" t-shirts and ball caps does any man really need? For most men, flowers are a more practical and welcomed alternative.

Flowers of Yesterday

When you think of a bouquet of flowers you probably imagine a big glass vase loaded with roses and all tied together with a pretty bow. Baby's breath and roses have long been the premier gift for virtually any occasion from a bridal or baby shower to mother's day and birthdays.

Yet, flowers have not traditionally been given to men. They have been labeled as a gift for women and the thought of giving a bouquet of any variety to a man was considered a joke at best. This was partly because of what was deemed acceptable or the norm in our modern society, but it also had to do with the more feminine sense of flowers. Men didn't want to be associated with something that smelled and looked beautiful and feminine.

It didn't help that most bouquets have traditionally been pretty and sweet with bows and other accessories that are more feminine. It's no wonder the trend was to give flowers to mothers and cheap ties or t-shirts to fathers.

Men & Flowers Today

Today, things are quite different. Florists are putting together bouquets that are not so feminine and men are finding that they rather enjoy being given flowers for father's day as well as for other occasions. Since the arrangements are more masculine and accessorize with more male-friendly items, flowers are becoming an acceptable gift for men.

As long as the arrangement is chosen wisely, flowers are not taboo for men today. They are actually a very thoughtful gift that will make anyone feel appreciated and valued....yes, even the man of the house!

When asked if they would rather receive a tie or some other father's day gimmick or a nice flower arrangement, most men will opt for the flowers today. They are tired of receiving the same old cliché gifts and welcome the opportunity to receive something new. They feel thought of and loved when handed a nice flower arrangement.

Selecting Father's Day Flowers

Are you going to become a part of the shifting movement and purchase flowers for your father or your children's father? Make sure you pick an arrangement designed especially for men and leave off the bows and other feminine touches.

Don't leave out the personalized card so your man knows how much you love him and why you are giving him flowers instead of yet another silly tie!

Graham Olsen writes for Flowers By Post.

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