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Chocolate vs Flowers: Which One Is the Best Gift?

chocolate and flowers

Every special occasion deserves a special gift. Do you wonder what those special occasions are? It could be anything from your loved one’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, anniversary, Easter, to a promotion at work. However, getting the perfect gift can be difficult and seem like an impossible mission, especially if you don’t know the other person’s interests.

What gift should you get? Luckily, there are always two gift options you can turn to that will be perfect for any situation. You can never go wrong with gifting chocolate and flowers. If you’re wondering “Which is better chocolate or flowers?” just keep reading on, and you’ll find out.

Impressive Chocolate Arrangements

Ferrero Rocher chocolate gift bouquet on wooden table
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There is nothing better than giving your loved one an edible “sweet” gift. This will immediately light up their face. Luckily, there are many creative ways to present the “chocolate goodness” that are exciting and fun, such as a chocolate gift bouquet. Who could stay indifferent to this kind of bouquet?

You can either get everything and do it yourself or order it online. The second option is the best if you have a tight schedule. For example, you can show your love and appreciation by buying a chocolate gift bouquet with Ferrero Rocher chocolate balls. The taste of these gold chocolate and hazelnut balls is one-of-a-kind.

In case you’re buying for someone who isn’t a fan of the brand, you can also opt for a Lindt chocolate bouquet mixed with Swiss milk chocolates. Some are heart-shaped, making them perfect for Valentine’s or anniversary gifts. On the other hand, you can also choose a variety of chocolate candy bars and have them wrapped in a bouquet. That way, they will be able to pull out each one that catches their eye.

Another option you can go for is a rose garden chocolate arrangement. Some feature 60 chocolates, including Swiss chocolate hearts and Lindt chocolate balls, that look amazing and luxurious. Also, another advantage of ordering these edible chocolate arrangements online is that you can have these edible masterpieces delivered to the recipient’s address.

Whether you want to surprise them at work with a sweet gift, or somewhere else, it all depends on you. However, don’t forget to include a few sweet words on the card and make it more personal. You can also add a photo you like on the swing tags. This will make your gift even more thoughtful and meaningful.

Finally, you can present your edible gift by getting various chocolate candy bars arranged as a three-layered cake or have only one layer of heart-shaped arrangement. Honestly, you can get creative and think of many other ways. One thing is for sure, these chocolate arrangements will amaze everyone.

Chocolate Gifts can Last for a Long Time

chocolate strawberries and chocolate gift bouquet on table
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In comparison to a “flower” bouquet, a chocolate gift bouquet will last much longer. Well, at least until the recipient can no longer resist to eat everything. Flower bouquets typically last about a week, but with some care and attention, it adds up to a few more days before they begin to wilt. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, can last for over a year. If the recipient stores it in a dry and cool place, it can even last for a couple of years.

Different Chocolate Options

There are so many chocolate options that you are sure to find something for everyone in your life. You can choose amazingly smooth and creamy milk chocolate, chocolates with hazelnut and caramel filling, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and others. This chocolate sweetness is something that everyone can indulge in without worrying about anything. Yes, even your vegan or lactose-intolerant friend.

One of the best gifts you can surprise them with is dark chocolate. It has a high percentage of cocoa and does not contain any milk. It’s also one of the healthiest options for any sweet tooth, providing a lot of minerals and antioxidants. This nutritious chocolate can lower the risk of heart diseases and reduce inflammation in your body, among other things. That is why dark chocolate can be such a sweet and thoughtful gift that shows your appreciation for the other person.

Chocolate Makes Everyone Happy

woman enjoying chocolate
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Do you know what makes chocolate such a special gift even after all this time? It’s because it makes everyone happy and relaxed. Seriously, just by taking a bite of that chocolate goodness. It affects our neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. According to some studies, the main ingredient in chocolate (cocoa) can make your brain release endorphins, better known as “feel good” chemicals.

Dark chocolates have more cocoa and cause your brain to release more endorphins. Furthermore, it increases serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood and relaxation, among other functions, thanks to the chocolate component – tryptophan. Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin. So, eating dark chocolate results in increased levels of serotonin making the person happier and calmer after taking just a bite of the chocolate.

Finally, dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for alertness, muscle movement and mood that controls the brain’s reward centre. Increased dopamine levels in the brain make you grab another piece to get that same feeling. Chocolate can influence dopamine levels because it contains tyrosine, a dopamine precursor. Increased tyrosine levels result in increased dopamine levels that activate the reward centre in the brain, which gives those feelings of pleasure and joy after tasting the first bar of chocolate.

Flower Gift Arrangements

pink rose bouquet
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It’s time to move on to flowers. They are usually the first gift that comes to mind whenever we think of a special occasion, and with good reason. Flower bouquets with personalised cards are special and will always make the other person feel good since it shows you care.

Many gorgeous bouquets combine different types of flowers and designs to create a stunning bouquet. However, if you are looking for another way to present your gift, you can go with a flower gift basket. It can only contain the preferred flowers of the recipient, or you can add a sparkling or still wine as well. You can also opt for a round or square transparent box to present your flowers as a gift.

Different Flowers, Different Meanings

There are so many beautiful flowers with vibrant colours and fragrances that it’s impossible not to find something for your loved one. However, keep in mind that each flower represents something different. For example, you already know that red roses symbolize love, beauty, and courage, while yellow ones mean joy, friendship, and new beginnings. White carnation symbolizes pure love and innocence, while yellow carnation means disappointment and rejection, and so on. So, make sure to check their symbolism before deciding on the bouquet.

Potted and Dried Flowers Last Longer

colourful dried flower bouquet
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Although flower bouquets are short-lived, you can get dried flowers or a potted flower gift instead, which will last for a very long time. Potted flower gifts are great since the recipient can replant them and have them longer than the freshly cut flowers. Or, they can leave them in the fancy pot and let the flowers grow. Dried flowers are the ones whose moisture has been removed by having them hang upside down. These once fresh flowers dry and keep their beauty which can last up to a year.

Flowers Also Make You Feel Good

A 2005 study showed that flowers had a positive impact on our emotional health. All study participants, regardless of age, were given three types of gifts, including flowers, and their initial reactions were recorded by delivery men who were also observers. The results revealed that those who received flowers showed immediate happiness and genuine smiles, which lasted even three days after receiving the gift.

Other studies also show that our mood and social behaviour improves thanks to flowers. Is there a better gift than wanting your loved one to feel good? To sum up, whether you choose an edible bouquet or simply a flower bouquet, the other person will not be disappointed. You can, however, combine flowers and chocolates for the ultimate gift and capture that genuine smile when they see it.

By Jessie Sanner

Always weighing things, the life of a Libra isn’t easy and that’s something Jessie is well acquainted with as a Libra herself. The confusion with having to choose between things is what helps her write for the blog, in the hope of making it easier for readers who are indecisive themselves. Interested in contrasts, like period dramas and sci-fi, casual and classy outfits, fries and detox shakes, the life of this young lady is anything but boring. Or is it?