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I’m a bit late on this contest as my daughter who helps me with this blog was out traveling for a bit. However, she’s back and we have a great contest for you.

One of the things my customers often ask me is provide a gift that is great for anyone. As some times they have someone who is picky about colours and types of flowers. Or sometimes they ask me for something that will last longer than the typical week or two. In these cases, I suggest a gift of planter basket is perfect!

This type of gift makes the perfect gift for a home or at the workplace. In the case of a planter basket, people always love adding some life to their office or home. And in the case of a gift basket – who can say no to some yummy food!

Details for this contest:


One extremely lucky reader is going to win a Planter or Gift basket!!! $50 in value!


To be entered to win;

  • You must ‘like’ our facebook page or subscribe to our blog
  • Please visit to select your favourite gift of planter basket. Let me know in a comment, which one (state the name and product code) and what occasion you would like it for (i.e. Anniversary, Birthday, etc.).
  • Selected Basket  must be $50 or less.
  • Contest is open to Canadian & US residents, +19. Contest closes Sept 30th, 2010.
  • Can enter on a daily basis but you must pick a different basket each time.


* Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link
* Follow @shalimarflowers on twitter and ReTweet this giveaway

(can be retweeted daily – leave me the links} RT @shalimarflowers WIN gift of planter basket! Value $50

Visiting a friend for dinner some time soon? Debating between bringing wine, a dessert or gift? Well in my opinion (perhaps a bit biased opinion) flowers are one of the best gifts! Now hear me out on this one.

Let’s start with wine. Everyone likes wine right? Well, not really. On top of that, depending on what is being cooked, you need to make sure that wine is a good compliment. Now say that it’s a white wine, say a Chardonnay – now which type should you get? If you don’t know too much about wine, this could be a disaster.

Well how about a dessert? This could work too, but then you have to consider if there are other guests and if they have any major allergies. A gift may also be nice, but picking one out may be a bit cumbersome.

That brings me back to flowers – which I believe is an easy and quick way to show your appreciation to the host/hostess. I know whenever I’ve brought flowers, I’ve always been rewarded with a big smile. Some of my favourite arrangements are displayed here.

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But you say, it’s no so easy, what do I pick? Well here are some tips on making it easy.

1. Depending on the time of year or occasion, pick a theme that will match. If you provide some background it makes it easy as the florist to designs flowers that will best meet your needs.

2. Try to find out the host’s favourite colours/flowers and/or style. Since flowers last 2-3 weeks, you want to make sure the host feels the flowers fit into their home and to their preferences.

3. Consider whether the host will have a vase or not. If the host as a number of flowers, it may be nice to get a bigger bouquet and skip on the vase (with the money saved on the vase, I give a bigger bouquet). However, if it’s a large party or you know the host may be a bit busy with preparation, it may be just easier to give an vase arrangement that is ready to go.

4.  Consider where you want to put the flower arrangement. If you think the dinner table is a good spot, then a lower arrangement is better so the guests can still see each other. Likewise, if it’s for main hall or on the kitchen table, a nice, taller arrangement in a statement vase could make sense.

Other things you could consider giving:

  • Plant dish garden: The great thing about this, is a plant will last a long time (if the host cares for it) and you can get a mix of green and flowering plants.
  • Gift basket full of goodies: Gift baskets are always fun as they’re wrapped up and ready to give.
  • Artificial Flowers or Plants: For those hosts you know won’t take care of the flowers or plants – get them a fake one! Now a days, artificial flowers and plants look and feel so real that’s worth the look. In my store, I have a large selection to chose from.

For more selection and ideas, please visit our store website at or give me a call at 905-454-4202 and I can help you pick out the perfect flowers.

Shalimar Flower Shop

Shalimar Flower Shop
Located at 227 Queen Street East

Your GTA Florist, designing floral arrangements for your desired occasion and budget. Mention this blog and get 10% off your next order. Visit often for the latest tips, trends and contest giveaways!

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