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Thoughts on the best sympathy condolence gift for a loved one other than food or flowers

What Sympathy Gift is Best for a Loved One in Grief and Mourning?

The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the world for over a year, leaving millions grieving and in states of shock, mourning and loss. When a loved one is in pain due to a deep personal loss, our immediate impulse is often to send the traditional condolence gifts: flowers and food. Also sympathy greeting cards and sympathetic emails. And there’s nothing wrong with any of those. But in the hard days, weeks and months after the burial, how can you offer comfort and support in a thoughtful, gracious and sensitive manner to your friend, co-worker or family member? What condolence gift is best – as an alternative to food, flowers and sympathy cards – for a loved one in grief and mourning?

5 Surprising Flowers Perfect for a 2021 Valentine's Day Gift

5 Surprising Flowers Perfect for a 2021 Valentine’s Day Gift

A gift of flowers is de rigueur for Valentine’s Day. And a red rose is traditionally the go-to bloom. Why give red roses on Valentine’s Day? Well, no sweetheart would be disappointed with a dozen long-stemmed red roses. It’s a very safe (read, dull) choice. But what if you want to do something new? Something bold, different, creative and more personal? We asked our expert ace floral artist Miko Akasaka for help. And she’s given us some fresh fun new ways to give flowers for Valentine’s Day this year. There are, in fact, beautiful and romantic alternatives to roses! Here are 5 unexpected types of flowers – and fresh ways to give roses – that would make a brilliant and surprising Valentines Day gift in 2021.