Pete and I had a friendly debate this weekend about flowers as gifts. We were having dinner with another family and when he went out to buy wine to take with us, I asked him to pick up flowers too. He did, because I asked him to; otherwise, he thinks that flowers are generally not appreciated by the recipients and that the money spent could have just bought another bottle of wine.
This has been a decades-long debate in our household: If I want flowers, I will buy them for myself, because otherwise I am not getting them. This is not a criticism directed at my husband. He is a generous gift giver and frequently surprises me with little things “just because.” He simply does not appreciate flowers. I, however, adore them and think that an arrangement of flowers is money well spent, even if the pleasure is temporary.
I took this debate to my Facebook page and the discussion there was spirited. Some people think that flowers are not worth the money, while others believe that giving flowers is money well spent. I understand both sides of the argument, but I still like to take flowers as a hostess gift if I can. (And by can, I mean if I remember and if I make the time to either buy some or cut some from my garden.) It is my understanding that giving flowers is a very European habit and that it happens all the time, practically daily.
Where do you stand on this — do you give flowers as a gift or not?