Custom Christmas Decorations - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCII look forward to the Christmas season and enjoy the cherished traditions surrounding the holiday like unpacking decorations, making special ornaments, gathering with family and friends, playing the Yankee Swap (a.k.a. the White Elephant Gift Exchange) with coworkers, making special foods from scratch and so on. Even though this time of year can get a little crazy, it’s so much fun decking the halls and giving gifts.

Custom Christmas Decorations - Stairs - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI






You may have seen on the news reports listing top gift choices from major retailers. Did you know your local florist  has tons of great custom gift choices? Did you know your florist will deliver them for you, too? Here are a few floral ideas to get your creative juices flowing:Custom Christmas Decorations - Column Topper - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI




1.  The gift of a decorated home. Contract a florist to decorate — your front door, tree, mantels, stairways, centerpieces and other living spaces. The designer can work with the homeowner to bring out special sentimental pieces they may have or the whole house can be decorated in a chosen theme. This is the ultimate gift, and believe me people will talk about your gorgeous decorations! Contact your florist now to get on their schedule.

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2.  A welcoming space. The gift of the decorated home just a little too grand? How about the gift of the decorated entryway with a beautiful wreath on the door with garlands and lights surrounding it? Your florist can even fill decorative pots with scented evergreens, cones and berries. Of course, no entryway would be complete without beautiful ribbons and bows.




Evergreen Tree - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI



3. Evergreen trees make great gifts. These lovely little gems can bring Christmas to anyone anywhere. A tabletop arrangement of hardy glossy green boxwood is accented with decorations to fit any décor. They can even be decorated with candy so the recipient can count down the days with sweet nibbles until Christmas.






4. Centerpieces made with fragrant evergreens accented with ribbons and bows. To this the designer can add ornaments and flowers. Centerpieces are a great gift because they are long lasting and can be used over the course of several weeks. The recipient may just have to refresh some flowers, but this gift is always appreciated.



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5. A plant dressed up for the holiday with ribbons and bows. Novelty plants can light up the eyes of someone special this holiday. The nice thing about sending a plant is on January 2, they can remove the decorations and enjoy this living gift through the rest of the winter and into spring.



6. A beautiful vase filled with favorite flowers. Not every gift has to be specific to a holiday. A vase filled with flowers in a favorite color never fails to impress.

Hydrangeas - Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCI7. Fruit baskets filled with things that people really like to eat. We start with fresh fruit that designers can add chocolate, candy, bakery goodies, delicious cheese and savory crackers. The sky is the limit as to what can go into a custom designed gourmet basket.

8. A snack basket for the office. These baskets are filled with grab-and-go items that require no prep. Individually wrapped items make it easy to share with the whole group. If your business is looking to send a gift, look no further. All it takes is a phone call to your local florist.

9. A floral design class. The do-it-yourself movement is popular and people love to take classes. Check with your local florist to see if they offer workshops, as many do and can give you a nice certificate to present as a gift.

10. The best for last: Year-round flowers. Flowers are a great gift during the holidays but they are even more special in times when there is no occasion. Those times when receiving flowers is an indication that someone thinks you’re special every day of the year. Talk with your florist and set up 12 months of flowers to be delivered to the recipient so they know how special they are and how much you care.

If you think about it for even a little bit, I’m sure you can think of several people on your gift list who would love one of these top picks. Happy holidays, happy shopping, and happy spending time with those you love.

What floral gift is on your wish list?