100 Random Reasons to Send a Gift, #JustBecause

Every day is filled with a million reasons to give; every moment an opportunity to share. And sometimes, the smallest things are often the ones worth celebrating.

  1. You always make me smile
  2. It’s the third Wednesday of the month
  3. I’m paying it forward
  4. It was so good to see you last week
  5. You had a bad hair day
  6. I want to make your day brighter
  7. You put up with my music
  8. Traffic was a nightmare today
  9. You deserve a surprise
  10. Making you happy makes me happy
  11. You would never expect it
  12. You’re on my mind
  13. You could use a pick-me-up
  14. I felt like it
  15. You’re out of sight, but not out of mind
  16. You saved me the last piece of cake
  17. You’re the first person I want to talk to in the morning
  18. I’m feeling happy
  19. You cleaned the house
  20. You inspire me
  21. It’s payday
  22. You wore the sweater I bought you
  23. You made it this far
  24. I’m not perfect
  25. You helped me put together my new table so I don’t have to eat on the floor anymore
  26. I made you late
  27. …do I really need a reason?
  28. You think I’m beautiful without makeup
  29. You motivate me
  30. I dreamt about you
  31. You cut the crust off my bread
  32. It’s the little things
  33. You let me pick the movie
  34. You put up with my family
  35. You watch sports with me
  36. You deserve it
  37. I DVR’d over your favorite show
  38. You did me a favor
  39. You’re volunteering your time
  40. We’ve been best friends forever
  41. I can and I will
  42. I don’t want to wait until Valentine’s Day to say “I Love you” <3
  43. I haven’t seen you in ages
  44. You laugh at my [bad] jokes
  45. You helped me move
  46. You had a rough day
  47. You got a good report card
  48. I’d still be fixing that flat tire if it wasn’t for your help
  49. You’re my favorite gym buddy
  50. You take out the trash
  51. I can be weird around you
  52. You lent me that book
  53. It’s your half birthday
  54. You always go out of your way for me
  55. Your proofreading helped me get the job!
  56. You refused to let me pay for dinner and drinks
  57. You didn’t get mad when I borrowed your clothes
  58. Every day is a new day
  59. You were a great dog and house sitter (AND didn’t burn the house down!)
  60. You helped me with ALL my college applications
  61. Laughing with you is so much fun
  62. You dealt with the annoying parking lots to pick me up from the airport
  63. You “like” all my selfies on Instagram
  64. I miss you
  65. You didn’t tell Mom on me
  66. You’re on a diet and this arrangement has zero calories
  67. You were the designated driver too many weekends in a row
  68. You missed your track meet to spend the day with Grandma
  69. The recipe you gave me actually got the kids to eat their veggies!
  70. You love roses
  71. I’m lucky to have you in my life
  72. I can always count on you
  73. You make my heart beat fast
  74. I heard our favorite song on the radio
  75. You never give up
  76. Inside jokes are the best
  77. You watched the entire chick flick with me… even though the game was on
  78. It’s a three-day weekend!
  79. SURPRISE!
  80. Life should be celebrated, every day
  81. You let me crash at your place for the weekend
  82. You let me vent to you
  83. You made me laugh so hard it hurt
  84. We’re happy & healthy
  85. You folded AND put the laundry away!
  86. You woke me up when my alarm clock failed
  87. You’re the only other person that can quote all of Mean Girls with me
  88. You followed your heart
  89. I wanted to know you were smiling, because of me
  90. You’re brave
  91. I wanted to impress you.. and your coworkers ;)
  92. We’ve known each other for 384 days today
  93. I want you to know I’m here…
  94. Movie nights are better with you!
  95. You’re better off without him
  96. You’re my #WCW
  97. I wanted to do something nice
  98. You’re always my “plus 1”
  99. Better late than never
  100. You saved me the last cookie

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How to Make Your Grandparents Feel Special on National Grandparents Day

how-to-make-grandparents-feel-special-on-grandparents-dayThey watched over you when Mom and Dad were at work, they knew the recipes to all of your favorite desserts, and they spoiled you rotten with gifts and praise! National Grandparents Day 2014 is September 7, so celebrate by making grandma and grandpa feel extra special. Here are some simple yet heartwarming ideas they’re sure to love.

Send them a hand-written note. Can’t make it in person? Surprise grandma and grandpa with a heart-felt letter written by hand. Include a photo of you together to really pull at their heartstrings.

Tend to their yard or garden. Show an interest in their prized garden by giving it some TLC! Whether it be simply watering the plants, pulling the weeds, or actually planting some seeds, grandma and grandpa will surely appreciate the thought and effort. Continue reading

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How to Decorate Your School Supplies with Tape Flowers

how-to-decorate-your-school-supplies-with-tape-flowers-1Add some floral flair to your back to school supplies with a few simple steps! Using just tape and scissors, you decorate your school supplies with some serious style – from folders to binders to notebooks! We used a combination of regular and washi tape, but you can use any variety of colored tape you have at hand.

While planning the design of your supplies, get creative with the shapes and colors of your flowers! You can keep it simple and sophisticated with monochromatic petals or add a vibrant touch by cutting petals in alternating colors and patterns. Alternatively, you can model the design after your favorite flower – the possibilities are endless!
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10 Awesome & Rewarding Things to Do on Just Because Day

“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

the-best-ways-to-spend-just-because-dayThe age-old saying “it’s the little things that count” still holds true today; especially in the world of giving back. Just Because Day 2014 is August 27, so celebrate with these 10 easy-to-do yet rewarding actions and sentiments that will make your community a much happier day!

Walk next door and help a neighbor. Be it by helping them unload the groceries, taking out the trash, or by simply complimenting them on a well-kept yard, a simple sentiment can help create a lifetime bond.

Pay it forward at the coffee shop. Pay for the person’s drink behind you. Alternatively, you can choose to pay for two cups of coffee and request the second cup be given to someone less fortunate. Continue reading

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Add a Fresh Scent to Your Home with an Herb and Flower Bouquet

add-fresh-scent-with-flower-herb-bouquet-smellImagine opening your door and crossing the threshold to your humble abode to be greeted by an overwhelmingly fresh scent of invigorating flowers and herbs. With just a few easy steps, you can turn any flower bouquet into a green-filled arrangement that will tickle all five senses!

We found that subtle, more muted flower colors such as lavender or pale yellows and oranges would look best with this arrangement, so we used the stunning Iris and Eucalyptus bouquet from the stunning 1800Flowers.com Fresh Cuts collection.

Depending on where you are in the world and season, you may have varying herbs available to you. When picking out your herbs, try and pick out the options with the longest stems and most fragrant smells. Alternatively, you can create multiple mini arrangements in mason jars or mugs and scatter around the room. Continue reading

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9 Gifts That Will Totally Win Over Your Teacher

We know it’s a lot of work to become the teacher’s favorite student but these gifts make it look seriously easy. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to take some notes on our favorite gift picks!

1. Teacher’s Pet

Teachers Pet, aDOGable

It’s the first day of school and everyone is going to be on their best behavior, so you’re going to have a lot of competition for teacher’s pet.  Send this adorable a-DOG-able and this year will be a “walk in the park!”

2. The Popcorn Factory Study Hard Deluxe Tin

The Popcorn Factory Study Hard Deluxe Tin

Trust us. Teachers love snacks as much as the kids in the classroom! With this gift, you’ll also proudly announce you “study hard” for each and every exam.

3. DIY Pencil Vases
DIY Pencil Vase for Back to School
What you’ll need: a cylindrical beverage glass, 20-25 pencils, 5 rubber bands, and flowers.

What you’ll gain: endless respect from your teacher for making this super cool DIY pencil vase.

4. You’re the Best Bouquet 

You’re the Best Bouquet

By telling your teacher or professor they are the best, you’re also leave them thinking you’re the best too!

5. Cheryl’s Sunflower Cookie Flower Pot

Cheryl's Sunflower Cookie Flower Pot

With a delicious flower pot of cookies, you’ve just safely secured the most coveted position in the classroom.

6. DIY Back to School Flowers and Vase

DIY Back to School Flowers and Vase

Brighten up the classroom (and your teacher’s face!) with a hand arranged bouquet in a reusable vase.

7. Handbag of Blooms  

Handbag of Blooms

Pop quiz! What does your teacher like better than flowers and handbags?

Answer: YOU. For sending this gift.

8. How to Decorate Back to School Notebooks with Flowers

Decorate Back to School Notebooks with Flowers

Your teacher will love these DIY notebooks, perfect for writing lesson plans and other notes. At this point there is no competition for teacher’s pet; you’ve already clinched that spot.

9. Cup of Cheer 

FruitBouquet's Cup of Cheer

Fruit Bouquets always get an A+ in the break-room. And, not only will you impress your teacher/professor but also the entire school staff!

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Real Wedding Inspiration: Cristal’s Love Bird Themed Wedding Flowers

On September 15, 2012, two lives joined together to become one perfect pair when Cristal from our Human Resources team walked down the aisle with her other half. For their special day, they chose to celebrate with a theme that’s just as sweet as they are: love birds! The lovely couple chose to match their love bird theme, along with their favorite season (fall), to make their autumn wedding flowers and décor a magical day inspired colors and fall foliage inspired by their favorite season.

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“Early Fall is our favorite time of the year,” Cristal shared. “Our wedding day turned out to be a beautiful sunny day with a hint of Fall in the air. It was the perfect weather to enjoy the outdoors and feel comfortable.”

From the love bird inspired centerpieces to earthy detailing, guests were transported to a room full of beautiful fall foliage and décor inspired by nature’s brightest colors.

lovebird-carved-wedding-card-box“Lovebirds were the theme of our wedding. At the time, the trends were pointing to more natural and earthy themes. Our wedding card box was a wooden chest with two lovebirds carved in the center. Brown kraft envelopes were used for our save the dates and invitations. We used moss and nest-like baskets for the floral centerpieces,” Cristal described. “Our guests wrote messages on wooden hearts that they then hooked to our wishing tree. Our plan is to use these heart messages as Christmas ornaments in the future.”

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM® 2014 #CelebrateJustBecause Twitter Party

Join us, 1-800-Flowers.com, for a “Just Because” Twitter Party on August 14th, 2014 at 8pm EST! Get ready to share all your just because moments and talk about the inspirational impact of making someone else smile.  Click here to RSVP and qualify for over $350 in prizes and giveaways!

RSVP and #CelebrateJustBecause

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2014 #CelebrateJustBecause Twitter Party

OFFICIAL RULES:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, INCLUDING THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER AS OF THE DATE OF ENTRY WHO HAVE OR OPEN AN ACCOUNT ON TWITTER.COM. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

1. PROMOTION PERIOD: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM® 2014 #CelebrateJustBecause Twitter Party (hereinafter the “Sweepstakes”) begins at 8:00 pm EDT on Thursday 8/14/14 and ends approximately at 9:00 pm EDT on Thursday 8/14/14 (the “Promotion Period”). Continue reading

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INTERNal Perspective of 2014 Finance Interns

This week’s blogs are brought to you by 1-800-Flowers.com finance interns, Nicholas and Gina, who have spent their summer learning about the company’s budgets and costs.

INTERNal Perspective: Nicholas Hayman

Nick-Hayman-finance-internI have been very fortunate to intern at 1-800-Flowers.com this summer. Before starting, I was searching for an internship experience that would be challenging and rewarding. So far, my experience has met the criteria. Under the leadership of the Brand Finance team, I have felt like a team member since day one. They have all taken the time out of their busy schedules to speak with me, train me and contribute to my professional development. I have learned so much already, but continue to learn more each day.

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Happiness in Bloom: DIY Smiley Face Flower Bouquet Pick

diy-smiley-face-flower-pick-2 They say a smile is contagious, so add a happy touch to your décor by crafting a DIY smile face flower pick for use in a colorful flower arrangement or bouquet. This how-to is so simple that even your little crafters can help out!

Our smiley face template fits our scalloped circles which measure at 2”. Each smiley face measures at 1.5”X1.5”. Depending on the size of your hole punch, you may have to adjust the size of the smiley faces to suit your size. We used a scalloped hole punch to create a flower-type shape, but you can use a regular circle shape for regular smiley face. These picks work best with a more vibrant flower arrangement like our It’s Your Day bouquet.

Remember, Smile Week is celebrated the second week in August, so surprise your favorite friends and family members with a happy gift to spread the smiles! Continue reading

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