I'm a big fan of gifting flowers—both to others and to myself. They instantly brighten any room and, in a workspace, are a welcome contrast from screen life. But sometimes the experience of sending flowers can be a bit lacking, or even embarrassing. Most of the time you place an order with a phone operator who dispatches a local florist you didn't choose. When the flowers arrive you have no idea if they're a reflection of your good taste, or a pile of half-wilted carnations. (Cringe.)
Thankfully, a new wave of online florists has made ordering stunning fresh flora easy and transparent. What you see on the website or app is what you're sending (and getting for yourself). And the selections are more your style—we're talking seasonal stems and Instagram-worthy arrangements any day of the week.
Whether you want to gift greenery for Valentine's Day or treat yourself to a weekly bunch of blooms, here are our favorite online florists to keep on your digital speed dial.
Specializes in: Fresh-cut stems from a sustainably-minded farm are shipped the day they're cut to ensure freshness. Also same-day bouquet deliveries from local florists.
Where they deliver: Nationwide in all 50 states.
Pricing: Subscriptions start at $36 and can be delivered weekly, biweekly, monthly, or bimonthly. One-time arrangements also start at $36, with a $12 delivery fee.
Cool features: Transparent pricing and no cheesy up-sells (no thanks on the teddy bears). Plus a 100% happiness guarantee you can invoke if there's any issue.
Great for: Farmer's Market-style centerpieces and unfussy hostess gifts.
Specializes in: Gorgeous, burlap-wrapped seasonal blooms sourced from local farmers in your area, plus box deliveries so you can create your own arrangement.
Where they deliver: Nationwide to the lower 48 states (Hawaii and Alaska excluded) with same-day offerings in San Francisco Bay area.
Pricing: Arrangements start at $48, and can be purchased one time or as a subscription (delivered weekly, biweekly, or monthly).
Cool features: Gift sets that include extras, like snacks and candles. The Market Box is a great option for the person who wants control over how their arrangement looks.
Great for: Gifting for special holidays and birthdays and the amateur floral arranger.
Specializes in: Elegant, fresh-cut bouquets sold on Amazon—like shopping at your local farmer's market, but with Prime benefits.
Where they deliver: Nationwide, with free overnight shipping (no weekend deliveries).
Pricing: Starts at $35.
Cool features: The company has over three decades of experience, and with Amazon shipping dependability you can order with ease.
Great for: Picky people and everyday gifting.
Specializes in: Sophisticated, monochromatic bunches of 25 Ecuadorian roses in a Parisian-inspired hat box.
Where they deliver: Because they don't ship their bouquets, delivery and pickup is available in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, Paris and Los Angeles. Also Vancouver and Toronto at givelandeau.ca.
Cool features: They offer six curated bouquets, all of roses. You won't get bogged down with choices, so it's easy to order.
Great for: Your minimalist friend, or those of us who need a lot of help when it comes to flowers.
Specializes in: Hand-potted plants and succulent arrangements in design-savvy containers.
Where they deliver: Nationwide with shipping free on orders over $75. There's also a 30-day return window.
Pricing: Starts at $6 for a small Philodendron, goes up to $110 for plant collections. Monthly subscriptions are available for $35.
Cool features: The Sill makes it super easy to become a plant parent. You can purchase starter collections around themes like beginner, pet-friendly, and low-light, and the site divides plants into helpful categories like size and light needs. There's also a ton of information on plant care for beginners and those who need a refresher, and plant care workshops in NYC.
Great for: Co-workers and people who have recently moved.
Specializes in: Fresh, hand-planted succulents delivered in a simple gift box that doubles as a planter.
Where they deliver: Shipping nationwide, plus hand-delivery available in Los Angeles. Square and premium gardens only available in Los Angeles.
Pricing: "Gardens" start at $25, with premium gardens available to Los Angeles-area residents for $125.
Cool features: The different-sized gift box gardens can be customized with a paper sleeve to fit the occasion.
Great for: Thoughtful thank you gifts and "just because" occasions.
Specializes in: One-stop shop for a wide variety of both floral and plant arrangements.
Where they deliver: Nationwide.
Pricing: Starts at $55 for DIY floral bundles. Subscriptions start at $75 per delivery and can be delivered weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
Cool features: Subscriptions start with a personalized design consultation so you can get the perfect arrangement for your needs and style. There's also a great program for curated corporate gifting.
Great for: Events, corporate gifting, and homeowners and businesses that want to receive arrangements on a regular basis.
Specializes in: Vibrant, stylish cut-to-order bouquets and plants.
Where they deliver: Nationwide, with same-day delivery available in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Pricing: One-time purchases start at $35 for bouquets and $48 for plants. Three subscription plans are available starting at $50 with options to deliver weekly, biweekly, or monthly.
Cool features: Stems are sourced directly from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms and cut fresh daily. UrbanStems also has a collaboration with Vogue, offering limited-time arrangements each season created by Vogue editors.
Great for: Everyday flower gifting for friends, family and yourself.
This post was originally published on November 22, 2016, and was last updated on April 17, 2019, to reflect current offerings and prices.