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Just because much of the country is in lockdown, doesn't mean that special occasions have stopped.
Birthdays and anniversaries are still rolling around, new babies are still being born, and perhaps now more than ever people are celebrating the little things in life.
A win at work, a promotion, an achievement, all call for some extra love. But in a world where we can't nip to the shops or drop round at a friend's house to deliver a present, we're relying more heavily on deliveries than ever before.
There's nothing better than flowers to say 'I'm thinking of you.' Here are some of our favourite places that deliver beautiful blooms straight to the door of your loved ones.
LVLY is an online flower delivery service that was founded by two Aussie women, Hannah and Verity, a few years ago. After spending many years living on the opposite side of the world to their friends and family, they had found it hard to find a chic flower delivery service that didn't cost the earth. So they created their own.
Their premise is zero waste (all their unsold posies get given to local aged care homes and posies) and locally sourced. Their posies come in a LVLY branded jar that can be personalised for a small extra cost.
The native posy starts at $59, and comes in three different sizes. We also love the Deluxe Roses - which is an impressive bunch 30 long-stemmed blooms for $200. They also offer a range of gifts to be added as extras; we love the 'Quiet Time' box, from $64, which comes with organic tea, a tea strainer and a floral scented candle. They offer same-day delivery seven days a week in Melbourne, Geelong, Mornington Peninsula, Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Adelaide, and next-day delivery for all other locations.
Rated as the flowery delivery service with most satisfied customers by Canstar, Easy Flowers has been delivering flowers across Australia for 21 years.
They offer same day delivery across Australia, as well as giving you the option to search for bouquets that are sourced from locally available markets and products.
Flowers start from $30 and there are often specials with extra good deals. We love the simple bouquets, such as the Mya bouquet of orchids, from $46, the Lola lilies, from $46 and the Maggie bouquet, which is a mix of alstroemeria, bouquet, bright, chrysanthemum, disbud, and roses, from $71. If you're after something a bit different, they also deliver food hampers; the True Brew basket, $86, contains six Australian craft beers, plus plenty of delicious nibbles.
Interflora has a been around for 100 years for a reason; it's reliable, affordable and available across Australia - and the rest of the world. From their headquarters in Melbourne, they send orders out to florists across the country - or overseas - so fresh flowers can be handcrafted locally.
Delivery is usually available to most locations in Australia within 24 hours. Make the most of some of their more unusual arrangements such as the Emmeline, from $101, which contains pink proteas, carnations, leucadendron, snapdragon and magnolia in a gold vase, the Fresh, $61, which is an assortment of herbs in a ceramic pot, or their dried arrangements, - which lasts longer than fresh flowers - such as the Florists Choice, $167, which comes in small ceramic vase. You have the option of adding chocolates, wine, soft toys, balloons and other extras to most bouquets for a little extra treat.
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