Buying “artificial” flowers for someone on Valentine’s Day may feel like you’re giving someone cubic zirconia when you could just buy the real deal. But the thing about options like felt, paper, or even dried flower bouquets (of which we’ve found many exceptionally pretty varieties on Amazon) is that you never have to toss them out. They’ll never get soggy. They’ll never wilt. They’re surprisingly thoughtful when you think about it — a little unconventional, but the sentiment is that they’ll last forever (ahem, much like a diamond). If you’re planning on giving your valentine one of these pretty craft flower bouquets, you could wrap these up with tissue paper and thread or even display them in a nice vase.
A vintage-y, completely unkillable bouquet of peonies.
Dried magnolias interspersed with baby’s breath.
Dried yellow billy balls are a Strat favorite, but for something a little punchier (these look straight out of a Dr. Seuss book), you could offer up some wool billy balls: They come in the traditional yellow, too, or shades of blue and orange, if you prefer.
Asian lilies in a sunny shade of yellow (though, if you buy into the color theory that yellow signifies friendship, you can send different signals with their pink colors).
A dried bundle of flowers that you could place in a vase or hang in a basket on the wall.
No one would think you were cheap for scrapping fresh roses for these felt roses. They’re little bit of a splurge, but think about how nice they’ll look on a countertop or side table.
Rosy tulips for spring, even if we have another few weeks of winter ahead of us.
If you want to give off a “fancy farm-to-table dinner in Greenpoint” vibe (and you can obviously take off the bridal lace trim).
For a brighter pop of color.
Here’s a one-of-a-kind gift: a detailed bouquet of colorful felt flowers.
Wood-shaved roses that look almost like the real thing.
These definitely don’t resemble the real thing, but there’s something really sweet about a larger-than-life spray of pink lavender for Valentine’s Day.
Pretty pink calla lilies crafted from latex.
A cleaner botanical take on the bouquet made out of fabric.
A whole box of latex roses that your valentine can keep forever.
This assortment of dried forget-me-nots comes ready to go in a wrapped box.
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