valentines day 2021

The Best Valentine’s Day Flowers (That You Can Order Online)

Photo: Courtesy Farmgirl Flowers

Gifting flowers for Valentine’s Day isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it’s always nice. We’d be lying if we said we didn’t delight in receiving a beautiful bouquet. You can do better than a dozen plastic-wrapped bodega roses, though. (The person you’re shopping for might not even be the roses type.) Whether you’re shopping for your wife who’s allergic to flowers, or your BFF who deserves a showstopping arrangement, we gathered some of the best flowers to gift, from elegant takes on classic red roses to a totally unique tiny cactus. Best of all, these are all available to order online, so you won’t have to put on a mask (or even pants) to buy them. Also, a heads-up: Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so be extra thoughtful in your timing. Because not all companies deliver on Sundays (we’ve noted the ones that do, below), you may need to have the flowers delivered a day or two early.

For the valentine who likes it classic

$72

A mix of garden and standard roses (garden roses are more fragrant), this bouquet is a step up from what you’ll find at the grocery store.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

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For the valentine who likes it classic (but minimal)

White roses are subtler than red ones, and this bunch comes with a glass-cube vase for an especially clean look.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

For the valentine who likes it classic (with a twist)

Mums, thistle, and safari sunset conebush make this bouquet of pink and purple roses uniquely elegant.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

For the valentine with an eye for design

These pink ice protea, tulips, secret garden roses, and dried fern arrive separated, so your creative valentine can execute their own vision.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the nontraditional valentine

With its heart-shaped leaves, the anthurium plant is a cheeky take on the classic gift.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the statement-making valentine

Pink lilies and purple double lisianthus dress up your basic red roses for a bold arrangement that’ll brighten up any room.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

For the romantic valentine

From $59

There’s something a little English garden to this delicate arrangement.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the crunchy valentine

San Francisco–based Farmgirl Flowers sources its buds from farms with high ethical standards and wraps them in upcycled, biodegradable burlap coffee bags.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the valentine with a green thumb

With proper care, this perennial rose will bloom year after year. Your recipient can keep it on a sunny windowsill in the winter and then plant it in the garden during the warmer months.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Ships via UPS; cannot specify delivery date

For the activist valentine

Like your valentine, these blooms have substance to match their style: For each of these bouquets bought during the month of February, Farmgirl Flowers will donate $10 to Planned Parenthood.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the spunky valentine

For something completely different, how about a tiny pink cactus?

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the valentine going through a breakup

Valentine’s Day can be tough for the newly single, so if you have a friend dreading the big day, send this bright and cheery bouquet that doesn’t scream “coupled up.”

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

For the incense-burning valentine

Earthy types will love that this bouquet includes a plantable succulent and comes with a rose- and santal-scented candle.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: No

For the DIY valentine

This bunch of pink roses, Peruvian lilies, and white hydrangeas comes wrapped in paper so your creative valentine can arrange the stems to their heart’s content.

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

For the valentine who hates saying good-bye

Instead of flowers that’ll wilt after a few days, buy a box of these real roses that last. (Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is a fan.)

Delivers Sunday, February 14: Yes

For the valentine with a sweet tooth