Most florists offer special Birthday Bouquets. But did you know
that there are "birth flowers" just as there are "birth
stones"? Here is a list, thanks to Florist.com.
Jan: Carnation (fascination) Feb: Violet (virtue) Mar: Jonquil (desire for affection returned) Apr: Sweet Pea (blissful pleasure) May: Lily of the Valley ("You have made my life complete.") June: Rose (love) July: Larkspur (fickleness) I can't imagine actually giving
this to someone... Aug: Gladiolus Sep: Aster (symbol of love) Oct: Calendula Nov: Chrysanthemum (wonderful friend) Dec: Narcissus ("Stay as sweet as you are.")
A wedding anniversary is a lot like Valentine's Day, only more serious.
See my Valentine's Day suggestions, but you could also consider
Tulips. Maybe send some to your Half-Life victims as well...
The Big Tweeze suggests: A dozen red roses. Swift, silent and sure. Turn on your
scope, draw your bead and let your "arrows" fly. If you
like to double-barrel, send two dozen... Chocolate truffles. Like the crowbar, always a good
bet when you're close enough to share :-).
St. Patrick's Day
March 17, 2001
Most florists create special arrangements for St. Patrick's day.
For example, Florist.com
has a Lucky Shamrock Bouquet.
April 15, 2001
Ever hear of "Easter Lilies"? And all sorts of Spring
flowers will be available.
May 13, 2001
(Second Sunday in May).
May 28, 2001
(Last Monday in May).
June 17, 2001
(Third Sunday in June).
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If you're serious enough about Half-Life to be reading this web
site, then probably someone in your life thinks you're too
serious about it. Is there a spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend or parent
who feels neglected and unappreciated while you're spending hours
fragging people you don't even know? And you'd like to do something
nice for that special loved one, but what?
Tweezer's Half Life Health Club has
devoted this section to your domestic tranquility. We offer here
a golden opportunity to seize the initiative in your personal relationships,
just as you do in Half-Life.
Send flowers, send chocolate or both. It's like
a well-aimed egon at close range: You win.
If you're like me, you hate to buy anything without making comparisons
between vendors. Now I've done that for you: check out Tweezer's
Internet Flower Buyer's Guide.
Or just scroll down this page for quick access to the internet flower
vendors that I recommend.
provides the traditional floral delivery service.
A local Teleflora-affiliated florist prepares your arrangement
and hand-delivers it. Among florist-affiliated flower vendors, Flowers Fast!
gets the highest rating from Bizrate, and offers the lowest
prices as shown in the comparison
Click the button below the picture to get their latest price for
a complete arrangement of one dozen red roses trimmed with baby's
breath and fresh greens. While you're at it, check out their price
comparison with other flower vendors.
ships "fresh cut" flowers directly
from growers via FedEx. Their customers have given them one of the
highest Bizrate ratings in the flower category, reflecting satisfaction
with the Proflowers formula:
guaranteed-fresh flowers (guaranteed to last at least 7 days),
low prices and fast service.
I have had experience with Proflowers on four
or five occasions and been generally satisfied, though there have
been a few glitches. In the Buyer's Guide,
I discuss my Proflowers experience
Like Proflowers, Giving Nature.com
sells cut flowers shipped via FedEx. They hold the distinction of
offering the lowest price I could find on the internet for a dozen
long-stemmed red roses ($48.90) with vase. Giving Nature also has
one of the highest BizRate ratings.
I have not made a purchase myself yet from Giving Nature.com
but they are next on my list for cut flowers.
Regrettably, the world of on-line chocolate ordering is still far
behind the florists. But here are a few comparisons and links to
help you. I recommend See's Candy.
See's has been a premium brand here in California for many years,
and their price for the benchmark 1-pound box of truffles is less
than half of Godiva's. By the
way, See's also does a lot of good things for the community, such
as supporting Bay Area jazz.
I'd like to hear some stories of how your gifts made a difference
to a loved one. The best ones will be posted on this page. Or if
you had a good or bad experience about an online flower or chocolate
vendor, I'd like to know about it. Just send me an
See's Candy for quality chocolate
at a reasonable price.
BizRate is a service that allows consumers to rate the performance
of internet merchants. Ratings are usually done in two parts, the
first part being immediately after placing an order. If you complete
the initial rating form, then several days later BizRate sends a
follow-up email. By then presumably you have your merchandise and
can complete the process of rating this merchant.
With flowers, this isn't always reliable. The flowers may have been
ordered for delivery some time in the future, or the buyer may not
find out if there are problems with the flowers.
For that reason, the BizRate ratings, while a good starting point,
may not tell the whole story.
was founded in 1910 to use the "original internet" (the
telegraph network) to arrange floral deliveries in distant cities.
They are now the largest floral delivery network, connecting 52,000
affiliated FTD Florists in 154 countries.