Roses are said to be the best bouquet of flowers to give on Mother’s Day, according to members

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What better way to celebrate the appreciation of our mothers than to have a whole day dedicated to them? With only a few days away, hopefully many of you didn’t forget to buy a special gift.

As we can all imagine, cards and flowers are probably the most common and popular gifts given on Mother’s Day. BUT, which kinds of flowers would you even think of getting your mother? Here, at MySurvey, we too were pondering the same question.

After polling several of our U.S. MySurvey members, the answer was laid out plain and simple. Roses were the number one pick! Can you guess which followed next? Results yielded tulips as the 2nd runner up, followed by carnations, orchids and lilacs.

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As many should suspect, both men and women selected roses over the others when asked which bouquet would be best to give on Mother’s Day. The only notable difference is the split between tulips and carnations amongst men, while tulips were clearly the winner over carnations amongst women.

However, let’s keep in mind the other factors that may affect your decision when selecting flowers. Just because our members think roses would be best, doesn’t mean that the other types have no say! In fact, each type of flower has a different say in meaning. Consider this when giving your mother, mother-in-law, step-mother, grandmother and other mother friends a special bouquet. Below is a summarized list from SheKnows:

  • Roses – associated with motherhood, sacred to the Greek goddess Isis and symbolize the Virgin Mary. Yellow roses signify friendship, while red and white symbolize unity.
  • Tulips – symbolize new life and spring. White tulips represent purity, while pink ones signify affection.
  • Carnations – believed to be a symbol of a mother’s eternal love. Pink carnations were thought to have first grown from the ground the Virgin Mary shed tears over Jesus’ death.
  • Orchids – a symbol for many children and stands for refinement and beauty.
  • Lilacs – not only thought as new love, but as love between mother and child.

So you may still be wondering… “Which bouquet should I get for Mother’s Day?”

Well, there’s no right or wrong answer here, but it all depends on taste! Since roses are most associated with Valentine’s Day, we’d opt in for either multi-colored tulips or a bouquet of stargazer lilies with blue iris. You may also want to consider trying something new if the same types of flowers are given each year. :)

Mother's Day Fun Facts

  • Mother’s Day was recognized as a national holiday on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson.
  • Approximately 65% of card sales occur five days prior to Mother’s Day.
  • 120 million Mother’s Day cards are exchanged annually in the United States.
  • Most consumers will give cards (80%) and flowers (67.2%) or take mom out (54.2%), but more money will be spent on jewelry ($4.3 billion), followed by cards ($2.2 billion) and outings ($3.8 billion), according to NRF.


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Posted on May 8th, 2015 by MySurvey

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