Flower Power

Just how much did I pay for my $100 1800Flowers.com gift card from Cardpool? $70. That's it! Naughty Grammy's birthday is coming up, plus my sister-in-law's baby shower makes that a great deal.

1800Flowers has always scared me a bit. I've never been much of a floral aficionado and they just looked too expensive. As it turns out, I'm not that far off. Arrangements can cost up to $80 and that doesn't include shipping. But 1800Flowers.com gift cards can be applied to 1800Baskets.com, Cheryl's, Fannie May, Harry London and the Popcorn Factory. Gifts from 1800Baskets seem more in line for folks who aren't crazy about dying blooms, so I scored this absolutely perfect Babee Bouquet for the shower that perfectly coordinates with her daisy and pink/brown theme.

Here's where I got in trouble. The bouquet cost $49.99, which doesn't include tax or shipping. Since I got a late start ordering (um...two days before the shower) shipping cost me $19.99, plus tax, send me up into the $70 range. Really? For a bunch of rolled up onesies in a blanket? At least I had two gift cards of $50 each. But during checkout, lovely red ink reminds me that I can only use one gift card per purchase. Excuse me? So I choke and grab the credit card. This better be one good bunch of baby junk.

Mom's bouquet was quite a bit easier and I got more of a head start on it; her birthday being on St. Paddy's Day. But again, shipping was $9.99, so she got flowers, not a vase. For future purchases I will definitely have flowers shipped to me and I can supply the $5 vase. Flower shops ratchet it up for a stinking cup of water.

Delivery times are a range of 9am-7pm, but the package arrived at noon. Invitees oohed and ahhed appropriately, but most importantly, Mom-to-be loved it!