Chocolate gifts vs Flowers: what is the best gift?

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The ultimate dilemma if you want to make a lasting impression with a gift – a fragrant, colourful bouquet of the nature’s best or some beautifully presented, sophisticated chocolates. Some people might think that giving flowers and chocolates is an easy option but there are lots of things to consider.

There are lots of reasons and occasions to gift. It could be your mum’s birthday; it might be your anniversary; it maybe Christmas; you could be in the dog house and you’re trying to make it up with you’re better half; it might be a ‘just because’ (in which case you get all the prizes); you could even be meeting a beautiful stranger on a blind date.

 

Type/Style

It can be hard to know what type of flowers to get your partner, mum or friend. Do you go for a cheap bunch of carnations or for some lilies, red roses, tulips or a mixed bouquet of blooms? The choice can sometime be endless. English Roses are often a winner and nothing quite beats a box of David Austin roses.

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Hats off to Brooklyn hipster chocolate-makers the Mast Brothers have certainly made chocolate cool again. Their handmade bean-to-bar chocolate is wrapped in wallpaper style paper, which is beyond pleasing on the eye. They are not cheap at £8 a bar, plus another £7 delivery charge, yet they certainly have made bars the king of chocolate again, move over truffles!

Why not try our British Icons range which consist of Honeycomb & Honey, English Mint, Quintessential English Earl Grey, and Essex’s finest Maldon Sea Salt.

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Physical Benefits

 Both flowers and chocolate have positive effects on our brains.

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Research has linked flowers to stress and anxiety relief, lower blood pressure and increased positivity. Big bold flowers are linked to energising you, while milder colours are more relaxing.

Chocolate has been seen to have different effects. It has been proven to increase working memory, abstract reasoning, and in some cases organisation. It also encourages the body to release the happy hormone dopamine. The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation.

Flavonoids found in cocoa products have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting effects that can reduce the risk of diabetes by improving insulin sensitivity. Dark chocolate contains lots of antioxidants that help the cardiovascular system by reducing blood pressure. It has even been said that eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by 1/3.

 

Delivery

Flowers generally need to be kept in water so can sometime turn up looking a little tired if being sent via courier or in the post. They can also be hard to deliver, as they typically do not fit through the letterbox so the recipient needs to be in for delivery. There are a few companies that do through the letterbox delivery, such as Bloomon and Bloom & Wild, which then require the flowers to be made up.

Chocolates are easier to deliver in the post, and can be a great way to surprise someone being nestled with other post. Chocolates with higher cocoa content have a higher melting temperature, so if it is midsummer, then avoid cheaper brands which have less than 35% cocoa content. Chocolates can be the ultimate surprise with them fitting through 99% of letterboxes.

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Letterbox chocolate

 

Conclusions

It is lovely to get presents (and it’s also good give them). Flowers are beautiful, they smell nice, they look pretty, someone has picked them out for you and they brighten up your house. On the down side they can be expensive, they are a really personal thing, so if you get them wrong it can be disaster and lastly it’s always sad to throw out dead flowers. Chocolates are tasty, decadent, colourfully wrapped happy foods with more joy than you could shake a stick at and they feel like such a treat. Obviously, it only lasts as long as you can stop the temptation, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

 

 

 

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Disappointed with the delivery

I bought the chocolate bars as a gift as I had bought some at an earlier time, although I like the idea of it. It was disappointing for my friend to not have received the next day. If I was guaranteed next day delivery I would order again.

Thanks for your feedback Yvonne, is really useful. We try and keep our product as affordable as possible offering 1st Class Royal Mail for free (over £15). Since we emailed we have now added a next day guaranteed delivery option and charge cost price for this service.
Subscription v Retail

James something to be aware of: I can buy three bars for £12 in my local wine shop ( Therapy of Wine )
Same thing only costs me 1p less through my subscription.....

Thanks for your feedback Robert. Unfortunately at the moment we have to charge postage on the subscriptions under 15 pounds. We will try and create more subscription options which will avoid this postage charge.
80th Birthday Gift for a Quaker

The gift was very well received and the whole family enjoyed the experience of 'cadbury' chocolate. Beautifully packaged and delivered with no fuss.

Thanks for lovely review Lea, glad the chocolate bars were well received gift :)
Sea salt 70% Dark Chocolate Bar

Found it to be a crisp & tastey bar. Tends to bring out the cocoa. Never tried this taste before but would purchase again.

Glad you liked this John. The Sea Salt is our favourite bar and is up for an award :)
Chocolate Heaven

The chocolate is absolutely amazing. I think when you read the ingredients list and learn about the refined sugar-free element you possibly prepare your mind for an inferior but healthier alternative. This blew my expectations out the water. This is hands down most of the most elite, superior and exquisite chocolates I have ever tasted. So pure, so creamy and the flavours options are insane. I also sampled to 70% Ecuadorian which was unbelievably creamy and like nothing I have ever tasted. I will definitely be back for more. Please, Please, Please enter this for some of the industry awards. This should definitely be celebrated!

Thanks very much for the review Ryan, glad you liked the chocolate!