Flowers are a fantastic gift at Easter. Bouquets and arrangements are the perfect way to celebrate the spring season with a message of hope, renewal, and inspiration. When it comes to sending Easter floral gifts, choosing suitable types of flowers is important. Every flower has its own language, imbued with meaning and symbolism. Some flowers even have special significance that’s related to the Easter story. This guide will explore the most appropriate types of flowers to give on Easter.
The Best Types of Flowers to Give for Easter
Which flowers make an excellent choice for Easter? In the Victorian language of flowers, also known as floriography, the following blossoms are synonymous with Easter traditions. Consider these flowers when giving a gift this Easter.
1) Easter Lilies
The Easter lily is a perfect choice for a gift; after all, these lovely flowers are named after the holiday! The fragrant white flowers add symbolism to an arrangement. They’re associated with the resurrection of Christ and imply purity, hope, and rebirth.
Several Christian legends feature the Easter lily. After Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, the flowers were said to be found growing in the Garden of Gethsemane, where drops of his sweat fell as he prayed the night before his death. The bulbs are said to resemble the form of Christ’s tomb. The blossom’s trumpet shape is linked to the trumpet of the archangel Gabriel, who announced that Christ lived.
Long a harbinger of spring, the cheerful daffodil also carries Easter symbolism. These early bloomers can be found nodding their sunny heads near the holiday, leading to a long association with Easter.
In England, the flowers are also associated with Lent. They’re known as “Lenten lilies” or “Easter roses” as they bloom between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Christian legend also associates the daffodil with the Garden of Gethsemane. The daffodil symbolizes new beginnings, rebirth, and hope when gathered together with other spring bulbs.
The hyacinth is another spring bloomer that adds fragrance and color to Easter floral gifts. These late spring flowers grow in shades of blue-purple, deep pink, soft yellow, and purest white, all colors associated with Easter. Like many other spring flowers, hyacinths grow from bulbs; they’re often presented while still in pots.
Hyacinth flowers symbolize transparency, sincerity, and constancy, making them a natural choice for Easter. White blossoms further add the meaning of prayer and loveliness. All have a sweet, strong fragrance that can fill a room with the scent of spring.
The colorful tulip makes a welcome addition to any Easter bouquet or arrangement. In the Victorian language of flowers, tulips signify sunshine and smiles, sending a positive message of cheer and caring.
Tulip flowers symbolize the meanings of love, rebirth, and belief. White tulips have the additional significance of asking for forgiveness, while purple tulips are associated with royalty and the divine. White and purple tulips pull together both meanings for the Easter holiday. On a secular note, many associate the blossoms’ egg shape with the Easter holiday.
With their sweet, heady fragrance, the gardenia adds its mesmerizing scent to any Easter gift. Their pure white petals have long been associated with beauty and loveliness, making gardenias an ideal Easter flower.
Gardenia flowers symbolize purity, peace, and renewal, combining to make a perfect Easter message. When combined with their glossy, dark leaves, the snowy white blooms add both texture and fragrance to Easter bouquets and arrangements.
The spring-blooming iris comes in various colors, many perfect for Easter. The iris flower has many meanings when given as a gift, including faith, trust, hope, and wisdom. Different iris colors carry different meanings. Purple iris blooms, for instance, signify wisdom and royalty. White iris flowers carry a message of purity and innocence.
In Greek mythology, Iris was often described as a divine messenger. In Christian legend, the iris flower is associated with the passion of Christ and thus linked to Lent and Easter.
With their shapely, upswept blossoms, cyclamen look like little hearts. This has led to their association with love and sincerity in many cultures. The cyclamen is also a long-lasting spring bloomer, making it a perfect flower for Easter giving.
In the Mediterranean region, cyclamen were often planted around monasteries, as they stand for the heart’s devotion. Though cyclamen bloom in various colors, white (signifying purity and innocence) is a good choice for Easter. Pink cyclamen adds the message of possibilities, while purple stands for grace and change.
It’s easy to see why the ranunculus has long been associated with charm and beauty. These cheerful blooms explode in spring and grow in a range of lovely colors. The flowers’ hues carry different meanings, and several are appropriate for Easter giving.
Pink ranunculus signifies admiration and sympathy, and their color makes them an excellent addition to an Easter arrangement. The yellow ranunculus stands for joy and happiness, while orange blossoms add the component of positivity. Finally, the white ranunculus symbolizes innocence, purity, and grace.
9) Gerbera Daisies
The bright Gerbera daisy brings a splash of color to any Easter table. In the language of flowers, daisies impart a meaning of innocent and loyal love. They’re a perfect addition to a holiday bouquet or arrangement.
Gerbera daisies symbolize purity, contentment, and happiness. As cut flowers, they’re long-lasting and offer beautiful, intense color. Native to regions of South Africa, Gerbera daisies are available in a range of hues. Pink, white, salmon, yellow, and orange are all excellent choices for an Easter bouquet.
10) Easter Cactus
The Easter cactus, or Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri, looks a lot like its relative, the Christmas cactus. However, as its name suggests, the Easter cactus comes into beautiful bloom in the spring, just in time for the holiday. The plant is a symbol of rebirth and renewal.
These lovely plants have bright, star-shaped blossoms above dark, deeply segmented leaves. Blooms may come in white, pink, orange, purple, or red. This succulent blooms for a long time and can live, potted, for many years. Keep them moist (but always well-drained) and provide them with enough light to ensure healthy blooms in time for Easter.
12) Lenten Rose
Also called hellebores, the Lenten rose is perfect for Easter giving. They start to bloom in late winter and early spring, just in time for the holiday. Hellebores get their common name, Lenten rose, thanks to their association with Lent, which is the period of rebirth and preparation for Easter.
The Lenten rose is also associated with tranquility, serenity, and peace. They also play a role in Christian legend. White Lenten roses are said to be the tears of a young girl who came to visit the Christ child but cried because she didn’t have a gift to bring him. Where her tears fell, white Lenten roses grew. The association led the flowers to be once called “Christ’s herbes.”
A perennial favorite, roses make a good Easter gift. Of course, choosing the right color (and its associated meaning) is key. In particular, white roses are a popular choice for Easter bouquets and arrangements and symbolize purity and innocence.
You can also gift red roses for Easter. In this context, the red petals signify Christ’s blood, shed for the sins of his followers. Single-petaled roses are also associated with Easter; wild roses have five petals, and each petal stands for one of Christ’s wounds in the crucifixion.
The cheerful white daisy is a perfect Easter gift. Their snowy petals represent purity and clarity, as well as innocence and loyalty. But their sunny, cheerful yellow centers add a warm, springtime touch.
There’s even a daisy named for the holiday. The Easter daisy, or Townsendia exscapa, may not be as common but is directly associated with the holiday. These small, spring-blooming flowers have white and pink rays around a central yellow disk. They grow as wildflowers across much of the west and the central U.S.
15) Baby’s Breath
Often used as a filler in bouquets and arrangements, baby’s breath is a popular addition to Easter floral gifts. That’s because the tiny, delicate flowers are said to symbolize the Holy Spirit, creating meaning for those who celebrate the holiday religiously.
The white blossoms also signify the purity and innocence of Christ. Baby’s breath adds a fresh, airy touch to bouquets. It can also be used to create wreaths or garlands to decorate the home for Easter.
Are Plants a Good Option to Gift for Easter Celebrations?
Easter is associated with new beginnings, spring and rebirth. Gifting live plants is a perfect way to commemorate the holiday, as plants are (literally) the gift that keeps on giving.
Great choices for living Easter plants include:
- Easter cactus
- Phalaenopsis orchids
- Lenten roses
When Should I Gift Flowers for Easter Celebrations?
Any time around the holiday is a great time to gift flowers for Easter. You may send flowers before Easter weekend or bring flowers to an event on the holiday itself. Since Easter falls on a Sunday, be sure to place orders with florists well ahead of time, as many floral shops are closed on the day of the holiday.
Popular Online Florists for Easter Flowers:
Whether you can’t be there on the day or are looking to send flowers ahead of Easter, these popular online flower delivery specialists curate a wide variety of Easter flower arrangements for gifting and the home:
For decades, Teleflora has offered same- and next-day flower delivery service around the country. They also offer styles from traditional to contemporary and can meet a range of budget options, depending on the occasion.
The cheerful “My Little Chickadee” offers daisies and white roses in a chick vase for around $40 for Easter gifts. Sunny tulips and lilies can be had for just a few dollars more. On the high end, the premium “Intoxicating Beauty” offers lilies and pastel roses for $275.
From You Flowers ($)
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly florist, From You Flowers fits the bill. Easter arrangements cost under $30 for a bright “Brilliant Blooms” bouquet. A glass cube full of fragrant hyacinths at the higher end starts at $131.
In between, you’ll find a range of Easter options, including live orchids in an “Easter Hunt” planter, “Spring Equinox” with yellow and purple roses, tulips and lilies, or a “Sunny” tulip and iris bouquet. From You Flowers offers same-day delivery for orders placed before 3:00 pm.
This online florist offers a contemporary style and a wide range of gifts for various occasions, including Easter and springtime. For giving made easy, the “Hello Spring” collection offers fresh pastel hues and flower choices ranging from ranunculus and roses to lilies and daises. Easter-specific selections focus on gorgeous pastels and soft tones.
Expect to pay about $45 for a vase of lilies or a live orchid plant, both perfect for Easter. Prices range to over $200 for premium bouquets like the “Lennox,” packed with orchids, roses, peonies, ranunculus, and more.
Overnight delivery is available, with same- and next-day delivery available in most parts of the U.S.
The Bouqs ($$)
The Bouqs is all about freshness and sustainability. This online florist sources sustainably, straight from the farm whenever possible, and has a modern style. For Easter, check out the spring collection. Same and next-day delivery is available, as are subscriptions.
Bouquets sport a contemporary style and soft color schemes. Starting at under $60 for “Original” and $90 or more for “Grand,” you’ll find Easter-perfect options like “Lemonade” which features yellow roses, white lilies, and plenty of fresh greenery. We also love the Easter-friendly “Heartfelt,” a mix of tulips and irises, and “Pink & Pearl” with a blend of ranunculus.
Ode à la Rose ($$$)
Ode à la Rose offers high-end, seasonal bouquets for a hand-crafted look with a Parisian vibe. Lower-priced bouquets range from $60 to $80, while more luxurious arrangements can reach more than $200.
For spring and Easter gifts, gorgeous sprays of tulips or phalaenopsis orchids are a simple yet stunning choice. Choose “Amelia” with creamy white roses and dainty daisies for a pure white arrangement. Ode à la Rose offers same-day deliveries in certain major cities, such as New York, Los Angeles, and DC, and next-day services elsewhere in the U.S.
Flowerbx offers sustainably sourced, seasonal floral gifts. These lux bouquets are single-stemmed, so floral gifts make a big impact. For Easter, tulips and hyacinths start at $75. Lilies, freesia, roses, and daffodils are a bit more, while 50 stems of premium Italian lemon ranunculus start at around $235.
Next-day delivery is available for recipients across the East Coast. Place your order earlier for next-day delivery in other parts of the country.
Floom offers a creative style with a focus on the artisanal. This online florist partners with local, independent flower shops around the U.S., so you receive fresh, same-day flowers wherever your loved ones are. Same-day delivery is available in several major cities, with next-day delivery in other areas.
Floom doesn’t offer Easter-specific gifts, but plenty of appropriate options exist. Just enter the recipient’s zip code to see their area’s price ranges and flower selections. Generally, though, expect prices to start at around $70.
ProFlowers has provided same-day, next-day, and hand delivery across the U.S. for many years. This online florist’s Easter assortment has something for every budget in various styles.
On the high end, a “Grand Gesture” bouquet features a springtime blend of Gerbera daisies, snapdragons, and roses for about $175. Sprays of tulips and daffodils start at around $50, while a “Lavender Fields” bouquet falls in between, with a lovely mix of daisies and lilies.
Terrain offers a unique mix of plants, flowers, and home goods. Their fresh Easter bouquets incorporate exciting touches, such as branches, grasses, and pussy willow fronds. Terrain also offers bunches of hard-to-find spring flowers, such as fresh Lenten roses (hellebore), jasmine, poppies, anemones, and Queen Anne’s lace.
A large bunch of ranunculus costs $128, while a fresh spring bouquet costs just under $100. Here, you’ll find a range of Easter centerpieces incorporating live plants, flowers, and more. Flower arrangements will ship just before Easter weekend.
The Easter holiday melds celebrations of spring, renewal, and rebirth. For many, it also has religious significance. A bouquet or arrangements of fresh Easter flowers or live plants is perfect for commemorating the holiday and the season.