Flowers express what words cannot, which is why Einstein filled his study of the fourth dimension with illustrations and pressed lilies. Explain the ineffable with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 toward bouquets and gift baskets from 1-800-FLOWERS.com. Groupons may be applied toward shipping, which starts at $4.99.
1-800-FLOWERS.com's florists draw upon a palette of fresh blooms from around the world to bundle armfuls of bright blossoms into expressive bouquets and enliven waiting doorsteps. Seasonal arrangements delight tables in configurations such as the Fruits of the Harvest bouquet ($34.99), which twines autumnal delights such as red carnations, yellow solidago, and kale into a richly textured, warm-hued centerpiece with the fall beauty of a scarecrow's first steps. A bouquet of orange and yellow roses ($34.99) accents fair-trade-certified foliage with colorful poms grown in an environmentally-conscious fashion. Browsers can shop by occasion and sample sweetheart-worthy anniversary vases or festive birthday baskets. Delicate sprays arrive neatly arranged in a sealed box, which locks in longevity and locks out bees foraging for last-minute gifts. 1-800-FLOWERS.com seeks to pamper the planet by using blossoms from growers certified by organizations including Veriflora, Florverde, and the Rainforest Alliance.
H. Teller Archibald opened the doors of the first Fannie May in 1920, delighting the passing palates of Chicago’s LaSalle Street with exquisite chocolates that continue to tickle taste buds today. Though nearly a century has passed, Fannie May’s alchemists still rely on the same recipes as the first store, refusing to budge on quality even when faced with shortages during war times and the never-ending Gregory Middle School food fight of 1997. Renowned for sweetness and attention to detail, the chocolatiers’ treats stand as an institution of inventive eats, from the gooey pecan and caramel of their Pixies to the sunny, toasted-coconut-encased dark chocolate of their Trinidads.