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The best options for flower delivery in NYC

Send flowers to celebrate a birthday, give the perfect Valentine’s Day treat, or simply to surprise someone special in NYC

By Annalise Mantz and Collier Sutter
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There’s a feeling of panic that everyone can relate to: the moment you remember it’s your mom’s birthday, your anniversary or Valentine’s Day (to name but a few) and you haven’t sorted the flowers. It’s okay, you can relax, we're here to help. These choices for flower delivery in New York City are the perfect last-minute problem-solvers. That’s right, these online flower stores offer convenient ordering, super quick delivery and, most importantly, jaw-droppingly beautiful arrangements — basically, if you’re in a pinch, they are an absolute lifesaver

Even better, we’re living in the 21st century, so online, contact-free ordering makes getting flowers a breeze. Many businesses will even drop them off the same-day. If you're looking for something to brighten up your place, many of these companies offer plants, too – an air-purifying snake plant might be just what's in order. So, no matter where, when or why you need flowers asap, here are our favorite options for flower delivery in New York City.

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Best options for flower delivery in NYC

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UrbanStems

UrbanStems

You know all those mind-blowingly beautiful bunches of flowers that people post all over Instagram? Yeah, they are probably from UrbanStems, which has a reputation for rustling up unique arrangements and potted plants that are bang on-trend. They have an awesome array in vibrant styles that you'll really want to flaunt at home right now. Prices vary, (You're looking at spending $55 at least), but their seasonal-flower selection is seriously impressive. 

The flower company is also making it easier for New Yorkers to cheer each other up by sending out free bouquets of flowers each Friday. "In this uncertain time ... we wanted to provide a way to connect and send a free bouquet to someone who needs a little extra joy," the company wrote on Instagram. Starting this week, the Stay Connected with Stems program is now reaching as far as nationwide. So, to send love to your personal hero, you can enter for a chance to send a bouquet by filling out this Google Doc on why the recipient should get one—maybe it's for your best friend who checks in on you every day or a loved one working on the frontlines. 

The Bouqs Co
The Bouqs Co
Photograph: Courtesy The Bouqs Co

The Bouqs Co

These eco-friendly flower-sellers ensure that all their blooms come direct from farms, which means that your flowers will arrive as fresh as possible. Also, the fact that they remove the middleman means that those savings are passed to you. Every year, The Bouqs Co releases its new Spring range, and this year's contemporary selection of colorful bouquets really is stunning. Alternatively, you can custom-design your own bouquet, adding fun extras like puzzles, candles and sweet treats.

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O de la Rose
O de la Rose
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Ode à la Rose

The French sensibilities of founders’ Olivier Plusquellec and Louis Brunet translate into their elegantly wrapped arrangements of eco-friendly flowers. Every bouquet is hand-tied and then packaged in a stylish purple box with a single rose on top and sent out for delivery (same day in New York and Chicago). Right now they have partnered with their suppliers in Holland to deliver flowers straight from their farms to your door, anywhere in the US.

Floom
Floom
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Floom

You won’t find any carnations or baby’s breath here. Oh no. Instead of relying on the same old filler flowers, Floom sources top-end arrangements from local New York florists. Options vary by the day and zip code, but when we did a search, we found everything from a succulent terrarium to orange calla lilies inside a glass bowl. And if you've totally spaced on a birthday? No worries, some of the florists offer same-day delivery (if this is the case the product will show an "Available Today!" tag, fyi). But be sure to order before 1pm. Phew.

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From You Flowers

From You Flowers

From You Flowers is all about two things: excellent value and super-speedy delivery. If you’re someone who tends to put things off until the last minute, their same-day delivery service is very handy. They even offer four-hour priority delivery. While their bouquets may not be quite as fancy as the top-end suppliers, you’re still getting plenty of bang for your buck.

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Roses
Roses Only

Roses Only

There's no question about what this online flower-seller is all about. Roses Only prides itself on roses of varied colors and varities, which you can buy in gift boxes of six to 100. Go for the traditional deep red, or branch out for blushing pink. For Valentine's Day, Roses Only curates special bundles to make your special someone's day even more romantic; think Godiva chocolate or even 'infinity' preserved roses which can last for a whole year.

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Courtesy Stems Brooklyn

Stems Brooklyn

Looking for a truly original arrangement? Stems Brooklyn will create a bespoke garden bouquet just for you. Their style tends toward rustic, unconventional designs, but you can request any feeling you want—romantic, elegant, classic, sweet. They’ll also deliver a custom flower crown that’s perfect for birthday parties, weddings and other special occasions

Julia Testa
Julia Testa
Image: Courtesy Julia Testa

Julia Testa

Shopping Flower shops Soho

With shops in both Brooklyn and Soho, Julia Testa’s designer flowers are available across NYC with same-day delivery. They might not be the most budget-friendly of the bunch – most arrangements cost more than $75 – but man, oh man, are they beautiful. And, if you're on the artsy side, you could even save some cash in the long run by taking one of their workshops and learning how to do your own arrangements. After all, what's more special than receiving hand-made flowers?

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FLOWERBX 2019
FLOWERBX 2019
Photograph: courtesy FLOWERBX

Flowerbx

Flowerbx's founder worked alongside Tom Ford for 20 years and caters to top design houses in New York and London – so you can bank on super-stylish bouquets and fresher-than-fresh blooms. Browse by occasion, color or type of flower, and check out the selection of vases, too. To make Valentine's Day even more special, have a look at the range of roses, which span the rainbow from blushing pink to delicate peach.

the sill plants
the sill plants
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The Sill

Founded by Eliza Blank in New York City, The Sill, which ships all over the US, is perfect for starting your own home plant oasis. They specialize in indoor plants and potted plants—think: a big, leafy plant for your bedroom or a small waxy succulent for your night table. There's no denying plants make people happy and it feels good to be in charge of nurturing somethinggo ahead, you know you want to name it.

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