1-800-FLOWERS.com for the Holidays

Last year I decided to head out early on Black Friday morning and hit a couple of stores with my sisters, look for some bargains and participate in the annual shopping along with millions of other Americans. How bad could it be?

As it turns out, really bad. It was like all those millions of Americans were shopping in the same store with me! So this year, I'm trying to get my holiday shopping done early -- or online at places like 1-800-Flowers.com -- so I can stay put when the rest of the US starts looking for holiday presents.

The Basics
Here's what 1-800-Flowers.com has to say about their service when it comes to holiday shopping:
Whether it’s candy, cookies, flowers or popcorn, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and its family of gourmet food brands can satisfy your gifting needs this holiday season, offering something for everyone. Each brand offers the convenience of shopping online, expedited shipping, and delivery to friends and family nationwide.

And here are some gift ideas from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and its family of gourmet food brands for under $40:

From 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
Frosty the Snowplant ($29.99) - Our fresh white campanula plant arrives budding and ready to bloom in a fun and frosty ceramic snowman planter (which can later be reused), and is topped with an adorable snowman head pick.

From 1-800-BASKETS.COM
Comfort & Joy Sweet Treats Gift Basket ($24.99) - Filled with sweet treats, this basket is an extremely affordable way to send holiday cheer. Items include a Harry London® White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel, decadent toffees, candy canes and more.

From Fannie May Fine Chocolates
Holiday Mint Meltaways ($22.99) – Celebrate the holidays with the perfect blending of creamy, cool mint and smooth chocolate. These special holiday edition Mint Meltaways feature a snowy white pastel coating and festive holiday sprinkles.

From Cheryl’s Baked Goods
Buttercream Frosted Cookie Club ($22.99-$34.99, per delivery) – This holiday season, dream in buttercream with Cheryl’s famous seasonal buttercream frosted cut-out cookies. Give the gift of a Cheryl’s cookie club membership and spread holiday cheer for an entire year.

From The Popcorn Factory
Holiday Poinsettia Popcorn ($24.99, two-gallon tin) – Make this holiday pop with the festive Holiday Poinsettia popcorn tin from The Popcorn Factory. This premium, flavor-infused 3-way treat includes all-natural Butter, robust Cheese and secret recipe Caramel corn, while a 4-way tin adds delicate white cheddar to the mix.

The Bongga
1-800-Flowers.com sent me a Holiday Poinsettia Popcorn tin from The Popcorn Factory, and it was like Christmas had arrived a month ahead of time! The giant tin is decorated with a vibrant holiday poinsettia design, so when I leave it out on the kitchen countertop, it will blend in perfectly with all my Christmas decorations. In any case, I have to leave it out all the time because we're constantly grabbing a handful of the delicious popcorn. My family loves all 3 flavors (butter, cheese and caramel). At first I thought, no big deal, then after a couple of handfuls I was hooked! My dad is visiting and he's the biggest Popcorn Factory fan of all. Not a meal goes by without his little side dish of popcorn! It arrived over 1 week ago, and we've been noshing ever since -- which is quite a testament to the huge amount of popcorn packed into this tin. It's delicious, it's plentiful, it's beautiful, it's over-the-top -- and it makes a great holiday treat.

The Blah
I can't think of anything I'd improve about 1-800-Flowers.com when it comes to ordering holiday gifts! The selection, ease of ordering, global delivery and quick turnaround make it the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts.

The Bottom Line
Let me say it again: The selection, ease of ordering, global delivery and quick turnaround make 1-800-Flowers.com the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts.

Current 1-800-Flowers.com promotions
Here are 2 great ways to save even more money when you order from 1-800-Flowers.com:

* Get Free Shipping / No Service Charge when you order any of the beautiful holiday floral arrangements on this page (and have it delivered to a continental US address) between November 18 and December 22. No promo code needed!

* Use promo code TWO4HOLIDAY until November 21 to get $15 off your order (excluding service, shipping and taxes) of $69.98 or more.

Disclosure: I received a Holiday Poinsettia Popcorn tin from 1-800-Flowers.com to facilitate my review. Product information is provided by the featured company/product and is clearly indicated as such. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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