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New Yorkers top choices for Valentine's Day gifts

New Yorkers top choices for Valentine's Day gifts

"We're looking at 200 some deliveries and 200 some walk ins probably tomorrow", says Sheila Bush.

The National Retail Federation is expecting people to spend $19.6 billion on Valentine's Day gifts this year.

That trend holds true for North Bay flower businesses, as well - from florists, to wholesale operations and growers like Petaluma's Neve Bros., which Chris Neve co-owns alongside his brother and dad. "Kenya remains the third largest exporter of cut flowers in the world and accounts for about 35 per cent of all sales in the European Union markets including Holland, Germany, UK, Switzerland and France". From teens to people in their 20s prefer the classic red roses, teddy bears and chocolates.

In fact, of the Neve Bros.

"Florida and the hurricanes in that area that we got them from, Costa Rico, they come from overseas", she said.

"It's not that profitable of an item", Neve said. "I wrote the review waited got an email from the company telling me they were going to give me $20 back. Guys want to show off a little bit that way", he said. "People's parents bought that".

Consumers in the UAE like to express their love with flowers on Valentine's Day, reveals Mastercard Love Index 2018, created by analyzing credit, debit and prepaid transactions across the past three Valentine periods (11th- 14th February 2015-17).

"It's Northern California; it's not the middle of Kansas", he said. The independently owned florist will see an increase of business six-fold due to the annual day of romance.

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Ordering flowers for the big day is a delicate balance of not ordering too many and not running out.

Often, he'll send clients to his Instagram page, @tesoroflowers, where he posts photographs of floral designs the shop has done.

The average American celebrating Valentine's Day plans to spend $88.98 on gifts and treats for their spouse or significant other, $25.29 on other family members like parents or children and $4.79 on coworkers.

"It's a small detail that makes a attractive gift", says Patricia Cordova, admiring her delicate work on a lilac-colored flower bound for Germany. "We're the florists for the Hotel Hershey, so we get involved in many things".

Specialty flowers can still be ordered at local flower shops or you can pick some up at your local grocery or drug store. She said that number only led her to FromYouFlowers.

"It's always the same bedlam the day before so we get ourselves prepared as possible", Mrs Swift said.

She suggested taking some candles up to the Rims and sit in your auto and talk about how much you love this person and why.


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