Since Filipinos are among the most romantic people in the world it should come as no surprise that Valentine’s Day is a big deal in this country. In fact an informal 2008 survey conducted in eight Asian countries revealed that Filipinos are “most into Valentine’s Day,” with 72 percent of local respondents saying they intended to celebrate the occasion. In addition, 71 percent of female respondents, and 49 percent of males said that flowers were the most popular Valentine’s gift.
Unfortunately, buying flowers as Valentine’s Day approaches can be a hassle. Traffic to the flower markets of Dangwa or Laong Laan becomes extremely heavy on February 14 as everyone rushes for last minute bouquets. Worse, the demand for flowers reaches its peak, so much so that prices go up by 50 to 70 percent on the big day. Even pricier are the blooms bought at mall-based or stand-alone flower shops.
Lovers need not brace themselves for a difficult Valentine’s Day, however, what with the newest alternative to buying flowers.
Simply go online. There are many advantages to buying flowers on the Internet for your Valentine’s Day date, including convenience and affordability. After you place your order from a trusted service, the flowers are sure to be delivered to your house or your loved one’s house in time for February 14, sparing you the hassle of buying flowers at the last minute.
In addition, flowers can be cheaper when you buy them over the Internet since there is less overhead for the sellers, so that the savings are passed on to the customer. And when you factor in the cost of gasoline and the time wasted in navigating traffic to buy flowers at Dangwa, you are actually saving more money.
However, Filipinos are understandably wary about buying flowers online, since they cannot actually see the product and evaluate its quality. There is also a question of trust—since buying online in the Philippines is still in its relative infancy, it’s difficult to know if the site you are buying from is legitimate and will actually deliver.
Here then are some tips on how to find a good online flower delivery service locally:
• Look at how long they have been in business. The longer they have been around indicates that they are reputable and have delivered satisfactory service to their customers. If a site has poor service then it would become well-known due to word-of-mouth.
• Look at their product range. Do they offer a lot of bouquet arrangements that you can choose from? How many types of flowers do they offer? What other kinds of gift items do they have in stock?
• Look at their customer support. How do they resolve issues that their customers have with their service? How responsive are they to their customer’s concerns? When is customer support available? Is it only during office hours?
• Look at their delivery area coverage. One of the biggest advantages of ordering online is that you can order from anywhere in the Philippines and get your order delivered to your doorstep. Do they deliver only in Metro Manila or will they deliver anywhere in the country?
With these in mind, online florist Phgifts meets all the criteria as one of the pioneer online flower shops in the Philippines since 2003. With their slogan, “On time, all the time,” customers can order from them with confidence, knowing that that their loved one will receive their blooms promptly.
Phgifts also carries a wide range of Valentine’s bouquets, ranging from heart-shaped ones to three-rose “I love you” arrangements. You can choose from an assortment of rose bouquets, including red, white, orange and pink, as well as edible roses. There are also a variety of flower bouquets available, including Malaysian Mums, Tulips, Gerberas, Carnations and Stargazers. However, Tulips are available for delivery only within Metro Manila. In addition, there are gift packages that include a bouquet and special gift items such as teddy bears and chocolates. And to make the gifts more special, you can request that they be personalized to one-of-a-kind items.
Phgifts delivers door-to-door to any part of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao using LBC. Same day delivery is available for all cities in Metro Manila, and next day delivery for all other parts of the Philippines. Flowers are guaranteed to arrive fresh and all gift items are of the highest quality. Buyers can make safe and secure payments using credit card or PayPal. A 24-hour friendly customer service is available to address any concerns. No matter what time of, the issue will be answered.
Phgifts does not only offer bouquets and gifts for Valentine’s Day, but for every gifts special occasion. Gifts are available for Christmas, New Year’s, Fathers’ Day, Mother’s Day as well as birthdays and anniversaries, and even “Thank You” and “Get Well Soon” gifts. Also on sale are gift baskets, fruit baskets, cakes, toys and men and women’s gift packages.
Check out Phgifts at www.phgifts.com. Order your bouquets for Valentine’s Day now and simply enjoy a hassle-free holiday of the hearts.