Gone are the days when Valentine’s flowers were just to be admired. Florists and gift shops in Ho Chi Minh City are offering consumers more choices of unique gifts for their beloved ones, including bouquets of ‘edible flowers.’
As Valentine’s Day is only one day away, demand for presents has never been higher.
Created specifically for Valentine’s Day, the edible bouquets can be made of strawberries, cherries, chocolate flowers, or chocolate-covered wafer bar confections, and are priced from VND299,000 (US$13) to VND2.5 million ($108).
“Customers constantly place orders during these days of high demand,” said Kim Dung, manager of a flower shop in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.
|A crystal-clear bottle of eternal roses. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre|
According to Dung, more men have visited flower shops than women these days.
Imported roses with large blooms are among the best-sellers at flower shops, despite their hefty price tags of between VND120,000 ($5) and VND180,000 ($8) per flower.
|A transparent mica box of eternal roses. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre|
Fresh flowers placed in transparent boxes and eternal flowers are also favored by customers.
There are other interesting gifts such as teddy bears made of roses, roses made of gold, gilded statues of a pair of cranes, and gilded brooches.
“Customers buying gifts on Valentine’s Day have increased by 300 percent [against normal days],” said Phan An, manager at a shop selling gold-plated souvenirs.
|A rose teddy bear. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre|
|A combo of a gilded rose and gilded pen. Photo: Bong Mai / Tuoi Tre|