Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
It is so easy to shop for those flower lovers on your holiday shopping list. There are just so many suitable items.
Letís start with some practical things. Floral designers always need basic tools and supplies. Wreath forms and wreath holders are always welcome. So are various kinds of shears. The Joyce Chen flower shears are one example. These small shears are perfectly designed for harvesting all sorts of flower stems. Unlike regular garden shears, these donít crush the stems.
A pair of special ribbon shears makes a good gift. This special tool has a curved blade made especially for cutting ribbon. They come in three hand sizes (small, medium, and large).
Rose stem cleaners and stem strippers are always welcome. These are used to quickly clean and prepare stems.
For those with cutting gardens, a flasket is a great gift. These special harvesting baskets hold the cut stems securely in place as you harvest the blooms and carry them into the house.
Floral designers always need marbles, beads, and similar products. These items come in a wide range of colors.
Crystal Accents Deco Beads is one brand of gel beads that are favored by floral designers. A little bit goes a long way. You just add one tablespoon to one-half gallon of water. Deco Beads and related products are great for candle arrangements, bowls, and glass vases.
Other similar materials include glass gems, clear glass cubes, and clear glass marbles. River pebbles and river rocks are often used for candle arrangements.
Everlastings are a great gift for floral designers. So versatile, these can be used in many different kinds of floral projects.
For those with cutting gardens, flower presses are wonderful gifts. These allow flower lovers to harvest and preserve their own flowers for projects throughout the year.
With candles being a standard feature in many floral arrangements, candle aids come in handy. There are special rubber candle grips. These fit into candlesticks and hold the candles securely in place. They can be removed and stored when they arenít needed.
In addition, florists like to use special candle cups when working with floral foam and Styrofoam. These fit a one inch taper candle. Made of green plastic, theyíre easy to insert. Candle cups hold the candles upright in the floral arrangement.