25 Days of Christmas Trees

For 25 days this Christmas season, we’re posting one of the 25 tree themes that we have displayed at our Heights location. Check them out daily on our Instagram story, and see the whole collection here! To shop your favorite themes, stop by one of our 5 Central Arkansas locations. If they don’t already have it in stock, any ornament you’re looking for can be sent to your local Tipton & Hurst for pickup!

Day 1 – Vintage Tree

Day 2 – Blue Ice Tree

Day 3 – Peppermint Tree

Day 4 – Ice Queen Tree

Day 5 – Gilded Tree

Day 6 – Frosted Tree

Day 7 – Crimson & Chrome Tree

Day 8 – Gunmetal & Glass Tree

Day 9 – Red Velvet Tree

Day 10 – Magnolia Tree

Day 11 – Llama Tree

  

Day 12 – Peacock Tree

Day 13 – Angel Tree

Day 14 – Green & Gold Tree

Day 15 – Snowy Tree

Day 16 – Nutcracker Tree

Day 17 – Queen Bee Tree

Day 18 – Chinoiserie Tree

Day 19 – Red & Green Tree

Day 20 – Woodland Tree

Day 21 – Silent Night Tree

Day 22 – Rustic Tree

Day 23 – Holly Jolly Tree

Day 24 – Merry & Bright Tree

Day 25 – Snowman Tree

 

Top 10 Holiday Gifts of 2018

The countdown to Christmas continues, and we’ve rounded up the most sought after holiday gift ideas for 2018 that everyone on your list is after!

1. Mark Roberts Fairies: These are a favorite item for collectors and Christmas fanatics alike! Whether it’s the first in the collection or you’re adding to the number of Mark Roberts characters they already have, you can’t go wrong with this memorable gift.

 

2. Ganz Blown Glass Christmas Trees With Ornaments: These beautiful trees are intricately detailed, with glitter accents and removable ornaments that allow each person to make their tree their own. It is perfect for displaying on a shelf or mantel as a decorative holiday accent piece and makes a great hostess gift!

 

3. Old World Santa Checking His List Light: Each Old World Christmas figural glass ornament is hand crafted in age-old tradition using the same techniques that originated in the 1800s. Molten glass is mouth-blown into finely carved molds available only to the Merk Family’s Old World Christmas, before a hot solution of liquid silver is poured inside.

 

4. 2019 Desk Calendar with Easel: A perfect addition to any desktop! The 2019 Desk Calendar is printed on 100lb Linen Cardstock. The cards are 5 1/2″ square with rounded corners. The package includes a brass easel.

 

5. Lux Noble Fir Pinecone Centerpiece: The aromatic Balsam fragranced pine cones and greenery come paired with a gilded deer head container that will make a statement as a lovely centerpiece.

 

6. Anne Neilson “100 Days of Scripture” Cards: Taken directly from her inspiring book Angels in Our Midst, Anne Neilson’s 100 Days of Scripture cards feature her signature angel images, each coupled with a related scripture on 4×4 cards. All 100 cards are beautifully presented in a clear lucite box that accentuates the art and allows each card to be displayed vertically or flat.

 

7. Lux Noble Fir 14 Oz Candle in Decorative Gift Box: The perfect partner to the pinecone centerpiece, this fragrance is our best seller this holiday season!

 

8. 12 Days of Christmas Pillow: The 12 Days of Christmas pillow is hand embroidered on a lightly colored cotton fabric and features all the icons that symbolize the iconic Christmas Carol! Each pillow is in such detail that it takes up to one full week to hand embroider and is signed by the artist who created this work of art. The 12 days of Christmas embroidered pillow is a great addition to this year’s Holiday decorations.

 

9. Simon Pearce Evergreen Glass Trees: The elegant and masterfully-created Evergreen Tree in glass are as inspirational in northern Wisconsin as they are in Vermont where they are created. Be inspired during the holidays, or if you are living in the forest like we are, enjoy them year round.

 

10. Custom Gift Box: Create your own perfect Chrismas gift with a gift box filled with items that either you or our team hand-pick! Everyone on your list is sure to enjoy our favorite items from ornaments, candy, books, and other gifts from Tipton & Hurst.

 

Shop with us in-store at any of our five locations across Central Arkansas or call us at 501-666-3333 to purchase any of these gifts and have them delivered locally or shipped nationwide!

Our Mother’s Day Favorites

Mother's Day Collection

It’s sometimes hard to find the right gift for mom on Mother’s Day. How do you find the perfect way to say “thank you” on her big day? We have some ideas! This Mother’s Day is extra special for us because at Tipton & Hurst, our team is celebrating with our all-new Mother’s Day collection with arrangements and plants named after our own mothers. Take a look at some of our favorite floral arrangements and come visit us at any of our locations across Central Arkansas!

Valerie

Valerie: This colorful arrangement of free spirit roses, green hydrangea, orange gerbera daisies, and other seasonal favorites comes in a colorful keepsake container. This is our special and was originally $125 but is now $100!

 

Marie

Marie: This delicate and lovely arrangement has white hydrangea, pink roses, and hyacinth and comes in a white keepsake pitcher.

 

katherine

Katherine: This fragrant arrangement of Casa Blanca lilies and hydrangea comes in a blue and white stripe keepsake pitcher.

 

gernice

Gernice: This pretty pink arrangement of orange and pink roses is sure to make mom smile!

 

jean ann

Jean Ann: This very special arrangement is named after the late Mrs. Jean Ann Morris. She was known to greet everyone at the Tipton & Hurst door for 30 years. This is a strong example of her favorite phalaenopsis orchid plant in a contemporary moss-filled container.

 

mamie's blooms of hope

Mamies Blooms of Hope: We are also partnering with Mamies Poppy Plates, a donation-supported non-profit, mission is to provide tangible mementos to families who suffer stillbirth, infant & child death. This beautiful arrangement is filled with blue hydrangea, hot pink peonies, and spray roses. 20% of all proceeds from this arrangement will be donated to Mamies Poppy Plates.

 

Come visit us at any of our locations across the state at The Heights, Baptist Health, North Little Rock, Conway, or Pine Bluff or give us a call at 800-666-3333 to place your Mother’s Day order!

Did You Forget Valentine’s Day?

Oh no – Valentine’s Day is on Tuesday! As the last few hours before Valentine’s Day quickly tick off the clock, now is the time when even the most hard-core procrastinators start to panic. If you still haven’t found that perfect gift, or if you simply forgot (it happens), no worries! You still have some outstanding options left, as long as you know where to look.

2 Dozen Red Roses Arranged by Tipton & Hurst

Ordering a gift online and having it shipped is just too risky of an option this late in the game. Even with costly expedited shipping fees, there is still some lingering doubt that the correct item will be sent to the correct place at the right time. With so little time left and so little room for error, this option will probably end up being even more stressful than figuring out what to get in the first place.

Your best option now is to find someone who can help – and find them fast! Time may no longer be on your side, but luckily you have friends in the business who are happy to assist you with finding the perfect gifts – and they’re only a phone call away. Want something more than just flowers? Tipton & Hurst has you covered with balloons, teddy bears, chocolates, wine, champagne, and so much more!

Bunches of Love Hand Wrapped Bouquet by Tipton & Hurst

Best of all, after you make that phone call you can rest assured, knowing that the perfect gift is already on its way to being carefully created, packaged and hand-delivered to your valentine in time for Valentine’s Day.

Our customer service representatives here at Tipton & Hurst are experts on last-minute gift ideas. Their “Yes We Can” commitment not only makes for a stress-free Valentine’s Day shopping experience but also makes you look like a hero in the eyes of your valentine for being so thoughtful and creative. It will be our little secret that you waited until the last minute!

Pictured here are a few of our most popular choices.

Do Roses Cost More on Valentine’s Day?

Is it true that roses cost more in early February than they do the rest of the year? The short answer is yes, but not just for consumers. Many people are led to believe that flower retailers artificially raise prices to stick it to desperate consumers, when if fact, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Yes, roses cost more this time of year, but they also cost more for the florist, and the wholesaler, all the way down to the grower. The main reason is that the incredible demand for long-stem red roses on a single day puts a tremendous strain on the entire industry, and that affects everyone involved in the complex process of bringing fresh flowers to your door on Valentine’s Day.

In order for growers to meet the annual demand for red roses, they must time the growth of their flowers. This is accomplished by altering the rose plants’ growth cycle to optimize the harvest for February 14. By doing so, the growers must interrupt everyday production for several weeks in order to produce a bumper crop at precisely the right time. Unfortunately, the cost of stopping everyday production comes at a price, and that gets passed on down the line.

Is that the only reason?

That’s one reason for the price increase, but many additional factors come into play before the flowers reach the consumers. For starters, the unusually large harvest of roses can swell up to three times the normal volume that is typical for other times of the year. Since roses are processed manually, this necessitates hiring temporary laborers to help harvest and package the roses. Once the roses are ready to be shipped, importers are not only forced to pay more for the extra needed cargo space, but also for the extra trucks and drivers necessary to handle the extra volume.

Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest days of the years for florists, but our preparation for this holiday begins weeks – if not months – in advance. In order to meet demand, we must hire additional help, work longer hours, and rent additional delivery vans in order to make sure all the orders are delivered on or before the 14th.

Nobody likes to see the annual price spike for roses, but unfortunately, it’s an unavoidable result of supply and demand. With an increasingly crowded marketplace dominated by online-only flower shippers, the profit margins for local florists are razor thin compared to many other times of the year.

So, what’s the good news?

The good news is that we work very hard at Tipton & Hurst to keep costs low and prices competitive while never sacrificing quality or service for our customers. We understand the importance of this holiday to our customers and their loved ones and always do our best to exceed their expectations.

Whether it’s a dozen red roses or something else you had in mind for your sweetheart, we’re here to help you find the perfect gift. Remember, the earlier you order, the better! Do yourself a favor by not waiting until the last minute when items are picked over and delivery times are full. Make this Valentine’s Day one they’ll never forget, with the help of your friends at Tipton & Hurst.

National Poinsettia Day – December 12

Today is National Poinsettia Day. If you think this is just another one of those wacky observance days that seem to take place every single day of the year (yesterday was both National Mountain Day, and National Light a Candle Day) you’re in for a surprise. In fact, the United States has observed this official day since the mid-1800s in honor of the passing of the first American ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, and the plant he introduced to the U.S.

In 1828, Poinsett discovered the plant with vivid red leaves by the side of a road in Mexico and sent some cuttings home to his residence in South Carolina. Initially, many botanists dismissed the Poinsettia as a weed, but Poinsett’s work with the plant caused it to eventually gain acceptance as a holiday plant.

The holiday season is always a special time in the floral industry, and the star of the show is, of course, the venerable Poinsettia plant. According to a 2013 US Department of Agriculture report, Poinsettias are the highest selling potted flowering plant in America and account for nearly one-quarter of sales of all flowering potted plants throughout the entire year.

So how did the Poinsettia plant end up associated with Christmas? According to Mexican legend, a poor child who could not afford a gift for Christ on Christmas Eve was told that a humble gift, if given with love, would suffice in God’s eyes. The child carefully picked some weeds from the side of a road and brought them to church as a gift to make God happy. As she entered the church, the weeds bloomed into beautiful red and green flowers and the congregation was sure they had witnessed a Christmas miracle. From that day on, Poinsettias were known as ‘Flores de Noche Buena,’ or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night.’

Here are some Poinsettia fun facts:

  • Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and have been used in religious ceremonies and also to decorate churches there for centuries as the red color is a symbol of purity.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Poinsettias are not poisonous to people or pets, although the plant has been known to cause stomach irritation and discomfort if ingested. The danger to pets and children comes from the choking hazard of the fibrous parts of the plant, and not the toxicity.
  • Although every state in the U.S. grows Poinsettias commercially; for much of the past 100 years, the Ecke Ranch in California has grown over 70% of all Poinsettias purchased in the United States and accounted for about 50% of the Poinsettias sold worldwide.
  • The word Poinsettia is traditionally capitalized because it was named after a person.
  • The Poinsettia has its own college football bowl game. The Poinsettia Bowl debuted in San Diego in 1952 and originally served as the military services championship game for four years before being resurrected in 2005. This year’s matchup features BYU vs. Wyoming on December 21.
  • In the wild, Poinsettias have been known to grow over 12 feet tall.

Flowers Are the Best Way to Beat the Holiday Blues

poinsettia blog flipNot surprisingly, sending flowers is a perfect way to spread some holiday cheer to others who are feeling less than joyful. Studies have proven time and again that sending flowers not only provides cheer and happiness to the recipient, but also provide an emotional boost to the sender as well.

In fact, studies by Rutgers University found that flowers are a “powerful positive emotion inducer,” and they provide a Duchene or true smile when presented to recipients. The studies also found a variety of other immediate and long-term emotional health benefits from flowers including: “Emotional reactions, mood, social behaviors and even memory.”

Your one-stop holiday shop

Here at Tipton & Hurst, we’re busy preparing for the holiday rush, but we’re never too busy to help you pick out the perfect gift for that special someone. Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas or Hanukkah gift, or just want to send a special treat to let someone know you care and that you’re thinking about them, we have the perfect gift ideas for every occasion.

Holiday Splendor by Tipton & Hurst
Holiday Splendor by Tipton & Hurst

Remember to get your orders in early to avoid the rush. Not only will you get the best value and widest selection earlier in the season, but you’ll also be able to cross one more thing off your list and reduce your own stress levels a bit. Leave the last-minute shopping to the amateurs by trusting one of our professional designers to create the perfect one-of-a-kind gift.

Not sure exactly what you’re looking for? No worries, we here to help you spread your holiday cheer! The possibilities are practically endless this time of year and we have an incredible variety to choose from. Whether you prefer a timeless classic like a festive poinsettia plant or something with a bit more flair like a beautiful hand-designed holiday floral arrangement, you’re in good hands at Tipton & Hurst.

But that’s not all!

In addition to our incredible selection of fresh flowers and plants, we also feature a fantastic variety of holiday gifts and décor that is sure to please anyone on your list! Stop in today to check out what we have in store for you this holiday season!

Ready, Set…Shop!

Cornucopia by Tipton & Hurst
Cornucopia by Tipton & Hurst

Every year it seems as though the holiday shopping season starts earlier than the last. With the elections this time around to take up some of the attention – and more importantly, the good TV commercial spots, it was practically the middle of November until the full-fledged barrage of ‘all-things-holidays’ really got a foothold.

Now with Thanksgiving just a few days away, we’re staring straight into the biggest shopping weekend of the year! That’s right, as soon as the fork hits the plate after that last bite of pumpkin pie; it’s time to shop until you drop!

Some people love lining up in front of their favorite big box stores on Black Friday hoping to score the best bargains of the season, but those hard-core shopping tactics aren’t for everyone. Most people prefer a more leisurely pace while others want absolutely nothing to do with the entire ordeal and prefer to do all of their holiday shopping in their PJs from the comfort of their own couch.

Whichever method you prefer, now’s your chance to start that shopping that you always promise yourself you won’t put off until the last minute. So where to start? Right here at Tipton & Hurst.

Thanksgiving

Time is running out fast, but it’s not too late to get those last-minute flowers for Thanksgiving. Are you hosting a big dinner for family and friends? If so, a beautiful fall-themed centerpiece is the perfect finishing touch for your table. If you were lucky enough to get invited to a dinner where someone else is doing the cooking, flowers make a terrific gift for the busy who will surely appreciate the gesture. Give us a call or stop in and let us help you find something truly special for this festive holiday.

Christmas Traditions Centerpiece by Tipton & Hurst

Christmas

The key to successful Christmas shopping is finishing early. Imagine how many people you can cross off your list by ordering your Christmas flowers at the same time as your Thanksgiving flowers! You can reduce a great deal of stress with one phone call and have nearly all your shopping done before you even hear your first Christmas song on the radio!

Party Time

When formulating a plan for your holiday shopping list, you’ll, of course, want to include the usual friends and family members, but don’t forget about the other festivities and gatherings that usually take place before the end of the year. Office parties, classroom parties, sports banquets, church services and other social events all have a habit of popping up this time of year and they usually require some sort of gift. Fortunately, flowers are always appropriate and we can help you out here too. Give us a call and let us know what you need. From centerpieces and table dressings to gifts for the host or floral décor for any room, we have you covered and we’re here to help!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Tipton & Hurst!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

santa glasses resizeOkay…okay…not quite yet. But, Labor Day has passed and summer is officially over, which means that every product in every store is consequently in the process of turning pumpkin-spiced, and Halloween costume shops are filling in vacant strip malls on every block in town.

It wasn’t long ago that every holiday enjoyed its own special time starting a week or two after the proceeding holiday. Now back-to-school sales seem to start well before summer break, and we’re lucky if we can make it to Thanksgiving before we hear Bing Crosby dreaming of the white stuff.

Now, we’re not suggesting you rush out this weekend to procure the perfect tree – there’ll be plenty of time for that later – but we are implying that you may want to start thinking ahead to the flurry of festivities that accompany the holiday season.

Office parties, kids’ parties, people to acknowledge, family members to remember…the list seems to multiply every year. But no matter how early stores start decking the halls, it’s easy to procrastinate and put off shopping until the last minute – when stores are crowded, lines are long, and shelves are picked over.

Why not start shopping now?

It’s never too early to begin thinking about holiday gift giving, and here at Tipton & Hurst, we will make your shopping a breeze. Did you know you can order your holiday flowers as early as you’d like? You won’t even be billed until the flowers are delivered, and if you ordered from us in the past, we probably have your order on file so you can see just what you sent last time that the boss loved so much.

Let us save you valuable time and ease the Black Friday frustration by taking care of all your floral needs. Imagine being able to cross off part of your holiday shopping list before the leaves even turn colors and hit the ground! From large corporate parties to simple bud vases, we’re here to assist you with any size order. We even go beyond flowers with beautiful green plants, poinsettias, and holiday gift baskets – perfect for everyone on your list!

The holidays may not be here yet, but they’re right around the corner. Don’t let them sneak up on you this year; one phone call to your friends at Tipton & Hurst is all it takes!