Sadly we all have friends who are ill, either at home or in hospital. The older we get the more often we receive bad news and our obvious response is to send a gift to say we are thinking of them. It is an immediate reaction and we tend to Google florists and send a beautiful but expensive bunch of flowers. However, let’s be honest, whilst lovely it is not necessarily the best option especially when there may be a shortage of vases. So when I heard about Not Another Bunch of Flowers I thought how brilliant that someone has thought outside the box.
Not Another Bunch of Flowers was founded by Anikka Burton out of her own adversity.
“I was diagnosed with an aggressive, locally advanced primary breast cancer in 2011 at the age of 33 and had the full works of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiotherapy, hormonal therapy and 5 operations to date. During treatment I wrote a blog to help others through treatment. When I was first diagnosed, my wonderful and caring friends, family and colleagues sent me so many bunches of flowers that I ran out of vases, jugs, pint glasses… until I was putting them in saucepans and anything else that would hold water! Knowing that so many people were rooting for me was incredible – it gave me a much-needed boost on the days I was struggling – but, while flowers are bright and beautiful amongst the gloom of illness, there are only so many a girl needs!”
Anikka has thought of everything. There are Get Well, Empathy, Mums-to-be, new Mums, and Birthday cards. Having chosen your card you can then choose a gift from the equally wide range. General gifts, Hospital Gifts, Cancer Gifts, Edible Gifts, Nightwear, Headwear, Skincare, Quesy drops.
Anikka knows what someone suffering would most appreciate as she has been there. Now with her own gift of a new baby she also knows what new Mums or Mums-to-be would like as a gift.
Not Another Bunch of Flowers offers a personal service too as they keep you informed about the delivery of your gift and are also concerned about the wellbeing of your loved one. They understand that this is the most important gift you have ever given this person as it must show real thought and consideration. There are care packages – Women’s cancer care package (£22.95), women’s chemo care package (£21.50) and the one I personally love is the Defiant Beauty Women’s Chemo nailcare gift set (£32.50). You could not buy a decent bunch of flowers for this amount and I think these gifts would be preferable when you are going through such a tough period in your life.
There is also a bespoke gift box subscription to coincide with treatment (£150). Many people send tokens of their well-wishes when someone is first diagnosed with an illness. However, as treatment goes on and on and can get harder and harder, it is lovely to receive little treats to provide a little boost and act as a reminder that someone is thinking of you and is rooting for you. The gift box subscription was introduced to send a gift to coincide with every chemotherapy session (usually 6 gifts in total with one gift sent every 3 weeks).
I also found the Coz-E-Reader Huggable Tablet Stand. This is a very useful (and pretty!) huggable stand for watching films or TV, surfing the web and reading from the comfort of your bed (and anywhere else!).
Anikka ends by saying,
“The gifts I’ve chosen are really, really lovely – so while they’re ideal for someone going through the kind of treatment I had to endure (and some are specifically for those going through chemo), almost all of them are just as special for people in different circumstances – it could be a gift for someone who’s about to have an operation or recovering from one, someone who’s having a tough pregnancy, a new mum, or just a friend who’s had a rough ride lately. We all need a pick me up sometimes! So instead of saying it with flowers like everyone else, or unknowingly giving your loved one something they can’t use, why not send a practical and thoughtful package full of useful and pampering bits and bobs?”
To go direct to the Not Another Bunch of Flowers website click HERE.