Saying Sorry while apologizing with flowers or a gift basket is appropriate for almost any situation—even in business. They're classic gifts that enhance both verbal apologies & apology letters, regardless of whether or not the apology and gift are delivered at the same time.
Apology Flowers For Personal & Business Situations
When choosing flowers to say I'm sorry with, make a little extra effort in selecting the right ones rather than just choosing any bouquet.
Historically, flowers have a great deal of symbolism in both their variety and color and some flowers are more appropriate than others when saying I'm sorry.
If you know the recipient's favorite flower, definitely include that as option but also consult the table below of our top picks when saying sorry and apologizing with flowers.
Tulips, Daffodils, Any traditionally Spring flower
Traditionally Tulips can symbolize forgiveness but the idea for us behind any Spring flower is new beginnings and starting fresh which can make a lot of sense depending on the infraction committed and what you're saying sorry for.
In terms of color for saying sorry with this group of flowers, choose fresh tones, nothing too dark or rich in color—think Spring and new beginnings.
The concept of new beginnings works very well for business—explain your choice of flowers and the reason behind it while apologizing and start anew with colleagues, partners or customers.
With ancient Greek tradition, the lily is known for it's majestic beauty—especially the Calla Lily variety—which we love for its inherent graceful beauty. Generally though, humility and devotion are two traits associated with the flower.
For Personal Situations:
Any variety is appropriate however the Calla once again is ideal for an apology directed to a girlfriend or wife because of their inherent beauty.
In terms of color for these apology flowers, choose whites and pastels or lighter tones.
We especially like the Calla variety again because it's not a frilly flower and more architectural in design. For color, choose solids, white or darker tones. The darker colors and structured form make them ideal flowers for men too.
Power, Strength, Virility, Rarity.
For Personal Situations:
Any variety and color is appropriate. The exotic nature of the flower along with how long orchids last, shows the recipient that you are taking the matter seriously and won't soon forget what you did.
Because they symbolize strength and virility, they're one of the best apology flowers for men.
Ideal For Business:
They're ideal for business situations because of their architectural structure and exotic beauty is so highly coveted.
In terms of color for business, choose solids, usually white or very dark tones—and a plant (preferably double stemmed) as opposed to a bouquet.
The flower of love. Appropriate for any personal situation, preferably long stemmed—this isn't the time NOT to appear to be making an extra effort.
A rose's color has different meanings so make an effort in choosing the best color for your apology and situation: red for true love; white for innocence, virtue, purity, reverence and humility; yellow for friendship and apologies; dark pink for gratitude; red and white together symbolizes unity.
Roses are rarely appropriate for business situations unless a close friendship has developed and the parties are of opposite sexes. If you feel roses are appropriate then choose the color carefully.
Traditionally Daisies are associated with classic beauty, loyal love (as in "he loves me, he loves me not...") and friendship.
The Gerbera variety shown here is known for happiness and cheerfulness.
If the infraction wasn't too serious and making someone feel better about things is your goal then Gerberas are the way to make them happy. Choose their favorite hues and create a rainbow of color.
For apology flowers our go-to online retailer is Flora2000, they offer Local and Worldwide Delivery and have great gift baskets and exotic plants too. Some items are available for same day delivery and they even have specific categories for business gifting and saying sorry.
We particularly like them because their bouquets and arrangements have more interesting styling and a European flair.
Saying Sorry With Apology Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are another traditional and thoughtful gift when apologizing. They're great for personal relationships and ideal for business situations because gift baskets last a while, can be shared among friends, family and colleagues, and can be tailored to the recipient(s).
They have a huge variety of different gourmet baskets targeted to different people, gifts for him, for her, corporate gifting, and a feature where you can design your own themed baskets—everything from chocolate lovers, to coffee fanatics, golf enthusiasts, spa gift baskets and more.
For personal and corporate gifting, we also like TheFruitCompany.com They offer all types of fresh fruits and other goodies to complement them, like cheeses and nuts, and chocolates and dessert.
They have the best selection of beautifully packaged fruit baskets, towers and boxes chock full of healthy options including organic, gluten-free and kosher.
Apology gifts are all about saying sorry. Flowers and gift baskets may be an obvious or traditional choice for apologizing but that doesn't mean they aren't also a very thoughtful choice, especially when thought is given in their selection.