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Cross Off Your Entire Holiday Wish List at William Paul Floral Design

December is here once again. That means the time is now to start planning your holiday shopping (if you haven’t already) in order to avoid picked-over store shelves and lengthily shipping delays closer to Christmas. 

Holiday shopping does not have to be difficult or stressful. In fact, holiday shopping can be a simple one-stop shopping experience if you know the best place to shop for holiday gifts in San Francisco, CA. 

William Paul Floral Design has all of your holiday gift ideas covered with an incredible variety of holiday flowers, centerpieces, and plants available now in-store, as well as countless other holiday gift ideas including candles, chocolates, ornaments, and more! 

Whether you’re holiday shopping for a loved one, friend, co-worker, or business associate, we have unique holiday gift ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love! 

5 Holiday Favorites from William Paul Design

Tannenbaum Basket by William Paul Floral Design, San Francisco, CA
  1. Poinsettias
    A lovely poinsettia plant is an excellent traditional holiday gift idea they will cherish all season long. No one can resist the cheerful beauty of a poinsettia plant. When you are looking for an excellent holiday gift, consider giving someone this long-lasting and easy to care for houseplant that will bring joy all year round! William Paul Floral Design offers different sizes in colors available including red berries or green leaves with envy inducing burgundy coloring.
  1. Holiday Centerpieces
    Another great holiday gift idea is William Paul Floral Design’s full selection of holiday centerpieces available in the store now! Holiday centerpiece ideas include traditional holiday flower arrangements, as well as delicious candy dishes filled with your favorite chocolates. Perfect for entertaining guests at home this holiday season!
  2. Wreaths
    A festive wreath adds a warm welcoming touch to your home or office during the holidays. William Paul Floral Design offers a variety of holiday wreaths in a wide range of styles, colors, and shapes to compliment everyone’s holiday style. We also have custom wreaths available that can include almost anything you’d like in the size of your choice!
  3. Fresh Flowers
    Fresh holiday flowers are not just for decorating, they also make outstanding holiday gifts that can be delivered directly to the recipient of your choice. We also offer custom floral arrangements that can be made with any color or style you choose; including poinsettias, wreaths, candles, bows, and pine cones. Additionally, floral bouquets are also perfect as hostess gifts or thank you gifts for holiday parties and gatherings.
  4. Candles, Ornaments, and other Holiday Décor
    Holiday gift and gourmet food baskets, plants, and candles make Christmas decorating a breeze and also make terrific holiday gifts for co-workers or collogues. We have many holiday scented options, as well as holiday themed votives and tealight holders that are perfect for holiday tabletop centerpieces or simply adding holiday cheer to any room in your home! We also have an incredible selection of beautiful Christmas décor, including handmade bows and pinecones, holiday ornaments, and holiday cards.

Stop In and See Us or Order Online

Rustic Holiday Wreath from William Paul Design

William Paul Floral Design is your one-stop holiday shopping destination this holiday season. Whether you’re looking to cross off an entire holiday wish list or just a few people on your list, we’ve got the perfect holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list at William Paul Floral Design!

There’s nothing better on this chilly winter day than to step into the warmth of William Paul Floral Design and get your holiday shopping done in one visit. Our beautiful flowers and decoration will brighten any room, our Christmas ornaments are sure to put some sparkle on your tree with their vibrant colors. We also carry a wide selection of unique gifts that would be perfect for anyone you might need an extra gift for this year!

Visit our Christmas showroom at 1418 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, or shop online 24/7 at williampaulfloristsf.com and let us take care of all those pesky errands so you can go back home with time left over to enjoy your family! Call us today at (415) 481-3024 to order Christmas gifts in San Francisco, CA or anywhere in the USA.

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Flowers From William Paul Floral Design Make Every Occasion Special

Flowers are fascinating. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike and each one stands alone as a magnificent work of art. But when you combine several flowers together in a bouquet, the magic truly comes alive with a dazzling array of colors, shapes, and scents that are just a bit different than anything ever created before. Its alluring display will catch your eye from across the room, inviting a closer look after eliciting your emotions.

Perhaps one of the reasons we are so drawn to the beauty of flowers is the emotional response they provoke. There is no feeling in the world quite like receiving a dozen red roses from someone you love. In that moment, no words are even necessary because the flowers say it all.

They help in other times too when we can’t find the right words to say. Sympathy flowers and plants serve as a perfect memorial that not only solidifies the love and devotion of family and friends, but also helps to provide a tranquil, peaceful setting for the remembrance of a beautiful life.

Laguna Beach by William Paul Floral Design – San Francisco, CA

For the living, flowers have a remarkable impact on our moods and emotions and their positive effect on our mental health as a whole is nothing short of incredible. One study conducted by Rutgers University determined that every single one of the 150 test participants expressed happiness upon receiving even a single flower. The reaction was universal among all age groups and included both men and women and confirmed the possibility that flowers may even affect brain chemistry.

Other studies have shown that in addition to making us happy, flowers are also proven to: help reduce stress and lower blood pressure, fuel creative and quick thinking, increase focus, trigger memory, make employees more productive, and even lower blood pressure!

When it comes to flowers, the act of giving can be more beneficial than receiving. A study by Texas A&M University concluded that “givers” were perceived as successful, caring, and emotionally intelligent people who not only possess the ability to express their own feelings, but also take the time and care to understand the feelings of others.

Further studies have also indicated that we can actually influence and change what others think of us in a significant way through the gifts we give. And perhaps no other gifts have the same ability to evoke such positive perceptions and feelings as flowers.

A World of Variety

With so many different colors, shapes, sizes, and varieties of flowers available from around the world, it’s hard to choose a favorite. Many of our most popular selections, like our gorgeous roses from Ecuador, are available year around. While others, such as our Dutch tulips are only available seasonally – which makes them even more special.

In many cases, the varieties of flowers change with the season, but in other instances the only seasonal difference is the color. Red and white roses and carnations are excellent selections for the holidays and Valentine’s Day while orange and yellow varieties of the same flowers help welcome in the autumn season and along with favorite Fall festivities such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.

While some of our special flowers are imported all the way from Colombia and Ecuador, a vast majority of the cut flowers available in our shop are from right here in the USA. In fact, the state of California with its warm climate throughout the year, produces about 75% of the flowers available domestically, while many of the rest are grown in Washington, Florida, and Hawaii.

Most Popular Types of Flowers

In addition to the versatile roses and carnations that are popular all year long, we have a few other favorites to mention that are some of our most popular selections. You can find all of these in more at our shop as we always have them fresh in-season.

Tulip

A sure sign of spring, tulips come from Holland and can be found in every color of the rainbow. The Royal Horticultural Association of Holland recognizes over 3,000 different varieties of tulips ranging in color from pure white to a dark red that almost appears black to the eye. Some varieties of tulips even have different shades or colors in the same bloom.

Sunflower

The unmistakable sunflower is a truly a beauty to behold. Its vibrant yellow petals provide a vivid backdrop for its remarkable face that is always striving to follow the sun. It symbolizes loyalty, but that’s probably not the reason why sunflowers are some of the most popular flowers available today. The appeal is more obvious – they’re sunny and bright and simply make you smile.

Daisy

Daisies are another flower with the power to make people happy. It’s no coincidence because they are the little cousins of the sunflower and share many similar features. The slender white petals of the daisies draw the eye to the yellow or orange center. Daisies start blooming in late spring and continue to bloom until early fall, making them summertime favorites.

Gerbera

Gerberas are a variety of daisy that is one of the most popular flowers for floral bouquets. They are prized for their huge brightly colored blossoms and sturdy stems and can be found in shades of red, pink, orange, yellow, white, and purple. Because their stems don’t dry out like other cut flowers, Gerberas have an outstanding vase life that can last 10 days.

Orchid

Orchids are another favorite that often gets overlooked – possibly because they look like flowers but are actually blooming plants. Orchids vary widely in their appearance, but many are fragrant and feature bold vivid colors. Some varieties of orchids have beautiful distinctive stripes or spots. The most popular types of orchids available in store are Phalaenopsis (or Moth) orchids and Dendrobium orchids.

William Paul Floral Design is Your Local San Francisco Florist

For over 100 years, local florists have provided their communities with flowers in order to make every occasion special. From the birth of new babies to weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, or even just because; small independent flower shops have been hand delivering wishes of hope and recovery along with recognition of some of life’s greatest accomplishments.

While many other industries have automated and streamlined, your local florist still does some things the old-fashioned way, like offering same-day delivery on every bouquet we design. We were in the delivery business long before Amazon – they’re catching up, but in most cases still can’t deliver your order as fast as we can. And they still haven’t figured out a way to deliver flowers without sticking them in a box.

No matter what the occasion, William Paul Floral Design is here to help you celebrate with a custom bouquet of flowers. Visit our shop located at 1418 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133. Order online at http://www.williampaulfloristsf.com or give us a call (the old-fashioned way) at (415) 481-3024 and our design team will be happy to select the perfect gift of flowers to fit any budget. For something extraordinary, consider an open “designer’s choice” bouquet. Simply tell us the price and we will design – and deliver – something beautiful.

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‘Tis the Season for the Holiday Magic of Sacramento’s Own Thomas Kinkade

Christmas is a holiday steeped in tradition. One of the most beloved is the holiday artwork of Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light. Kindade was born in Sacramento in 1958 and achieved success by mass marketing his work as printed reproductions of Christmas scenes, realistic, pastoral, and idyllic subjects.

Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Bouquet by William Paul Floral Design, Sacramento, San Francisco, Atlanta.

Kinkade passed away in 2012 after spending most of his life in northern California. He grew up in Placerville and attended the University of California, Berkeley in addition to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In the mid-1980s, Kinkade earned his living as a painter selling his original artwork in galleries throughout California.

His artwork lives on and is enjoyed by millions of people across the United States and throughout the world, especially during Christmas time. By his own estimation, one in every twenty American homes owned a copy of one of his paintings. Licensing with corporations like Teleflora have made it possible for his images to be used in incredibly detailed containers for holiday floral arrangements.

New for 2021 is Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Bouquet, a hand-painted, light-up Thomas Kinkade collectible set atop a magnificent bouquet of festive holiday flowers and fresh Christmas greens.

This arrangement from William Paul Design includes red roses, miniature red roses, white button spray chrysanthemums, seeded eucalyptus, noble fir, and flat cedar. Hand-delivered in Sacramento or anywhere in the USA with a Thomas Kinkade’s Hero’s Welcome Keepsake. We also feature an incredible selection of  holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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Holiday Shopping in 2020

The good news is we have reached the end of 2020 – a year will forever be remembered by the unprecedented impact it had on our world. The reality is that the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes throughout every aspect of our lives, from how we live and work to how we interact and shop.

The small-business owner, in many cases the heart and soul of a city or neighborhood, was hit particularly hard by the restrictions, mandatory closings and sudden rule changes that often left them scrambling to keep their lights on. Shoppers too were forced to adapt to new methods of procuring goods and services while trying to remain as safe as possible.

There are many lessons to be learned from 2020, but perhaps the most important is refocusing on serving each individual customer and offering them the safest and most efficient way of shopping. When corporations like Amazon allow people to shop for nearly anything they can dream of and have it delivered to their door in two days, it sets the bar high for rest of the retail industry.

But why wait that long?

Your friends at William Paul Design can deliver your gift by hand – the same day your place your order!  Not only that, but you can order online any time you like from the safety and comfort of your own home. Christmas flowers, wreaths, boxwood trees, orchids, and centerpieces from William Paul Design make outstanding holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

The Ultimate Christmas Basket by William Paul Design, San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta

For something extra special, our holiday baskets are the perfect choice for even the most difficult person to shop for, because they can be personalized to include anything you want. We have a selection of pre-made baskets available in store that include fresh fruit, gourmet snacks, holiday treats and more, or we can design a themed holiday package especially for you.

At William Paul Design we take every precaution to keep our customers and our employees safe and healthy, so you can rest assured that our professional staff of drivers will safely delivery your gift to the recipient’s door. We even offer touchless delivery options if preferred. Our delivery times and dates are filling up fast, so please order early for the best selection.

If you prefer a more traditional Christmas shopping, you will love to see what we have in store for you at William Paul Design. Our holiday flowers and gifts are sure to put you in the holiday spirit this Christmas! Stop by and see with our incredible selection of holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.

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What is mistletoe and why do we kiss under it at Christmas?

Greenery and plants including holly, laurel, boxwood bushes, poinsettias, pine trees, wreaths and mistletoe, play important roles in many of our holiday celebrations. Kissing under the mistletoe is one Christmastime’s most romantic – and most unusual – traditions.  But what is mistletoe and how did it become such a fabled part of Christmas while being mostly ignored the rest of the year?

Unlike most other holiday flowers, mistletoe isn’t exactly known for its beauty. In fact, the infamous yuletide plant is an invasive shrub that grows from the dung of birds and extracts nutrients from trees. While that may not be a glowing introduction to mistletoe, it does begin to explain why this plant has held people’s fascination for so long.

While it is true that mistletoe is semi-parasitic and could eventually kill its host plant, it is generally not considered a serious enough threat, in most cases, to warrant control measures. In fact, there is evidence that the plant could have benefits for birds as well as humans.

Several studies – including one from Billabong Creek in New South Wales, Australia and another from central Mexico have shown a significant drop in the populations of birds and other species in areas where scientists removed mistletoe from the ecosystem while populations increased or stayed the same in areas with mistletoe.

Those findings, along with other studies suggest that mistletoe is a keystone species that not only plays a critical role in its ecosystem but may also provide some promising health benefits to humans. Doctors at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are studying mistletoe’s effects on cancer patients as a way to relieve side effects of chemotherapy, and physicians in Europe are able to prescribe mistletoe to their patients.

How did it become a holiday tradition?

Long before the internet, neighbors and relatives frequently visited each other during the holidays for fellowship. Houses were kept tidy and decorated for the holidays in order to be ready for any guests or visitors, so the decorations needed to be hearty enough to last for several weeks. Although the origins of kissing under the mistletoe are unclear, it was likely chosen in part because it stays green all winter long without being rooted in soil.

Tannenbaum Basket by William Paul Floral Design

The earliest documented cases of kissing under the mistletoe date back to 16th century England where it was a very popular custom at the time, but it likely started even earlier. One Norse myth claims people began kissing under the plant as a peace offering after the god Balder was killed with a mistletoe arrow. Early European were so enamored with mistletoe plants that they became interwoven into myths, legends, and religious beliefs.

Literature is filled with examples of different uses that range anywhere from preventing fires to scaring away demons and protecting livestock from witchcraft. Throughout the ages, mistletoe was also commonly tied to fertility, which may be where the tradition started. Washington Irving wrote that men commonly gave women a kiss for each berry hanging on the mistletoe above them – plucking one off for each kiss.

Despite mistletoe’s continued popularity in Christmas carols, songs, and tales, the plant is not nearly as common as it used to be even though nearly everyone has heard of it. And, unlike the jolly old elf, there is nothing seasonal about mistletoe – it does not disappear when the season is over, it is simply forgotten about for several months each year until it makes its appearance in doorways across the world next year.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at William Paul Floral Design! Start your holiday shopping today with our incredible selection of holiday flowers and gifts. We offer same-day delivery in San Francisco, Sacramento, Atlanta, and surrounding areas for birthdaysanniversariesnew babiesget well soonsympathy, or even just because. Call us today at (415) 481-3024 or shop online 24/7.