How selflessness leads to happiness.

Acting selflessly has huge benefits for all parties involved and a ripple effect that is so rewarding.

Selfless acts are not only appreciated by the receiver, but the person acting without thought of reward, receives a wonderfully warm feeling that money just cannot buy.​

Here are three incredibly good reasons to do so.
-Selflessness improves relationships & forms bonding connections.
by showing someone you care about them above your own needs​, we show them that we are ultimately interested in their well being. This can only come from a place of love.  Every time we help someone, we share a positive bond that will be remembered.

-Selflessness can keep you healthy
science suggests that acts of selflessness triggers the feel good chemicals oxytocin and dopamine in the body which have many health benefits.

-​Selflessness gives us a new perspective & helps us remember to be grateful
helping someone in need reminds us that everyone (including ourselves) could use a helping hand once in a while. When we are feeling fortunate enough to be the giver of help, it dials up our own sense of gratitude and helps us perceive the world from a more positive perspective.

So how can we practice selflessness?
Any random act of kindness will do it.  Whether that’s a kind word or deed, listening intently (that’s a big one in our fast paced, distracted world!) or volunteering.  Donating your time, or money, to a cause you feel deeply about is a great way to get that feel good high going, for all involved.

Looking for a way to brighten the day of someone who could use it?  There are so many ideas in our gift hampers range or perhaps a very thoughtful keepsake is what you’re after? We all know the absolute magical powers that sending a fresh flower bouquet can have in the eyes of the recipient.

Whatever you choose to do, remembering the wonderful effects that it will have on you both, is reason enough to just do something…

They will never forget how you made them feel ?

How indoor plants help our physical and emotional health

Everyone loves being surrounded by lush greenery, whether they’re at work or in their home but have we ever really considered why that is?
There are so many benefits to having indoor plants, not least of which is that they beautify our space and provide an aesthetically pleasing environment within which to thrive. What we really don’t consider too much is why that is. Let’s take an in depth look at why plants are so precious and what the very real health benefits are to having them around.

1. They are natural air purifiers – this well known process called photosynthesis in which plants clean the air by taking in our carbon dioxide and emitting clean oxygen. Indoor plants can remove up to 87 percent of toxins in air and water within 24 hours of being in your home or apartment. How? The research revealed houseplants pull polluted air down to their roots, and convert it into food and energy. Hard workers, aren’t they?!

2. Following on the heels of these natural air purifiers, studies have shown that Rubber Plants are natural humidifiers (as well as purifiers-#winning). So if you have dry skin or throat problems – these babies might just be the solution you’ve been looking for.

3. Your autonomic nervous system is responsible for much of your involuntary bodily functions — including digestion, heart rate, emotional responses, metabolism, blood pressure, temperature, and more. It has three main branches: Your sympathetic system (aka, the system that regulates your fight or flight response), parasympathetic system (aka, rest and digest), and enteric system, which is only in your gastrointestinal tract. A study showed that interacting with houseplants actually suppressed the sympathetic nervous system – tending to plants calmed stress and lowered blood pressure. Extremely cool.

4. Being around house plants makes you more productive. They are said to improve memory retention, and of course, make the space more calm and relaxing. “If you are working in an environment where there’s something to get you psychologically engaged you are happier and you work better.”

5. And this reason is perhaps my favourite. They say that therapy can be expensive, whereas, your little green friends will listen for free! In all seriousness, tending to your indoor plants is focussing not on yourself but on the care and attention of something or someone other than yourself. A selfless act is very closely associated with inner peace. Inner peace lowers cortisol levels. Having chronically high cortisol levels can lead to persistent high blood sugar causing a number of health conditions.

Well I don’t need to tell you that I may have been called a ‘crazy plant lady’ to which I respond, ‘thank you’. Being surrounded by such peace and tranquility on a daily basis has most definitely been a huge benefit to me both emotionally and physically.
If you would like to make someone’s day, week, month, year – give them the gift of a beautiful house plant. They will be forever thankful. Plus, every time they look at it with a smile, they’ll be thinking of you. They will never forget how you made them feel!!

What to write on your Valentine’s Day Card

Writing a Valentine’s Day card is a very special way of letting your partner know just how very loved and appreciated they are to you.  Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with just the right words in just the right way.

Seeing as we have been writing Valentine’s Day cards for over 25 years now, we have heard quite a few and have collated them into what we think are some fabulous love notes.

If you want to be a little bit funny

‘I love you because you are almost exactly like me and I am the best!’

‘You are the woo to my hoo’

‘Valentine’s Day with you beats my best ever! (For the record, that was in grade 3 when a kid gave us all full-size Mars bars.)

If you want to be a little bit flirty

‘We can’t bring sexy back….because it never left.’

‘So fine, so mine!’

Crazy in love.  I blame you.’

If you want to be a little bit sensual

Your lips, your skin, your touch.  #HaveMercy!’

‘More please. More you. More me. More us.’

‘Vibin’ on the sweetness of you.’

If you want them to know just how loved and appreciated they are

‘Thank you for being here for us from the first to the last.’

‘You bring the realness and the rightness to this love.’

‘You make our life sweeter with your playful ways’.

If you just want them to know you love them endlessly

‘One day, we’ll be the cute old couple.’

‘The perfect place for us is together.’

‘You bring joy to my heart, beauty to my world and love to my life.’


There’s so many ways to say how you feel.  Take inspiration from the above then shout it from the rooftops.  They will never forget how you made them feel!


Why do we gift Poinsettias at Christmas time?

Poinsettias have long been associated with Christmas for a few reasons.  They’re such a beautifully striking plant in the most appropriate colours of the festive season – red and green.  The ruby red of the flower is not actually a flower at all, just leafy foliage of the shrub/small tree native to South America.

The red ‘flower’ is also commonly associated by religious communities as having the shape of the Star of Bethlehem. An old Mexican legend tells the tale of Pepita who was very sad that she had no money for a gift for the baby Jesus.  Comforted, she was told that any gift, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. As she walked to the church, Pepita picked a bouquet of weeds and left them at the bottom of the nativity scene where they transformed into beautiful red flowers. From that day on, they became known as “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”

We consider them a Christmas flower, and many people give them around Christmas time to symbolise good will and community spirit.

Giving this living gift will be a lasting reminder of a very special time of the year.  Send one of our Poinsettias gift wrapped with ‘Merry Christmas’ ribboning either by itself or mixed in amongst a delectable gourmet hamper for all to share.

Tis the season!

How to care for your Peace Lily

Peace lilies or spathiphyllum lilies are perhaps one of our most popular living gifts.  Their striking white blooms and glossy dark leaves are a statement plant for any space.

Their name is a bit of a misnomer – the peace lily is not a true lily however when it comes to their care, peace, as in calm and tranquility is pretty much what you’ll be in for. These beauties are the perfect gift for a novice plant parent.

While peace lilies can be an outdoor plant, they truly do thrive in an indoor environment where the conditions are more controlled.

Peace lilies are a good choice for low-light spaces because they can thrive in shade or partial shade. They also tolerate fluorescent lights, so if you need a plant friend to liven up your desk at the office, peace lily is a good option.  It is always advised though to give plants a little sunlight every so often. All plants require light for photosynthesis, the process within a plant that converts light, oxygen and water into carbohydrates (energy). Plants require this energy in order to grow and bloom.

Plants are also of a huge health benefit to us, removing many toxins from indoor air including formaldehyde and ammonia.

As for the ideal temperature, they thrive in a consistent temperature which can be slightly on the warmer side.  Make sure though that they are not likely to be exposed to extreme changes in temperature, like a draughty area in the middle of winter. Placing it in direct sunlight in the heat of summer will likely burn the foliage too.

Peace lilies like to be watered a lot at once, but also need a chance to dry out afterward. The plant will droop a bit when thirsty, telling you when it needs a drink. If you pay attention to when it usually starts to sag, you can plan to water one day before it generally happens. Watering about once a week and spritzing leaves with water throughout the summer will help keep your peace lily hydrated. If your plant seems to completely droop, don’t give up — water and spritz and give it a chance to revive. If your water is chlorine-heavy, let a container of water stand overnight before watering the plant.

Peace lilies are mildly toxic to animals and humans, so keep away from small children and pets, and wash your hands after handling your plant as it produces crystals that can irritate skin.

These graceful plants are the perfect addition to any space and for so many different reasons.  Peace lilies are commonly gifted for bereavements with messages accompanying them expressing their dearly departed is now at peace.  They’re a beautifully stylish housewarming gift even for someone who has never been a plant parent before.  When potted into a designer bowl or ceramic, they make a very memorable birthday or anniversary gift.

Whatever the reason or season, the peace lily is the perfect gift to spruce up any space.

Give a smile, get a smile ?

Inner struggles and external setbacks are an unavoidable part of life for us all.  But, as they say, you can get by with a little help from your friends.

Whether it’s a rough day or a tough season, light hearted humour can help lighten the load of those you love and care for.

When you can see a friend in need, you’re a friend indeed.  Here are a few card messages we thought were both encouraging and funny.

‘I believe in you…and unicorns.  But mostly you.’

‘You and chocolate are in my thoughts.  Hey, it can all be about you ;)’

‘This too shall pass.  And hopefully not like a kidney stone!’

‘At a time like this, don’t even bother with a bowl. Just grab a spoon and start shoveling that ice cream straight from the container’

‘Sorry things are crappy. If you need somebody to binge-watch a whole season of something with you, I’m there.’

‘I’m here.  And I have wine.’

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. It decreases your heart rate and blood pressure, it can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

So not only are you letting those you love know they’re not alone, you’re looking after their mental and physical wellbeing.

Whether it’s an All Smiles Gift Hamper or a bottle of wine and chocolates, a big bunch of fresh, fragrant flowers or a little plant friend, there are so many wonderful ways to say ‘I care’.

And that’s what friends are for!


Happy Birthday Scorpio ♍︎

To our beautiful Scorpio friends born between 23rd October and 21st November, we wish you many happy returns!  You truly are one of the luckiest signs of them all as one of your birth flowers is the coveted Peony ?

Known as one of the most intense of the zodiac signs, Scorpios are persistant and passionate, deeply sensitive also and easily moved by their emotions.

There’s no better person to have on your side, and in your corner, because Scorpios are resolutely protective and loyal to those they love, and we love them for that!

The perfect way to say Happy Birthday to this water sign, is most definitely a stunning bouquet of perfect peonies.  With their luxuriously full shape and beautiful colours, these flowers embody both a sense of romance (a compliment to the Scorpio’s sensitivity) and power. Also regarded an as omen of good fortune and prosperity, they’re a fitting match for the Scorpio’s fierce potential.

Or perhaps your special Scorpio would like a beautifully gift wrapped ‘all things peony’ gift hamper?!  A gift that will delight all the senses!  Luxurious bath and body products and eye pillow.  The sweetly scented peony Ecoya candle and sweet treats to indulge in.  You cannot go wrong with this amazing hamper of peony delights.

Whichever you decide is best for them – or if you can’t, they do look amazing wrapped together.  Truly a birthday to remember.

The #1 reason to send flowers for no reason at all – do you know what it is?

Someone told me once that they send flowers to their partner three times a year – Valentines Day, anniversary & birthday.  While all three of these occasions warrants a beautiful bouquet of stunning blooms, I couldn’t help but share why sending flowers for no reason at all is perhaps the best reason of all.

While big events in any relationship are synonymous with beautiful blooms and alluring fragrances, on these special occasions, one might all but expect a lovely gift to be coming their way.  A delivery of nature’s finest flowers conveying messages from the heart which nurture the bond between you both are commonplace on these significant days.

However, it’s the days that are ‘nothing special’ – the Tuesday afternoon or Thursday morning of our weeks that breeze past without a second thought, when we’re all busy thinking, doing and planning.   These are precisely the moments to ‘surprise and delight’.  There’ll be no warning, no wondering whether to expect something special.  They might even see the bouquet coming into the office and wonder who the lucky recipient or what the occasion is (not thinking for one second that it might be them).

The essence of joy and pleasure in our lives is in spontaneity delighting in the moment that is creating heartwarming and treasured memories.

The emotion of surprise is useful therapeutically as it can switch our brains into the positive connector emotions of trust, love and joy. These, in turn, will trigger the production of the all important happy hormones we hear so much about.

The surprise & delight factor need not be just for the romantics out there, in fact, I encourage it for all.  There are so many special people in our lives that we would want to show our love and appreciation to. Those that are truly unaware of just how special they are to us and all those around them that they shine their light upon.  Flowers communicate the intention to invest in a relationship, conveying a respect for fragility. Relationships can be as fragile as flowers and the care we give to them helps us remember the care that our relationships need.

Relationships of all types need nurturing to thrive.

So why wait- if not now, when?  I encourage you to surprise and delight someone special.  It does not need to be a grand gesture, but it can if you feel you want to.  It can be as simple as a few of their favourite blooms, that way they know you’ve shown interest in knowing what that flower is, but also, having that very warm feeling of a special emotional bond between you both that has just been formed.

Maya Angelou says it best…’people may forget what you said, or forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel’.


Happy Birthday Libran friends ?

Happy Birthday to our beautiful Libran friends, born between 23rd September and 22nd October.

They’re described as social bunnies! “They’re the glitter glue that keeps everyone together.” Basically, Librans help maintain social cohesion, love to celebrate any festive occasion, and can be friends with you no matter your differences.  They’re natural peacemakers, they choose their words carefully and aim to find common ground with as many people as possible.  They have great intentions and think the best of people and ideas.
What a wonderful person to have in your life!
Make sure you let them know on their special day, just how much they mean to you with a beautiful bouquet or just a few stems of their birth flower – the rose.   Known to love the finer things in life, the rose is absolutely the pinnacle of pretty.  We source only Australian grown, farm fresh roses, so you can be guaranteed that these beauties are of the highest quality and artfully arranged to take their breath away.

R U OK day & beyond – how can you show your care & support?

The 8th September is ‘Are You Okay?’ day, when we reach out to someone who may be out of sorts, withdrawn, aggitated, or just not being their usual selves and ask the simple question – ‘are you okay?’. One question, one small act of kindness may be all it takes to start a meaningful conversation and let them know they’re not alone.

Reaching out for emotional support could feel quite daunting.  They may fear appearing too needy, or don’t want to impose.  Perhaps revealing a struggle will make them feel vulnerable.  But what we need to remember is that we are all in this together.  Looking out for each other is part of who we are as humans and what makes us happier and healthier. Evidence shows that caring for others can also benefit our own mental health and wellbeing. It reduces stress as well as improves mood, self-esteem and happiness.  See – it’s a win/win!

To be supportive is to be human – what one person is going through today, might be similar to what we have been through.  To lend a compassionate ear, or helping hand will nurture strong emotional bonds and deeper connections. Not to mention a profound sense of gratitude from those in need.  When you’re in an attitude of gratitude, it is impossible not to pay it forward.  Imagine that ripple effect.

Let’s start with R U OK? day, ask the question.  Maybe ask it twice – ensuring they know you’re not just politely asking but genuinely interested.  Be receptive to whatever the answer may be and do your best to help.  There are some fantastic tips to help you here.

Now let’s take it one step further, or maybe ten.  This is my challenge to you – 10 Days of Support.  Take ten minutes from each of the next ten days to answer these questions and do something about it.  It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, the smallest act of kindness can go so very far.

I GUARANTEE you, you’ll feel warmth in your heart by doing something wonderful for someone else.

Day 1 – who might be feeling a little lonely these days?

Day 2 – who could use a virtual hug?

Day 3 – who has been in your thoughts lately?

Day 4 – who’s dealing with family issues?

Day 5 – who is on a health care journey?

Day 6 – who’s going through a life change?

Day 7 – who’s carrying a heavy emotional load?

Day 8 – who’s struggling with a hard choice?

Day 9 – who’s missing a loved one?

Day 10 – who needs something only you can give?

Send something thoughtful, we have plenty of tokens of affection here.  The best part about giving from Kind Hearts Gift Co is that you’re supporting Mental Awareness Foundation with every dollar spent.  You gift, we give ?

Pick up the phone and call or send a simple text.  Get out pen and paper, and write them a beautiful hand written note.

Here are some suggestions if you struggle to find the right thing to say –

  • “I’m so sorry you’re going through this.”
  • “What are some things you need right now?” (Then, try to follow up with meeting those needs.)
  • “I love you.”
  • “If you want to talk, I’ll be here to listen. Or I can just quietly sit with you. Whatever makes you comfortable.”
  • “I’m praying things will get better for you.”
  • “You’re on my mind a lot, and I just want you to know I care.”
  • “What was something special or unique about [insert name] that you’d like others to know?” (Saying their loved one’s name is so important because you’re including a person who’ll always be important to your friend.)
  • “So many of us are thinking about you and keeping you close in our hearts.”
  • “I hope you know your friendship means the world to me and I don’t ever want you to feel alone.”
  • “No one should ever have to go through this…especially someone as wonderful as you.”
  • “If you want to vent or need somebody to cry with, I will be that somebody.” (If you say this, make sure you’re prepared to follow through on your promise.”
  • “Would you like my help?”


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