Have you ever given someone a plant as a gift instead of flowers? I have. I find that there are some really gorgeous plants, and they tend to cost less than flowers do in some case. They also last a heck of a lot longer (some can be "permanent" if well cared for. Some can even be replanted outside or used as cuttings to grow more plants), so it seems like a better bang for your buck. I like flowers, but I always feel like someone spent a lot of money buying them for me when they won't last very long. I think I'd prefer a plant.