Save on Flowers, Gifts for Mother's Day

PERQS, the Duke faculty and staff discount program, offers savings on flowers and more for Mother's Day.
PERQS, the Duke faculty and staff discount program, offers savings on flowers and more for Mother's Day.

Thinking of giving flowers for Mother's Day? You're in good company.

Mother's Day, which is May 8, is one of the largest U.S. consumer spending holidays. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent more than $14 billion buying gifts for mothers last May, including $1.9 billion on flowers.

To help Duke faculty and staff save on pampering mothers with flowers or other gifts, here are six discounts available through PERQS, Duke's employee discount program.

Baskets and buds: Save 15 percent on flowers and gift baskets when ordering online or by phone at 1-800-Flowers.com. Check the PERQS website for discount code (NetID required).

Free Raleigh delivery: Order flowers through Fallons Creative Flowers in Raleigh and receive free delivery in Raleigh. Call (919) 828-4134 or (919) 836-8123.

Love garden: Send a prepackaged "love garden" - flower seeds, soil and pot - and get a 10 percent discount from Lilyputts Gift Baskets. Mom just needs to add water, place the pot in the sun and then watch the flowers grow. Check the PERQS website for discount code (NetID required). (714) 345-6276.

Garden fresh: Forest Hills Florist, a family-owned florist shop in Garner, offers a 10 percent discount on any new purchase. (919) 772-6234.Carnations to cookies: Save 20 percent on plants, flowers and gourmet cookies at From You Flowers. Check the PERQS website for the discount code (NetID required). (800) 838-8853.

International flower power: Send flowers, plants and gifts across the street or around the world through ProFlowers. Get 15 percent off any purchase from proflowers.com. Check the PERQS website for the discount code (NetID required) or call (800) 210-2279 and mention Duke.