Red roses are the traditional symbol of love on Valentine's Day, but let's face it, they are a super expensive gift and they don't last all that long! This year, why not be unique and choose one of these three different flowers that are not only beautiful, but a lot less expensive and guaranteed to last far longer than those roses.

  • Alstromeria: More commonly known as Peruvian Lilies or Miniature Lilies. In addition to shades of red, pink, and white, they also come in yellow, green, orange, mauve, and purple. And online, you can get a 100 Peruvian Lily multi-colored bouquet for $19.99.
     
  • Chrysanthemums: If you think these cheerful flowers are for fall only, you're wrong! They come in a variety of bright colors, including red, pink, yellow, white, off-white, lavender, burgundy, and gold. Mums can last up to 20 days in a vase (two weeks longer than roses), and only cost you about 30 bucks.
     
  • Carnations: The natural colors of a carnation are pinkish-purple and peach, but, depending on the florist, you can find any number of modified colors. You can buy a bouquet of colorful carnations for Valentine's Day that's at least twice the size of a dozen red roses ... for about $30 less! (Shine)