Some of the best advice I’ve ever received came from my mom on the eve of my leaving for college. In a list of things she gave to me to remember as I left home, she noted, “Whenever you’re feeling sad, do something kind for someone else.” Out of the 18 items on the list, this is the one that sticks with me. The notion of getting out of your own funk by focusing on putting a smile on someone else’s face is a unique solution to a bad day. And I would argue it’s one of the best antidotes out there!

Deliveries and treats to make someone’s day can be harder to track down than you think, and when you’re trying to do something a little out of the ordinary, the options are few and far between. We’ve rounded up five of our favorite ways to make someone’s day in Nashville. Whether you live in another city and want to celebrate your best friend’s promotion or are looking to kick a bad day and treat someone else, here are a few ideas!

5 Ways to Make Someone’s Day in Nashville

Send a giant balloon.

While a classic bouquet of balloons can be fun, we’re loving Nashville’s Vroom Vroom Balloon for something a little bit different. The company’s specialty is giant, personalized balloons. These are certainly an indulgent send, but they are sure to bring a giant smile. From confetti filled to three-feet-wide, they have a long list of customizations available. Request song lyrics or a happy birthday message, and Fiona will hand-letter the balloon to your specifications. Additionally, you can add on tassels, fringe or even a live greenery tail. They deliver, and they also take day-of orders for all you procrastinators out there (for an additional charge!).

Order in the store (805 Woodland St #301, Nashville, TN 37206) Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 p.m. to 3 p.m. or call (615) 955-0565.

The giant balloons from Vroom Vroom kick a classic balloon bouquet up a notch! Image: Vroom Vroom Balloon

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Send a sweet.

Is there anything more sinfully delicious than cookie dough? The ultimate treat for a down-in-the-dumps day, NoBaked has you covered. With nine different flavors — we recommend the cookies ‘n’ cream! — and plenty of toppings, you can mix and match anyone’s favorite combination. If you’re local, stop into one of their Nashville locations and pick up a custom pint or two and hand-deliver it to your friend with a note and a smile. If not, never fear — NoBaked ships! Orders go out the Monday after they are placed, so plan ahead and ensure the delicious delivery arrives right on time.

Order in the store (117 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203) Sunday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. or visit their website here

Create your own mini six-pack for $38! Image: NoBaked

Send flowers — that last an entire year!

We’re positive that sending a bright bouquet of flowers as a congratulation or happy sentiment is always a great choice. To take it a step further, MFleurs lets you treat someone to fresh flowers that last an entire year. You read that right. These special flowers, Eternal Roses, are harvested from Ecuador and slightly dehydrated then rehydrated with an innovative solution that keeps them fresh for a year without any water at all. The luxurious boxes of roses can be customized in color, shape and size, and they are delivered within 48 hours of order around Nashville. MFleurs is a woman-owned and -operated business, and their supplier in Ecuador provides above-average salaries, healthcare and jobs for the women working there, making this a feel-good gift all around!

Order online here

Deliver long-lasting happiness with MFleurs roses! Image: MFleurs

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Send some laughs.

For someone who needs a real pick-me-up, we recommend a special delivery – straight to their inbox. Tickets to a show at Zanies Comedy Night Club are essentially a recipe for happiness. With a calendar packed with hilarious acts, there’s no wrong choice. In fact, we’ve found that the lesser-known comedians often bring the most unpredictably hysterical shows. Pick a specific show and treat your friend to a night out (bonus points if you join them!) or send over a gift certificate so they can choose their own. We guarantee this unexpected gift will translate to lots of laughs.

Purchase tickets or gift certificates here.

The guaranteed way to send a smile: a night at Zanies Comedy Night Club. Image: Zanies

Send a Sercy

“My grandmother always called our gifts sercies. She would always say, ‘I have a little sercy for you.’ It’s a Southern way of saying I love you, thank you, congratulations or it’s going to be okay,” co-founder of Sercy and Co. Stacy Mosley tells us. Sercies, also surcee or sursy, are unexpected, thoughtful gifts. The company was created to curate these gifts with the recipient in mind. Starting at just $10, the gifts can be created for any occasion. They pull together beautiful, high-quality products, like stationery, candles and other delightful gifts, with keen attention to detail. Customers can give them a call to place orders and they will deliver to the lucky recipient. Coming soon, you’ll be able to find them in North Gulch and shop their online selection of pre-curated gifts to give.

To order, call (615) 332-5963 or visit their store at 407 11th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203, open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. 

Sercies are the Southern tradition we didn’t know we needed! Image: Sercy & Co.

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