My wife and I are going to a social event to the house of a (not so close but still) friend who is a self-declared and active feminist (e.g. she blogs about it). For such social events, we normally take flowers to the host in gratitude for the invitation. We like this present because (to us and based on feedback from past experiences) flowers are beautiful, colorful, smell nice, and overall bring joy to those around them. Also, most of the people give wine or chocolates, so we think something different is a nice present too.
In this case however, I am afraid flowers could be understood by her as a gendered/stereotype/sexist present. Since there is no obscurity between this friend and ourselves on her feminism, we having not thought about this potential perception could make her feel unpleased, specially when she might have to receive this present in front of other guests.
Is this an appropriate present?
Context is United Kingdom. I should add that I had some misunderstandings with some other (activist) feminists before for things I considered minor issues, and just want to avoid another. Not that I think something terrible might happen of course, but just asking to be more "informed". I confess I would particularly appreciate an answer from a self-declared activist feminist, which perhaps might back up the answer with some sources/texts on why my friend could well be upset with such present.
Update: I will report back on how this went (in a week's time). The truth is that this massive conversation (quite insightful) is kind of pushing me to actually give her flowers, to see what results of it. If I direct her to this post after it, I am sure she will have a massive laugh! (or not)