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Gift Baskets Blog, Gift Basket Ideas,Care Packages & Gifts Delivered: May 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

What is a Gift Basket?

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Fill a Gift Basket with Love - A Unique Alternative for Showing You Care

You've probably heard of or seen gift baskets online many times. You know, they're those lovely baskets filled with goodies that are given as gifts on special occasions or anytime to show you care. These have become popular gifts for the holiday season, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations and many other occasions. Gift baskets are a unique alternative to the typical greeting card with candy.

What is a gift basket? A gift basket is a small-to-medium sized woven basket that is either white, light or dark brown in color. A gift basket is usually filled with goodies such as gourmet foods, inspirational booklets or tapes, and other small gift items like coffee mugs or scented candles. The gift basket provides a remarkable way to say "I care" while also differing from ordinary gifts.

There are many occasions where a gift basket would be appropriate. Holidays, birthday, anniversary, wedding and graduation are mentioned above. Here are some other great gift ideas for sending a gift basket that can brighten someone's day.

*Mother's Day: Many mothers love getting baskets full of goodies and relaxing pamper spa bath and body gifts! If your mother has grandchildren, she can share a candy or cookie gift basket with the kids.

*Teacher's Day: Instead of an apple, impress your teacher or your child's teacher with an intriguing gift basket. She can sit it on her desk and grab a snack whenever the urge hits!

*Get Well Gifts: A big, beautiful hand delivered gift basket filled with fresh fruit makes a terrific get well gift for someone who's under the weather with an illness. They can munch on the treats during those long, boring days spent in the bed. Friends and family members can benefit as well.


*Gifts for returning thanks: Gift baskets make great gifts for returning thanks when someone has helped plan or perform an important event. An example of this would be gift baskets for a bridal shower or the bridesmaids of a wedding.


*Pastor's wife appreciation gift: At church, a great way to show appreciation for your Pastor's wife is to present a gift basket to her during an anniversary service or other event.

*Secret Sister or Secret Santa gifts for holidays: Many companies, churches and organizations enjoy giving gifts secretly throughout the year or on holidays using a "Secret Sister" or "Secret Santa" program. Gift baskets are a good choice for these occasions!

*Chinese auction gifts: Chinese auctions are fun, especially when you're number one! These are auctions where various gifts are brought wrapped and unmarked, and everyone chooses a gift according to the number order after drawing their numbers. A gift basket would be perfect for this event.

*Gift for someone with a severe cold or flu: Know someone with a severe cold or flu? A gift basket with soup mix might be just the thing to bring relief. Soup has been known to soothe the worst of colds!

Gift to send someone far away: Want to show someone you care who lives miles away? Gift baskets can be ordered online and shipped directly to their door. Gift baskets are delightful gifts for sharing your love with others nearby or far away!

Gift Baskets Benefit the Receiver

The person receiving your gift basket will benefit beyond the goodies inside. The basket itself is a great keepsake that can be used to store magazines, silk flowers, holiday treats, and might even be used as a bed for a small pet! The gift basket will enhance the decor of their home and serve as an extra storage space for small items.

With a gift basket, your gift and thoughtfulness will go a long way. Gift baskets are delightful gifts for sharing your love with others nearby or far away!

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Public Golf Courses

Making The Right Choice

Finding a good and relatively inexpensive public golf course can be a difficult task for any newcomer to the world of golf and so this article aims to give you a few tips on points to look for when choosing a suitable public golf course.

Chances are, if you’re just starting out, you haven't decided to apply to a fancy country club yet so you can play their outstanding course, right? That's a very good idea, because there are probably several public golf courses close to you that are just as terrific and much cheaper too! Do you think Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson started out on private courses? I doubt it! Even though we can't all have the status of a Woods or Mickelson, we can make sure that we don't have an argument with our wallet every time we want to hit the course for some practice time on the driving range or to get in a leisurely round.

Of course, the first thing you want to check at a public golf course is the course itself. Find out how many holes it has – some courses only have 9 and, to play a full 18 holes of golf, you just go around twice. Walk a few holes and take a look at the course. Check to see whether it appears well maintained. Are the greens plush and even? Is the rough bearable? Does it look like they regularly mend divot holes? There’s nothing more discouraging for a novice golfer than playing a course that ends up being too tough just because of poor maintenance. While poorly maintained courses can provide lots of entertainment value – you know you look funny when you’re swinging away in a bunker – they don’t provide as much "good" experience for a novice golfer as a well cared for course will.

That brings up another thing to check, the cost of a round. You'll find some big differences in cost from course to course, and many public golf courses offer reduced rates at certain times of the day and during the off-season. For example, public golf courses in Phoenix, Arizona, known as the City of Golf, sometimes discount their rates by as much as 50 percent during the hot summer months.

Next, some extras can be really helpful to your game! Most beginners spend far too much time on the practice putting green and not nearly enough time on the driving range. Make sure the course you pick has an adequate driving range. It doesn’t matter if you can putt like a pro if it takes you six strokes to get onto the green at a par 3 hole. Along with the driving range and practice green, you might find a public golf course that has a chipping green or a practice bunker. These can all be great features to help you improve particular problem areas in your game. And that’s what it's all about.

Finally, check out the clubhouse. No, I don’t mean discover whether the bartender is handsome or the waitress is cute. Learn whether the course has a pro shop, and whether a golf pro runs it. Ask about his or her qualifications – most of us think of the words "golf pro" and immediately think PGA, but not all golf pros are registered with the PGA. For that matter, not all golf pros are particularly well qualified for teaching. Ask if lessons are offered or if a golf school is associated with the course. This can be a big selling point if you’re trying to improve your golf swing and just can’t figure out what's wrong. And of course, find out the cost of the lessons.

The secret to finding a good public golf course is to shop around. Check out several courses in your area and don’t worry about whether they are listed in some Who's Who of public courses. Just do your homework and pick the one that best suits your own needs. It will make for a much more enjoyable experience and might even lower your score!

And remember - a bad choice can get you the same results as Hank Aaron, the world-renowned baseball player who once said, "It took me 17 years to get 3,000 hits, but I did it in one afternoon on the golf course!" Copyright 2005 - Donald Saunders

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Birthday Party Tips

Birthday Party Ideas for Children Ages 2-12

Need a few birthday tips and ideas for the next birthday party in your household? Here’s a variety of suggestions that we think will help you make your child’s birthday party fun, special and easy for you.


Birthday Party Tips for the Young and the Young at Heart

Your child’s birthday party should be a fun and memorable experience for your child and for his or her guests. Here’s how you can pull it off:


  • Let your child choose the theme of her birthday party and be actively involved in the planning stages of the event. Have her write the invitations if she are able.
  • Have your child greet each guest at the door. This will help her guests feel welcome and will help her learn how to be a great hostess.
  • Have a birthday party table or counter space available for the presents. Ideally this place should be a place where all of the guests can sit comfortably and see your child open the presents.
  • If you order a pizza or another ‘hot food item’ leave it in the oven before the guests are read to eat.
  • Avoid games, which leave some of the guests with nothing to do. A birthday party can be a nightmare if one of the guests is unhappy. If your child insists on playing a game from this genre, provide additional activities which the guests can do while they are waiting for the game to end.
  • If you plan on making a birthday party craft with the guests, make sure you create a prototype, for the guests to see and for you to gauge the difficulty level of the craft before the birthday party begins.
  • When opening gifts make sure that your child acknowledges who has given her each gift and that she thanks every guest.
  • A party favor or a goody bag is a nice way to end birthday parties. Your child can say goodbye to each guest with these items.
  • Book special events in advance. (i.e. Children’s museums, Pizza Parlors, Arcades, Fun Houses, Tumble Bus Birthday Parties, etc.

Birthday Party Games and Activities for Children Ages 2-12

Birthday party themes, games and activities are perhaps the most memorable parts of your child’s special day. Here are some ideas that will make your child remember her birthday party for a long time to come:


  1. For the scientific child, help her to set up a series of fun science experiments that all of the guests can participate in. For a treat, serve the guests green sherbet with cream soda or ginger ale.
  2. For the ‘fashionista’ in your life, divide the guests into two teams and have them race to put on designated outfits and accessories. Once they put the clothes on they must quickly walk or run down a run-way and pose for a picture. (You might need other parents or family members to help with this one). This is a birthday party she will never forget!
  3. For older children, play ‘1-100’. This game requires 2 dice, one piece of paper and a pencil or a pen for each guest. Have each guest write his or her name on the piece of paper leaving space to write 1-100 below the name. Then, the birthday girl gets to choose someone to go first. The chosen individual will role the dice and if he or she does not get doubles then he or she will pass the dice to the next player. If however, the first player does get doubles then he or she will begin to write 1, 2, 3, 4,…….etc. under until another player roles doubles. The dice will continue around the table and when the dice returns to the first player and he or she gets doubles again then that player would begin where he or she left off. Whoever gets to 100 first, wins!

Birthday Party Gifts and Surprises

Birthday gifts and surprises don’t have to include Barbies and Gameboys. They can also include the following:

  • Ballet Classes
  • Sports Equipment
  • A Mini-Trip
  • A Trip to a Space Museum with Mom or Dad
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • A New Book on Tape
  • Language Lessons
  • Puzzles
  • A Book of Science Projects+ Materials
  • A Trip to their favorite Restaurant
  • A Recipe Book for Kids, etc.

Remember parents, what your children want the most is time with YOU! Give your kids the gift of time.




About the Author: Boyd Norwood is a Web Content Specialist in Orem, UT. For more information in regards to creating the perfect birthday party, please feel free to contact Tumblebuskids.com.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Spirit of Father's Day

Some time ago I received a gift from both of my children. It was spontaneous and had nothing to do with Father’s day. Yet, at the same time it had everything to do with Father’s day.

My son, Kai, - he was 17 at the time - was attending a private boarding high school in Colorado. While we were talking on the phone he shared some wonderful news with me. Kai said, "You know Dad, I am really happy with my life. I can’t think of a thing that I would change about the way that I grew up, or the way that my life is now." My daughter Sabari, - also 17 at the time ...yes, twins! - , who was living with her mother in Northern California, said almost the same thing to me just a few days later.

Of course, I was delighted to hear this from both of them. What parent wouldn’t revel in the good spirits of their children. And I told them both how happy I was, not only that they were happy, but that they expressed it to me. The heartfelt communication that we shared is as dear to me as the news itself.

And that, I reflected, was the gift that they were giving me. The gift of heartfelt, open, communication. Certainly I hope for good news when I hear from them. But mostly I love that they will share their real feelings with me. Happy or sad, I love to be touched by their innermost thoughts and feelings. That is how I can really share in their lives.

The spontaneous sharing of my children reminded me of our relationship with Spirit. Our open, honest, heartfelt innermost thoughts and feelings flowing towards our Creator, good news or bad, is at the foundation of our ability to have a real conscious relationship with God.

Many people think that God is present only at a distance. Some think that if God is any way knowable, that knowledge can only come after death. But the saints of all religions have proclaimed that God is knowable here and now if we will just take the time to communicate with Him/Her. Unfortunately many religious traditions have lost touch with this most essential truth. It isn’t satisfying to the soul to just read or talk about our connection with Spirit. We yearn to actually experience the reality of our relationship with God.

As an earthly father and a child of my Infinite Father I offer this Father’s Day gift to you. A simple reminder that God is real and present in your life. Consciously enter into your relationship with Spirit by inwardly having a conversation with Him/Her during the day. Let God be your inner companion and friend. Let this communication be natural and heartfelt. You don’t have to make deep pronouncements to God - unless you really want to. Experiment with the type of exchange that feels most comfortable to you. The only really essential part of this is that it must be sincere. Even sincere doubt is better than insincere praise.

The highest form of communication is that which bridges the gap between those communicating - creating oneness. It is this experience of oneness that we long for with our loved ones and with God. When we can perfect our inner communication with Spirit we will consciously realize our oneness with all life - everywhere. This won’t be an abstract concept but an actual experience.

For a child, Father’s day isn’t really about giving Dad a gift. It is about recognizing the gift of caring that fathers express when they help put food on the table, teach their child to ride a bike, cheer at a soccer game, smile at a graduation, give their daughter’s hand in marriage, giggle with a grandchild, and most importantly, act as a channel for God’s love to flow through them into the lives of their children.

For a father, Father’s day isn’t so much about taking the accolades of a job well done (even though they may be well deserved!), but about giving thanks for the opportunity to give. And remember, the greatest gift that we give our children is the actual expression of our love. It isn’t enough to feel love for them inside ourselves: we need to express that love. Take a moment each day and give your child the kind of hug that can leave no doubt that you really treasure their presence in your life.

Of course, the greatest Dad of all is the father of all life. So let’s take some time this Father’s day to remember our Heavenly Father. Let’s share our innermost hopes, dreams, challenges, temporary setbacks, and victories. And once we have had our say, let’s listen carefully: For God, the Father of us all, may have a gift in store for us, the gift of awareness of His Infinite Loving Presence in our lives.


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Father’s Day isn’t about taking accolades for a job well done, but about giving thanks for the opportunity to give.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Father's Day Origin, Tribute to Dad


Have you thought about what you are going to do to pay tribute to your father this coming Father's Day? Perhaps there is someone in your life who is not your biological father and yet, they are a father figure to you. Either way, you may want to share the following story
with those you love for the coming tribute to fathers everywhere.

Did you know that Father's Day began in 1909? That's right.Mrs. John B. Dodd of Washington thought up the idea as a unique way to honor her father, William Smart. Mr. Smart was a Civil War veteran. He was widowed when his wife died during the birth of their sixth child. Being left to raise the newborn and five other children by himself on a rural farm, William Smart did a great job of showing the love of a father to his children.

It was when Mrs. Dodd was an adult that she realized just how much her father had done as a single father. To honor him, she began her first official Father's Day. Interestingly, at about the sametime in other areas of the country other folks were getting precisely the same idea about their fathers. Goes to show you when one person has a great idea others may be thinking the same great idea at the same time.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge endorsed the idea of a national Father's Day. In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed apresidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. And that's how Father's Day began!


About the Author: Patricia Twitchell is the proprietor of Just Bears and Stuff. Visit her at: Just Bears and Stuff


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Private Tutors for Children

Your child’s school activity is falling behind other classmates, his/her grades aren’t high anymore, or your child is just not coping with teachers’ requirements. All these represent valid reasons for you to get a private tutor for the child. The private tutor will help your child with difficult homework assignments, will explain him/her different concepts or ideas, and will teach him how to study efficiently for tests.

If you hadn’t had a private tutor for your child before, it would be good to know what to bring to a tutoring session. Your child should bring the textbooks for certain subjects they will be studying, notes from classes, previous tests, assignments, workbook problems, class syllabus etc.

The tutoring activity is not the private tutor’s exclusive responsibility. In order for the tutoring sessions to be successful, you, as a parent, share a great deal of responsibility. You have to keep an eye on the child when he/she is not at school, to make sure he/she is studying enough. Parents, child and private tutor have to collaborate together for achieving best results. Therefore, here are some things you should do as part of your role.

Before the tutoring session you ought to make sure that your child is familiar with the material the private tutor will be working on. You should encourage your child to make a list of questions on things he/she didn’t understand during classes. Also encourage your child to ask questions whenever a problem arises. Instruct your child to share with the private tutor his/her preferred method for studying. Make sure the child is behaving respectfully towards the private tutor. And always supervise your child’s studying activity; make sure he/she is studying thoroughly.
Your child’s most important responsibility is to study. But, apart from this, he/she also has to retain himself/herself from doing some prohibited things. Here are the most common mistakes the tutored children are doing. Children expect and even ask the private tutor to do the homework for them. They start studying for a test when it’s too late and they don’t have enough time to learn. Or they ask for the private tutor’s help in case of a test when is too late. And, the worst mistake of all, they don’t study for the tutoring sessions, therefore the parent’s financial effort and the private tutor’s activity become useless.

In conclusion, the learning process is an effort that requires commitment on behalf of parents, students and private tutors. All these factors have to cooperate and act responsible for best studying results.

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