Make Your Own Gourmet Gift Baskets

Written by Donna Monday

Everyone loves to receive a gift basket. Corporate gift baskets are often given by businesses to their customers as a token of their appreciation. However, most gift baskets are person to person expressions of love and friendship.

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It’s not difficult to make your own personalized gift baskets. Most gift baskets involve a theme.

Here are some sample ideas to get you started:

** Cookie Gift Basket – bake up some homemade cookies and enclose them in colorful plastic wrap, include a personal card or poem.

** Chocolate Lovers Gift Basket – include individual fancy chocolates, boxed chocolates, orrepparttar 145237 person’s favorite chocolate bars along with hot chocolate mix.

** Holiday Gift Basket #1 – a Christmas holiday gift basket idea could include small stocking stuffers, candy canes and homemade Christmas cookies.

** Holiday Gift Basket #2 – a Halloween holiday gift basket can be stuffed with candy, throw in some plastic skulls, spiders, cob webs and assorted creepy items.

** Wine Country Gift Basket – wine and cheese baskets are favorites, include two bottles of choice wine from your favorite winery or wine shop, add cheese and crackers.

Ten Things You Should Know Before Buying Educational Toys

Written by Michelle Andrews

Your young child's playtime is his first real learning experience, and toys can act as catalysts in your child's growth. The benefits of educational toys are many and varied, and by choosingrepparttar right toys, you create an environment that is fun and conducive to learning vital skills.

But currently it is hard to find what you need if you do not know what you are looking for. With a million toys onrepparttar 145235 market today, it is tough to pick outrepparttar 145236 best combinations of fun and learning. However, every beneficial toy should be fun, safe, and helprepparttar 145237 child develop and exercise some skill. When faced with so many choices, asking yourself some simple questions about your child's development can help you makerepparttar 145238 best selection.

The following is a list of characteristics you should look for in a good, educational toy:

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3.Self-expression: Willrepparttar 145241 toy allow your child to express himself, be creative, and make choices?

4.Success potential: How many "correct" ways are there to play withrepparttar 145242 toy? Can play be open-ended with no right or wrong responses? Willrepparttar 145243 toy adapt to your child's ability and style?

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