“A Piece of Blarney Stone” 10 ways to empower your communication

“A Piece of Blarney Stone” 10 ways to empower your communication

The Blarney Stone is a historical stone, or actually part of the Blarney Castle in Ireland where it was believed that kissing the stone can grant you the gift of gab. Yeah, it seems strange in this day and age, but who are we to question tradition? It’s not like I’m saying that Santa Claus doesn’t exist (OOPS!).

There is so much to know about conversation that anyone, even I, could ever realize. You can go though watching talk shows; radio programs; clubs dedicated to public speaking; ordinary conversations; certain rules still apply when it comes to interaction through words. It may sound tedious, I know, but even though it’s your mouth that’s doing the work, your brain works twice as hard to churn out a lot of things you know. So what better way to start learning to be an effective communication is to know the very person closest to you: yourself.

1. What you know.
Education is all about learning the basics, but to be an effective speaker is to practice what you’ve learned. My stint as guest at every Toastmasters’ meeting I go to taught me that we all have our limitations, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to keep up and share what we know.

2. Listening.
It’s just as important as asking questions. Sometimes listening to the sound of our own voice can teach us to be a little bit confident with ourselves and to say the things we believe in with conviction.

3. Humility
We all make mistakes, and sometimes we tend to slur our words, stutter, and probably mispronounce certain words even though we know what it means, but rarely use it only to impress listeners. So in a group, don’t be afraid to ask if you’re saying the right word properly and if they’re unsure about it then make a joke out of it. I promise you it’ll make everyone laugh and you can get away with it as well.

4. Eye Contact
There’s a lot to say when it comes to directing your attention to your audience with an eye-catching gaze. It’s important that you keep your focus when talking to a large group in a meeting or a gathering, even though he or she may be gorgeous.

5. Kidding around
A little bit of humor can do wonders to lift the tension, or worse boredom when making your speech. That way, you’ll get the attention of the majority of the crowd and they’ll feel that you’re just as approachable, and as human to those who listen.

6. Be like the rest of them
Interaction is all about mingling with other people. You’ll get a lot of ideas, as well as knowing what people make them as they are.

7. Me, Myself, and I
Admit it, there are times you sing to yourself in the shower. I know I do! Listening to the sound of your own voice while you practice your speech in front of a mirror can help correct the stress areas of your pitch. And while you’re at it you can spruce up as well.

8. With a smile
A smile says it all much like eye contact. There’s no point on grimacing or frowning in a meeting or a gathering, unless it’s a wake. You can better express what you’re saying when you smile.

9. A Role Model
There must be at least one or two people in your life you have listened to when they’re at a public gathering or maybe at church. Sure they read their lines, but taking a mental note of how they emphasize what they say can help you once you take center stage.

10. Preparation
Make the best out of preparation rather than just scribbling notes and often in a hurried panic. Some people like to write things down on index cards, while other resort to being a little more silly as they look at their notes written on the palm of their hand (not for clammy hands, please). Just be comfortable with what you know since you enjoy your work.

And that about wraps it up. These suggestions are rather amateurish in edgewise, but I’ve learned to empower myself when it comes to public or private speaking and it never hurts to be with people to listen how they make conversations and meetings far more enjoyable as well as educational.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy’

Almost everyone have heard the hit single ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerrin. The song has a very catchy way of conveying its message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin’s simple message surely made a lot of people by telling them not to worry.

Living a happy, resilient and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.

One of the better things ever said is – ‘The only thing in life that will always remain the same is change’, and in our life we have the power to make the necessary changes if we want to. Even if we find ourselves in an unbearable situation we can always find solace in the knowledge that it too would change.

Social networks or relationships are essential to happiness. People are different, accept people for who or what they are, avoid clashes, constant arguments, and let go of all kinds of resentments. If arguments seem unavoidable still try and make an effort to understand the situation and you might just get along with well with

Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.

To be happy is relatively easy, just decide to be a happy person. Abraham Lincoln observed that most people for most of the time can choose how happy or stressed, how relaxed or troubled, how bright or dull their outlook to be. The choice is simple really, choose to be happy.

There are several ways by which you can do this.

Being grateful is a great attitude. We have so much to be thankful for. Thank the taxi driver for bringing you home safely, thank the cook for a wonderful dinner and thank the guy who cleans your windows. Also thank the mailman for bringing you your mails, thank the policeman for making your place safe and thank God for being alive.

News is stressful. Get less of it. Some people just can’t start their day without their daily dose of news. Try and think about it, 99% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting the day with bad news does not seem to be a sensible thing to do.

A religious connection is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, sacraments, chanting, prayers and meditations foster inner peace.

Manage your time. Time is invaluable and too important to waste. Time management can be viewed as a list of rules that involves scheduling, setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do and prioritizing. These are the core basics of time management that should be understood to develop an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer points of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire.

Laugh and laugh heartily everyday. Heard a good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. As they also say -‘Laughter is the best medicine’.

Express your feelings, affections, friendship and passion to people around you. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to keep pent up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to anyone.

Working hard brings tremendous personal satisfaction. It gives a feeling of being competent in finishing our tasks. Accomplishments are necessary for all of us, they give us a sense of value. Work on things that you feel worthy of your time.

Learning is a joyful exercise. Try and learn something new everyday. Learning also makes us expand and broaden our horizons. And could also give us more opportunities in the future.

Run, jog, walk and do other things that your body was made for. Feel alive.

Avoid exposure to negative elements like loud noises, toxins and hazardous places.

These are the few simple things you can do everyday to be happy.

And always remember the quote from Abraham Lincoln, he says that, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

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Candles – How To Make Them From Home

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A candle, consisting of an internal wick and a column of solid fuel, illuminates the surrounding area. Due to the invention of modern equipments used for illuminating the surrounding, candle is not an essential product for this purpose. But the demand for candles has gone up as a work of art. Different varieties of candles have flooded the market. The candles are of different colors, aroma, and shapes.

The making of a candle involves various equipments. Paraffin wax, melt…
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A candle, consisting of an internal wick and a column of solid fuel, illuminates the surrounding area. Due to the invention of modern equipments used for illuminating the surrounding, candle is not an essential product for this purpose. But the demand for candles has gone up as a work of art. Different varieties of candles have flooded the market. The candles are of different colors, aroma, and shapes.

The making of a candle involves various equipments. Paraffin wax, melting system, candy thermometer, and scales to measure the amount of water and wax are required. Ladle and spoons are used for stirring and pouring wax. Chemically treated wick that burns for a longer period of time are used. Since wax is soft, stearic acid is used to make it solid. Color dyes are used to make the appearance brighter.

It involves a very simple process to make the candle. Suspend a wick in the center of a mold. Dissolve stearic acid and color dye in a container and heat the wax to 190 degrees. Combine the stearic mixture with paraffin and stir it continuously to blend it. Pour the mixture in a mold, allow time for it to cool and then remove it from the mold.

Acquiring a gel candle has now become a fashion. You can prepare it easily at home. All you need to get are a container, gels, pans, wicks and the basic necessary items. While selecting containers, it is best to use a heat resistant glass. Gel wax, paraffin, candle scent, dye, wick, wick clip, and wick base are the other requirements. Different colors can be mixed together to form a new color according to your taste. The oil based liquids; pellets and wax solids are the sources of scent. The scent has to be added before pouring the candle to avoid evaporation.

Items like buttons, marbles, toys and jewels can be added in the candle. Avoid inflammatory items. Candles are used for various reasons. They are used in almost all the religions. The candles represent the light of God in Christianity. Candles are lit at the start and end of the weekly Sabbath celebration. For Kwanzaa and for other reasons of humanism, candles are lit. Thus, the candle not only serves illuminating and decoration purposes, but also serves religious causes.

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How to Stop Cyber Bullying

How to Stop Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is the new way that bullies target their victims. They use IM’s, chat rooms, and websites to threaten, humiliate, and belittle their victims. If your child has experienced cyber bullying you should take it seriously. Discourage your child from responding to cyber bullying and make sure you save all the messages and pictures that were used to bully your child. You should also try to identify the person or people who are doing the bullying, and if the bullying breaks the law you can have authorities trace it for you.

Sometimes using inappropriate language violates the terms of chat room and IM service agreements and the bully may be banned from using these services if they are reported.

It is also possible to block most cyber bullying attacks on the phone and computer. Screen names and phone numbers can be blocked so that your child will not continue to receive inappropriate messages. Bullies can assume new names but chances are they will loose interest if they are continually blocked. If your child’s cyber bullying occurs at school, you should contact the schools administrator so they can stop it. Sending messages that are considered bullying is against school rules and action will be taken if it occurs on school property. There is little schools can do if the cyber bullying occurs off school property, but depending on what is happening, you may be able to take legal action.

You may not know the identity of the cyber bully as the internet can be anonymous. If you do know the identity of the cyber bully, contacting their parents is a good idea.. You should make your contact written and be sure to explain the situation in a non confrontational manner. The bullies parents may not be aware that their child is bullying others online and will probably be willing to help. If you have proof of the cyber bullying instances show them to the bullies parents so that they can see what is going on.

Children are often not aware of the damage and the ramifications that can occur as a result of cyber bullying, and will continue if adults do not step in to stop them. Even if children know the damage they can cause, chances are they will not stop until adults take action.

If cyber bullying is serious enough, it can actually be against the law. If cyber bullying is harassing, threatening, or pornographic in nature you should contact authorities because this type of bullying may be illegal and you may be able to take legal action. Sometimes cyber bullies will steal passwords and accounts, which is also illegal. Contact your local police department and tell them what has been going on. Make sure you take action as soon as you realize that your child is being bullied online. Sometimes cases of cyber bullying can get out of hand and have serious consequences. The huge audience that cyber bullying can attract make it much worse than traditional bullying and can permanently damage a child emotionally.

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Feng Shui tips for offices

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What is Office Feng Shui? How can designing and decorating spaces in office with Feng Shui can produce a positive and productive environment? How Feng Shui can work for offices to have better prosperit?.
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Feng Shui Meaning “wind” and “water,” is the ancient art of living in harmony with the natural world. Though the spaces that you live or work in differ the principles of Feng Shui remain the same. Feng Shui in fact is a traditional art of living with its philosophy strongly rooted in spirituality.
Feng Shui for offices
Money to you may seem like a material thing, but it has many spiritual and energetic repercussions that affect all aspects of your life. Money flows in and out of your life like the wind, touching everything as it passes by. It is important to make sure that this wind is a healing and strengthening force, not a destructive power that causes harm. It is equally important to ensure that the wind blows constantly, at least as a breeze, and that there is never stagnant, foul air (which symbolizes stagnant finances). Feng Shui for offices not only provides the guide lines for living harmoniously in your work environment it also tells you to how you can manage office spaces to yield prosperity.

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There are some time tested office Feng Shui practices which can be used for enhancing your workplace. Practicing the following Feng Shui Tips can make office Feng Shui work for you and you would start noticing the changes.

Feng Shui tips for offices
Remove clutter

Your office must be organized and arranged efficiently. Clutter according to Feng Shui stimulates negative Chi (energy) and should be kept to a minimum. Remove whatever extraneous materials are lying in your office. By clearing away the physical clutter that you have been confronting on a daily basis, you free up your mental, emotional burden and feel light, cheerful and optimistic in your reinvigorated working space.

Position of the desk

Keep your desk in the commanding position. The commanding position means a position of power, where you have a direct view of the door, a pleasant view out the window and a wall behind you for stability. This position of the desk according to the Feng Shui office offers you the maximum control.

Shape of your desk

Shape of your desk can affect your mood and level of productivity in the workplace. Rounded curves are flowing, encouraging the flow of creativity. A kidney-shaped desk follows the natural curves of the human body and is said to give you a subconscious feeling of inner alignment.

Placing the plants

Place plants in your work and help you stay connected to the natural world. Since the green color spurs creativity and new ideas it helps you to have creative element in the office. In Feng Shui practice keeping plants helps to have positive Chi flow in corners which other wise are neglected spaces devoid of any energy. Green plants also act as a filtering system, reducing toxins and circulating stagnant air.

Choosing the correct light

The best light is natural daylight, so move your desk close to a window but never have your desk directly in front of window or fluorescent lights which cast a glare, causing eyestrain and exhaustion. You may improve your mood and energy dramatically by replacing fluorescent lights with warm lights that don’t cast a glare.

Use of Feng Shui colors

Making use of Feng Shui Colors can help you achieve balance in your office. Different colors have different properties some colors can help people feel grounded and secure. Blues, purples or reds are supposed to enhance the wealth and prosperity area of your office.
Office Feng Shui and bagua

A Bagua map can help you to make your office a “Feng Shui-friendly” environment. Bagua can help you in placing objects or placement of furniture in your office in areas which in Feng Shui are said to stimulate your discipline, prosperity and creativity. Once you determine the connections between various spaces in your office and 8 different guas of the bagua map, you start to develop a much stronger sense of purpose and focus about the changes you would like to implement in your life. You can make use of Feng Shui Elements for creating a balance between yin and yang energies.

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According to Feng Shui for offices you can have:
• Your desk and computer in the “career” area
• Reference books in the “knowledge” and “self-cultivation” areas
• A crystal bowl in “wealth and prosperity”
• You can have reception, phone systems/communication system in area marked for helpful people.
• You can have a picture of your father or other relatives in the family area if you have an inherited business.

Feng Shui and home office
The tips mentioned above can also be applied to your home office. But if not possible you can at least take care to change your home office to a Feng Shui office.

For example if your home office is full of creative and dream-inducing objects, get rid of some of them and introduce more logical, work-oriented elements that will help you get right down to business.

Or if your home office is like the other rooms of your office it is having beige or white curtains can be dramatically improved—and the energy invigorated—by using the guide lines of Feng Shui for offices. Something as simple as adding a tall red vase on the floor or atop a table or windowsill can help you have more yin energy. An impersonal office space can become suddenly personalized and imbued with character when you hang a print of your favorite painting on the wall. A stale room will be immediately freshened when you light a scented candle in an aroma you find particularly pleasing.

Adding a sturdy brown desk to the home office where bills are paid promotes practicality in a person who used to be a spendthrift. These are just an introduction to some of the Feng Shui practices. You can have a number of Feng Shui design ideas for your office or home office to increase the balance and harmony.

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Benefits of Playing With Your Cat

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Benefits of Playing With Your Cat

Playing with your cat is the best possible way to build up a bond between the two of you. She will become more attached and you will feel closer to her.

The best way to ensure that your cat does not become overweight is by feeding him correctly with a balanced diet, but exercise also plays a part in keeping your kitty healthy. If yours is an indoor cat, then playing with you may be his only opportunity for exertion and staying trim.

Playing will help your cat to become confident. Also regular play periods, coupled with petting sessions, will get your cat used to human interaction, he will be less likely to shy away and hide, when visitors call.

Playing will help your cat develop his hunting abilities. Hunting is a natural instinct for all cats, a cat confined to indoors usually has little chance to express and develop this instinct. Encourage kitty to chase a toy mouse, allow him to pounce for the ‘kill’. This will aid him should he ever get lost and need to find food.

Playing will help your cat release aggression. Cats often display aggressive traits through boredom. Tutor your cat not to scratch, bite or attack you with play sessions. Use praise to reward your cat for playing gently, as soon as he shows any sign he is about to use his teeth or claws – end the play session. This will teach your cat that aggressive cat behavior is best directed to his toys, and not you!

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Cats need fun in their lives, just like humans need it. Relieve the monotony of eating, snoozing and using the litter box by putting a bit of fun in your cats life. You will have a happier, more confident and less aggressive kitty.
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“Embroidery”

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Embroidery and Its Types

Embroidery! That’s a thing that almost every woman loves. It’s a specialized craft that has been practiced and treasured by most women since time immemorial, and it’s worth noting that unlike the other early crafts on earth, embroidery still remains to be one of the most interesting and pleasurable pastimes available. Yes, it is practiced until these days.

Embroidery is basically defined as the art of needlework. It is classified as a handicraft which involves designing and decorating certain materials like fabric, with stitches. The stitches are usually designed in strands with the use of a needle. It is for this fact that embroidery is often considered by many as the “art of needlework”.

Although embroidery uses fabric as its common material, people who have passions for it often incorporate the art with other materials, including beads, metal strips, sequins, quills, and pearls. These materials are incorporated as part of the design simply to enhance the look of the finished product.

Embroidery comes in a number of types. The types are basically considered according to the fundamental fabric used in the craft, as well as to the way the stitches are placed on the fabric. One of the most well-known types is the so-called “free embroidery”.

Free embroidery involves the use of different designs that are placed on to the fabric regardless of how the underlying fabric is weaved. How the Chinese do their embroidery is one concrete example of this kind.

There is also the counted-thread type which involves certain patterns that are designed with stitches placed over a line of prearranged threads in the underlying fabric. This type is often crafted on a canvas or cloth. Linen and cotton fabrics can also be used for this specialized craft. If you are doing a cross-stitch, then you are doing the counted-thread embroidery.

Note that there are also several experts who classify embroidery according to the location of the stitches, whether on top or through the fabric. In this classification, they consider surface embroidery as a major kind in which patterns are crafted on top of the fabric with the use of certain artistic threads and stitches. The cross-stitch can also be considered as a concrete example of this.

Finally, there is the canvas work in which threads are stitched through the foundation fabric. This is done for one particular purpose – to develop an opaque pattern that can ultimately wrap the fabric up. The stitches made for this kind depend largely on what the stitcher wants.

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Today, designing and decorating fabrics can be done a bit labor-free with the use of the so-called machine embroidery. This simply involves the use of a specialized machine that can create stitched designs automatically.

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“Bead Embroidery”

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Bead Embroidery

It is you a self-confessed creative soul, then you will surely find some ways and means to unleash that creativity inside you. There are some people who have found several outlets to unravel their flair for the arts. One of which is through bead embroidery. To some for are not familiar with this type of artwork, it can be quite a daunting and all too complicated endeavor to meddle with. This is not entirely true. Although it can be a little complex and meticulous work, it can be an exhilarating feeling to actually see your design come to life gradually right before your eyes. Unlike other art crafts, bead embroidery is not simply designed to be admired from afar, you can even wear your very own piece of art!

Bead embroidery is one of the most expressive and rewarding beadwork art forms. It is more like painting but instead of using oil and canvas you will be making use of beads in creating a beautiful delicate pattern. Linen is the most predominantly used cloth for bead embroidery since it works well it. You can use plain fabrics or patterned one that you can enhance its beauty the beads. It would be advisable to use size 12 needle specifically designed for beads. However, if you will be working on really tiny beads, you would naturally use smaller sized needles.

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All types of beads can be used in making bead embroidery. From Japanese seed beads, large beads, Delicas and any other types, the list goes on. Instead of using a hoop, it would be a better idea to use an embroidery frame instead. The hoop can pull the fabric a little too tight; by using a frame you can easily control the tension and makes it easier to work. To better mark your pattern design, there are water-soluble pens that are specially designed for making embroideries. You will no longer have to worry about making some permanent marks that can possibly ruin your beadwork.

Bead embroidery is a sophisticated art form that requires patience, a keen eye for detail and a highly creative mind. It can be a little difficult to learn at first, but once you get the hang of it you will surely be fascinated with sheer artistry that comes with it. There are even some people who have developed a market for it. Bead embroider can be a little expensive, so learning the craft can come in really handy. Once you have mastered it, then maybe you can entertain the thought of putting up a business selling your own bead embroidery pieces and make some good money out for it.

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“Embroidery Hoops”

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Embroidery Hoops
One of the most important tools in embroidery is the hoop. Although, strictly speaking some people can adeptly embroider without using an embroidery hoop. However, a great number, especially neophytes prefer using it mainly because it provides more stability. This is just one of the many cases where one has to choose what works for her best.

 

Embroidery hoops Image result for “Embroidery Hoops”  public domainare widely available in different sizes and shapes, most of the time it comes in oval or round, and can either be plastic, spring tension and made of wood. However, it has been known that plastic and spring embroidery hoops are more capable of holding the fabric more firmly than wooden hoops. To avoid crease marks and stains on the fabric, it would be advisable to remove it from the embroidery hoops on a daily basis right after stitching.

One of the most helpful tips in using embroidery hoops is use a piece of cut out muslin or any other similar fabric that would serve as a mount. Place it atop the embroidery fabric to serve as an effective protection against hoop marks and dirt. Side form the stability the embroidery hoops provide, it can also make ‘stabbing’ easier rather than using the ‘scooping’ method. The stabbing technique is more preferable since this would require less handling of the fabric during the whole stitching process, which ultimately lessens the possibility of causing unnecessary damage to the project. Another advantage of using embroidery hoops is the fact that it significantly minimizes deformation of the embroidery fabric, which is very important especially when making diagonal stitches, such as the commonly used half cross stitches or tent stitches.

All types of embroidery hoops are generally inexpensive and highly convenient to use. However it usually takes a lot or caution and care when taking out the fabric to prevent any distortions that could potentially damage the design of the embroidery. Embroidery hoops are especially great for using fabrics such as Aida, linen and any other finely woven fabrics. If you are working in a rather big embroidery design, the hand rotating hoop, or more commonly known as the Freedom hoop would be a better option, especially on canvas embroidery projects.

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If you are still relatively new in embroidery making, it would be best to take advantages of the tools that would make everything else an enjoyable learning experience for you. Some people who encounter embroidery difficulties are easily disheartened and would possibly decide not to finish the project. Embroidery hoops are very useful tools that would certainly make embroidery a lot easier and more convenient for you.

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Creating a Themed Gift Basket

When giving gifts to your family and friends it is very important to many people to buy something that they will obviously love! However, for those people that you know well, be it your family members or close relatives, one great present to give them is a gift basket. There are many different ways that a gift basket can be presented, but one of those ways involves creating a themed gift basket. You don’t want to just choose any theme, however, you’ll want to think about what the individuals’ interests, likes, and dislikes are so that you’ll know what and what not to include in their gift basket that you’ll be creating.

In addition, there are also a couple choices that one has when giving a themed gift basket. There are all sorts of gift baskets already on the market that have themes running through them, but chances are that the gifts inside the basket won’t be as personal as the ones you could pick out for you close friend or family member by yourself. Here are a few suggestions when creating a themed gift basket, and few ideas of gifts to include with that theme:

Sports

If the person you are buying the gift basket for loves college or professional sports, it would be a great idea to pick out some of their favorite teams and include those in the gift basket itself. For example, when it comes to college football many people have an Ohio State and Michigan rivalry. Obviously those who love Ohio State should be given a themed-Ohio State gift basket, while those who love the Michigan football team should be given a gift basket that’s filled with Michigan football memorabilia. A couple examples of the gifts that one could include are a signed mini-football by one of the most important players of the team, the team’s official hats, as well as a jersey that can be included as well.

Toys

When giving a gift basket for children it’s also important to pick out some of the things that little boy and little girls would like. For example, buying small toys is a great idea when you place them neatly in a gift basket for the child to see. There are many creative ways that a gift basket could be given to a child that is filled with toys and anyone who wants to attempt a toy gift basket will more than likely have a whole lot of fun with it!

Of course these couple suggestions are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creating a themed gift basket. The possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to giving gift baskets to your family and close friends, but perhaps the most important thing that one can include is the favorite items that you know your family or close friend will love. For example, if someone loves movies and goes to see movies regularly then filling a gift basket with DVD movies, popcorn, and other movie theater candy can also be created into a themed gift basket. All in all, though, there are many great gift basket ideas to use for your family and friends and there is pretty much no end to the way they can be presented!

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