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Gardening Gifts

Gardening Gifts for the Gardener

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Gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies in recent years. You probably know a gardener or two who would love to receive some gardening gifts for their upcoming special occasion.

Gift giving is often a difficult task, but if you have gardeners to buy for you have many great gift ideas from which you can choose.  With gardening gifts, you have a wide range of costs to choose from as well.  In this article I suggest some of my favorite gifts for gardeners.

Where to Find Gardening Gifts

There are many gifts to choose from for both the beginner and expert gardener. And the great thing about gardening gifts is they are so easy to find and can be bought just about anywhere. Your options for finding great gifts for any gardener can be online, garden nurseries, farmer’s markets, hardware stores, home improvement stores and even your local discount and department stores.

Gardening Gift Ideas

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Southern Living Garden Book

If buying a gardening gift for a beginner, an instructional or informational book is always a good idea. Books like this will give tips on how to eliminate gardening nightmares like disease, insects, and weeds. They will tell gardeners what plants thrive in different climates, as well as how much sun, water, and nutrients various types of plants require.

Another excellent gardening gift that is rarely thought of is a calendar. Calendar’s can serve dual purposes; it can be decorative with beautiful gardening themes, or can be used to keep up with the moon phase that affects most plants. A farmer’s almanac is also a good idea. It is full of information regarding the weather, moon phase, when to plant, when to prune; it is the best guidebook to gardening there is.

Greeting Cards You Can Plant & Grow!

Here is an awesome and fun idea. Have you ever heard of plantable greeting cards? This is something that I was recently introduced to, and I think it is a great idea to give to anyone, but a gardener would especially see the fun in this. The greeting card recipient can actually plant the card in the ground or in a container. The card is embedded with actual seeds and will produce beautiful flowers, herbs and even vegetables depending on the type of card you select.

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Send a Card That Grows

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Gourmet Garden Greetings 6 Pack

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Landscape Variety 4 Pack.

Gift Baskets for the Gardener

Gift baskets specially designed for the gardener is another great gift idea. Items could include a book of useful gardening tips and wisdom, seed packets, decorative gardening tools, gardening gloves, bristle brush, and an assortment of delicious gourmet treats.

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Gardening Gift Tote

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The Useful Gardener

Themed Gardening Gifts

Themed gardening gifts using plants can also be loads of fun. How about giving some herb plants along with some decorative pots and a book about herbs? Or what about giving a plant that attracts butterflies or hummingbirds along with a book on butterflies or hummingbirds.

Nostalgic Bicycle Home Garden Decor Iron Plant Stand

Nostalgic Bicycle Home Garden Decor Iron Plant Stand

An obvious gift would be to give a plant. And a great way to give the plant would be to include a decorative container. There are so many colors and types of plant containers you will have no problem picking out something that will make a great gift.

Gardening Tools

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Apollo Precision Tools Garden Kit

Gardening tools are probably the best and most common of all gardening gifts. This can be anything as simple as a hoe or rake to something more high-tech like an electric blower or vacuum. These are good for removing debris, leaves, or grass from driveways and side walks. Other favorites are gloves, hedge trimmers, and sprinklers.

Gift Certificates

The ultimate gardening gift for any gardener is a gift certificate to a nursery or store where gardening tools or plants are available. This way, your family member or friend can get any tool they do not have in their collection, or any kind of plant their heart desires.

So the next time you go gift shopping, think about gardening gifts for your family and friends with green thumbs!


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Chocolate Gift Baskets

Chocolate Gift Baskets Make Great Gifts

It is rare to find someone who doesn’t like chocolate. Selecting chocolate gift baskets for that upcoming special occasion can be a simple way to send some good wishes in a unique way!

So the next time you’re looking for unique gift ideas to celebrate a special occasion, to send a thank you, or simply cheer someone up, chocolate gift baskets offer plenty of opportunities to make it a memorable event!

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Ghirardelli Classic

Chocolate gift baskets can range from simple assortments of quality chocolate bars and baked treats, to elaborate basket filled with the recipients favorite brands of confections. From tempting truffles to decadent cookies, you’re sure to find something special for that upcoming event or occasion.

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Chocolate Lover’s Delight

Chocolate gift baskets make great hostess gifts for a dinner party, a birthday celebration, or even as a get well soon gift for someone who is ill. Filled with samplers of premium brands and classic chocolate bars, chocolate gift baskets make it easy to send a memorable gift. For the recipient who has a gourmet sweet tooth, a variety of premium assortments and confections are available from the worlds finest chocolatiers.

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Golden Godiva Tower

Milk chocolate, caramel-filled squares, dark chocolate truffles, and exotic candies make it easy to create a customized chocolate gift basket for any chocolate lover. Dark chocolate squares and milk chocolate balls can be used as fillers to create a unique assortment, along with giant chocolate bars, coffee samplers, and boxes of mint chocolates. All of these can be included in any size basket, creating a signature gift with the recipients favorite tastes in mind.

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Chocolate Survival Kit

Gourmet baskets filled with chocolates, snacks, and gourmet baked treats offer another opportunity to indulge. When you’re looking for a gift that provides some unique dessert options for a celebration dinner, anniversary, or even a wedding party, chocolate gift baskets filled with baked treats offer an alternative to standard gifts. These chocolate gift baskets can be made with an assortment of brownies, cookies, and other delights that are a welcome gift for anyone who enjoys sweet treats on a regular basis. They’re also a great option as a thank you or congratulations token of appreciation, and can be shared with the entire family or group.

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Ghirardelli Galore

Chocolate gift baskets are the perfect addition to any upcoming celebration, and can be created in a variety of unique ways. From the simple box of chocolate treats to elaborate bouquets with classic confections, you’re sure to find something to suit any sweet tooth!

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Easter Gift Baskets – A Great Way to Celebrate

Easter Gift Baskets

I’m sure most of us have many great memories of our Easter traditions as a child. My favorite memories were getting my Easter basket, having an Easter egg hunt and having Easter brunch with my extended family.

Easter is such a special time of year. I can recall fond memories of Easters past when my parents would hide brightly colored eggs in the yard and send my sister and I out to find them. What joy we had running around the yard, looking in every nook and cranny for the eggs we had hand decorated together the day before.

Image Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono, at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image Courtesy of Salvatore Vuono, at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As I recall, whoever found the most Easter eggs always received a special gift, usually a dollar or two. That was a lot of money to us kids in those days.

After the hunt, we would get together with our extended family for Easter brunch. This was always the Easter tradition in my family. I can still recall the happiness and joy we shared as a family during those Easter gatherings.

But, the highlight as a child was eating our chocolates, jelly beans, marshmallow candies and other sweet treats from our Easter baskets. I think I always enjoyed digging through the plastic green “grass” the most. It was like discovering gold to dig through the basket and find one of the last few treats which had fallen to the bottom. And they were always the jelly beans!

Today, I get just as much enjoyment from watching my grandchildren having the same fun I had as a child. It’s wonderful to view another generation enjoying the traditions of the past that still remain so much a part of our culture.

Unique Gift Baskets

One of my new Easter traditions, is giving Easter gift baskets to my family and close friends.

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Deluxe Easter Basket from LaBella Baskets

They’re wonderful for the kids and the adults all appreciate them as well. Like me, they remember the joy of getting Easter baskets.

Easter gift baskets are filled with delectable treats that both children and adults can enjoy.

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Deluxe Easter Tower from LaBella Baskets

There are so many Easter baskets you can order online for adults and children alike. And, I think they are so much better than the commercial Easter baskets you see in stores.

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Little Princess Disney Easter Fun from LaBella Baskets

I order enough for my friends and family, since Easter gift baskets can be shipped anywhere. I find that they make a great gift for kids or for the kid in all of us.

This year, I may even order one for myself. I may be older, but I still have a sweet tooth!

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Groomsmen Gifts

Great Ideas for Groomsmen Gifts

Choosing gifts for groomsmen can be a difficult task for many grooms. Most grooms don’t want to go with a gift that is too traditional, but they also struggle with feeling that a gift that is too creative may not be appropriate.

Perhaps the most important aspect of a groomsmen gift is not whether it is traditional or unique but whether or not it fits the personality of the recipient. As long as you know your groomsmen very well and put an honest effort into finding their groomsmen gifts, you are sure to find gifts that will be enjoyed by your groomsmen.

Flask

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Personalized Flask

One of the most traditional groomsmen gift ideas is a flask. If this is something that you think your groomsmen will fully enjoy, then by all means go out and buy them the most attractive silver or leather flask that you can find and have it personalized. Its important to choose a gift, not because of its traditional connotations, but because you know the groomsmen will cherish the gift. If you believe that your groomsmen have a use for a flask or will be touched by receiving such a traditional gift as a souvenir, and not be concerned by its lack of practicality, then a flask may be a wonderful gift idea.  You can make it more special by having the flask engraved.

CD Case

If you know that your groomsmen enjoy music, a CD case with a few CD’s chosen specifically for the groomsmen can be a great gift idea. This is a wonderful gift idea, because it is sure to be used often by the recipient, and your groomsmen will remember your wedding day each time they listen to one of their CD’s. This is also a thoughtful gift because including CD’s that you know your groomsmen will enjoy, shows that you really put an effort into choosing the gift. Personalizing the gift for each of the groomsmen also shows that you see them as individuals and took the time and effort involved in making the gift unique for each of them.

Watches or Bracelets

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Engraved Pocket Watch

Watches and bracelets bare another traditional groomsmen gift idea. Depending on your budget, you might want to purchase a watch or bracelet that is appropriate to wear on your wedding day. This is a wonderful gift that not only expresses your appreciation for participating in your wedding but also gives the groomsmen a nice accessory to wear at your wedding and other formal functions.

And what about a pocket watch? Who doesn’t love the heavy feel and precision movement of a pocket watch? Clicking open the face to check the time is just one of the coolness factors of these items. Add engraving to your gift to increase its savoir-faire.

Money Clip

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Engraved Money Clip

A popular item is a money clip, and no man should be without one. Money clips come in many ingenious styles, including money clip/wallet combos, money clips with watches, money clips with Swiss army knives. They can be silver, steel or leather and personalized with engraving.

Cuff Links or Tie Clips

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Silver Plated Cuff Links

Cuff links or tie clips are still another traditional gift idea for a groom to give to his groomsmen. Almost every man has in reserve at least one special suit that requires the shirt with the cuff links. A classy groomsmen gift, cuff links show you know he’ll have more occasions than just your wedding to look his best. Although these are traditional gift ideas, you could make them more modern by giving each groomsman an accessory that suits their personality. For example, you could give your sports loving groomsman a tie clip that is in the shape of a basketball while you could give your musically inclined groomsman a tie clip that is in the shape of a few musical notes. Giving each of your groomsmen a variation of the same idea makes even the most traditional gift idea appear modern.

Jewelry Box

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Men’s Watch Box

A jewelry box lined with velvet is just the thing for storing rings, cuff links, watches and other men’s jewelry. A masculine touch is to find a model encased in leather or metal.

Travel Bag

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Men’s Travel Bag

A travel bag is a practical, classic gift. A personalized travel bag straddle the zone between luxurious and pragmatic.

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Embroidered Leather Travel Kit

Briefcase or iPad Case

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Personalized iPad Case

Celebrate the occasion with an embossed leather briefcase for your groomsman. The range of styles and colors will ensure that your gift is unique. Or how about a personalized iPad case. Both of these items are great selections for your groomsmen.

Bar or Pub Set

You can just hear the ice cubes tinkling with a classy set for the top of the bar. There are bar sets to match any decor, from traditional to modern and everything in between.

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Unique Personalized Pub Set

Or how about a personalized pub set to add some additional fun and uniqueness to your groomsmen’s man cave! Pub sets can be found in a variety of themes, so you can find something to match just about anyone’s personality.

Other Ideas

Another idea for giving groomsmen gifts is to give each man a different gift. While the groomsmen are all close friends of the groom and may have certain common interests, they all still have something about them that makes them unique.

You could recognize their individuality by personalizing a unique gift for each of your groomsmen. For example, you could give a leather journal and fancy pen to the groomsman who likes to write; and an assortment of dance CD’s to the groomsman who enjoys going to nightclubs and dancing. While traditionally grooms have given each of their groomsmen either the same gift or very similar gifts, it is also acceptable to give each groomsman a unique gift that suits their personality.

Groomsmen can be difficult to buy gifts for, because many of the traditional groomsmen gifts seem boring or impractical. Traditional gifts can be made more modern with the introduction of a twist such as a variation in each groomsmen’s gift instead of giving them each the exact same thing.

The most important thing to consider in choosing a gift for your groomsmen is to make sure the gift will reflect the personality of the recipient.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

  Pride of the Irish

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Origin of St. Patrick’s Day

On March 17, 461 AD, when Patrick of Ireland died, a new holiday was born. Though the celebrations began in the 700′s as a traditional Catholic Holy Day, over the years St. Patrick’s Day has become more a secular holiday which marks the beginning for spring. The official date for the beginning of spring is March 21, and this also supports the tradition of wearing green. Green is the color for life and growth, and on this day if you desire good luck, you should “be wearin’ a touch o’ the green”!

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Irish Pride Tee Shirt

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Luck of the Irish Tee Shirt

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

The spreading of Christianity and Catholicism to the Irish of the 4th and 5th century is mainly attributed to St. Patrick, who received the name of Patrick while in seminary after his captivity in Ireland. Traditions that originated back in the 7th century have changed from being strictly religious to a St. Patrick’s Day where “everybody is Irish for the day”.

Tradition has it that St. Patrick often used a Shamrock to explain to pagans the concept of the Trinity. The trinity is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which Christians know all stem from the same God threeshamrock in one like the Shamrock plant – three leaves from one stem. If you are wearing a shamrock you can claim Good Luck or Blessings! The tradition of the Shamrock still remains though most don’t know the reason behind it; but it still means “Good Luck” to whoever wears it or receives it.

St. Patrick’s Day Observed in the United States

St. Patrick’s Day was first observed as a holiday in the United States in 1737. The US was still under the authority of the British, because the Revolutionary War that gave freedom did not even start until 1776. So even though many of the Irish had not yet arrived to our shores yet, St. Patrick’s Day was still considered a very important holiday.

Of course, one of the most popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions is the drinking of particularly green ale. Green is the color of the day! For this holiday, there should be no bar or tavern which does not add some green food coloring to a keg of draft beer to serve mugs of tinted beer to its customers.

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Pride of the Irish Beer Stein

Pride of the Irish

Personalized Pint Glasses

Whatever your St. Patrick’s Day traditions are, remember to wear your green to show off your pride of the Irish and most of all enjoy this fun holiday.

 

 

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Why We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Brief History of St. Patrick’s Day
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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, and it is a day for wearing green and celebrating other Irish traditions. But, did you know the patron saint, St. Patrick, was not born in Ireland?  It is believed that he was born in the Roman province of Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family.

It is further believed that at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”.  As the story goes, God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

The people of Ireland have celebrated St. Patrick, every year since his death on March 17, around 461 A.D. Over 1200 years later, the celebration of Patrick was carried across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. In 1737, the first St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the United States was held in Boston among its many Irish immigrants.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Gifts & Food

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday for all ages. Here are some entertaining ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
Everything that is “green”, which symbolizes spring and the prospering of the crops, fun and Irish can be worn or used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

What better way is there to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day than to celebrate with food?

A few drops of green food coloring goes into anything you might want green, even a mug of draft beer. Anything made with Irish cream or Irish whiskey has the Irish spirit, too.

Favorite Irish Recipes

What would St Patrick’s Day be without some Irish recipes? Here are two of my favorite Irish recipes.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage
Photo by Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons

Photo Source: Jonathunder, Wikipedia Commons

  • 1 (3- to 4-pound) corned beef brisket (seasoning packet included)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1-14 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into quarters
  • 1 green cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges
  1. Place carrots and potatoes in bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Trim corned beef of excess fat and place on top of carrots and potatoes.
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning packet.
  4. Add apple juice, vegetable broth and water.
  5. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours.
  6. Add cabbage and continue cooking another 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until beef  and cabbage are tender.
  7. Remove beef, potatoes, and vegetables to a platter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Don’t forget an Irish toast to bless the meal!

Irish Scones

Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons

Photo Source: James Petts, Wikipedia Commons

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk

Note: You can add raisins, dates or other dried fruits and even chocolate chips, if desired.

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter and flour until crumbly.
  3. Add baking powder, salt and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg and milk.
  5. Mix into dry ingredients to make a dough.
  6. Turn onto floured surface and roll to one-inch thickness.
  7. With a cookie cutter or the bottom of a drinking glass, cut dough into 2-inch rounds.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheet, about one inch apart and bake for 15 minutes.

Makes about 18 scones

Gift Baskets to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Another great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with gifts. After all, when you think of a holiday, don’t you think of gifts?

So what types of gifts do you associate with St. Patrick’s Day? Well, anything green and Irish of course!

A great gift idea might be an Irish themed gift basket filled with lots of treats. Here are  a couple of great gift baskets perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. A great way to celebrate this special and fun holiday at home with your family or at the office with your co-workers.

St. Patrick's Day Luck of the Irish

Luck of the Irish

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick's Day Pot of Gold

Pot of Gold

 

However you decide to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, enjoy this very fun holiday!

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