If you have a friend or relative that is an avid gardener, there is no more thoughtful gift than a garden gift basket for a holiday, birthday or anniversary present. At first, you may seem overwhelmed when shopping in your garden center or on the internet. There are a few things to consider when trying to find just the right “flavor” for your garden gift basket to give to the people who love to play in the dirt, so t speak.First you must determine how much you want to spend for the garden gift basket. After you have the dollar amount, walk through the aisles of the garden center to see what items are available. Of course, you could also do an internet search to see what the most popular tools and gadgets are selling. You will be surprised at the range of goods that are available from the inexpensive to the extravagant. Keep in mind that you will want to get quality products that will last so your friend or relative will have years of enjoyment.If your gardener is a novice you may want to start with the basics, a pruner, a watering can, gardening gloves, or special nozzles for the hose. There are many garden centers that have gift baskets already made up. It could include some gardening tools and seeds revolving around a specific theme like, vegetables or roses or herbs. If you choose to go with the herb theme and want to do it on your own, include some tasty herb seed packets, some small, pretty pots and a journal where notes can be kept.If you have a gardener with a well used garden rake and tool belt, you can pretty much surmise that they have all of the state-of-the-art tools and have been collecting gardening equipment for years. Here, a simple but thoughtful gift would be a work apron that has be monogrammed or personalized with a funny garden saying. A well seasoned gardener will appreciate the thought you have put into the gift.To really get the best gift for your gardener you should know the level of their expertise and if they have a theme. For example there are gardeners that only grow roses while there are others that specialize in herb gardening, knowing this will help you pick out the perfect gift. For instance a scarecrow would look dumb in a rose garden whereas a hummingbird feeder is way out of place in a vegetable patch. And be careful with the “cutesy” garden decorations, some people love garden gnomes or stone gargoyles whereas someone with an award winning exotic tropical garden wouldn’t think of having one.If after you have gone through all these options, level of expertise and if they have a theme or not and you still don’t know what to buy, the answer is simple. Purchase them a gift certificate from your local garden center. Every gardener needs supplies through the year and your gift will help to offset the expense of their garden.If after considering the gardener’s experience level and theme of their garden you remain stumped, a gardening gift certificate allowing them to select their own gift is a surefire way to please and inspire them as their garden grows through the years.With a little inspiration you can find the perfect gift basket for your avid gardener. Don’t forget to put a pretty bow on the basket! Here is a natural pesticide that you may want to print on a card and include in the gift basket:In a jar, combine 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 cup vegetable oil. Shake vigorously. In an empty spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of this mixture and 1 cup water. Use at ten-day intervals (or more often if needed) to rid plants of whiteflies, mites, aphids, scales, and other pests.Every gardener likes to keep the garden as chemical free as they can.Happy Gardening!Copyright © Mary Hanna, All Rights Reserved.This article may be distributed freely on your website and in your ezines, as long as this entire article, copyright notice, links and the resource box are unchanged.
Playing video games can be more than just fun. Many people play games to have fun in their leisure time or for recreation. Some people become so obsessed that they keep spending more time in front of the console and do not do anything else. These persons are referred to by other people as “Video Gaming Junkies”. The addiction may even keep them away from their daily routine and social activities. But now there is a good reason to play. The gamers gain experience and master the skills required to play. They can capitalize these skills to earn money by becoming a Video game tester. Companies producing games invest millions of dollars on designing, developing and producing the games. Any error in programming, designing, graphics, coding will ruin their prospects of selling the product. Also there is risk of losing reputation if a faulty product is launched in the market. One faulty product would lead to series of failures for such companies.Gaming houses hire people having years of gaming experience to test their products to ensure that there are no glitches and bugs. Based on the feedback from the testing people, the product is improved in terms of quality. These companies pay for testing and providing feedback. Since the success of the product is dependent upon the feedback of the Video game tester, he is paid handsomely. So this job can be ideal for those who have a passion for playing and have acquired the skills for playing various games. Their earnings are based upon their experience in gaming and upon their capability to sell their gaming skills. A person having more experience will be able to make more money by spending few hours daily in front of the computer or the console. The job of a Video game tester does not require academic qualifications and also age is not the limiting factor. A person of any age can take up this job if he has gaming skills and has 2-3 years of experience in playing video games. This can be taken up as a full time job or a part time job based upon one’s flexible time schedule.There are some websites that provide information about Companies which manufacture video games and who require testing professionals. These websites also train people and provide guidance towards acquiring the special skills that are necessary to gain success. They help the hard core video gamers by providing a launching pad for making a good and successful career in playing online games. One of the numerous benefits are that the Video game tester gets a chance to play the game for free even before it is officially released in the market. Some companies also allow the testing professionals to keep the game after the testing is complete. So this can be termed as one of the successful and easy jobs to earn money.