10 Unique Ideas for Garden Gifts

Gardens are a joy, indeed. The fresh air, beautiful flowers and rich foliage provide for a relaxing ambience right in one’s backyard, not to mention that you can get many ideas for unique garden gifts from watching the area alone. Here are a few of these ideas.Outdoor Weather InstrumentsNowadays, garden instruments do not just serve utilitarian purposes as these can also serve add delightful decorative elements to an equally delightful place. You can choose from many types of garden instruments including a thermometer tile, a digital rain gauge and a weather vane.Garden StatuesThere’s something about garden statues that add the finishing touches to gardens and other outdoor spaces. You can choose to give statues of Greek gods, angels and fairytale creatures, among others. Just be sure that the statues given go well with the theme of the recipient’s garden.Garden ToolsWhat better way to express your loving care for a gardener than a complete set of garden tools? The set should contain tools like trowel, mini-rake and shears, to name a few. You can even choose from many types of garden tools set for specific gardening activities like planting flowers, herbs and trees.Lighting FixturesThe strategic placement of lights in the garden adds the right ambience while also adding another layer of security to the garden. Lighting fixtures are then great gift ideas for the avid gardener, said fixtures of which can include lanterns, votives and stakes.Garden SignsYour choices in garden signs include humorous and inspirational quotations as well as small garden identification stakes. You may even choose to have the garden sign personalized with the name of your recipient and his favorite sayings about gardening.Plants and SeedsWell, of course, don’t forget to give your recipients gift baskets filled with various plants and seeds. This is the best gift you can possibly give simply because it’s the foundation of a great garden.Bird FeedersBirds are great natural additions to any garden. With your gift of bird feeders, your gardener-recipient will have the opportunity to attract more birds into his garden and, thus, enjoy the bounties of Mother Nature more.HammocksYes, there’s nothing like the opportunity to just bask in the beauty of one’s garden while lying on a hammock, possibly reading a book. Your recipient will love how a hammock expresses your wish for a relaxed life for him.Fire PitsWhen it comes to double purpose in garden gifts, fire pits are on top of the list. Fire pits provide warmth on a cool night while also adding to the relaxed ambience, not to mention that you can cook food in a few of these outdoor appliances.Bug ControlIt cannot be helped that gardens will have its share of bugs and pests. With your gift of bug control items like glass wasp traps, sandalwood mosquito sticks and triple chamber bat house, your recipients’ gardens will be a better place to relax in.Your choice in these gifts will depend on the personal preferences of your recipients. In the end, it’s almost always the thought and the purpose that counts.

The Best Designer Board Games | Board Games

Designer board games are something that is generally considered to have been started in Germany, and while sometimes referred to as German style board games, this title can be misleading. Designer board games have come from nearly every country and all have great success stories in the popularity they enjoy with fans. Many different Americans, for example, have produced vastly popular designer board games. A number of designer board games do come from Germany, however, but despite the intimidating nature of the titles, players should feel comfortable with any of these games. They often are similar to many games that players already know and love, but often present some form of twist or enhancement that can make them even more enjoyable!Good designer board games all feature some sort of theme which unites the strategy and methods used within the game. Sometimes these themes can seem somewhat bizarre and unsuitable for a game, but that is also part of the charm of the designer game. Once such game, Bohnanza, is technically about bean farming, which causes many a player to raise an eyebrow. However, the real game deals with heavy negotiation and trading between players. By using different cards dealt from the deck, players must plant different bean crops, trade for certain bean crops, and eventually harvest the crops to gain money in return. The player who, at the end of the game, has the largest amount of money wins. While initially sounding a bit ridiculous, Bohnanza provides players with much enjoyment as the strategy needed in the game always changes based on the other players.Tigris and Euphrates is another designer board game which enjoys much popularity with fans. Based on ancient civilizations, this game gives players the chance to act as neighboring dynasties which are clashing over this region. Players randomly select tiles from a bag and during the game, place these tiles in strategic positions around the board, gaining control of areas to expand their kingdoms. Different tiles stand for different aspects of the game and through careful placement, players can build and strengthen their domains in ways that will reap vast benefits. At the end of the game, players collect points based on the numbers and types of tiles that they have placed, and the player with the largest number of tiles is declared the winner of the game.Scotland Yard is a designer game that pits one player against the others in a team. One player is designated as “Mr. X,” a fugitive from the law who is running around London, trying to avoid capture. The other players all form the law enforcement team trying to arrest him before a certain time limit has passed and Mr. X can roam free. The board is a map of London, marked with certain transportation routes and all of the stops along those routes. All players are forced to travel along these routes, with Mr. X trying to evade capture while the other players pursue. The twist is that only 3 forms of transportation are available and each one can only be used a certain number of times by the police team.Much strategy and careful teamwork is required with these games, as with most designer board games. However, with the many different varieties and themes available, it is no wonder that they have become as popular as they are. Everyone should be able to find a game that suits their interests!

Curing Video Game Addiction | Video Games

Are you a Video Game Addict?Do you find yourself lounging in your comfy chair and playing your favorite video game for hours? But you think it is not really that bad, as long as your Human Paladin levels up. Then you realize you haven’t taken a bath for quite a few days and your clothes started to stink. But then again, you think that an Orc Berserker smells worse than you. Then you stole a quick glimpse around your pad and noticed how messy and littered it has been. Again you shrugged it off and think there can still be worst places like the dreaded Frozen Undead Realms. Finally, your friends dumped you for not spending time with them. With this final straw of annoyance, you proudly yell, “I don’t need friends, I have my Undead Legions!”Surely this might be an exaggerated sign of Video Game Addiction, but sadly some video game addicts do exhibit such exaggerated reactions, to some extent that some commits suicide when something happens untoward to their game.Video game addiction is simply defined as an excessive or compulsive use of computers and video games that interferes with daily life. Despite displaying symptoms that are characteristic of other addictions, video game addiction has not been given a diagnostic status by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). These behaviors include failure to stop playing games, difficulties in work and school, lying to loved ones, decreased attention to personal hygiene, decreased attention to family and friends, and disturbances in the sleep cycle.But, hey, let’s be hopeful. Having a video game addiction doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. There’s still a way out of it but it would need a large amount of work and willpower.Steps in “Curing” Video Gaming AddictionSince there is no formal diagnosis for video gaming addiction, there is still no approved therapy or method of curing video gaming addiction. But there are some ways a video game addict can do to help in alleviating video game addiction. Here are some of those suggested means:Limit your GAME TIME.Set a specific time and duration for playing on your gaming system. Limit your game time to at most 1-2 hours per day. It will be hard at first, but when your body has adapted to it, it will be easy as a normal daily activity. In other for you too easily adapt to it, try thinking about your game time as a reward for doing your other activities.Make sure that you tell your friends, parents, or siblings about your plan to limit your gaming time. Provide them with a specific timetable of the gaming schedule you have in mind. In that way they can easily check-up on you and monitor if you are following your desired gaming time schedules.Limiting your game time not only frees a large amount of time for you to pursue other activities besides playing games, it also corrects your biological clock (which is attuned to gaming over long period of hours) slowly.Dispose of your GAME MACHINES.If you are really so determined to cure your video game addiction and would do anything to achieve such a feat, then there’s only one thing to do-dispose your GAME MACHINES. These game machines can range from video game consoles, mobile game machines, PCs, among others. But whatever it may be if you have really decided to dispose of them then do it, as soon as possible so that you won’t be tempted to use it.You can sell these game consoles for a price at your local stores or to your friends who have been eyeing it for ages. You can try to hide it in the attic or somewhere which is not easily accessible to you. You can also try to give it away as presents to your friends or family members, like your nieces and nephews. If you are giving it away, try to give it to someone who is far from you.Dispose only game machines that you own. Ask or explain to your parents and friends that you are disposing your game machines and started to turn a new leaf.Try other activities.Whether you try the first or second suggestion, you will observe that you will now have an activity vacuum with the result of limiting you gaming time or disposing your gaming consoles. Lots of spare times to try new activities like the ones before:Study – Now you have enough time to catch up with your failing grades and unattended studies. You can start reviewing over your notes or prepare for your big quizzes and tests. Start opening those school books and don’t let the bookworms get the most out of it. A good education is better than a good game.Read – As long as it is not an FAQ or strategy guide to your favorite game, then reading could be another great and fun way to pursue. Try reading the latest news on the newspaper; you will be shock at how much happenings you have missed. You can also try reading books in the library, you might know more about the Greek Gods than the game narrator in your game console.Hang-out – Hang-out with your friends and family members. I guess it’s about time you patched up with them after a long time of isolating yourself with your game console. Engage and chat with them, ask them how they have been and what they are up to now. Finally, be humble enough to ask forgiveness for taking them for granted.No matter what the suggestions or methods are of riding or curing video gaming addiction, it will never work unless the person is dedicated to change himself/herself. DEDICATION and MOTIVATION are the key for these suggestions to be successful.As one saying goes, “The power to overcome addiction lies in the belief that it is possible combined with a consistent strength of spirit.”