Free Gift Basket Ideas

Gift baskets can be lots of fun creating. You can make millions of gift baskets and never do the same one twice. But just in case your creativity is running a little low, we’ve listed some free gift basket ideas on Idea Queen.

Quite a few of these ideas actually come from an ebook we picked up some time ago. It’s actually available in with the Gift Jar recipes ebook, which alone has some pretty cool ideas as well. (If you didn’t know, Gift Jars are pretty hot right now, as they should be because they are a pretty cool gift!)

Some of the free gift basket ideas you’ll find on our site and in the ebook are:

– Kids Gift Basket Ideas
– Birthday Gift Basket Ideas
– Christmas Gift Basket Ideas
– Teacher Gift Basket Ideas

Plus a whole lot more. Those are just the categories, which each has quite a few ideas within the pages.

Some of my favorite free gift basket ideas are listed below.

Kids Traveling Gift Basket
Use a Book Bag for the “Basket” and fill it with your choice of the following items:
Traveling Bingo Game
Other Travel Size Games
Coloring Book
Crayons
Doodle Pad of Paper
Pencils or Pens
Magnetic Doodle Board
Travel Size Etch-A-Sketch
Small Portable Radio/Cassette Player w/ Headset 🙂
Don’t Forget the Batteries
Disposable Camera
Snack Crackers
Raisins
Soft blanket to nap with
Stuffed Animal

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Pizza Party Gift Basket
On a pizza stone or board, arrange a variety of delicious domestic cheeses such as Parmesan, mozzarella and feta. Add a pizza cutter, homemade pizza sauce and gourmet ingredients, like sun-dried tomatoes, olives and fresh herbs.

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Special Friend Gift Basket
a letter telling them why you appreiciate them (leave it unsigned)
flowers
candies, sweets and cookies
a book that only you would know they would like
scented candles
a book about friendship or poems about friendship
a movie only you would know they would like
popcorn kernals with their favorite spices
anything else that is personal between you and your friend that they would like

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Lots of cute ideas! Be sure to see all of them (and details on the ebooks) at Idea Queen.

Fresh Salsa Recipes

It’s about the end of the tomato garden season, so this will be our last chance to make some delicious fresh salsa recipes. I must admit though, I’ve never made fresh salsa from a “recipe”. It’s one of those personal taste things that require your own notes to make perfect.

What I can tell you is what my fresh salsa recipes always start with. The exact ingredients and directions are listed on our salsa recipe page on Idea Queen. MY normal recipe includes only the following:

– 3 or 4 Tomatoes
– 1 or 2 Green Peppers
– 1 or 2 Jalapenos
– Garlic Salt

Yup that’s it. I don’t add onions or anything else fancy. Just throw them in and bring to a boil. I let it simmer for awhile until it gets a bit thicker. Did I mention this all comes out of the garden? You can’t get much more “fresh” than that!

If you are in need of some additional fresh salsa recipes, be sure to see the ebook on this particular page. There’s over 125 included (which I would have never thought there was THAT many ways to make salsa!). A very interesting read with some fantastic ideas though. 😉

Leftover Chicken Recipes

For some reason, chicken usually ends up being one of the number one leftover in our fridge. It’s possible my kids don’t like “regular old chicken breasts”. To tell you the truth, I don’t think I do either. No matter what kind of spices or marinades I use, we seem to always go on a hunt for leftover chicken recipes.

My absolute favorite thing to do with leftover chicken is put it in fried rice. You know, those cheap boxes of flavored fried rice that is “only rice”. I do have this recipe idea on our leftover recipes page on Idea Queen too.  This is especially good if I have leftover pork chop too. You just make the rice as normal, then throw in the meat (heated up over course). It gives it extra flavor and turns the rice into a main dish.

Another recipe we used once was “Cheesy chicken”, which is also on the leftover recipes page. Basically we made a casserole out of the one lonely chicken breast left over with cheese, corn, and a few other ingredients.

There’s yet another idea on this page left by a visitor, that turned her leftover chicken into a chicken salad. That’s another very nice option when you don’t have a whole lot.

I’m interested to hear your favorite leftover chicken recipes!

Projects for Bored Toddlers

When your toddler is bored, saying “go play” isn’t an option. It’s a cue they really want to spend some time with you. Luckily there are tons of things that will keep bored toddlers busy for hours on end.

There are two main sections at Idea Queen you can look at when looking for projects for bored toddlers. One of these sections is the free craft ideas for kids. While most of the crafts listed are great for any age, some of the more “toddler specific” crafts are the following:

Homemade Toy Boxes
Colorful Name Pictures
Magnet Crafts

In addition to the specific ideas above, there’s also many seasonal craft ideas that are perfect for little ones as well. More specifically the Christmas ornaments, Christmas gift ideas, and other random crafts.

The second section on Idea Queen where you can find projects for bored toddlers is the activities for kids page.  The majority of the ideas listed here are specifically FOR toddlers, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding something fun.

This page is broken down by type of activity and game, and include some of the following projects for bored toddlers:

Indoor Toddler Activities
Outdoor Toddler Activities
Easy Recipes for Kids

There are many other ideas listed on this page that work for both toddlers and older children as well.  If all else fails, you may want to check out our craft book which features all kinds of crafts submitted by many different moms! This craft book can also be found on the pages above.

Ideas for Party Theme

Having fun at the party isn’t hard, but coming up with the party theme might be. If you are having problems coming up with ideas for a party theme, some of the following might help.

On the Birthday Party Theme Ideas page at Idea Queen, you’ll find details on some of these ideas:

– Pool party
– Motel Party
– Mall Party
– Skating Rink Party
– Park Party
– Plus many other theme ideas

Other ideas include very specific ideas for a party theme, submitted by visitors. There are some excellent ideas on this page, and worth checking out!