One of the hardest things for me is picking out gifts for my boy's friends. I don't want to be too cheap but I also don't want to spend a fortune. And I want to get something that the child will enjoy.
Mr. W is really into drawing lately--it's all he wants to do! So when he was recently invited to a birthday party we collaborated on a perfect gift . . . an art kit!
We bought a clear plastic box and filled it will art supplies. During the fall "back to school" sales I try to stock up on a few things--notebooks, crayons, markers, etc. So most of this gift we already had on hand! Here is what we put in our "art kit": a notebook, ruler, water colors, pencils, markers, and crayons. The great thing is that you can add anything you want! A few more ideas would be: pompoms, glue/glue stick, googly eyes, construction paper, scissors, or play-doh.
To make it a little more personal I cut the friend's initial out of contact paper and added it to the box.