Cheap Gifts: Part 2
posted by Amy

You all have inspired me with your suggestions for additions to this list of good (and cheap) gifts for kids. So many great ideas!

Here's a list of some more fairly inexpensive and truly fantastic art supplies to add to a child's art supply box. (Amanda of Soulemama really deserves credit for this list, as nearly every link there came from her site originally.)

BLANK BOOKS: Bare Books is a budding author/illustrator's dream site. Blank board ("chunky") books, blank calendars to design by hand, hardbound blank books (lined and unlined pages; your choice), blank puzzles to draw on and play with...and on and on and on.

SMENCILS: Made from recycled newspapers, so you can feel virtuous when gifting a kid you know with pencils that smell like chocolate! Or bubble gum, or one of many other options. These make doing homework much more fun. I get mine here.

WOODEN ACORNS: I don't know why these are a necessity, but they are. They're just so smooth and pretty and small. Also dinosaurs, cats, and other animals, clothespins for dollmaking, blocks, and... well, you'll have to check it out to see all the stuff that's possible to make out of wood.

All right, mamas. What else is out there? I want to know!