It was just my daughter's birthday last week. She only had two friends sleepover, so the gift influx wasn't as bad as it has been in past years. It's kinds of crazy how much STUFF kids get today isn't it? I suppose I had an entire third floor attic playroom growing up, but I also had 3 siblings sharing it. Over the years, I've tried not to torture my fellow moms by buying birthday gifts that compounded the toy problem in their homes. I have found handmade gifts are a great solution. Happy kids, happy moms. When my daughter was little, the most welcome of our gifts were my crayon caddies. They made corralling crayons easy and kept them from rolling off the tables of restaurants, allowing moms to eat in peace, without having to dive under the table on a regular basis.
The crayon days are over for my middle school daughter so now I simply make the caddys long enough to hold pens (I've been told that GEL pens are totally cool). I usually add a cute journal too. If you want to help a mom out (or even yourself), you can find the tutorial for the felt crayon caddy over on the Kunin blog this month.
Happy Stitching & Gifting!