Last weekend we attended Isobel’s cousin Victoria’s fifth birthday party. We are on a strict budget but still wanted to give her something fabulous, and after looking around a bit to find something both affordable and awesome, we settled on giving her the gift of art.
I have a small stash of holiday and birthday-related gift bags that I draw from when I’m not using another thrifty wrapping method. I happened to find a plain brown bag the perfect size for Victoria’s gift.
Isobel decorated the bag with crayon, marker, watercolors and stickers, so the bag served a dual purpose of holding the gift and functioning as the card.
Isobel had a blast decorating the bag.
We shopped around and were able to find a fancy watercolor set like Isobel’s on sale at a crafts supply store, along with inexpensive brushes and a coloring book. The coloring book is actually a nod to Victoria’s mother, my cousin. Strawberry Shortcake was a favorite of Liz’s growing up.
An art gift like this could be made extra thrifty if you wanted to include a thrifted glass for holding the brushes or a special mug to hold the water.
Victoria loved it as is.