Having older girls to prepare presents for allowed me to use two cute bento boxes I bought at a previous trip to the Japanese dollar store.
I made them into sewing kits
by buying a few more things, like thread, buttons, and ribbon trim, at my recent trip to a 100 Yen type store. I used this sewing kit from Land of Nod as inspiration, and included a regular needle, a plastic kid's needle, a needle threader, scissors, a thimble, thread, a homemade pin cushion with two pins, and two hanks of embroidery floss in the kits. Most of these items I had on hand (hoarder!), so just had to add a few components from a sewing kit from an American dollar store (the scissors, needle, and thimble).
Again following the Land of Nod kit, I included felt pieces plus some batting to allow the girls to make a couple of different animals. I think I would have been pretty thrilled to get a gift like this at their age.
Favorite of the day: Niiiice
Working on: The mice family -- the gift for the other birthday girl tomorrow