It was my mother-in-law's birthday and I thought it would be nice if Lily made her a present. As it was a for someone else, I wanted to encourage Lily to think about what the other person would like and then let her create it. Lily loved the idea and had a great time walking around Hobbycraft saying "Ooo, I think Nana Rosie would LOVE this".
This worked out reasonably well. I did have to step in to stop her buying dinosaur stickers. If it were me, I would have painted it rather than used pens, but Lily was quite insistent and I came to the conclusion that this was her project, her gift and her decisions. On the up-side, it meant less tidying up for me!
We started with one of these little wooden trinket boxes which can be bought for a very reasonable price from The Works. Lily was then able to customise it with colouring and stickers that she chose herself. She already knew what to do as we did something similar earlier this year for my friend's birthday.
Let's face it, the finished product wouldn't win any art prizes. But it was heartfelt. And Nana's like that sort of thing. Or, at least I hope they do!