My oldest was recently invited to an 8 year old girl's birthday party. This girl is girly but also sporty, and I knew she liked to make things, so after seeing THIS great idea at eighteen25, I knew what we would be giving as the birthday gift.
(My son luckily doesn't have much opinion when it comes to giving gifts, especially the girls because it means walking down the "pink aisles" at the toy store, so most of the time, I get to do what I want... which is great!)
I did my kit a little different than the original, but used the free printable on their blog (see links above). We personalized the supply box and clipboard with the birthday girl's name. I also made her an "example" bracelet to get her started. Oh, the memories that came flooding back as I made that bracelet!
Inside, we filled it with thread, extra thread bobbins (links HERE), some printable instructions on a couple of basic bracelets (just do a search online, there are tons), a pair of scissors, and a place for finished bracelets...ready to hand out to her friends, of course.
The clipboard is to hold all the threads in place while you twist and knot away. It's convenient, keeps things tidy, and portable, so nice. I almost did a big vinyl design in the middle of the clipboard, but thought she might like to use it for writing too, so we just put her name in the corner.
Added a large band to hold it all together for easy transport and storage, there you have a very cool gift for an 8 year old (at least I think so).
Happy Birthday, Karlee!