Crayons and markers are wonderful for kids but they only last a certain time before new ones are needed. If you want a present that the child can keep for years to come think about one of the art toys that aren't based on traditional art supplies.
Drawing with Water: Aquadoodle
Aquadoodle is an art gift for younger children. The good point about this art toy is it won’t run out like a box of crayons or marker set. The special drawing pens just need to be filled with water. The drawings automatically disappear so the mat can be used again and again. The bad points are this toy doesn’t have the normal selection of color a box of crayons or marker set has. An adult will also need to take a photo as soon as the drawing is made for the drawing to be kept as a memory of the child's early years. Drawings also can’t be given as gifts to grandparents. So a toy like this is usually best as an addition to classic art supplies like crayons.
Gift for a Doodle Bug: Doodler
An excellent gift choice for 3 to 7 year old children (some parents have also found it a great toy for their 2 year old). The good points are you don't need to buy extra art supplies. The Doodler is also easy to carry making drawing on-the-go easy. This means it's a great way to keep kids busy in a waiting room or the car. It can also be used anywhere in the house where Aquadoodle really needs a hard, big and flat space like a tiled floor. The bad points are the same as those for the Aquadoodle but if the Doodler is used for places where kids get bored not as a replacement for other art supplies it shouldn't be a problem.
Pictured: Aquadoodle Draw n Doodle