During our How to Train Your Dragon obsession, I picked up a couple of dragon notebooks for the boys. Reed had also recently become obsessed with drawing, and he filled that sucker up with some priceless artwork. I decided to start a tradition on his next birthday. When he turned five, in addition to his other gifts, he got a decorated composition notebook. Being the nerd that he is, it was his favorite gift.
It's a real simple idea. Just buy cheap composition books, scrapbook paper, and letter stickers. Cover the front, back, and insides and mark the cover with the kid's name and age. On the first page, I asked a bunch of "favorites" questions to look back at later. I've made one every birthday since (Calvin was super jealous) and I LOVE to see how the boys' interests and drawing skills have changed. Since he started kindergarten, his phonetic writing has added further entertainment. My favorite page from Reed's six-year-old-book is of a scene from Phineas and Ferb. It says "krsupuoretheplatupus" Translation for those not familiar with Dr. Doofenshmirtz or fluent in Hooked on Phonics: "Curse you, Perry the Platypus!"