Here’s a big list of stuff I made and stuff I like that people who like my stuff might like:
Palomino Blackwings. My favorite pencil — great for sketching, perfect for making notes in books. Sometimes I like to just sharpen them and sit around and sniff ‘em. Get a whole box and add a sharpener while you’re at it. ($30 for both.)
Aqua Notes. I know, I know: they seem totally goofy, but I get a lot of ideas in the shower, and nine out of ten of them are bad, but that one that is good, well, it’s worth having something you can write it down on. ($7)
Crayola Slick Stix. I don’t know why regular crayons are so popular for kids other than the fact that they’re cheap and they don’t make a mess. (I think I just answered my own question.) Crayons are hard to hold in tiny hands and kids have to really press hard with them to get any kind of decent result. These Slick Stix are easy to grip and they lay down a really silky smooth line. They also have the added benefit of making everything you draw look like a Jean-Michel Basquiat. ($10.)
Do A Dot Art! My son had trouble making circles early on, so he loved to use these for wheels on cars, faces, etc. They’re a little expensive, but they last a long time, and they mix really well. ($16)
Some of my favorite books. Books make great gifts… they’re particularly good gifts to yourself! If you have a local bookstore, buy ’em there! You can also see my favorites year by year, for the past decade.