Like a lot of kids, Elliott is really into painting. He paints most days and most days his choice of paint is watercolor. Of course I love it too, so that might have something to do with it. For his birthday, I wanted to wrap his gifts in something he would love and when I saw these white paper bags I knew they would be perfect for watercolor. Most gift bags you'll see have a shiny coating on them which would prevent you from doing much of anything fun with it. This is just thick white paper so it makes for a great blank canvas. To make your own, just grab some paper gift bags (I found mine at our local party store), stick something like cardboard inside before you start painting to prevent the paint from bleeding through, and go to town with your mad art skills! They are really easy to make and I guarantee the kiddos will love it. And what would be even more fun, let the kid do the painting for a little friend's gift! Both kids will get a kick out of it.