Our youngest nephew Connor just turned 5 and he's marvelous. We wanted to find a great gift idea that would be interactive and provide a fun experience versus picking out another set of Legos.
Whenever Connor comes to our house for a weekend visit we cook. Specifically, we make French toast. He knows when he wakes up that it's time for his culinary abilities and promptly lets me know--and remembers the vanilla more than I do as well. He also cooks at his house and my sister in law loves to cook so I'm excited for them to have more fun with his new gear.
We picked out an apron and chef hat and decorated it slightly to be official for Connor to lead the way for Nonner's Nachos (one of his nicknames) and Quesadilla a la Connor (actual name). Once we're done cooking, we have the proper material markers so he can decorate more his style and have his apron ready to go for when he's at home and helping Mama cook too.
Love getting creative with gifts and having fun. Not much beats those two details in my opinion.