All kids are different, and if your child likes making jewelry, performing science experiments or growing orchids on the back porch, then by all means, support those passions by supplying him with the tools he needs to succeed. You never know when your child's hobby might turn into a lifelong career or vocation. Finding ways to expand your child's interests works, too. If your daughter loves jewelry making, she may like rock polishing. If your son thinks model cars are cool, then he might enjoy learning more about mechanics and racing, or even miniatures and graphic art.
Once you've got an idea of your child's interests, craft stores and specialty hobby retailers often have introductory kits that teach basic and advanced techniques. Targeted supplies from these unique outlets make great and useful gifts.