The godmother of our 7-year old son must have read Bob Vila's "Last Minute Gift Ideas". She made a donation to Heifer International for us AND she gave our son his first real tool box-- assembled by our local hardware store, Wankel's Hardware.
Here are 12 items the folks at Wankel's recommend in the first toolbox for a new do-it-yourselfer (and model train buff):
My dad gave us an awesome divided box with all of those little things that you always seem to need and don't want to buy a full box of (like diff. size screws)...and a promise to dive into his huge shop of tools and give us one of whatever he has two of and that we can use.