I just finished another gift idea...a plastic tray turned into decorative chalkboard. I found a plastic snowman tray in the shape of a Christmas ornament at the thrift store for a $1. I painted over the tray with chalkboard paint, my son was sad to see the snowman go. It took about 3 coats...I forgot to take pics til the end. I let it sit overnight and then 'conditioned' it...does that really make a difference? Anyway, then I pulled out the chalk markers and started playing.