Matryoshka Dolls, or Russian Nesting Dolls, traditionally represent motherhood. With the "gifts" theme in mind, I hand painted this set of dolls to give to a new mom. It will look bright and cheerful in the nursery when baby is young, and becomes a fun learning toy for toddlers.
The fun part about this project is that you can paint a plain set of nesting dolls anyway you want. I choose to paint mine as a little family, but storybook characters, groups of animals, or a modern approach with only stripes or geometric designs would look great.