I remember getting my first set of color pencils. My mom ordered them for me from some random catalog after I begged and begged, explaining these weren't like your average pencils. These were special. They were watercolor pencils — so they could work as is but you could also use a wet paintbrush over your drawing and it would look like a watercolor painting.
So finally they came in the mail and I was ecstatic. The pencils were packaged in a metal case which allowed me to carry them safely wherever I would go. Many a drawing (and "painting") came from those pencils. I used them down to nubs. The ones pictured are the only pencils I have left from that set.
The moral of this story? Basically, I loved those pencils because in my 10 year-old mind they looked and felt professional. I loved all that Crayola had done for me but suddenly the brand seemed too basic and not cool enough for my pre-pubescent tastes. So it was great to graduate to a new level of art supplies.
When you're a budding artist there is something really special about having "higher quality" tools to make your masterpieces.
Check out these art supplies for the junior artist in your life, from Xonex. They're also having a great sale on Fab.com for the next six days.