I always thought they were just cute until I started reading Mangas (Japanese Comics) when I understood another significance of a bento. Homemakers or girlfriends would spend time cooking, designing and creating bentos that can be either simple or elaborate for their children, husbands, boyfriends etc. as a sign of love. I thought that was sweet because nothing is sweeter than home cooked food just for you. (It's almost like getting home made chocolates for Valentines Day!) Today, Kyaraben is getting more attention because of how creative and artsy they are. There are even competitions to find the most creative Kyaraben around.
The problem with Pinterest is that some are just pretty pictures without the methods or preparation tips which can be quite annoying if you're looking to replicate or do one yourself! For that, I turn to blogs for tips. A quick google search and you'll be able to find many blogs. However I'd recommend this one blog which is fantastic! It's called JustBento.com and it's pretty decent with the steps and plenty of bento updates, competitions and tool suggestions!
Also, I think it would mean so much when he/she opens their lunchbox and see all the effort that goes in :) Definitely the envy of others!
|"Lunch atop a skyscraper"|
And if bento is not for you, there's always cakes ;)
|StickgirlProductions Art : Give Thanks and Eat Cake|