Besides giving him or her a packet of stamps and a few minutes of your time, why not provide them a couple brochures that shows them how to soak, hinge and house their stamps along with a lot of other good to know stuff.
The Education Department of the American Philatelic Society has several introduction to stamp collecting brochures which are downloadable.
- The World of Stamps- Welcome to Stamp Collecting
- 10 Low-Cost Ways to Start Collecting Stamps
- Three Tips for Stamp Collectors: Soaking Stamps, Choosing an Album, and Using Tongs
To preview and download, click here.