I remember the first time I saw a drafting table as a child. I begged my parents for one for years to no avail. Don't let what happened to me happen to your kid!
If you're in the market, check out this architect desk over at CB2. I love the clean minimalist lines but the kicker is the surface. It's a chalkboard so you can do some rough sketches or jot down quick thoughts. The architect desk is available from CB2 for $399.