Frantz Art Glass has a beginners kit that includes glass, fiber blanket, tools, hot head (or Fireworks Torch), Cindy Jenkins book, fiber blanket, glasses, bead release, etc... looks like all you need is a person ready to sit down and make beads. It has everything.
I would check it out on the web site and yet call to order. They do ship quickly and are nice to talk to.
What a great birthday gift!!!