1st birthday gifts HELP

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Head over to Toys’R’Us! I usually go to the baby section and look at all the devleopment toys and base my choice on the one that keeps me entertained the longest! haha

One of those roller push toys would be fun for them! Teaches them how to walk? I would also sneak in a couple of books too 🙂

Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Walking/push toys  are super fun and age-appropriate! So are board books.

Or you could get them really cheap obnoxiously loud toys, and get them each a savings bond for college!

Post # 5
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015


This is what my sisters ask of me for my nieces and nephews!

What I usually do:

Take them somewhere fun, (without the parents)… not all of these are appropriate for 1 year olds but I figured I’d list them for future ideas…

The zoo


The mall, to get frozen yogurt with whatever toppings they want then to either build a bear or the disney store.

Mini Golf



The waterpark

Amusement Park

Swimming lessons, or a punch pass for a rec centre

Dance lessons


Gift card for any type of activity

A lunch or dinner at a fun restaurant, like the melting pot (fondue) Kids love cheese and chocolate with a shirley temple!

Post # 6
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I know it’s not a fun gift, but the SIL begged us to get her daughter clothes for her first birthday.  It’s fun for us as we don’t have kids amd got to go around the cute kids clothes part of the store for the first time.  It was also great for the parents as it was one less thing to worry about, and an essential that they did not need to purchase.

For fun stuff, we got the nephew a band in a box for his first birthday.  Toys R Us sells them.  It’s timeless and appropriate for both genders.  He is now 4 and his little sister has found it and loves it too.  

I would stay stay away from the huge, light up, do everything toys.  While they seem fun, the kids grow out of them way too fast, and when they break, that’s it, it’s done.  They are also a pain to store.  

Post # 7
2341 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ve seen a little tree as a birthday gift. The tree then grows with the child.

Or opening a bank account with a small amount of money…

Post # 8
7025 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve got to say do not get a walker, if by walker you mean those things where they sit and their legs dangle down and they can push themselves around. There are safety issues. They will learn to walk at their own rate (and perhaps already are, average walking age is pretty well 12 months).

Other push toys are ok though. A popular 1st birthday toy in my family was a toy car to sit on. Or a pop-up game (i.e. press a button and a character pops up). Toys with shapes, like stacking pots, were used by my kids a lot. Whatever you get make sure it doesn’t have small parts which can get in their mouths. (Toddler toys are designed to be safe this way).

Books are a good idea too. At that age kids are pretty rough with them, so look for ones with sturdy board pages. Just about anything with bright pictures is good at that age, especially of animals.

Post # 10
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My ideal will be taking the kids to a playground and maybe something to eat(ice cream?) this will be a gift to the parents(need a break) and as well a gift to the kids.

Post # 11
1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d make a cute little basket up for each of them.  A bath toy, a cute outfit, a book, and then a learning toy. If you are a thrifty shopper you can get all of that for less than $30 per kid.

Post # 12
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My favorite gift for a one year old is either a start to their very own library with a small bookshelf and a couple of books


or buying them a share in a child appropriate company


Most kids I know are drowning in toys from birth on.

Post # 13
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

My LO has jst had her first birthday and the best presents from my point of view were lots of books, a special outfit, bath toys and a beach set (bucket, spade etc).

Post # 14
28 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Season passes to a zoo or children’s musuem would be a nice gift.

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