Post # 1
Q for you ladies out there. My best friend from college – also one of our groomsman- and his wife have an adorable baby boy who I basically consider my nephew & we’re headed to his 1st B-day next weekend. Thing is… I dunno what to get him.
I went all out at her baby shower and used up most of my good ideas. When he was born I bought “My 1st” tees for Dad to open (Mets, Jets, Islanders, etc – even though I hate those teams. Hah!). We started a CD for him as a baptism gift. I love the kid, but I mean, he’s 1 -he has no idea what’s going on. I thought about a time capsule, but her sister already gave them one so I’m outta ideas.
Anyone have any good ideas for a 1st b-day present?
Post # 3
How about a collection of your favorite childhood books? They might last a little longer than toys would.
Post # 4
For my niece’s first birthday, I got her one of those little cars that you can sit in and be pushed around in. She LOVES it.
Post # 5
I gave my nephew a wooden name train. He loves it, and he is 12 now and it sits proudly on a shelf in his bedroom
Post # 6
def some classic books. or any hands on learning light up toys.
Post # 7
If you want to do stuffed animal BlaBla dolls are just the most awesome thing ever.
My son has the turquoise polka dot cat. He’s named him Eddie.
They are just perfect. They are the perfect size for little hands to grab. They’re cotton, knit by artisans in Peru, they’re floppy, they squish into a diaperbag or even a fair sized purse with ease.
And the best thing is..they are machine washable..yes you heard me you chuck em in the washer on delicate (I also chuck Eddie in a lingerie bag just to be safe) and then flop em dry or lay them out to airdry (I do a combination of both, but my son threw up on Eddie once, and we did not have airdrying time, so I dried him all the way..he’s still perfect)
I wish wish wish I had a girl because the girl dolls are just divine.
My go to gifts for all my mom friends
Birth – Fisher Price Aquarium soother
1st Birthday – BlaBla Doll
Of you dont want to spend that kind of money.
and if you’re looking for something a little more electronic
Fisher price has an Elmo phone that is also vunderbar. It sings but it is not brain achingly annoying.
Post # 8
I like books – they are such a great gift that result in learning and child parent time! 🙂
Post # 9
I am a sucker for getting kids educational gifts. So I highly agree with the others when I say go for books. It is one of the best things you can get a kid.
Post # 10
Books are excellent gifts! (since I bought most of my son’s myself I didnt even think of that)
1yr olds have the attention span of a sneeze. And since they’re really discovering being ambulatory, some are even walking by this time, they are not so very fond of sitting still for even a few minutes. So make it something short.
Sandra Boynton does some great board books:
Moo, Baa, La la la is an excellent first book..Short, rhyming and silly.
Post # 11
My brothers always scoff when I get their kids books, LOL. They think I’m being snooty. But NO ONE ELSE gets them books! And I remember having some really cool ones when I was a kid!! (Goodnight Bear, The Little Prince, Velveteen Rabbit, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Five Chinese Brothers, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Dr. Seuess ANYTHING, etc!!) Those are all a little too mature for a one year old, but you could cultivate a desire for books by getting him a feel n touch book! Something with different textures in it, so he can play with it on his own! Or something with a lot of color. Something with THICK cardboard pages, real sturdy. One year olds are destructive, LOL!
Post # 12
Target has old school toys like the chatter phone and sock monkey, blocks are good, those “little people” sets they have barns and boats and things…basically something more to grow into a little bit rather than something for right now. My daughter is 2.5 and I’ve always bought a little older and she’s enjoyed the toys for a lot longer!
Have fun at the party!
Post # 13
Books are a great idea. My neice is 17 moz and got blocks for Christmas.. it was her favorite present! She wouldn’t open any more presents once they were open.. haha. He will be in a big kid (front facing) carseat soon too so if they don’t have one you could get them a gift card to go towards his new carseat. They are so pricey, and a lot of people need more than one so they don’t have to transfer between multiple cars.
Post # 14
For my nephews 1st birthday (last May) we got him a water table (NOT water & sand). He LOVES it. We got it at Toyrs R’ Us.
We also got him a book, bib (with monkeys which are his favorite), and water boats to go with the water table.
Post # 15
im a huge fan of buying babies/friends kids books (or book plates to put in their books) and a savings bond!
savings bonds are great because babies get so many things (at least this is what i’ve heard) and a savings bonds is a great way to give them something for their future! my grandparents got them for my sister and i and it was great when we reached collage age, those extra $50 or $100 dollars were really nice when i didn’t have the money but need to fix my car or wanted to go on a vacation…
just an idea!
Post # 16
I just sent my niece a package of books for her 1st b-day, including one of tons of nursery rhymes with a CD so she can practice her dancing skills. I’m also a sucker for fashion, so she got an outfit for when she gets a bit bigger.