Post # 1
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
Title says it all. I am completely lost when it comes to kids, and going shopping is really overwhelming for me. I’d like to spend $50 or under. Should I get something educational? Something fun? Something to go with the decor of his room? Clothes? I’m lost! What if I spent a little less on him (I mean, he’s one, it’s not like he’ll notice) and put part of the budget towards getting something small for his mom and dad to enjoy themselves? Or is there something fun for the whole family that a 1 yr old would like? HALP!
Post # 2
If you want the mom to hate your forever, get the BeeBop Band. It’s a bunch of musical instruments that come in a container that is shaped like a drum. My kids loved it, but it is noisy!!!!
Post # 3
At that age, kids love ALL toys, especially the ones that light up and make noise and all that. But, they certainly don’t need them, and they probably have plenty! So if you’re trying to be practical, diapers are still a huge expense for parents of a 1-year-old (especially because the kid is wearing the more expensive larger diapers now). And of course books are a great gift for kids of all ages. The baby is just starting to head into the part of his life where he really enjoys being read books (my daughter isn’t quite there yet — she still wants to grab the book out of my hand and try to eat it most of the time), and kids love variety, so that’s always a safe bet.
So that’s what I would do — a couple books, maybe a small toy, and a pack of diapers 🙂
Post # 4
Books are always a hit with my daughter and I appreciated getting clothes in the next size up. Basics like socks and onesies are always useful.
As far as toys, a few of my daughter’s favorite birthday gifts were her Little People farm, Little People blocks and a xylophone.
Post # 5
FutureDrAtkins: I give books. Don’t care if there’s a registry/toy request/whatever. A book is one of the only material gifts that keeps giving — literacy!
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
Thank you everyone!! Definitely will be getting some books and a small toy! I asked her if he needed a winter coat because I thought that would be pretty practical, but he already has one I guess. Thanks again!
Post # 7
I agree with the pervious Bees – books. They can be fancy books (hard cover, gold leaf edges) or board books (the kind that don’t have rippable pages) or, even better – books you loved as a child. Try to get ones that aren’t that mainstream (so, not the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Guess How Much I Love You or The Gruffelo) so that you avoid doubling up on what they might already have. It doesn’t matter if you think the book might be too old for the child because they will always grow into it and books never go bad. Write a sweat message on the inside cover of the book, which then doubles as the card but is also a great reminder of who gifted the book once the child can read it themselves. I love going through my books even now and seeing who gave them to me.
Plus, mum and dad will love having something new to read as reading the same books over and over is boring.
Post # 8
FutureDrAtkins: Speaking of books, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt is a hilarious, awesome, new picture book that only came out last year. It might be a good one to check out.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods
I had the same problem recently with my nephew’s first b-day. We went with books, which he loved, but another thing that was a suprising (to me anyways) hit with him was balls. Any size or shape, preferably bright colors like red or blue. He loved rolling them across the floor and chasing after them and it was so much fun to play with him.