Gift for friend's baby 1st bday party

posted 3 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper

I always buy books. I don’t think I’ve ever spent $100 though lol 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Ball pit! You also don’t have to spend $100, you can buy a $20 one. My kid loves her ballpit she got for her first birthday. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

I’ve never spent that much for a kids bday. Usually about $40, and they get so much stuff that it can be overwhelming for the parents. Kids toys are huge at that age and they take up tons of space. I always go the gift card route so mom and dad can get something wanted or needed. Trust me, the 1 year old birthday boy/girl won’t know the difference. As a parent, I can say I’d appreciate a gift card. 

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

namsayin :  if you want to give $100 put it into their college fund! That’s a very generous gift for a 1st birthday and you don’t need to spend that much. I love to give bath foams and tablets that turn the water different colors. Cheap, super fun, and doesn’t leave lasting clutter. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I would spend about $30 for a one-year old, if you don’t know what to get give a small toy and a gift card to a kid’s store that the parents can then use. I know parents who turn around and return everything they receive because they don’t need more plastic junk. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

 $100?! That’s waaay more than anyone in my circle would spend unless they were the parent or grandparent. I usually spend around $25.

I would call or text the mom and ask these questions:

  1. What types of things does the birthday child like?
  2. What types of things does mom NOT want or have plenty of?

If you’re not comfortable calling, here are my personal “don’t buy” items:

  • Things that make noise.
  • Things from China (quality, lead paint fears)
  • Things with many parts

What I typically buy: A bedtime story book for the child and a gift card for the parents. I figure they have plenty of stuff taking up room so toys and clothing are out. For the book, I typically search Amazon for the appropriate age “bedtime story for 1 – 2 year olds” for example, then sort by average customer review.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

namsayin :  We recently went to our friends’ daughter’s 1st birthday party, we bought her a toy piggy bank (helps with fine motor skills) and a book. I always try to get age-appropriate educational/developmental gifts that are still fun. And I steer clear of anything that makes noise. We spend less than $50 on our friends’ kids.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I always buy book and spend between $40 and $50 in total.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

If I were spending $100, I’d get a bond/stock. Darling Husband has one he was gifted from the 80’s that he just recently cashed for a couple grand that was a nominal fee to begin with. 

In reality, a bunch of dollar-store books and a Starbucks gift card for the parents. 🙂 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I tend to buy books for small kids. I like to encourage to read bedtime stories $10-20 is plenty to spend on a  1yo

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Gift card for the zoo or aquarium?  I’m considering saying “no gifts” for my son’s first birthday because we already have so many toys.  

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

$100 is very generous, and unnecessary unless you have plenty of money to spend.  I wouldn’t expect a friend to spend more than $20-40 (if anything).  Books are always good.  You could ask your friend if she has any suggestions?  A lot of babies have a lot of toys and clothes already, so those aren’t particularly needed in some cases.  But Mom might have her eye on a couple specific toys for him.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

Adding “experiences” in as an option. How about a ticket to the children’s museum or the zoo like a PP said? What do you have close by? That way it’s not more clutter or another outfit. My cousin has a hard “no gifts” rule for her kids bdays. They get them from their parents and grandparents or whatever, but the extended families and friends get off the hook. There’s a lot of us so it would be a TON more toys for their house (3 kids) and they already have PLENTY. 

Like I said before though, you can’t go wrong with a gift card. Lol

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