Post # 1
I’ve been invited to a friend’s baby’s first birthday party. I don’t have any kids so I’m not sure what to gift the baby for their birthday. There is no registry. What’s normal etiquette for how much to spend? $100?
Would appreciate some ideas!
Diapers? Onesies? Toys?
Post # 2
I always buy books. I don’t think I’ve ever spent $100 though lol
Post # 3
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
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
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
- 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
$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:
- What types of things does the birthday child like?
- 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
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
I always buy book and spend between $40 and $50 in total.
Post # 10
- 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 # 11
Little people sets are usually a hit with wee ones. Books are good too.
My daughter got this for her first birthday and loved it.
Post # 12
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
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
$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
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