(Closed) Help with a birthday present for a 1 year old boy?

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Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

LOL why not get a present for the parents? I’m sure they would love that and the 1 year old won’t know any different.

Otherwise, how about summer accessories? Summer is fast approaching and I’m sure they could use an extra hat, sandals, and some sunscreen/ baby sunglasses?

 Or how about a fun thing they can do as an activity for with both children, like an icepop mold, etc.? The 1 yo could still eat what they made, but it would be entertainment for the other one, too.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@oracle:  aww  thanks and you’re welcome! =)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

dvd’s? at that age kids are starting to “get” tv/cartoons, so i like to get movies/tv shows that they’d like and you could include some toddler friendly movie munchies, like animal crackers. and you could give the parents movie tickets in keeping with the whole movie-time vibe. 

i like the previous poster’s idea about summer time stuff. if they live/vacation near a beach, sand toys are always fun to have (or pool toys if they have a pool).

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I just bought this toy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgdTII8d3ng for a girl about that age.  (I actually bought the Tobbles Neo version because it was in girlier colors but it’s for 6 months+, this one is for slightly older children).  It is a really clever toy- right now she only seems to like carrying the pieces around and banging them together and trying to knock over the tower, but it’s really interesting for a stacking toy once she gets there (different angles, etc).  Not affiliated, just thought I did a fantastic job picking out a present πŸ™‚

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@oracle:  I have a 1 year old!  Actually, she just turned 14 months and the best present that we received was from my brother and SIL.  It’s a stuffed animal called My Pal, Violet, (there is also one for a boy) and you can program it to say the child’s name, sing it’s favorite songs, talk about it’s favorite color, food, etc.  It’s interactive and meant for a 1 year old.  It’s fantastic!  I had never heard of it and my daughter goes crazy for it!

 

http://shop.leapfrog.com/leapfrog/jump/My-Pal-Scout-%26-Violet/productDetail/Toddler-Toys-Sale/lfprod19156/cat90026

 

 I don’t think that you should get the parents a present.  The birthday party is to celebrate the child!  Not the parents.  I think that it’s a lovely thought, but I know that I (as a parent now), would think it was a little odd if a family member came to our child’s first birthday and I received a present instead of my child.  Now that we have a child, we prefer to buy things for her rather than us.  

A PP mentioned DVD’s – do not buy DVDs!!  The American Academt of Pediatrics is very ardent that any television before the age of 2 is detrimental to a child’s brain development.  This even includes the “learning” or “educational” shows/ DVDs.  Children do not understand what they are seeing yet and when they smile or interact with the TV, the TV does not respond back, which is bad for development.  

http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/Babies-and-Toddlers-Should-Learn-from-Play-Not-Screens.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

Just google TV before Age 2 and you will see article after article about how bad it is.  I also did not know this before I had a child, so I’m sure that the PP didn’t realize this.  

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I know!! Time sure flies πŸ™‚  Actually, I think another one would be fine since each is customized for the individual child.  You can only program it for one name, one favorite food, one favorite animal, one favorite color, but five favorite songs, and five favorite bedtime lullabies.  Because of this and the interaction, I think that one for each child would be perfect!  

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

How about a gift certificate/admission to a children’s museum or activity center? Sometimes the kid’s admission is free but you can pay for the parents. =)

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