Post # 1
My best friend’s baby is turning one in February and I want to get a nice gift for him. Being a non parent I am totally at a loss. Since she lives in a different province, it will need to be shipped so nothing too big. I’m thinking maybe something personalized would be nice because he has a somewhat unique name but Etsy is kind of overwhelming me.
Any ideas from moms out there? What have you received or would like to receive?
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
It doesn’t sound fun or flashy, but the gift every parent ever has asked me for is diapers. You are constantly using them, and constantly out of them. And they are expensive.
Clothes are also nice for kids, as it’s another high use item that can be really expensive and needs to be replaced often.
I would stay away from what we childless typically like to buy kids, toys. It’s so much fun to buy them when you don’t have kids of your own, but parents quickly start drowning in toys.
Post # 4
@Olive27: My GO TO gift for one year olds is to start their own personal library. They will get more than enough clothes and toys from other people. Starting a love affair with reading will be a tremendous asset for any child in the future.
You could have the bookshelf shipped directly from the vendor and wrap and send a few books yourself. You can consult with the parents to see what design would work for their nursery.
Post # 5
Fat Brain Toys!
They have a personalized wodden puzzle, you can put their name.
I love that their website suggest toys based on gender/age and tell you the coutnry of origin, how it helps to develop them, etc. I got tehse activitiy books for my friend’s girl that just turned 1!
Post # 6
@Olive27: Well it’s not personalized, but my son loves this ball popper toy: http://www.amazon.com/Playskool-Explore-Grow-Busy-Popper/dp/B002B555QQ/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_0
We had friends over who have a 1 year old, and she loved it too! We bought her one for her birthday. I’m sure any gift you give will be appreciated. Kids always have so much stuff- toys, clothes etc but it’s always appreciated:) You could also try buying an experience- in Vancouver we have a great aquarium, so an annual pass would be a nice gift. Maybe there is a museum, play gym etc that you could do an annual pass for?
Post # 7
@Olive27: My 14 month old nephew is LOVING books right now. Yeah he mostly folds the pages, but he likes looking at pictures and flipping the pages open & close. I would get some with thicker, cardboard like pages. Babies really like looking at pictures of faces and there are a ton of books out there like that.
Post # 8
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@julies1949: +1. Books! Always books! You can get a selection for a range of ages, and write little notes in them. It’s so fun to pick out a bunch that were your favorite as a kid.
Post # 9
@snowjewelz: My Brother and SIL got one of these name puzzles for my son (11 months)and he loves it! He is on a big puzzle kick lately. Also, books are great, definitely the cardboard board books so it doesn’t get ripped up.
Post # 10
Another vote for board books! I work in an infant/toddler room at a day care and I love the Sandra Boynton ‘Hippo’ books. They are great to read to kids and are are very engaging for the little ones. The Belly Button book and Are you a cow are my favorites. Another one of my favorite children’s authors is Lois Ehlert. She makes very beautiful artistic books.
Post # 11
As others mentionned, books, or a giftcard to a baby shoestore in your area. They grow out of their shoes every 3-4 months and those are expensive. I’m always pleased when we receive one of those for our little guy.