Who doesn’t love a first birthday? Cute babies, proud parents, and cake! Did I mention I love cake? I’m really in it for the frosting, but anything sweet will do for me! If you find yourself invited to one of these adorable and festive gatherings, but have no idea what to a buy a one-year-old, I have you covered. Below is a list of categories and suggestions to help guide you through the gift buying process!
1. Books, book and more books!
Simple, easy, and space conscious, books are an obvious choice for a first birthday gift! You might be surprised to see how much a one-year-old is entertained by a colorful book! Tip: Board books are still best for this age group; choose a rhyming, sing-song book with colorful pictures!
The category is puzzles, but any toy that inspires creative thinking and trouble shooting will suffice! Some additional ideas include stacking cups, wooden blocks, and lego building blocks. Tip: Basic and simple is best; help foster a vidid imagination!
Cute clothes are always a hit at a first birthday party! If you’re a little hesitant to buy clothes, know that it’s hard to mess up with so many adorable options available! Worst case, provide a gift receipt! Tip: Always buy at least one size up, likely 18 months for a one-year-old.
4. Novelty gifts and Milestone markers
You can never go wrong with a novelty gift for a first birthday! With a house full of toys and baby gear, parents will appreciate a lovely photo frame or album, a keepsake piggy bank or creative milestone marker. Tip: If you’re on a budget, a beautiful framed photo always makes a sweet and thoughtful gift!
5. Contribution to a college fund
Inquire to see if a college fund has been started for the birthday boy or girl and let the parents know you would like to make a donation in lieu of a gift. Tip: If possible, avoid cash and make a direct payment (often times tax deductable) to the fund; the cash will burn a hole in the pocket of Mom and Dad!
Gifts To Avoid:
What happened to the old adage “it’s the thought that counts” when it comes to gift giving? Well, if you want to remain friends with the parents after the first birthday, I would suggest avoiding anything that could drive a person crazy, i.e. toys with a million tiny pieces, flashing lights, obnoxious noises or a toy that takes up a lot of space! Unsure? Ask before you buy! 🙂
After all of these suggestions, I’ll tell you the best way to nail the first birthday gift in the eyes of a one-year-old and it involves some bright wrapping paper and a bow!