Over the last year or so I’ve been invited to first birthday parties for a few of my friends children. My daughter is also about to turn one. She’s my first born, so in all honestly I don’t know what one year olds want, need or like.
I got a mermaid doll for my friend’s daughter. She threw it on the ground the moment she saw it.
I got my other friend’s son a wooden train set. He was much more interested in the wrapping paper.
I said to my husband, “Why am I spending all this money on stuff these children won’t remember or care about? What the heck are we going to get our daughter for her first birthday?”
Then it hit me. IT DOESN’T MATTER! She won’t remember. She will toss toys aside and want to play with the wrapping paper way more than the presents, so I can get her anything I want. Maybe I’ll wrap up an old toy or even be funny and let her unwrap a banana or something.
OR since she doesn’t necessarily care about what she’s getting right now, nor will she remember I can get her things she will need later in life. Things that she will later use, and that I won’t have to purchase at some point in the future.
1. Personalized Beach Towel
You can use a big beach towel to lay on when you’re a baby or a grandma. Talk about a gift that will last forever.
2. Personalized Backpack or Tote Bag
I know that one year old’s will not be able to use this right away, but their parents will. When baby goes to grandma’s house for the night they have their own personalized item to put their belongings in.
3. Personalized Snack Container
Babies eat a lot. Give that one year old their own snack container, and they’ll love you forever.
4. Personalized Pillow or Pillowcase
Get just a simple pillow or pillowcase with their name on it, or even just a monogram. A small pillow for the bed or as decor would be cute, and could be an easy thing to bring in the car on a road trip.
5. Personalized Umbrella
No, they will not be able to use this right away. But their parents can store it with the other umbrellas, and when that child is old enough to use it they will be so excited that their name is on it.
6. Personalized Jewelry Boxes
Little girls have bows and hair clips by the time they’re only a few months old. They will already be able to store things like this in it until they are old enough to wear jewelry without eating it.
7. Personalized Ice Cream Bowl
I scream, you scream, the baby screams… wait, that’s not how it goes. Everybody loves ice cream, so why not get baby his own bowl.
8. Personalized Pail or Bucket
Whether it’s a plastic, play bucket for the beach, or a cute pail to hold belongings in the bedroom that child will be able to use it for years.
9. Personalized Book
There are so many websites now that help you to create a personalized book. That is a book that kids will never want to get rid of.
10. Personalized Camping Chair
Get a fold up camping chair with the child’s name on the back. This could be brought to sporting events, camping or just sitting outside on a nice day. There are different sized chairs and different styles to choose from.
11. Personalized Baskets
Parents can always find SOMETHING to put in a basket in the child’s room. Whether it’s books, toys, hair supplies, etc. extra storage is always useful.
12. Personalized T-shirt
If you get a large enough size that a kid could fit into, but not too large that they trip in it they could use it for a while, even if it’s just to sleep in.
13. Personalized Games
Ever played the game memory? How fun would it be to have all of the baby’s family on different cards? Personalize games that baby will be able to play for years.
14. Personalized Piggy Bank
Chores, lemonade stands, hopefully baby will keep getting money one way or another. Buy her a cute piggy bank with her name personalized on it. There are tons of options to choose from.
15. Personalized Lunch Box
It won’t be for a few years, but eventually baby is going to need a lunch box. Get baby a cute, personalized lunch box that can either be stored away for when he goes to school, or used to transport snacks and food when going out.
16. Personalized Sippy Cup or Water Bottle
Most likely baby drinks from a sippy cup at this point. You could either get her a personalized sippy cup, or get a nice water bottle for when she is older.
17. Money for College Fund
It never hurts to start the college fund early. Give money to the family to put toward college, or a saving account for baby.
18. Letters from Family
Tell the family instead of buying gifts for the baby to write her a letter. Have each family member or couple write a letter, and then give those letters to her on her 18th birthday. It might be more meaningful than having them bring a gift she will forget.
19. Buy Baby an Experience
Instead of finding a toy or an object, put money towards an event for the baby. Maybe that means you buy movie tickets (that won’t expire) for baby’s first movie trip, or their first experience at a bounce house.
20. Gift Cards
The parents will never turn down a gift card. It can always be put towards the clothes that baby will grow out of so quickly, or toys that they know baby will love and appreciate.
If you have any other ideas for baby’s first gifts leave a comment to share!