Trying to come up with gift ideas for a child’s first birthday can feel like a daunting task, particularly if you don’t know what the parents need. It’s even harder if you’re not a parent yourself, because you may not know what types of gifts are suitable for a child that age.
Here are some great gift ideas that are appropriate for a child’s first birthday:
Buy an Age-Appropriate Gift
Don’t buy items that are for newborns, as the one-year old will be too advanced for those toys and games. Also avoid items that are marked for kids three and up. These often have small parts that can be a choking hazard to younger children. Buy any gifts that are marked 12+ months or 18+ months. Don’t buy a toy for children 6+ months as the child will quickly becoming bored with it.
Set a Budget
Choose an amount to spend and stick to it. You can get lots of great toys or games for $20 or less. If you have a bit more to spend, get a book, a piece of clothing, or a fancy toy for a well-rounded gift.
Check for A Registry
If the parents have registered for a list of wanted items, it will make your life much easier. Simply pick something off the list that is in your price range. Most stores with registry lists will often even offer to gift wrap it for you.
Think Outside the Box
Don’t just consider toys and games; think about keepsake items, too. Growth charts, silver spoons inscribed with the child’s name and birth date, or even a special Christmas tree ornament would all make for a perfect gift.
Educational toys are great, if they’re fun too. Purely educational items like videos might sound like a good idea, but ask the parents if the child will be allowed to have that much screen time. You’re better off buying something fun that will help improve hand-eye coordination.
It shouldn’t be that hard finding a gift for a one-year old. Just choose items that are age-appropriate, brightly coloured, unusual, fun, and requested by the parent. If you have to choose, always go with something on the registry so that you will know it’s what the parents wanted.
For more information on age appropriate gifts for kids, visit First Birthday Party.