Thursday, 25 April 2013

First Birthday Gifting Ideas

Selecting gifts for a baby’s first birthday can be a tough task. Since first birthdays only happen once, most people look for gifts that would have some repeat value, which the babies would love and their parents will treasure. If you too are in a dilemma about the right choice of gifts for a similar occasion, here are some ideas from which you may take your pick.

Stuffed toys

Be it a girl or a boy, a baby would love stuffed toys. Bunnies, teddy bears, doggies, you name it and you can have it. Available in different sizes and colors, these toys are often decked up in attires that are sure to strike the right chord with their little owners.

Bath items

It’s often an uphill task to get the little one take a bath. You can ease the process by gifting items that make bathing more fun and a thing to look forward to. You may take your pick from baby soaps, baby bubble bath etc, along with attires to deck the baby after a bath which could include a baby hat, baby t-shirt, super soft slippers and terry robes etc. You can also search for stuffed farm and feathered friends, which float in the bath, and can encourage the toddlers to identify colors and make them learn how to count. In brief, look for unique gift baskets that pack items aimed to offer hours of bath time fun for the babies.

Educational toys

Catch them young – if you believe the phrase, it’s time to search for some games and toys that let the babies get started with their first lessons, albeit in a playful mode. You may select from the wide variety of alphabet blocks, building blocks, color blocks, and puzzles for toddlers that are available in the market and wholesale gift shops.


Most one-year-olds are just learning to stand up on their feet, while a few others may be a bit ahead in their walking skills. All these babies would love a walker that they can hold and get support while walking. Unlike a stationery coffee table, the walker would move in accordance with the baby’s pace and offer the little one company. If you can design a walker wagon, it would make walking all the more fun as the little one can then carry along his/her favorite toys while he/she takes a walk around the home.

Musical items

While parents can always put music on their mobiles or play CDs to get their baby introduced and accustomed to music, it would nevertheless be great to receive musical instruments and toys as gifts, which are specifically meant for babies. If you agree on this line, you can search for items that let the babies enjoy their favorite music, and encourage them to explore more variations of the music, which in turn could help develop better hand-eye coordination. You may also shop for lullaby lambs, rattles etc that will help the baby drift into a peaceful slumber with ease. 

Sports and other gift items

Most baby boys can’t have enough of their cars and sports items like balls, baseball caps etc, while baby girls are almost inseparable from their Barbie dolls and toy kitchen sets. There are some items like cotton bodysuits, radio flyer mini wagon stuffed with toys, play foods made of felt etc that are among the favorites of almost all babies. So, these are some other first birthday gifting ideas that you may explore.


Kid’s swing, baby sleeping bags, baby blankets, a play gym/playhouse for the toddler etc are some other ideas worth a try. So, use these gift ideas and give them a tweak, if needed, to make them suitable for the baby’s first phase of learning through play, which would make that first birthday memorable.

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