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What to get for a first birthday?

post #1 of 15
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My neighbours are fantastic, and have given us HEAPS of stuff to borrow for our little guy that their boy has grown out of, and it's his 1st birthday soon.

We want to get something really cool to say thanks for being so wonderful. Any ideas for a really cool 1st birthday present? He's got a ride in car and other big things, and they wouldn't have room for more big things, so preferably something smaller.

Anyone with young kids have anything or been given anything that is REALLY cool?
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
My neighbours are fantastic, and have given us HEAPS of stuff to borrow for our little guy that their boy has grown out of, and it's his 1st birthday soon.

We want to get something really cool to say thanks for being so wonderful. Any ideas for a really cool 1st birthday present? He's got a ride in car and other big things, and they wouldn't have room for more big things, so preferably something smaller.

Anyone with young kids have anything or been given anything that is REALLY cool?
Well, I have a 'lil one, but its a girl!!

Does he walk yet? If not, theres always cute toys that they can push and it helps 'em to learn to walk. Im sure if you go to Target, or Wal Mart you will find something that catches your eye.

Best of luck!!!
post #3 of 15
Hmm... what I really wished my parents would've got me when I was one is a college fund.
post #4 of 15
Don't get a stuffed animal for him. I swear, they multiply like rabbits.

Rocking Cow was our daughter's favorite first birthday present. I guess it's kind of big, though.

http://www.epinions.com/kifm-Toys-Ty...ft_Rocking_Cow

A pop-up house or tent would be fun, and he'll play with it for years. It can be folded up into a pouch when not in use.

http://www.allkids.co.uk/Childrens-p...dy-house.shtml

Books are always a good choice, too, especially tactile ones.
post #5 of 15
How about a 1st Birthday Christmas Ornament for their Christmas tree?

Or a certificate for baby portrait shoot at Wal-mart or K-Mart?

Or you can buy him his very own star in the solar system.

Or adopt a pet at the zoo in his name.


EDIT: I did a google search for the heck of it, found this link with ideas:

http://www.findgift.com/Occasions/Bi.../1st-Birthday/

http://www.geniusbabies.com/babygifts1yr.html

http://www.babygiftidea.com/cgi-bin/...ist.html?pid=9

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post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ooooh all awesome ideas thanks!

And thanks for the Find Gift link! We're using Find Gift for our baby registry, I forgot they have a gift idea section!
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
A pop-up house or tent would be fun, and he'll play with it for years. It can be folded up into a pouch when not in use.

http://www.allkids.co.uk/Childrens-p...dy-house.shtml

Books are always a good choice, too, especially tactile ones.
My parents bought my niece a pop-up tent for her first birthday, with a large bag of plastic balls. That way, she has her own ball pit at home. She loved it. So did her 3 year old brother.
post #8 of 15
For the twins' first birthday, I bought them a Leap Frop electronic piano and electronic drum machine.
post #9 of 15
When I was little i LOVED tents!! So much so that my mom got me a little one to put in my bedroom- i would play in there for hours! Little kids love tents- maybe you could get him one of those child safe ones?
post #10 of 15
The star idea is a neat one, although there are several different star registries and it's really not much more than a very genteel and enjoyable scam. (I say that as the proud purchaser of a star for my parents, a star for my brother, and one for myself as well. All three of our stars are clustered near the leftmost star in Orion's belt, so be sure to wave when you see us!)

Years ago when my best friends had their first baby, I was working in the sign industry, and I invented something that is now being done quite a bit:

I made them a good quality vinyl banner, seven feet long by 30 inches wide, with a pocket along the top edge to hold a wooden dowel on a cord, so the banner could be hung vertically. Running upward along the left edge were the words "Happy Birthday" and the child's name, in a large italic typeface (because the slant makes it easier to read on the vertical).

Along the right edge were marks for feet and inches, all the way up from zero at the bottom to the six-and-a-half-foot mark near the top. The idea was to hang the banner up on every birthday and mark the child's height at each age!

Enclosed with the banner were some pre-cut peel-off vinyl stars (about four inches across) that the parents could use to mark the child's height along that right edge on his birthday every year... plus some Sharpie markers, so they could write in the exact information directly on the banner (4 feet 3.5 inches or whatever), plus any special notes they wanted to make.

I gave the banner to them rolled up inside a good sturdy tube with colorful fabric glued on it all around to make it pretty. They loved it -- and of course, they use it every year!
post #11 of 15
I don't have kids, but I don't think a one year old understands what a first birthday is. You could give him a paper bag and he will have a ball!

I suggest asking the parents if they need anything for him or if there is any gift that they would prefer. If he has so many big toys, they probably aren't finacially strapped, but you never know.

Or, get him some kind of keepsake, like an engraved bank or, like someone suggested, a christmas ornament with baby's first birthday. Or a nice blanket or quilt with personalized for him.
post #12 of 15
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My parents bought my niece a pop-up tent for her first birthday, with a large bag of plastic balls. That way, she has her own ball pit at home. She loved it. So did her 3 year old brother.
My daughter's favorite toy of all time, the one she has played with the most over the years, is a pop-up house. She can barely fit in it now but she played with it for seven years. It folds down into a little pocket.

(The gift played with the least was Robo-Raptor. )
post #13 of 15
I agree with the pop up tent, some of them come with balls , some have tunnels, I have three kids and they all loved them
post #14 of 15
I say go for something small. My boys love these things:

http://order.tupperware.ca/pls/htpro...gory_code=7000

My boys love the Little People Farm, Pirate ship, airplane and firetruck
http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2054&e=discovery
post #15 of 15
For my neices and nephews 1st birthday's I bought them a savings bond. I know it is boring, but the parents and the child will like it in the future...
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