When it comes to finding the right birthday present for a one-year-old, sometimes it helps to think ‘outside the box’.
With so many gift options for toddlers and children, finding the right first birthday present for someone else’s little one should be easy-peasy, right? Wrong! Just because you’re a parent yourself, doesn’t mean you’ll breeze through buying a present for someone else’s baby.
It can be a challenge to figure out what’s safe, what’s age-appropriate, and, most importantly, what the birthday boy or girl doesn’t already have. The good news is that when it comes to presents, many one-year-olds aren’t picky. In fact, they may be as excited by the packaging as they are by what’s inside. Before you drag yourself to the over-priced toy stores, we have prepared a list of alternative gift options for babies…
Choose something practical
No parent can have enough nappies: as unglamorous as that sounds, a secret stash can be a lifesaver. While you’re at it, don’t forget to throw in some aqueous cream, a soft fleece facecloth, and a squeaky rubber duck for bathtime fun.
Treat the parents
If you’re brave enough, how about a few babysitting vouchers, to give the moms and dads some time off? You could spoil them with a pamper hamper of luxurious goodies. Or you could simply gift them a lovely night in, with a picnic hamper and a great bottle of wine.
Keep things simple
A babygrow, comfort blankie, or cotton beanie always makes the perfect gift for babies. If you’re set on buying a toy, look for something that is “open-ended”, like blocks and stacking cups that can be played with in more than one way.
Give a gift that keeps on giving
Consider long-term gifting ideas. Something that the whole family will appreciate is a gorgeous family photoshoot. This is a sure winner and a gift that they will treasure for the rest of their lives.