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Need gift advice for a 1-year-old's birthday party.

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Oreo, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Oreo

    Oreo Well-Known Member

    This is the place to ask!

    I'm invited to a birthday party for a 1 year old. I'm close to the parents, but this is a joint party with another couple who also have a 1 year old. I don't know this baby or couple at all, but obviously, I need to bring a present for him.

    Money is really tight since my work is way off. It doesn't seem right to buy a nicer present for one kid and a cheap one for the other. And it's all show for the parents anyway. What's appropriate??

    Thanks for any replies!!
  2. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

    Children's/baby books (they can be cheap), or stuffed animals. Those are generic enough that it will apply for most babies, they can be inexpensive, and it will grow with them.
  3. BaileyCatts

    BaileyCatts Well-Known Member

    Teddy Bears. Or a stuffed :dog:ie or :cat:y are always nice. I luvs stuffed animals. :D
  4. maatTheViking

    maatTheViking Danish Ice Dance! Go Laurence & Nikolaj!

    As a baby parent - maybe I is our family's love of stuffed animals, but at 9 months our baby already has enough!

    I think baby books are always nice, and can be really cheap (while still being nice) Just wrap them, to 1 year old tearing off paper is the most fun :p.

    I would consider off the record maybe offering the parents you are close to a night of babysitting - really at 1 year you are celebrating the parents too?
  5. mag

    mag Well-Known Member

    Books, books, books. You can never go wrong with books. I strongly suggest the Sandra Boyton books: http://www.amazon.ca/s/?ie=UTF8&key...x=aps&hvadid=407916338&ref=pd_sl_94f7rmj50p_e

    My kids' favourite was Moo Ba La La La. Also the Going to Bed Book.

    If money is tight, just buy one or two books per child (depending on your budget - one is really fine!) They will gets lots of gifts and the parents will totally understand and actually appreciate that you are not buying tons of plastic crap for their kids :).
  6. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    They have those baby books that are made of something more soft so that the babies can't hurt themselves with the pointy edges of the books. Those are nice and I don't think they are very expensive.
  7. DAngel

    DAngel Well-Known Member

    Yes, those are very nice... My nephew has some soft plastic books and they can be cleaned easily :) (when he was younger he would chew on them :shuffle:)
  8. skateycat

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  10. Oreo

    Oreo Well-Known Member

    This is awesome, guys. Thank you so much. Never having had my own kids, I'm pathetic when it comes to knowing this stuff. A few months ago, one of my friends went to a toddler's birthday party, and she was expected to bring presents for the siblings as well. It gets expensive.
  11. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    I bought clothes for my nephew when he turned 1, and my brother thanked me profusely for them. Everyone else bought "fun" presents — toys — and he has tons, especially since our mom was a kindergarten teacher for 30 years and has basically assembled a library/playroom in the basement. :lol:

    I bought basic sweatpants, jeans, t-shirts and a few onesies. They were fairly cheap at Target and Kohl's. $3-6 for a t-shirt and $8-15 for pants. Babies start growing really fast at that age, and become extremely messy, so they outgrow things quickly and multiple clothing changes in a day is not rare.
  12. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

    My daughter had her son's first birthday party with another child. It was neither parent's intent that people bring a gift for the kid they didn't know. My daughter was surprised when people did. First birthday parties are such a scatter.

    Books are a really wonderful idea. Also, pull toys for that age...and they are not expensive.
  13. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    If money is tight, and you feel comfortable offering, I like maat's suggestion to offer to baby sit. You could make up a gift certificate saying it can be redeemed for __ hours. I'm sure most parents would appreciate a little break more than just about anything you can buy.

    But I usually relied on the old Gymborree Going to the Zoo video. It's too bad I don't think they ever put that out on dvd, so many kids I know just loved that tape.
  14. Andrushka

    Andrushka Well-Known Member

    Books that have the soft pages they can feel.My boys loved them.

    Nothing with batteries.Because (1 they are too loud most of the time (2 batteries die,parents get busy and they never get changed (3 batteries are expensive.
  15. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa discriminating and persnickety ballet aficionado

    Books are always good. My son never liked stuffed animals so it could be a miss.
  16. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    I know lots of parents who have liked the books by http://www.squishypress.com/
    they are slightly, but only slightly, more expensive than regular children's books of this sort- but the "green" aspect is appreciated by most parents.

    I mention this specifically because a board member is involved (owns?) the company :) (Aw man, I scrolled through the thread and thought no one mentioned them, but now I see that someone already did!)

    I lucked out in never needing to give 1 year olds presents. I always given their parents money. You can't really do that with strangers. I've found that pretty much EVERYONE with children has too much "stuff". Diapers were well recieved gifts for many holidays!
  17. znachki

    znachki Active Member

    BOOKS!!!! Always a good idea. One book that I give to people a lot, is a board book titled "Chicka Chicka ABC", which is the short version of a book titled "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom". It's the alphabet (obviously). A told B and B told C. I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. Whee said D, and so on. The thing is, you get a rhythm going and it's really engaging. My nephews loved it.


    I didn't even know at the time I first bought it, that there is a sing-along cassette.
  18. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    Seriously? So every time one of the kids has a birthday, one is expected to give gifts to all of them?

    That's ridiculous. The only time I've ever received a gift on my sister's birthday is the one time she got some outdoor sports equipment, and they gave me one too so she'd have someone to play with.
  19. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

    My mother used to do that - not expect others to bring the non-birthday child gifts, but she would always give gifts to both of us so "the other one didn't feel bad". All it did was ensure that neither of us ever felt special. :lol:

    I echo books for a gift. especially the soft, chew on ones.
  20. UGG

    UGG Well-Known Member

    NOOO STUFFED ANIMALS!!! LOL. I have an 8 month old and we have so many I don't even know what to do with them!!!

    I just went to a 2 year old birthday party and I gave a $25 target gift card. I know that is kind of impersonal but I figured my friend (the mom) could just get whatever she needed and it would, in the end, be better than be giving a stupid toy. (like if she needed winter stuff, new shoes, etc...)
  21. Badams

    Badams Well-Known Member

    I know by the time my kids were 1, we had enough books! In fact, we have so many books here, we could fill a library! :lol: What my kids really enjoyed at that age was bath toys. In fact, they still do.
  22. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    I've been buying so many baby gifts in the last couple of years because of friends and family having kids.

    A very affordable gift that I just bought is available at Target for about ten bucks. They're soft blocks that are designed to grow with the baby. They are BPA free and designed for teething. But, as the baby grows, he can start using the blocks as blocks, but won't get hurt when they fall. They also have numbers and animals on them and squeak:


    They have a set of alphabet blocks, too. The same brand makes toddler- appropriate cars that some one year-olds may be ready to use:


    I agree that books are a great gift for a baby. (It's also nice for the parents if they have a variety of baby books that the baby likes because a parent can go batty reading the exact same book hundreds of times -- those books are short.) Amazon has a four books for the price of three deal going on for a lot of their children's books, but you can also find some of these books at Target or Walmart. I've also found that T.J. Maxx has a pretty good selection of baby books for very good prices, including baby board Seuss books and Sandra Boynton books as well as popular baby books like "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." You also can get baby clothes for great prices at T.J. Maxx, including brands like Carters and Oshkosh. (If you're buying for a one year-old you'll probably want to buy the 18-month size.)

    I personally love the Sandra Boynton books. A one year-old won't get the humor in some of them, but lots of them are very sing-songy and appropriate for a baby. I'd definitely recommend Boynton books like "Barnyard Dance," "Snuggle Puppy," and "Moo, Baa."

    Touch and feel books are a great way to get babies engaged in a book. There's a very popular series of "That Not My . . ." touch and feel books that you can find on Amazon. "That's Not My Puppy," "That's Not My Monster," "That's Not My Dragon," etc.

    Also, a lot of babies like lift the flap books like "Where is Baby's Belly Button" and the baby/flap version of "Green Eggs and Ham."
  23. numbers123

    numbers123 Well-Known Member

    I don't understand the concept of throwing a birthday party for two children if they are not related. But then all birthday parties that were for my children and grandchildren are immediate family gatherings and no large gathering where people may or may not be related to the birthday celebrant. I am confused as to why someone would feel the need to present a gift to a child that they do not know that well even if they are invited to a joint party. Surely there would be other guests to the gathering that would only know one of the children/families?

    If I could not afford or felt uncomfortable in not giving both children a gift, I would decline the party invitation and send a gift to the one child I knew. But then that is just my opinion. If I felt the need to have a gift for both children, I would select books.
  24. DAngel

    DAngel Well-Known Member

    You could re-gift them to someone else :D
  25. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    Hospitals, churches, charities etc. would all love them.

    I would ask the parents what they want you to buy the kids :shuffle: They're they ones who have to store everything.
  26. Bostonfan

    Bostonfan Well-Known Member

    Hit the dollar store. I'm serious. For such young ages, I find lots of great ideas for gifts - and the kids love what they get! And pick bright and interesting wrapping paper. Because frankly at that age (1 - 2 y/o), they are more interested in the packaging than what's inside the package :)
  27. skatemommy

    skatemommy Well-Known Member

    I love to give and get consumables. Diapers, wipes, baby bath, shampoo, rash creme, dreft (baby clothes detergent), socks, pediatric OTC meds, etc. Then you KNOW mom and dad will use them! Also, it is good to have baby start watching potty training videos at this age (I think "Baby Songs") so they come to expect that is what "Big kids" do soon. Good luck and report back :)
  28. Oreo

    Oreo Well-Known Member

    I just wanted to thank everybody again for all the terrific suggestions. I copied all of them out, went to Target, and entered a vast area of the store I had never been to. They had some of the Sandra Boynton books! And thanks to popular opinion, I found Moo, Baa, La La La and Snuggle Puppy. Those are for the baby I don't know. And then bathtub toys jumped out at me, and they had a cute sand bucket filled with toys that you fill up with water and squirt (would love to try those out myself). Made it out of the store for just under $25. And then to the $1 store (thanks to another suggestion) and found some non-Christmasy wrapping that will work.

    If I'm invited to the 2 year olds birthday party next year, for sure, I'll come ask all the experts here! :)
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