Struggling to find the right gift for a first birthday? Whether it’s your own child, a niece/nephew or a child of friend, why not consider some of these ideas?
A first birthday could be a great opportunity to splash out on some adorable new baby clothes. Technically this is more of a gift for the parents than the baby, but that shouldn’t matter – it’s as much of an opportunity for the parents to celebrate as it is the child. Besides, one-year-olds may starting to develop an interest in the clothes they wear.
It’s around the one year mark that many kids are building the strength to walk. Push along toys can be great for building the confidence to walk by oneself. Think toy lawnmowers or toy prams – these will continue to get use long after mastering walking.
A lot of kids around this age also love rocking toys. There are all kinds of versions of this toy from traditional rocking horses to other bouncing animals that may produce sounds or glow up. One year olds may need help getting on these toys at first but may soon be able to easily climb on themselves.
Bath toys can help infants to start associating bath time as something fun. There are all kinds of different bath toys out there from rubber ducks to toy boats to squirting toys. You may even be able to find more elaborate toys that glow up or produce bubbles.
A lot of one years olds will interested in the sounds that objects create. This is a great time to introduce simple instruments aimed at kids like xylophones, bongos, tambourines and even simple keyboards. Musical toys could encourage kids to stop banging and clanging on other household items. There are also plenty of other toys that can produce musical sounds.
There are plenty of toys that can encourage infants to fit things together such as stacking cubes in a certain way or fitting certain shapes in certain holes. These are great for developing problem-solving skills at this age. Consider gifts like Duplo sets and books with jigsaw pieces in.
Around the one year mark, kids may also start to want to scribble or finger-paint. Consider sets of crayons and paper or paints that allow a child to experiment with colours and get messy. There may also be mess free toys to consider such as etch-a-sketches – parents may appreciate this more if you’re buying for a one-year-old that isn’t your own!