A first birthday is an incredibly special celebration. Babyinfo has put together some unique first birthday present ideas that are as exceptional as the child you are giving them to.
A first birthday is an incredibly special
Not just important for the tiny child who
has made it through the single greatest amount of growth and development they
will ever experience. But a massive milestone for the tired, but happy,
parents, who have no doubt been through a wringer of ups and downs over the
The guest of honour won’t remember a thing of course, but it is still such an
exceptional day. How do you choose a gift for this cherished child that is
worthy of such an honour?
We have put together some unique and
wonderful ideas for you, but be warned, once this list gets out they won’t stay
unique for long!
Some of these ideas are perfect for the
parents or people very close to the child to give them, but other gift ideas on
our list can come from anyone who just wants to give a standout first birthday
Ten Unique First Birthday Present Ideas
A lovely idea is to buy the birthday child
a small tree, to be planted in their family garden and grow as they grow. You
can choose from an unlimited variety of trees, but fruit trees are great as sources
of harvest over the years, as are wattles, maples,and willows for strong and steady growth.
This child’s tree could become home
base for many lovely activities through his childhood. Put handmade bird feeders
in from kinder, hang a swing in early school years, and even encourage the
building of a rustic treehouse when he’s a bit older.
A tree keeps on giving, and isn’t that a quality of the perfect present?
This is a lovely tradition to start with
the child’s first birthday, and can then be recreated for every birthday from
them on. Write a letter to the birthday child telling them the story of the
last year; the wonderful bits and the hard parts, and every special milestone
You can start something that you can do
again beautifully and originally every year; reminding your child of the events
of the last year. Keep all these letters together and they can have an ongoing
narrative of their whole childhood that they can look back in years to come.
Another gorgeous idea for a keepsake is to
put together a scrapbook of your child’s first year. Collect photos, cards,
items of clothing, and little mementoes
like their hospital band and birth notice,
and pop them all together in a little book.
This idea obviously takes a bit more time
and planning than some of the other first birthday present ideas on this list
(and you probably need to be quite close to the birthday child to give this
one), but it is well worth it.
Another lovely idea and a little easier to
organize is a beautifully professionally printed book with the birthday child’s
name in it. There are several different companies that you can arrange these
through, so you are sure to find one that you love. We like papier.com and
hardtofind.com.au; you can even get a personalised
edition of the Hungry Little Caterpillar!
You can find some super sweet gift ideas to personalize
with the birthday child’s name, and the variety and ingenuity of these will
astound you. From wooden trains where each carriage is a different letter, to quilts, globes, shelves, bowl and
plate settings, dressing-gowns shaped like animals and so much more.
One very personal gift is an original piece
of art. You could frame pages from a classic children’s book or get something
commissioned with initials, birthday, dreams and more.
You could commission the café chalkboard
style print showing off the birthday child’s big milestones of their first year
and have it framed to be hung on their bedroom wall.
Around their first birthday, this little person will often be heading off to childcare
for their first time. Why not buy them a gorgeous backpack ready for their
first day, something that will make them the envy of all of the other babies in
the baby room?
Don’t just give something else to clutter
up the house and get stepped on in the night – choose something intangible and
priceless. Give a membership to the zoo or museum near the child’s home, or
even a year of swimming lessons or Gymbaroo.
Think of something that you loved doing as
a child, and then buy a year of this for your special little birthday child.
This little one is going to start walking
soon and will get into a whole new world of toys – outdoor ones! Small children
have a lot of exploring to do in the coming months, and you can help with that.
From great little walkers to rider cars
that are miniature versions of full-size
ones to toddler sized slides and climbing frames, there is so much fun stuff
you can get this child for the big new world they are about to encounter (in
This one is not for the parents, but
perhaps aunts and uncles without kids who have some extra cash to splurge. Tiny
baby shoes get grown out of so fast that parents are reluctant to spend a lot
on them, but tiny designer baby shoes are some of the most uber-cute things on the face of the planet, and
very hard to resist.
For friends with a little money to spare,
you can’t go past a stunning pair of designer baby shoes. Impractical but
memorable, and can be kept forever.
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