Your baby’s 1st birthday is one of the most important milestones in their life, so it’s nice to buy them a special gift to commemorate the occasion. Here are some ideas for perfect first birthday presents for your baby.
A beautiful solid silver piggy bank filled with coins from your baby’s year of birth or year of their first birthday makes a lovely keepsake. You may suggest to grandparents, and other relatives contribute some coins or banknotes to the bank. Once the bank is full, you could open the bank and buy a gift of your child’s choice or open a savings account for them with a reputable bank.
There are many framed prints you can buy to commemorate your baby’s special day. Personalized collages detailing facts and figures relevant to your child are a popular choice of gift – some of them being words arranged into the shape of a number 1 or in your baby’s name. Paintings, drawings, or digital images of your little one can be commissioned and framed – you can include the whole family in the print, even your pet dog, for a perfect present.
A special teddy bear such as those made by Steiff or Charlie Bears is a gift that can be treasured by your child and passed down through the generations. Look for one with a ribbon or bow tie with a slogan such as ‘1st Birthday’ embroidered onto it or your baby’s birth year.
On or around your baby’s big day, you could arrange to get their photo taken by a professional photographer. Cake smash photoshoots are a popular choice at the moment. They involve sitting your bundle of joy in front of a giant cake while the photographer takes shots of them eating the treat messily and mashing their hands into it. It’s best to dress them in diapers and not much else as they will get covered in frosting and sponge cake!
Now that your child is older, it is time to start reading stories to them, and a personalized book with them as the main character will be a big hit. Many companies will add your child’s name into the story, and some of them will illustrate the book with images that look just like your wee one.
Your baby is growing up, and they will start to play with toys even more than they do now. You will find that their collection of playthings will increase over time as each birthday and Christmas passes. Buy them a useful and cute toy box to store their belongings in and keep their room clutter-free. You could have a local carpenter make a special one in a style of your choice and paint it with images of your baby’s name, favorite animal, or tv character.
For many generations, people have given their children tableware for their first birthday. Organic and eco-friendly suction bowls and plates can make your mealtimes less messy and they are also easier for older babies and toddlers to grip as they practice self-feeding and improve their motor skills. A china or porcelain bowl, plate, cup, and egg cup set with Beatrix Potter or Bunnykins designs painted on, are wonderful pieces to buy as they will become treasured heirlooms for your family.