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 Post subject: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:41 pm 
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Husband's nephew is having his first birthday in a couple weeks. We have no idea what to buy. Might be willing to spend up to $100 for something really crazy awesome, but $50ish would be better. Suggest!

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 4:59 pm 
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Kids that age really love things like cardboard boxes and trying to eat books and cheerios that have been on the floor for weeks...I don't think you need to spend $100 on a present unless there's something in particular you get your mind set on! Board books, large blocks and toy cars and trucks are usually pretty popular.

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Kids that age really love things like cardboard boxes and trying to eat books and cheerios that have been on the floor for weeks...I don't think you need to spend $100 on a present unless there's something in particular you get your mind set on! Board books, large blocks and toy cars and trucks are usually pretty popular.


Yeah, I was going to suggest something similar (brightly coloured box, yay!), along with a cheque for them to bank for him for later if you really want to spend that amount.

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:36 pm 
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My daughter received this alligator clacking push toy for her first birthday from my sister, and she LOVED it. She still uses it occasionally almost 2 years later. If you have an IKEA close by, they make a little push wagon that is a bit cheaper and also super popular with this age group.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:55 pm 
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This sorting cone is my go-to first birthday gift!

http://www.amazon.com/Plan-Toys-531301- ... B0006H4AXU


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:57 pm 
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For a big gift, the best thing we got when my daughter was 1 was a water table. It was like $25.


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How about something like a strider bike/balance bike? My friend's little girl got one when she was between 12 and 18 months and loves it, and I think they can last a kid up until they're ready for a pedal bike.


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Ariann wrote:
For a big gift, the best thing we got when my daughter was 1 was a water table. It was like $25.


We got a water table for our son's first birthday. He's 2 now and it's still a big hit!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:16 pm 
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my guy just turned one - I think his favorite presents were wooden puzzles. We bought him a huge "gathering" drum (like 2 feet wide and 8 inches high) which he really likes too, and my husband loves playing with it with him. Stacking/nesting cups are his other favorite toy at this time.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Cardboard boxes. A big one for sitting in, or a bigger one with a door in the side for sitting inside. Maybe smaller ones for playing with. But seriously, cardboard boxes.

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:50 am 
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Some more threads w/ suggestions:

viewtopic.php?f=10&t=23925&hilit=birthday+gifts
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=27457&p=761028&hilit=birthday+gifts#p761028


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:56 am 
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Good ideas, thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:43 am 
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We bought a water table. I think it's unique enough that no one else will buy it, and he'll still be able to play with it when he gets older. Thanks for the suggestion!


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 5:28 pm 
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i have three first birfdays coming up and i cant imagine these kids dont already have a shape sorter which seems to be the de facto suggestions.

my best friend's daughter and then BP's cousin are both turning 1 in the coming months and i think $20-$30 is a good range for us.

i was thinking of getting them each a couple of the books we really like and then......??????

then BP's first birthday is at the end of April and not sure what "big" present from us we should get her and my mom is asking me what they can get her.

my husband wants to get her this bball hoop because he loves bball
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Laugh-Learn-Learning-Basketball/dp/B00388IRCE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1394922399&sr=8-5&keywords=fisher+price+basketball+hoop

i like this little kitchen. we can pretend to make vegan noms
http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Laugh-Learn-Learning-Kitchen/dp/B00CQHYZ8I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394922455&sr=8-2&keywords=fisher+price+kitchen

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:07 pm 
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The nanny for our nanny share has that little FP Laugh and Learn kitchen and Sven loves it even at 2!


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:26 pm 
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We have played with that kitchen and Giles loved it. We own the older version of the basketball hoop and for us it was just kind of meh...in fact I was eyeballing it for the goodwill because it takes up a lotta room and gets so little love. It seems to have good reviews though, so maybe it is just us.


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
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My friends have a play kitchen that both their sons have absolutely loved! It's a great choice.

For the other birthdays, books sound like a good idea. I personally try to give books or other toys that will be fun, developmental, and not drive the parents crazy.


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
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My niece has a play kitchen and loves it - she plays with it all the time.

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 11:21 am 
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thanks for the feedback on the kitchen! i think we will definitely either get it ourselves or have my parents get it! i like that she can sit and play with it since she's not walking yet but can also still play with it when she becomes mobile.

my issue with the bball hoop is it seems all you do with it is put the ball in the hoop and that's it. i dont think unimpressed baby will be all that impressed with it. i think she will like the kitchen because there is lots of pieces and parts to check out and figure out.

what do you guys think about this thing for my friend's baby and BP's cousin?

both turning 1
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040GJ0UG/ref=gl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3FMCA6X0Z1ZGC&coliid=I2XTO31BSKE52Q

i think BP would like it because there is a lot of things to twist and turn and poke at and feel and investigate but she's also not your typical baby

it's in my price range though!

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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 1:16 pm 
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Here are some ideas.

Tobbles Neo

http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Brain-Toys-To ... obbles+new

Musical instruments.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KI ... UTF8&psc=1

Wooden blocks. (Made in the USA as a bonus!)

http://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Goose-Class ... ose+blocks

And for more fun blocks.

http://www.amazon.com/Uncle-Goose-PT-20 ... try+blocks

And Melissa and Doug puzzles. Heck any Melissa and Doug toys.


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:38 pm 
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I always like giving art supplies since they get used up. A first birthday is a good time for fat crayons or crayon shapes. Something easy to hold onto.

Though that kitchen looks so fun.


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 Post subject: Re: toy ideas for a one year old's birthday
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:36 am 
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I like to give pull toys for first birthdays, because they usually learn to walk around that time. You know, a dog or car or something that you pull along on a string.

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