Special First Birthday Gift Ideas!

Special First Birthday Gift Ideas!!


first birthday gift

Did you know that my blog post topics often come from emails I receive from DoSayGive readers? One of the questions I get asked a lot: what are some special ideas for a first birthday present? Today I’m sharing some of my favorites for boys and girls, and in several price points!

1. Personalized Birthday Plate

first birthday gift
Photo: Indigo Home Shop
A special birthday plate to bring out year after year makes a sweet family tradition. I love this one from Indigo Home Shop ($95) and Camille’s Creations but you can find many options on Etsy. Another idea is Emily Ley’s “Great Day” melamine plates ($26) that can be brought out for special days throughout the year. Short on time? Perhaps a gift certificate to a local pottery store to make a handprint birthday plate.

2. Personalized Birthday Book!

Photo: Pottery Barn Kids
Pottery Barn Kids has so many cute books that can be personalized for thoughtful children’s gifts. My sister gave the Who Loves Me? book to my daughter for a baby gift. It is a story about all the people that love her (using their actual names!). The Very Happy 1st Birthday Book ($34 + free shipping) is perfect for a first birthday and comes in a girl edition, too.

3. Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair

Photo: Pottery Barn Kids

A go-to gift for one-year-olds is a personalized PB Kids Anywhere Chair (prices start at $89 but check for sales!). The perfect size and they will enjoy it for years to come. (They have one called My First Anywhere Chair but I say go ahead and get the regular size they can use for many years.)

4. Radio Flyer Classic Walker Red Wagon

first birthday gift idea

My children loved to put their toys in this Radio Flyer walker wagon ($75) and walk all around the house and on the sidewalk. Fill with books or toys for a wow gift! You could even have some handpaint the child’s name on it.

5. A Classic Book

beatrix potter collection

Write an inscription on a classic children’s book for a special gift. I have many of our favorites linked here but one of my favorites to give is this Beatrix Potter Collection ($22) – it looks nice styled on a bookshelf, too! Pair with a stuffed bunny for a darling gift!

6. Birthday Ring

Photo: The Wooden Wagon
A German tradition that is becoming popular among American families, every year on the child’s birthday the family brings out the wooden ring with candles numbering the child’s age. Find one at the The Wooden Wagon along with  cute “ornaments”to put in the ring. (If you do this in your family, please comment below and tell us how you make it a tradition in your family!).

 7. A Corolle Baby Doll

Photo: Corolle

A classic Corolle baby doll ($30-36) is a fun gift for a one-year-old girl. She may not use it right away (or she might!) but I like the weight and size of these dolls for toddlers and they will enjoy for several years. You can buy these at any fine children’s toy store or on Amazon. If the little girl is already getting a doll from someone else, try a cute accessory like this wooden doll carriage.

8. Clothes!

The first birthday is one birthday where children don’t mind receiving clothes;). If you are a grandmother or aunt, I think it’s sweet to ask if you can purchase a special birthday dress or outfit. That is also a thoughtful gesture to the mom as well – just make sure you ask their opinion before purchasing! The darling outfit and felt crown above is from Hip Hip Hooray in Dallas and they ship all over the country. (The crown can be personalized and would be a special gift, too!).

What are your ideas for special first birthday gifts? Share below!

Dress and Felt Crown (can be personalized) from Hip Hip Hooray. Call to order.



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