Where does the time go? It seems like just yesterday you were buying a baby shower gift, and now you’re looking for first birthday gifts! It’s amazing how fast that first year flies by, especially considering just how little sleep parents tend to get during those incredible (but often incredibly grueling) first 365 days. All of a sudden, a tiny precious infant has grown into an adorable, precocious one year old, and while they may not be walking yet, they’re definitely scooting around the home one way or another. This is just about the cutest age of all (OK, debatable, but still, babies are very cute at their first birthday) and there are few things more rewarding than seeing a cute baby embrace a gift. So of course you want to nail it on the first birthday gift.
But how do you find the kind of amazing first birthday gifts that a one year old will enjoy (and their parents might even love)? You ask experience shoppers for their best first birthday gift advice, that’s how! MASSE is a platform built on advice for real users and shoppers who leave reviews and recommendations for the products they’ve really used, given, or received as gifts. That means you can trust our recommendations for first birthday gifts because they actually come from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles (while they can be great at using technology, unfortunately toddlers can’t quite leave written product reviews on the Internet quite yet).
So what makes for a great first birthday gift? First of all, it has to be given with love; second, of course, it has to be safe for the birthday child to play with. And once those are covered, you can take a few different paths to finding the best first birthday gift. The first option is to go with pure fun. Young toddlers love playing with toys like blocks, cars, trains, and soft dolls, classic staples that still provide endless entertainment and stimulation. There’s nothing like seeing a toddler giggle and squeal with delight at a toy, and you also can’t argue with keeping them occupied and relaxed.
That’s a bridge to the second great option for first birthday gifts — first birthday gifts that are just as much for parents as they are for the child. In some cases, you can get gifts that parents would love for their kids to have, whether it’s because they’re educational or helpful in their development, or because they straight up help fill a need for an exhausted, overworked parent. Remember, it’s mom and/or dad that will be writing the thank you note for that first birthday gift!