So there is a first birthday on the way and you don't know what kind of gift you should give. Shopping for a one year old can be difficult. Here are a few great ideas.
Picking out a card:
First is picking out a card for that special someone. I started a tradition in my family that rather than buying a card that often gets put on the side or thrown away after the party, we buy a book. Cards can cost up to five dollars, sometimes even more. Books, you can spend anywhere from 99 cents and up. Then you can write your birthday message inside the front cover. The book will stay on the bookshelf and will be read many times. A card is often only read once.
Communication is the key to perfect gift giving. Knowing what the child likes and what size clothing that they fit into. For those parents out there that are throwing a first birthday party it is a good idea to include on the invitation the child's size clothes and shoes. It will make gift giving for your guests a little easier.
Gift baskets are a great idea for a one year old birthday. Consider the things that the child likes, then you can buy a gift basket containing a whole assortment of things they will really love. Gift baskets are also convenient to bring to a party because it is easy for the child's parents to bring home. Gift baskets compress an assortment of fun items into a basket that can then be used for other things.
All children love getting toys for there birthday. What is the perfect toy to buy? Parents love toys that grow with them. A toy that serves one purpose when they are one years old then serves another purpose at two or three years old. Ask the child's parents if there is a particular character that they like.
Kids grow out off clothes so fast. Clothes are always a useful gift for a one year old birthday. However do not buy clothes without confirming what size to get with the parents. Just because the child is now one year's old, that does not necessarily mean that they are wearing 12 month clothes.
Another great gift idea is gift certificates. If you are not sure what to buy, a gift certificate is always useful. With a gift certificate the recipient can buy something that they need or desire from the store.
There are some children that have so many toys and clothes. Or perhaps they may have an older sibling that the clothes and toys are just passed down. You may not know if you should even buy them more toys or clothes. In such cases you should ask the parents ask them if they would prefer a contribution to the child's savings account or college plan rather than a gift.
Hopefully this gave you a few pointers in purchasing the perfect gift for that special someone's first birthday. Always remember to include a gift receipt because the cute little outfit may not fit, or the toy you bought they may have already. Happy shopping!
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