First Birthday gift ideas | Little Mr’s birthday presents

first birthday gift ideas

Little Mr turned one a few weeks back and after a busy few weekends we’ve finally got round to seeing all the wonderful presents he was gifted to on his birthday. He was a very lucky boy and received a lot of lovely presents from our friends and family.

Choosing gifts for little one’s first birthdays are always tricky. I often wonder if I should get a practical present or a fun one, some clothes or just a gift card for the parents to spend on their little ones at their leisure. Luckily for Little Mr, he had a varied selection of gifts including gift vouchers, money, toys, books and clothes.

Here’s a closer look at some first birthday gift ideas taken from Little Mr’s first birthday haul.

Mega Bloks First Builders Castle
This is the first set of Mega Bloks that Little Mr has ever played with and the Castle with it’s own King and Dragon is very cute. Mega Bloks are a great choice for little ones to play with as they encourage hand to eye co-ordination and encourage them to learn how to stack the bloks to build their own castle. Mega Bloks are sold in sets and they all co-ordinate with each other so you can build up as much of the collection as you like and let their imaginations run wild.

Lego Duplo Number Train
There’s a big love of Lego Duplo in our family. My Sister and I had a huge amount of Duplo at our parents house and when my nephew was first born, my Mom got the duplo down from the loft and it’s become a firm favourite with my nephew. Of course, now Little Mr loves playing with it too so his Grandparents bought him this Lego Duplo number train to have fun with.

VTech Toot Toot Drivers Garage
Little Mr received some VTech Toot Toot Drivers collection for Christmas from his Grandparents and he has loved it so much that they bought him more of the collection for his first birthday. The Toot Toot cars make lots of fun noises and they’re great for playing with the interactive features of the garage. A real winner to keep little hands occupied for ten minutes.

Roald Dahl’s The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
I’m a firm believer that children should learn to love books from a young age and Little Mr is no exception. We’ve been reading to him since he was in my tummy so I love that our friends and family have bought him books for his first birthday. I’ve read quite a lot of the Roald Dahl collection but believe it or not, I’ve not read this book so I’m looking forward to reading it with Little Mr.

Whizzy Wheels: London Bus illustrated by Marion Billett
Little Mr’s uncles live in the big smoke and as soon as they saw this fun Whizzy Wheels board book beautifully illustrated by Marion Billett they snapped it up to show Little Mr where they live. All the popular London landmarks are included on the London bus journey with it’s four moving wheels, it’s a fun and informative book.

Sweatshirts from Next
As Little Mr continues to grow at an alarming rate, we decided to buy him some gorgeous jumpers from Next for his birthday. In sizes 12-18 months the jumpers are a still a little too big for him but I’m sure he’s going to grow into them just fine. I love the print of the ochre headphones sweater and the appliqued funky monkey sweater is just adorable. We’re big fans of clothes from Next as they always wash well and have (so far, touch wood) resisted all of Little Mr’s dinner stains.

That’s just a selection of the wonderful gifts LIttle Mr received but they have all been wonderful and Little Mr has enjoyed playing with them so far. They’re not too expensive and are likely to last a good couple of years, if not more.

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  • Reply anna

    Lovely presents! He’s a lucky boy :) I hope he had a great birthday, 1st birthdays are so special!
    I love the look of the megabloks set, and we have that duplo number train – It’s great!

    28/02/2014 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply vicky myers

    What a lovely collection of gifts. #blogclub

    28/02/2014 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Thanks Vicky, he’s a very lucky little boy x

      28/02/2014 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Sonya Cisco

    We love duplo here, and it last years- my ten year old still incorporates his into his building now!

    28/02/2014 at 2:12 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I could lose a couple of hours playing with all the Lego at my Parents house, it’s fab for the imagination!

      28/02/2014 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Me_andthe_tiny3

    They’re all fantastic gift ideas, I hope little Mr had a fantastic birthday #blogclub

    28/02/2014 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Donna @OrdinaryCyclingGirl

    Some lovely ideas here. That first birthday is such a special one but babies are too young to know what’s going on so you never really know what to buy. I can’t even remember what we got for my two…some rocker toy I think, but I love the idea of the Roald Dahl books – something they can grow into and love forever. :)

    28/02/2014 at 2:52 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Thanks Donna, you’re right. He didn’t really have a clue and wasn’t all that interested in opening the pressies but he loves playing with them x

      28/02/2014 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Some lovely toys there – I remember buying my son a set of Tweenies dolls for his 1st birthday, I don’t think they’re even on the telly any more!

    28/02/2014 at 3:29 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Oh the Tweenies, I used to work at McDonalds and ran the childrens birthday parties, we loved the Tweenies!

      28/02/2014 at 11:02 pm
  • Reply Sonia

    What a fab list! The sweaters are so adorable x

    28/02/2014 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Mummy of Two

    First birthday presents can be tricky can’t they! I have found it difficult to find things for my daughter as she is a second child and has had a lot of toys handed down. We bought the Duplo letters train for her at Christmas and it is great.

    28/02/2014 at 4:10 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I didnt think about presents for siblings, do parents keep toys? Their homes must be huge!

      28/02/2014 at 10:57 pm
  • Reply Laura

    What lovely gifts, he’s a very lucky little boy x #blogclub

    28/02/2014 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    The twins got the duplo train for Christmas! They love it! They’re also loving mega blocks at the moment, the castle looks fab :-) x #blogclub

    28/02/2014 at 5:51 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I’ve not had time to stick the stickers onto the Castle yet, but its a fab set!

      28/02/2014 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply suzanne3childrenandit

    I think lego is an instant hit for any age, my kids loved the duplo. Loving the little yellow sweatshirt too – so cute!

    28/02/2014 at 6:17 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Can’t go wrong with Lego. We loved it as kids so I know Little Mr will too

      28/02/2014 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply LearnerMother

    Awwww I miss the presents for littlies, there is some gorgeous stuff around! Much more fun than endless Skylanders! #bloglove

    28/02/2014 at 6:33 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Oh the older kids stuff scare me, the older kids of today must be mega hard!

      28/02/2014 at 10:49 pm
  • Reply Angela Spicer

    Books are always a great choice, we love giving and receiving them

    28/02/2014 at 6:43 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      They really are, I’m definitely going to be buying more for Little Mr’s friends x

      28/02/2014 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply You Baby Me Mummy

    Baby is one in a month and I haven’t bought a single present yet! yikes! Great choices x

    28/02/2014 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      We didn’t buy much for him to be honest, he got a lot for Christmas so we only bought him a few things (Jumpers and the Mega Bloks) Enjoy shopping for her birthday and it’s normal to get emotional ;)

      28/02/2014 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum

    Time really does go so quickly, I cannot believe your little one has turned one. Mich x

    28/02/2014 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply Oana79

    They all sound great and would make a one year old very happy, love the Roald Dahl present especially!

    28/02/2014 at 7:36 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Love Roald Dahl, can’t wait to read The Twits to him too!

      28/02/2014 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Terry

    Thanks for all the great First Birthday gift ideas. I have a granddaughter truning 1 in May, so I am really looking for ideas.

    28/02/2014 at 8:13 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I dont think you can go wrong with books..x

      28/02/2014 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    I really love the books you chose, I am always terrified of being gifted lots of plastic for my sons birthday so we had a book themed party for his 1st birthday where we asked everyone to give him a copy of their favourite childhood book. Having said that, he would have loved that garage, he plays with it all the time at one of local play groups.

    28/02/2014 at 8:27 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      That’s a brilliant idea! I’ll keep that one for next year when we’ll probably end up doing a big party for him…x

      28/02/2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Fritha Strickland

    aww happy birthday to him! Love the jumpers x

    28/02/2014 at 8:48 pm
  • Reply Rachel @ activities4kidz

    Harrison had toot toot garage for his first birthday. Its been great but gets unbelievably irritating! Alex had a mega bloks table for his first but as yet (now 16months!) Neither him or Harrison have really shown interest in it. Love the jumpers! X

    28/02/2014 at 9:10 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I’m pleased that the noisy toys are at his Grandparents house! Mean Mummy I am ;)

      28/02/2014 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood

    These are really great gifts. Building blocks and books are always great as presents.

    28/02/2014 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Stephs Two Girls

    Great ideas. It’s funny how quickly you forget what are relevant presents to buy for the younger ages, so you should keep a list!

    28/02/2014 at 10:48 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      It’ll be lovely to look back on in a few years and see what gifts he had and remember them with a smile x

      28/02/2014 at 11:33 pm
  • Reply nutritious deliciousness

    Lots of great choices there, we love Duplo too. Mine loves books which I’m really pleased about, must be in the genes!

    28/02/2014 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Charlotte

    Aww I loves those clothes – next always do such lovely childrens clothes x

    28/02/2014 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Next are pricey but they are lovely! Definitely worth the price in my opinion x

      28/02/2014 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Kara

    Sebby turns one in June and I have no idea what to get him. I have a house full of toys as he has older brothers and sisters plus I am a childminder. I am sure we will find something though

    01/03/2014 at 6:41 am
  • Reply Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick

    What lovely gifts he got :-) #blogclub

    01/03/2014 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply 40 Year Old Domestic Goddess

    Great post, hope he had a great birthday xxx

    01/03/2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Bek

    There are some lovely gifts here, you have a very lucky little one! We usually make sure our children get some clothes and a couple of toys for their birthdays.

    01/03/2014 at 6:27 pm
  • Reply Shell Louise

    I totally agree about the books. I’ve read to all of mine from birth and they always get books for birthday and Christmas from us and friends and family :)

    01/03/2014 at 11:11 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      Thanks Shell, I just love reading to Little Mr and I’m sure he’s starting to enjoy it too.

      02/03/2014 at 1:06 am
  • Reply Kizzy

    Some great First Birthday present ideas there. Mine always loved books and noisy toys at that age.

    02/03/2014 at 8:13 am
  • Reply agatapokutycka

    Love the look of number train… this will last for years to come

    02/03/2014 at 10:13 pm
  • Reply Donna

    I love Next clothes, I think I’m a little bit addicted! I’m still trying to work out what to get Little Man for his Birthday! x

    03/03/2014 at 12:07 pm
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