First Birthday gift ideas | Little Mr’s birthday presents

28/02/2014

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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58 Comments

  • Reply anna 28/02/2014 at 1:13 pm

    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!

  • Reply vicky myers 28/02/2014 at 1:51 pm

    What a lovely collection of gifts. #blogclub

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 11:06 pm

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

  • Reply Sonya Cisco 28/02/2014 at 2:12 pm

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 11:04 pm

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

  • Reply Me_andthe_tiny3 28/02/2014 at 2:34 pm

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

  • Reply Donna @OrdinaryCyclingGirl 28/02/2014 at 2:52 pm

    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. :)

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

      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

  • Reply Michelle 28/02/2014 at 3:29 pm

    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!

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

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

  • Reply Sonia 28/02/2014 at 3:55 pm

    What a fab list! The sweaters are so adorable x

  • Reply Mummy of Two 28/02/2014 at 4:10 pm

    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.

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:57 pm

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

  • Reply Laura 28/02/2014 at 4:29 pm

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

  • Reply Kirsty Hijacked By Twins 28/02/2014 at 5:51 pm

    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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:50 pm

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

  • Reply suzanne3childrenandit 28/02/2014 at 6:17 pm

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:50 pm

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

  • Reply LearnerMother 28/02/2014 at 6:33 pm

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:49 pm

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

  • Reply Angela Spicer 28/02/2014 at 6:43 pm

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

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

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

  • Reply You Baby Me Mummy 28/02/2014 at 6:48 pm

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:47 pm

      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 ;)

  • Reply Michelle Twin Mum 28/02/2014 at 7:25 pm

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

  • Reply Oana79 28/02/2014 at 7:36 pm

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:44 pm

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

  • Reply Terry 28/02/2014 at 8:13 pm

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:43 pm

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

  • Reply Jenni 28/02/2014 at 8:27 pm

    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.

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:42 pm

      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

  • Reply Fritha Strickland 28/02/2014 at 8:48 pm

    aww happy birthday to him! Love the jumpers x

  • Reply Rachel @ activities4kidz 28/02/2014 at 9:10 pm

    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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 10:41 pm

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

  • Reply VaiChin @Rambling Through Parenthood 28/02/2014 at 10:42 pm

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

  • Reply Stephs Two Girls 28/02/2014 at 10:48 pm

    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!

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 11:33 pm

      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

  • Reply nutritious deliciousness 28/02/2014 at 10:48 pm

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

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

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

    • Reply Emma Shilton 28/02/2014 at 11:31 pm

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

  • Reply Kara 01/03/2014 at 6:41 am

    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

  • Reply Jo @ 3 Kids and a Gluestick 01/03/2014 at 1:29 pm

    What lovely gifts he got :-) #blogclub

  • Reply 40 Year Old Domestic Goddess 01/03/2014 at 1:41 pm

    Great post, hope he had a great birthday xxx

  • Reply Bek 01/03/2014 at 6:27 pm

    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.

  • Reply Shell Louise 01/03/2014 at 11:11 pm

    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 :)

    • Reply Emma Shilton 02/03/2014 at 1:06 am

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

  • Reply Kizzy 02/03/2014 at 8:13 am

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

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

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

  • Reply Donna 03/03/2014 at 12:07 pm

    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

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