What are the best presents to buy for one-year-olds, especially when they’re the second child? A certain little someone has a very significant birthday coming up and I’m on the look-out for present ideas.
It’s actually really hard when you already have so much stuff around from the first child, isn’t it? I really feel that anything we buy now has to be completely different, beautiful or useful, and will minimise the inevitable child-clutter.
This year I’m working with children’s gift site The Kid Who and picking out my favourite selections from the site each month – my previous post was on our rules for play – so this month I thought it would be good to look at playful presents for first birthdays.
So what did we actually go for?
I think you can’t ever go wrong with books, and The Kid Who has a brilliant, quirky and unusual selection that are less boring and more fun.
Herve Tullet’s Big Book of Art is less of a story book, and more of a big colourful play thing.
It’s an interactive book with split pages that lets children mix and match all the patterned pages to create their own mini artworks. There’s no words, so it’s a conversation starter and imagination spark. But mainly it’s cheerful and fun.
We also chose a classic book for a London child, This is London.
And this owl cushion from Aarrekid is part toy, part cushion and completely soft and pleasingly wonky.
There’s also a huge selection of gift cards on the site (with lots of future framing potential).
What are the best presents you’ve bought for first birthdays? Any other good suggestions?
Thanks to The Kid Who – we’re play ambassadors for the next couple of months and were sent all these products for the purposes of this post.