Gifts for Children

10 First Birthday Gift Ideas

Baby’s first birthday is one of the most important occasions in the baby’s and the parents’ lives. It marks the transition from infant to toddler and can be bittersweet for baby’s family as they watch him grow. From adorable photo shoots to cake smashes, a first birthday party builds a lifetime of memories for the little one’s family and friends. If you know a sweet kiddo who is turning one, check out the list of precious first birthday gift ideas below. They are creative, unique, and organized from most to least expensive so you can find the perfect present to fit your budget.

Summer Infant Stroller

A state-of-the-art stroller is the first item on out first birthday gift ideas, and also the most thoughtful. This 3DLite stroller has tons of safety features like a 5-point harness, anti-shock front wheels, lockable rear wheels, and an adjustable canopy that blocks 99 percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Its 4-position reclining seat keeps the little one comfy while the roomy storage pocket and basket are big enough to store all of the baby’s stuff. Busy parents will appreciate the cup holder and lightweight aluminum frame, also this stroller can support up to 50 pounds.

Summer Infant 3Dlite Convenience Stroller

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Pop N’ Play Portable Playard

Give the baby a fun and safe place to play with this portable play yard. Its canvas bottom make it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The lightweight metal frame comes fully assembled and pops open in seconds but can be folded into a compact bag for travel. This play yard is affordable, fun for any baby, and provides peace of mind for parents of a newly mobile little one.

Summer Infant Portable Playard

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Skip Hop Nightlight Soother

This adorable Moonlight and Melodies Owl Soother makes a precious addition to any nursery. At 6 inches high, this owl can easily sit on any size shelf or table in baby’s room. Its belly provides a soothing dimmable nightlight and projects calming stars onto baby’s wall. Plays up to 60 minutes of nature sounds or gentle melodies to help baby drift off into dreamland. This nightlight helps with getting extra sleep and peace of mind to both baby and the parents.

Skip Hop Nightlight Soother

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Portable Booster Seat

For babies whose families are always on the go, this portable all-purpose seat makes a thoughtful gift. Just like adult camping chairs, this seat is made of durable polyester and folds up for convenient travel. The little legs allow it to work as a stand-alone chair or a booster seat at any table. With chair straps and a removable, dishwasher-safe tray, this booster seat couldn’t be more convenient! Also, it can support kiddos of up to 37 pounds.

Summer Infant Pop N' Sit Portable Booster

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Baby Hand and Footprint Frame Kit

The best first birthday gift ideas are the ones that help baby’s family make memories. This DIY craft kit includes clay to preserve baby’s hand or footprints, plus a frame with two photo slots. Though it takes just 15 minutes to complete, this craft makes a precious keepsake to hang anywhere in the home from the nursery to the living room. There is no sweeter way to see how the baby has grown since the first birthday. This kit captures a moment that will be treasured forever.

Baby Hand and Footprint Frame Kit

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Activity Cube

Give the gift of entertainment and learning with this fun toy. The baby will love the fun songs and flashing lights now, and the 5 sides of activities as he grows. Buttons, sliders, and spinning blocks help baby develop his fine motor skills. From shapes to animals, this toy helps the little one in your life learn through play in an age-appropriate way. Plus Mom and Dad will love the durable construction and volume control for quiet play time.

VTech Busy Learners Activity Cube

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Bathtime Solutions Gift Set

In our search for the best first birthday gift ideas, we thought that giving the birthday child some pampering with a sweet bath set would be the perfect gift! It includes Baby Wash & Shampoo, Baby Lotion, and Baby Calming Comfort Bath. Aveeno uses oatmeal to gently protect dry skin and lock in moisture, perfect for baby’s sensitive skin. Mom can relax too thanks to the Stress Relief Body Wash for adults. If you are interested in gifts that the new mom can also enjoy, you can read this list of gift ideas for new mothers.

Aveeno Baby Bath Gift Set

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Baby Phone

Kids today are born into a world filled with technology. Give the birthday kiddo her or his very own phone to play on with this toy from VTech. The “phone” features 12 pretend apps including weather, clock, and calendar with lights and music. This toy is the best of both worlds because it encourages pretend play and mimicking of adults, plus teaches baby their numbers, letters, and more.

VTech Baby Phone

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Trainer Cup

Help the one-year-old in your life learn how to use a cup with these innovative products. Unlike a traditional sippy cup, these have a 360 drinking edge that eliminates spills completely. These trainer cups give the baby the feeling of using an adult cup but they seal when he stops drinking. Their handles are easy for the kiddo’s hands to hold and the spoutless design supports baby’s mouth muscle development. With a BPA, dishwasher-safe construction, everyone wins because these make a fun and functional addition to our first birthday gift ideas list.

Munchkin Miracle 360 Trainer Cup

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Bath Spout Cover

Make bath time fun with this adorable whale bath spout cover. Its soft yet tough rubber construction protects baby while the cute design brings them joy. The adjustable strap and blowhole for shower diverters allow this product to fit on any tub. The whale’s tale acts as a convenient hook for storage when not in use. Plus it is mildew-resistant and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. This Moby is an affordable way to bring parents peace of mind and add fun to any bathroom.

Moby Bath Spout Cover


From handy gear to fun décor, it can be tough to choose the perfect baby gift. Luckily, the list of presents above has ideas for any budget. Help the birthday girl or boy ease the transition into toddlerhood with one or more of these gifts. You can also read baptism gift ideas for more inspiration. Share your own first birthday gift ideas below!

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