What Do You Buy For A Baby’s First Birthday?

A child’s first birthday is a very special occasion and one to be remembered. Just like a baby’s first step, tooth or word, it is a memorable event and one to be celebrated in style.

But what goes into a first birthday; what preparation is required and what kind of things need to be bought? Obviously gifts from a place like Grainandgram.com need to be purchased to give the little one on their birthday but you also may decide to throw a party and further important necessities are required.

Here is a detailed and informative guide on what you need to buy for a baby’s first birthday.

  • Presents for the Future

Many family and friends decide to purchase special presents to hold as keepsakes for years to come. There are various first birthday gifts which are popular including casting kits, photo frames, photo albums, jewellery like a name necklace, and piggy banks. Why not personalise the gift with the date and baby’s name to make the gift extra special? Personalized gifts hold a lot more value. Whether you choose to customize your own fun socks with your face so that they can wear them, or you decide to make a handmade card for your kid, every little detail counts, even if they are just 1 year old. It’ll be something for them to look back at as they get older.

  • Presents for Now

But you might want to get your little one something they can treasure right now and if they so happen to hold onto it when they’re older then that’s a bonus! Some gorgeous one-year-old-friendly gift ideas include blankets and teddies that any baby can snuggle to. For bath time you could try the perfect Gruffalo gift set (comes with a soft toy too). Topical baby themes for blankets and soft toys consist of Disney, Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit. But let’s be honest, babies will love any character that is soft and snuggleable.

  • Cake

Whether you are planning on throwing a birthday party or not, you have to purchase a cake. Don’t forget to take a picture of the birthday boy/girl blowing out his/her first candles. You can embellish the cake with novel accessories such as ribbon, sugar crafted decorations and treats.

  • Games

A toddler is constantly learning and developing so games are great purchases for a first birthday. You can play with them at home or at the party location and they will help to entertain all the little ones. Ideas include a piรฑata, carnival clown pin the nose, barnyard bash, and jungle animal games.

  • Decorations

Don’t forget to buy decorations for your baby’s first birthday. Even if you aren’t throwing a party, you can still decorate the house with lovely banners and eye-catching hanging ribbons to make the day extra special.

Create a theme and use this throughout; it can be anything from a simple colour to a favourite character. Run the theme throughout the day by coordinating the tableware, wrapping paper and balloons etc.

This article was written by First Birthday Party, the one stop party shop for first birthday decorations and gifts.


  1. Very useful blog to know the presents on birthday. I think that presents are good for any of birthday.

  2. It really brings much excitement during the first birthday of the baby. When ouor son turned one, we used to do all of the things like invitations and tokens for visitors. We are really excited about it and we prepare it for almost a month before the day.
    -visit from BCB

  3. Ist bday is best for sure specially for a baby. If given a chance will choose one that will last forever… Thanks for the tips sis, very useful sana magka baby na ako haha.

  4. First birthdays are milestones in our kids’ lives and we want to shower them with the best toys and stuff. I think the practical gift would be getting your child a trust account, since he would be receiving plenty of gifts from well-wishers anyway.

    Marie here of Baguio City getting acquainted with the BC Bloggers Community!

  5. Every “first” will be remembered forever ๐Ÿ™‚ so as first birthday. Agree with your list those are all must haves!

  6. this is informative! ๐Ÿ™‚ i will remember this for the future use! hehe

  7. First birthdays are parties for parents, actually, since babies still have no idea what is happening. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Thanks for the info sis, as for me, I am practical gift giver, I usually buy clothes..

  9. I’ve read this article when I was planning for my Little Miss’ First bash. Really informative! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. just by reading this, I have a different thought in mind.. What to buy/give on your 1st encounter with your partner’s mother.. haha.. great info.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. im prepping for my baby’s 1st birthday!!! its first so it will have to be a bit big (well at least for my standards hehe). but there’s one goal i have in mind, that the little boy will be the one who will enjoy his party the most! i initially didnt want any cutesy patootsy stuff but then decided to get jollibee mascot because i saw his face really light up the first time he saw one… so we’ll keeping the laid back dinner thing plus jollibee, and oh yes, a friend who plays guitar and sings… well just because the little boy is also crazy over guitars! hihi

    • Oh, don’t forget to get someone to take plenty of pictures. They won’t really remember anything about their 1st birthdays. Show them the pictures when they’re toddlers already so they’ll know that they had a great party. ๐Ÿ™‚


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