Been invited for another baby shower? Or a one-year old’s birthday party? Buying the same ‘ol newborn clothes set again? No idea what to buy for the one-year old?
Ever realised what it must be like to be on the receiving end?
Received the 20th set of baby clothes which your baby may never wear because he just grows so fast? Received an identical toy… again?
Us Chinese/Asians have an easy way out. That is the… “ang bow”. It is the most practical, most meaningful and most welcome gift – cold… hard… cash. The parents can buy the most appropriate thing at the most appropriate time. They can even save/invest it for the kids’ education in the future. An alternative are shopping vouchers – almost just as practical, useful and welcome as cash.
But if you must buy something (maybe you really just want to go shopping and the invite was just another good reason for you to spend), you may want to consider these:
Buy stuff that are a lot larger than the child. For example, you might want to get clothes for a 6 t0 12-mth old if you are going for a baby shower (1 month old). Babies – they virtually grow bigger overnight. Really. Do not buy for their age. The smaller they are, the larger you should buy for your goods to last as long as possible… or even get a chance to be worn (your set will be competing for attention from all the other similar gifts).
For a 1 yr old, you may want to buy something that could fit him till he is 1.5 yrs old.
1 month olds do not play with toys, really. They probably start playing after 4-6 months. Again, if you must go shopping… consider creative teething toys. That could last till 2 or so cos that’s how long it takes to have the full set of teeth out. Get something with a cute face or big eyes. Otherwise, few kids would be attracted to it. Get items that are of a single piece. No attached eyeballs and stuff like that. They are at risk of being chewed out and swallowed and in the unfortunate case… it could choke the child. Also get non-toxic materials.
Special note: there is no need to look out for toys that say that they are “teething toys”. Anything can be a teething toy as long as they are safe to chew on.
Between 6 mths to 1 year, they still do not need toys, really. Anything and everything is a toy to them and anything could be uninteresting to them.
Both my kids did not play with the toys they had. They played with CDs, CD boxes, cups, plates, pots, pans, lunch boxes, the bed frame, the book you are reading, the label on the pram, drawers, socks, slippers, shoes… anything they find lying around your home … EXCEPT the toys.
THIS… I’ve never received before. But I thought it was a good idea. Your gift would be different from most others. However, it cannot become a memoir piece years into the future cos it would all be eaten up already. So if you hope to be remembered by the child or the parents, then you don’t have to give food gifts.
But if you come across unusual and interesting foodstuff for infants, I think the parents would welcome it. I know I would. I’m just a dumb ass for shopping anything really… including foodstuff. I only buy tidbits/food I’m familiar with. So if someone gave me something unusual, chances are higher that I’ll buy it again.
Do you have any other interesting gift ideas for 1-mth old or 1-yr olds’ birthday parties? Do share, please.