26 March 2021 · theolivebranchadmin
Celebrating Baby’s 1st Birthday is always a treasured family occasion and choosing the right gift can be a tricky decision. With lockdown restrictions hopefully easing over the coming months, we appreciate that 1st Birthday celebrations this year may be the first time extended families get to spend time together with the littlest one. It will certainly be an emotional occasion – one that so many have waited such a long time to reach. Here in the shop, we always love hearing all of our customers stories of treasured toys handed down through generations and also the birthday child having just as much fun with the cardboard boxes! We can’t wait to hear all of your stories again when we can welcome you back to the Castle Donington store. But for now, we’ve put together a bundle of our favourite Best 1st Birthday Presents, which we hope might provide some inspiration.
At around 12 months, many babies are becoming increasingly mobile and enjoying exploring the world around them. Toys that encourage active play are popular for this age group, including ride-on toys like this cool Giraffe Diditrike and pull along toys such as the gorgeous Orange Tree Toys Peter Rabbit. Toys like these help to instil confidence and a sense of pride in their new found independence and freedom. We love the classic Bigjigs Baby Wooden Baby Walker – a traditional and timeless toy to encourage walking and with all those wooden blocks to play with too.
Is there anything that toddlers seem to love more than putting something in the box, then out of the box, over and over and over again? Sorting and stacking is brilliant for developing dexterity and co-ordination in addition to early problem solving skills. Plus, many toys of this kind also have pieces with different colours or shapes to explore too! The Bigjigs My First Rolling Shape Sorter has always been popular in the shop, for just these reasons. Also, we think the Bigjigs Transporter Lorry is a brilliant one – look at that extending trailer!
Many children have a beautiful bond with a special toy: the teddy that is stuck to their hand or the doll that just goes everywhere with them. And many of us adults might confess to still owning ours! Giving a gift of a doll, teddy or soft toy creates a wonderful sense of companionship and a very memorable gift for a 1st Birthday. Our Bigjigs Soft Dolls like “Poppy” are suitable from Birth and you can even choose new outfits for them, sold separately. We have a range of gorgeous Wilberry Soft toys including the adorable Bunny Gold – just look at those ears! And we also find that The Puppet Company’s Puppet Buddies range is very popular. With so many colours, creatures and designs to choose from there’s something to match everyone’s taste, including the very popular Lion and the stunning Unicorn.
Multi-sensory toys seem to be very popular choices currently and we really love ones that include music and sound. The Bigjigs Wooden Rainmaker makes a wonderfully calming sound or you could opt for the jingle of the classic Bigjigs Wooden Bell Stick. We are blown away by the clever technology used in the Hape Baby Einstein Magic Touch Drums! This wooden toy can sense your little one’s touch to activate different sounds! Where was this toy when we were little?
Whatever you choose, we would like to wish your baby a very happy 1st Birthday and we sincerely hope that families will safely be able to meet and celebrate this wonderful milestone very soon. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!