What to buy a 1 year old for Christmas?

Rebecca - posted on 10/18/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My daughter needs for nothing. She has more cloths than she can wear, way too many toys & books. I need to get her some things she can open for Christmas. Any ideas?? Thanks Becky

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Melinda - posted on 12/08/2012

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You could bring her to a shelter to play with puppies or "adopt" an older person at a local nursing home without family to visit them for the holidays. Or if she has toys she's outgrown have her help oick a few to give to kids who need them...making room for more at the same time.

Jackie - posted on 10/23/2010

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My daughter got a piggy bank and started saving. Now she is 3 and is going to buy a big wooden swingset.

Charisse - posted on 10/22/2010

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How about food? You could make some biscuits in cute xmas or animal shapes and wrap them.

Andrea - posted on 12/03/2011

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I totally understand when my daughter was that little I had new mom shopaholic syndrome, i bought every cute outfit or cool toy I saw. Honestly, she never wore half of it and most toys were disgarded with in a day, My suggestion would be to get her anything that has learning potential. you can check out parenting magazines sight for a list of appropriate toys for her age, sorry if this doesn't help at all

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I know this is going to sound very silly but wrap some of her already existing toys and books or put some items like measuring cups and spoons from your kitchen in a shoe box and wrap it. My son would rather play with my kitchen stuff than his own toys most of the time! haha :) I am a firm believer that we all have too much excess in our lives anyway, and you point out yourself that your daughter needs for nothing. Honestly, a 1 year old is NOT going to know the difference and will not have any memory of this holiday besides any pics/video you might take. She will probably just have more fun with the wrapping and boxes anyway once all is said and done.

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!! :)

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Tammy - posted on 08/03/2011

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Haha! I just want to laugh at this, cause I know exactly how you feel, since I am in the same predicament! I buy my daughter clothes and toys all year round, I just can't resist, the stuff is so darn cute! But, then come Christmas and birthdays and what do I get her!? Well, I just do the usual, buy her the cute stuff and I put a some money in her college fund. Each birthday, holiday, or whenever. $10, $20, $50, sometimes even $100+! :)

Nikki - posted on 11/24/2010

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I was thinking the same thing but I have a 5 year old son that would wonder why she didn't get anything ?? I am thinking a Potty , dvds , ball pit and maybe some underwear for when she starts to potty train.

Suz - posted on 11/03/2010

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I want to get some winter/ waterproof boots as he is going to be walking any day now and then I am taking him out walking on a local hiking trail for as far as he wants to go, at his pace. T his time of year it's a necessity waiting to happen I think.

Amber - posted on 10/31/2010

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Honestly, she would probably like the paper and the boxes! At that age she really won't care about the "gifts" anyway. And it's never too early to start buying things for the following years to come! If you think you will be putting her into a toddler bed in the next 6 months to a year, you might want to get her a toddler bed set and some extra sheets! Or like someone else said...you can never have too many books! I also like what another mom said about getting necessities like diapers and wipes! You are going to have to buy them anyway, that way you aren't "just" buying things so she has "something" to open! I think with what everyone suggested you should have plenty of options! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 10/31/2010

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we got our son a anywhere chair from pottery barn kids and a fisher price laugh and learn playhouse from toys r us

Tanya - posted on 10/31/2010

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we're getting our son a toy stove. heloves the one at my mom's house and plays every day with the old pan and spatula we gave him.

Shannon - posted on 10/31/2010

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I got my son a smart trike for his bday and we both love it, It gets us outside a bit more.

Andrea - posted on 10/29/2010

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I'm having the same problem. I was thinking of some books from Target in the dollar section and some crayons and a color book. Make it easy for yourself.

Felicia - posted on 10/28/2010

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For my baby girl on her 1st birthday i bought her mega blox and a BOUNCY BALL tent. they have boy and girl ones at babies r us for $30. it comes with lots of balls and gives her her own space. the box said 3 and up. but she plays in it EVERYDAY> watches nick jr in it. takes all her Special Toys in there to hide. LOVES IT! money wel spent! :D

Shira - posted on 10/27/2010

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books, crayons & pads/coloring books, dvd's, ball pit ***JEWELRY*** w/ Jewelry box! These are the things my daughter is getting because she doesnt need n e more clothing either....I prob get her some spring clothes as they start putting some pieces out in December!

Kris - posted on 10/27/2010

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I bought a kitchen set so she can begin immitating Mom, a stroller and a baby doll so she can push while Mommy pushes the new baby.

Jen - posted on 10/27/2010

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We buy our children three gifts because this is what Jesus received. Some ideas would be: Christmas ornament, small books she can take in the car, things for the tub like foamy soap. DVD's are good too. Our youngest will be 16 months old for Christmas so we got him a mailbox and some tub toys. He loves to take baths. I got him a book too. Good luck!

Celeste - posted on 10/27/2010

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I'm buying my son a passport. It's kind of expensive just to get when we have no trips planned. My husband will buy him a bunch of toys he doesn't need. So I feel good getting him something practical that will last longer.

Miriam - posted on 10/27/2010

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Im getting a little table and chairs for him to feel like a big boy =)
Maybe some books, crayons and cool stuff for his spot.
Hes is so proud of himself when he feels big...

Liesl - posted on 10/25/2010

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I buy lots of craft things that they will increasingly use as this year progresses. Things like: glitter in little shaker bottles, glue sticks, foam stamping shapes, playdough cutters and rollers, paint brushes A bucket with a painters paint brush attatched by a string for painting outside with water, paints, a big order of paper from a school supply place. This type of stuff(if you don;t mind a bit of mess from time to time) is incredibly 'useable' and developes so much of thier fine and gross motor skills which will take leaps and bounds this year. Good luck and happy shopping!

Julie - posted on 10/25/2010

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For my one year old last year, we got her healthy snacks that she enjoyed. Multipacks of crackers, goldfish, and cheerios. They were things that she didn't get often because of budget. We even put Gerber toddler meals and snacks on her Christmas list. We only had one family member that got them for her, but they were individually wrapped and ended up being her favorite presents of the evening.

Lize - posted on 10/25/2010

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you can try to get something like a stimulation program, and it is something that you and your baby can benifit from until the age of 7. go and read more on www.practicaprogram.co.za, i've got it for my two boys and I am so happy with the results i've got from it.

Alexis - posted on 10/24/2010

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Take some toys away now while she is sleeping and then wrap them up for Christmas....she will think they are new and they won't cost a thing! My bet is she wont even realize they are missing. Just an idea.

Erica - posted on 10/24/2010

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For my son we are getting him neccessary things such as diapers, wipes, (even a potty) just to name a few. Not to mention some good educational toys that will go a long way (leap frog books, developmental toys, etc.) We plan on wrapping them just to give him something to "open" on Christmas morning.

Tracy - posted on 10/23/2010

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Get alphabet blocks (developmentally they are supposed to be able to start stacking them) musical cds, a booster chair, shape sorting toys, a special blanket, pillow, or cuddly toy, sippy cups, silverware tioothbrush, christmas ornament and christmas bear, a special night light, christmas keepsake, stroller, car seat, music box, wooden beginner puzzles, baby doll, or make a nice laminated picture book and put in a binder and decorate it. The book needs to consist of things she knows like mommy, daddy, favorite toys, bathtime, bedtime items, things she knows outside like car, animals or pets. You use this book to encourage her talking because it is things they already are used to and know. Just some suggestions. I hope they help.

Sarah - posted on 10/23/2010

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We are going to get my daughter a wooden snow pull sled. One that we can use for many years, as well as hold on to as a keepsake.

Tanya - posted on 10/22/2010

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We have the same thoughts for our daughter as well but,a good idea is start up a bank acoount or even savings bond for her then few small gifts for her to open,good luck.Tanya

Kristian - posted on 10/22/2010

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you can never have too many books for little ones. my little brother has a lot because of my stepmom buying them. but i would suggest a few small toys or whatnot. or something like rachel said.

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I bought my son a table ans chair set, then a couple boxes of thick crayons and colored paper. We now have our own place where we do art everyday!!!

Rachel - posted on 10/21/2010

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It's hard! they can only use so much, we had that problem last year when our baby was only 4months old, pressies were mainly for the benefit of our 3 1/2 yr old, as he would wonder why she didn't get anything .. I would suggest practical things .. if you have an older child too, maybe something that would benefit the 2 of them .. dvds, bath toys, sand pit , ??

Jacqueline - posted on 10/19/2010

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We bought some winter boots that she will need and a snowsuit( garage sale find) and a new sled for winter. She also got a few clothing items that she will actually need. I'm sure she will get plenty of toys and such from grandparents.

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