A first birthday really is something to treasure. A celebration of those first twelve months of a special, little life. It’s a true milestone that will have you reminiscing about all the changes that have occurred in the last year and excited for all those to come. So whether it’s for your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or any other teeny-tots you know, here are a selection of gifts that are not only perfect for a first birthday but that you and they will keep returning to for years to come.
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Personalised story book
Our personalised children’s picture book All The Things I Wish For You is a real tearjerker – in the very best of ways. (Our Instagram tags attest to that.) Personalise the cover, illustrations and story itself to set a little one off on an adventure that’s all their own and full of love. You can even customise the inside cover with a touching dedication from you to them.
Photo book of their first year
Too often all those photos of special moments just get hidden away in the recesses of our phones and hard drives – and if there’s a newborn in your life, then we’re sure your hard drive is full of adorable pictures of them. So collate all the cutest together to create a photo book which tells the story of their first year. You’ll be able to personalise the cover, customise the layouts and captions, add pages and choose whether you want it in hardback or softback.
Sketchbook (for foot printing, potato stamping and general scrawling)
Picasso said that "every child is an artist" and although your 1-year-old might not be quite ready for their own Tate exhibition, you can still get their artistic juices flowing early and create a unique keepsake. One of our personalised sketchbooks for kids is perfect for cute hand and foot prints, potato stamping or just some free-form scribbles!
Personalised thank you card set
With all these gifts they’ll be receiving, wouldn’t it be wonderful if they could thank everyone? We suspect that the birthday baby might not be able to put their gratitude into words just yet (unless you’ve got an IRL version of Look Who’s Talking on your hands) so a set of personalised thank you cards is a lovely way for mammas and papas to send some thanks on behalf of bubba before they’re able to say it for themselves.
You might not keep your birthday cards these days but a very first birthday card is something pretty special. Giving the little one a card that you've personalised with a thoughtful message, photo or both – one that they'll look back on in 20 years' time – can be just as meaningful as a gift.