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Birthday gift suggestions for 1 year old?

I'm having my son's 1st birthday party.  People are already starting to ask me what to get him.  Any suggestions on what to say?  I really don't care if they were to bring nothing, but I know many will and really do want suggestions as to what to get.


I was thinking about saying books.  Other thoughts? 

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  • I almost always say clothes and books since you can really get overwhelmed with toys.  If they want to give a toy I would ask for something that doesn't require a lot of cleanup or a bunch of separate parts.
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    Books, puzzles, outdoor toys, clothes


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  • An iPad mini! Just jokin. But i think you can either demure by saying "oh we are up for anything" (cause in actuality, babies can be fun for people to shop for) or you can tell them whatever you really do want. If that's books, then by all means tell them books!
  • Books are great. At that age, DS also loved simple puzzles, his corn popper or other push-along toys, outdoor stuff like a baby pool. Clothes/pjs, if you need them, are always a help as well.

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  • I usually just say "a million dollars" .... always gets a chuckle.   if they insist, I usually tell them "your presence is enough, don't worry about it"  I know they won't come empty handed anyway.  I think it's rude to tell people what you want them to bring... you know.
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  • Radio Flyer Pathfinder Red Wagon--if it is a relative who wants to spend more money--this was a gift for my son's 1st birthday, and we got the best pictures of him in his red wagon at his birthday party.  And we got some more good pictures of both of our kids at my daughter's 1st birthday.  

     Anything Elmo--my son just adored Elmo when he was 1 years old--he loved watching Sesame Street in the morning, boardbooks with Elmo and Sesame Street, Sesame Street DVDs, and Sandra Boynton boardbooks.  

    My husband liked to buy him cars to collect for when he was older.  Now that my son is older, he has a good collection and plays a lot with cars.  He likes Chuck & Friends mini trucks.  

    At this age, it just needs to be a toy that is safe if he puts the toy or book in his mouth.  And they put a lot of things in their mouth.   


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  • I always ask for clothes. I swear you can't have too many. My son is always into everything so his clothes get stained/ruined all the time. I feel like I'm always shopping.
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