It was a bit of minefield trying to find presents for Indy’s first birthday and first proper Christmas. Whilst I don’t want to spoil him and splurge on loads of toys, I do want to buy him that one special gift for each, and only things that will aid his development and help him learn. I’m also getting more conscious of buying more wooden toys where possible…
As Indy’s birthday is only 11 days before Christmas Day, I’ve joined all of his gifts together in one post. These are also including gifts that his grandparents are getting him, and ideas friends and family have asked us for
I’ve been looking for a teepee for a while, and this Aldi one was a bargain! I’ve wanted one for Indy’s bedroom so I can make a cosy space for story time and some learning play. I just need to buy a fluffy rug and a couple of cushions to go inside it.
Wooden Play Kitchen
I’ve been debating a kitchen, as most say 3 years+, but over the past month or so Indys really getting inquisitive of our own kitchen, trying to get into the cupboards and washing machine. This one from John Lewis is a nice size for a 1 year old, as he will be able to stand comfortably against it and use the cupboards. It also doesn’t take up much space!
Wooden Play Pots and Pans
These will go with the kitchen – I decided against metal ones as Indy sometimes gets surprised by loud sudden noises, but these will be good for imaginative play.
Wooden Play Vegetables / Fruit
These will start to teach Indy about fruit and vegetables so he can learn what he is eating, and they will be great for play as can be cut and matched back together with the velcro pieces. I just need to find a little basket to fit them in to go inside his kitchen cupboard!
Trike / Ride On
Again, I’ve searched for a while for a trike, and loved this one for the zebra design. It’s also really sturdy so he can use it now before he’s walking.
Indy loves playing on these at soft play, where they are dinosaurs and dragons. His favourite ‘teddy’ at the moment is his big lion, so knew he would love this lion bouncer! It will also be great to use outside in the summer.
I’ve never really done any creative play with Indy yet, so this will be fun way to start, and no mess!
We use picture cards at baby sensory, and so I wanted to get some for home. Repetition is a good way of learning and recognising things, so we can start doing this together at home.
Indy loves shaking his tambourine and banging his drums, so he will love this xylophone! And I love the colours and that it will be personalised!
Pull Along (Pooh bear)
My mum and I found this in a garden centre – its wooden and is such a lovely toy. Indy doesn’t have a pull along, and is just starting to recognise Winnie the Pooh, so should love this.
Indy is always the first one to crawl through the tunnel at play groups, so this will be a great addition to home where we can use it in the house and the garden.
Push and Go Truck
This is a fun toy that will help with motor skills and teaching cause and effect.
This will be more for summer where he will be able to cruise around the garden in his car, but for now, we can push him around in it, or he could even push it himself!
I’ve been picking up wooden puzzles for the last few months from the supermarkets – they seem to be really good value there and are good quality. I’ve got ones for numbers, shapes, farm animals and jungle animals, which I will split between his birthday and his Christmas stocking.
Our baby sensory class offered the chance to buy some of the things we use the sessions, and as Indy and I are finishing classes soon, I thought these would be great stocking fillers. I’ve bought a shaker, jingle bells, mirrors and a light up coloured wand that will enable us to keep going with all of the sensory activities we have learned.
The only things not included in this list are books… I buy these quite regularly anyway to keep him interested in story time, and we are getting a library card this week, so will be getting a new batch of books to read most weeks!
If you have any other good gift ideas to add to the list, comment below! x