One-Year-Old Gift Guide for Modern Parents

So, you’ve been invited to a party where the guest of honor is turning one. The only challenge is, the parents have recently decided a more simple, minimalist life is the lifestyle they seek to raise their children in. But, it’s a party, and you don’t want to show up empty-handed. Don’t panic. Here is a list of presents every modern parent would appreciate.

Social Experiences.

We both know that in the excitement of opening gifts, most kids forget who gave what. Tickets for places such as the aquarium and museums are an excellent gift to children of modern parents. To ensure the child remembers who gave them the gift of adventure, tag along and witness them exploring the world around them.



Bookshelves are filled with spectacular classics, but these classics may already be a family favorite. Instead, try and pick out a book that aligns with the values the parents are trying to teach. Even if you do not share these same values, it will show that you support the way the parents are raising their children. Which can often time be more valuable than the gift itself. Not sure where to start looking? Here are a few great books, 100 First Words for Little Geeks by Kyle Kershner , Little Feminist Board Book Set by Galison and Emily Kleinman, or A B to Jay-Z by Danny Chiha and Jessica Chiha.

Wooden Blocks.

There are a ton of blocks on the market right now, but wooden blocks or nesting blocks are toys that will be used over an over again. Today, you can find blocks that can be used to practice sorting, counting, or learning a foreign language. How cool is that?

Strategic Entertainment. 

These toys are a win, win for both the child and the parent. Toys with moving parts, levers, wheels, or locks are built to help build essential motor skills. AND they are often quiet toys. They can be used as entertainment in the car and while running errands while not being too loud. These toys also do a great job at keeping the little one busy while chores get done around the house.


Personalized Gifts.

This one can be tricky because there are so many gimmicky items on the market. It may be best to talk with the parent and let them know that you want to get the child a personalized gift. There are items on the market that every parent would love, just check to see if they already own it. Some ideas are a personalized name puzzle or a customized children’s book, such as – Award-Wining Personalized Children’s Books.

Alternatively, you can always use the fail-safe of a gift card. Yes, gift cards are less personal, but they allow the parents or child the opportunity at getting what they need. The internet is your oyster when choosing this route, so don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.

Each of these items is unique and show that you are a thoughtful friend or family member. They also confirm that you acknowledge and accept the family’s choice at a simpler lifestyle. Plus, they are less likely to be regifted or donated they come in a variety of price points. But NEVER, ever feel obligated to bring a gift to a party. Your presence should be enough.

Tubby Todd

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