Personalized First Year Birthday Gifts

Written by megan smith
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Personalized First Year Birthday Gifts
Choose a personalised first birthday gift for the baby in your life. (Inti St Clair/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A first birthday is a milestone event for a baby. While the baby might be a bit too young to really understand what is going on, pictures and gifts from the birthday will be something she and her family will treasure forever. Choose a personalised gift for the one-year-old that can serve as a keepsake to help mark the occasion. Remember that personalised gifts can take longer to make, so order them or get started on them in advance.

Rocking Chair

Choose a personalised rocking chair for the one-year-old's birthday. You can purchase a rocking chair and have someone else personalise it or do it yourself. Go to an unfinished furniture store and choose a toddler-sized rocking chair. Choose paint colours for the chair that complement the birthday boy's room. Consider decorating the rocking chair with letters of the alphabet, numbers, animals or flowers. Paint the one-year-old's name on the seat or the top rang of the chair.

Toy Chest

Select a toy chest for the toddler. Purchase a plain or unfinished toy chest. Leave the toy chest white or varnished wood, or paint it a colour that complements her room. Once you have chosen the base colour for the toy chest, decorate it with polka dots, stripes, animals or anything else you like. Paint the birthday girl's name on the front or the top of the toy chest. Make sure the chest has a kid-safe hinge so that the top will stay open when pushed up so that little fingers will not be hurt.


Go with a personalised blanket for your first birthday present. Choose a blanket or a quilt in a colour that goes with the birthday boy's room. Have his name or initials monogrammed onto the edge of the blanket. You can also have a quilt made for the child or make it yourself. For the quilt squares, use shirts, trousers, dresses and onesies that the baby has outgrown during his first year. Then, monogram his name and the date of his first birthday in one of the squares.


You could also choose monogrammed clothing for the birthday girl. Choose a dress or a shirt that has her name embroidered on the front of it. You could also personalise the clothing item by monogramming her initials or simply the first letter of the first name.

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