Possible first birthday gifts for twins include a wide variety of toys, books and clothes. There is no set protocol on whether each child should receive an individual gift; the choice is up to the giver. However, if each of the two children will in fact receive one, the gifts do not need to be identical. At the age of 1, twins are at an early age of developing their own personalities, and they may not necessarily like the same things.
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1-year olds are beginning to explore the physical world as they learn movements like grasping and pulling. Sorting and nesting toys, puzzles, balls and building blocks are all good choices for a first birthday. Gifts that the twins can share include an easel for two, a small table with two chairs, a climbing gym and a sandpit. Include individual sets of crayons or water markers with the easel, dishes for the table and chairs, and a pail and shovel with the sandbox.
Before buying clothes for twins, it is important to be aware of how the parents dress them; the twins may or may not dress identically. Some twins might wear the same outfits in different colours, or a boy and a girl twin might often be colour-coordinated. Some shirts and other pieces of clothing feature twin-inspired sayings such as "Double the Trouble." Other possible clothing or accessories items include personalised caps, sweaters, blankets or bath sets.
1-year olds often enjoy colourful picture books. Gift ideas include books that are educational in theme, story books or pop-up books. More individualised options include personalised books in which the twins are the main characters, or a subscription to a children's book club. Alternatively, make a scrapbook for each child. Take several pictures of the twins and begin an individual book for each twin. The parents will appreciate it and the twins can enjoy it when they get older.
If you can't decide on one gift, make a basket. First birthday gifts for twins can consist of a gift basket for each twin, which include a personalised sippy cup, juices and crackers. Place a personalised picture frame in each basket along with a small toy the twins might like. If the twins are girls, you can add birthstone earrings or necklaces to the basket. Additional items for the gift basket include, clothing, bibs, bootees, blankets or stuffed animals.
Parents often treasure monetary gifts for their twins, like a saving bonds or a contribution to a savings account, which can be kept for the childrens' future education. Alternatively, a gift token to the parents' favourite store is also a good choice. If you are averse to giving cash, another possibility is to give an adventure gift token to an amusement park or to an activity group focused on parent/child interaction.
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