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36 Best 1st birthday gift ideas 2021: from party decorations to the best presents for baby


BABY’s 1st birthday is a momentous occasion: a celebration of your little one and your own journey through the first year of parenthood.

From the cutest decor to the best 1st birthday gift ideas, we’ve put together a handy guide to make a baby’s 1st birthday a fun and memorable occasion.

From the gifts to the decor, we’ve put together a handy guide of everything you need for baby’s first birthday
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Baby’s 1st birthday is an occasion you’ll want to celebrate with friends near and far; balloons and banners add a festive touch to your home, and – just as important – photograph well for relatives who can’t be there.

An opportunity to get baby a gift for active play, like a ball pit or a trike, a 1st birthday is a chance to give a present to remember.

Stacking toys, pull-alongs and anything that makes noise is another safe bet for a 1st birthday present a child will love.

Of course, a 1st birthday is also a fab opportunity to give baby a sentimental gift, like a keepsake silver gift or frame.

We’ve also included the best outfits for your little one to wear for the big event.

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From balloon boxes spelling out the word ‘One’ to photo banners and Peter Rabbit themed decorations, there are plenty of 1st birthday party ideas to choose from[/caption]

Baby’s 1st birthday won’t be one that baby remembers – but they will want to see the photos.

Cute banners, photo-themed decor and party hats all lend a playful touch to your home.

You can also pick a theme for your little one, whether it’s a colour, an animal adventure or a favourite storybook character. Peter Rabbit, anyone?

  1. (AD) FengRise First Birthday Balloon Boxes, £13.99 at Amazon – buy here
  2. (AD) Whaline 1st Birthday Baby Photo Banner for Newborn to 12 months, £7.99 at Amazon – buy here
  3. Postbox Party Pastel Any Age Party hat, £13 at Not On The High Street – buy here
  4. Blue and Gold 1st Birthday Decorating Kit, £13.99 at Party Pieces – buy here
  5. Peter Rabbit Birthday Party Christening Decoration Invites Signs Bunting Bags, from £4.95 at eBay – buy here


These balloons are a fabulous way to brighten up your space for a 1st birthday party
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The easiest way to decorate the home for a baby’s 1st birthday? Add balloons, of course.

Whether you want a dramatic balloon arch or a minimalist number ‘1’, there are plenty of options at every size and price point.

While all colours are available, you can also go for a pink or blue theme, and find sets with multiple balloons of different shapes and sizes inside.

Confetti-filled balloons are another stylish treat, and we love a balloon arch, which you’ll want to keep up long after the party itself.

  1. (AD) Blue Birthday balloon set, £9.99 at Amazon – buy here

  2. (AD) Miseagan balloon garland kit, £12.74 at Amazon – buy here
  3. ONE Air Filled Foil Phrase Balloon Bunting Pink, £8.99 at Party Pieces – buy here
  4. Silver foil number 1 balloon, £6.99 at Cardfactory – buy here
  5. Ginger Ray Pack Of Five Confetti Filled Clear Party Balloons, £3.49 at Not On The High Street – buy here


These keepsake gifts are ones to treasure for years to come
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A keepsake gift is one that parents – and their little ones – will cherish, and makes a lovely 1st birthday gift.

From personalised books and frames (you can even find ones that capture baby’s footprint and handprint) to silver gifts for babies to treasure as they get older, a keepsake gift is one they’ll hold onto through the years.

A 1st birthday is also the time to get them their first pair of shoes – make them personalised and they’ll hold onto them for a lifetime.

  1. (AD) My Magic Name Store Personalised Nursery Rhymes and Modern Poems, £19.95 at Amazon – buy here
  2. (AD) Bubzi Co Baby Handprint and Footprint Makers Kit, £21.97 at Amazon – buy here
  3. Personalised Navy Blue High Tops Trainers, £20 at My 1st Years – buy here
  4. Engraved Noah’s Ark Money Box, £24.99 at Getting Personal – buy here
  5. Elsa Peretti Full Heart Baby Cup, £400 at Tiffany & Co – buy here


From ball pits to balance bikes, these toys will delight 1-year-olds
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Wondering what to get the one-year-old girl in your life?

Active toys, like a first balance bike to get her used to wheels, or a cute ball pit, will keep her moving around and entertained while indoors.

1-year-olds love anything that talks, so we think investing in an audio reader like the LeapFrog LeapStory, which combines music, stories and a nightlight, is a smart move.

Stacking toys are another popular choice – she’ll love a rainbow stacking toy – while the best-ever toy for babies, that starts to teach them about shapes and sorting, is Tomy’s Hide & Squeak eggs. Even better? It costs less than a tenner.

  1. (AD) LeapFrog Leapstory, £44.99 at Amazon – buy here

  2. (AD) KiddyMoon ball pit, £69.99 at Amazon – buy here

  3. Chicco Pink Arrow 11 inch Wheel Size Kids Balance Bike, £24.95 at Kiddies Kingdom – buy here

  4. Dena Silicone My First Rainbow, £20 at JoJo Maman Bébé – buy here
  5. Tomy Hide and Squeak Eggs Activity Toy, £9 at Argos – buy here

  6. Play Kit Subscription, from £40 at Lovevery – buy here 


These 1st birthday gifts for boys will keep them active and entertained
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Whether you pick an active gift like a trike or a cute pull-along toy for baby, 1st birthday gifts for baby boys will encourage them to move and learn in new ways.

Wooden toys are having a moment and a wooden car ramp, complete with cars, is one guaranteed way to entertain them.

Or you could go for colourful, noisy plastic, which always goes down a treat. VTech’s Pop and Drop digger is a favourite for this. Or get them a musical instrument, like a xylophone.

  1. (AD) VTech POP and Drop Digger, £21.99 at Amazon – buy here
  2. TOP BRIGHT Wooden Car Ramp, £18.99 at Amazon – buy here

  3. Little Tikes 4-in-1 My First Trike, £50 at Argos – buy here

  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Pull Along Toy, £16.99 at Amazon – buy here
  5. Baby Einstein Magic Touch Xylophone Activity Toy, £24.97 at John Lewis – buy here


Yes, a first birthday is the perfect excuse to get baby a new outfit

Wearing a smart special-occasion outfit is one way to make baby’s 1st birthday especially memorable.

Whether you choose a printed romper with the number ‘1’ or a personalised top, this is one occasion where parents can most definitely have fun dressing baby up (and, bonus, they can wear it for the whole year, until they turn 2). And yes, bow ties and tutus are more than welcome.

  1. (AD) NNJXD Girl Newborn It’s My 1st Birthday 3 Pcs/4 pcs Outfits, £16.68 at Amazon – buy here
  2. (AD) FYMNSI Newborn Infant Baby Girl First Birthday Outfit, from £10.32 – £15.58 at Amazon – buy here

  3. Newborn baby boat dungarees set blue, £24 at Monsoon – buy here
  4. Little Mashers Age Number One To Nine Stripy Tshirt, £22 at Not On The High Street – buy here
  5. Dinosaur 1st Birthday Custom Baby Bodysuit, £16.30 at Zazzle – buy here


It’s party time with the right party hat – or crown
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A birthday girl or boy’s outfit is complete with a party hat – or even a crown.

From paper hats to glittery confections, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.

  1. (AD) PRETYZOOM 1st Birthday Glitter Cone Hat, £7.47 at Amazon – buy here
  2. (AD) Auranso Baby 1st Birthday Crown, £8.99 at Amazon – buy here

  3. (AD) Unique Party 73311 Blue Dots 1st Birthday Baby, £5.09 at Amazon – buy here
  4. Birthday crown, £10 at JoJo Maman Bébé – buy here
  5. 1st Birthday Party Hats, £6 at Mamas and Papas – buy here

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