Nov 2, 2010 10:23 AM
Says Jessica: "My boyfriend's little brother is turning one year old in a couple of weeks and this kid has everything under the sun. I need a creative gift idea in hopes that I am not giving him something that mommy and daddy have already bought for him.
Since I am a poor college student trying to survive on noodles and bottled water, my price range for the present should probably remain below $55 (I would make the price range lower, but he's just so darn cute!)."
Hi, Jessica - Marian here. First things first: the kid may be super cute, but if you're living on ramen, there's no need to be extravagant. After all, he's only a year old, and he won't be forming any lasting memories of this event - and there are plenty of good gift options that cost considerably less than $55. If you're compelled to double up on the potential presents below, okay, but any of the following should be fine on its own for impressing the parents! (We know the importance of that.) Unlike clothes, he won't grow out of any of these items too quickly. If one of them becomes a favorite, he just might develop fond memories of you when he's older!
You can always encourage a love of books in the little guy with a collection of classic illustrated stories. There are tons of these anthologies to choose from, of course, but you can't go wrong with 1) Beatrix Potter: The Complete Tales ($27) or 2) Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever ($11).
If you'd like to try to make his room as cute as he is, how about this 3) trio of fire truck-themed cloth wall hangings ($22)? That little dalmatian is pretty precious.
And then there's the gift he can gnaw on: 4) his first Duplo set ($22). The recommended age range starts at eighteen months, but if it gets held back half a year, he won't know! It'll be the equivalent of Christmas in July.
If you want to bring a gift that will actually be of some use to his parents, you could look into the 5) MediBag First Aid Kit ($25), which is full of hypo-allergenic products like bandages, antiseptic, tweezers, swabs, safety pins, and more, and is sized to fit conveniently into a stroller.
The last recommendation actually appeared independently on Outblush a few weeks ago, but since it's my go-to baby gift, I thought I'd plug it again: 6 Gund's Snuffles, the perfect teddy bear. ($17)
Sing a rousing happy birthday to the kid from us, Jessica, and drop us a line!