L.M. asks from Armada, MI on September 23, 2009
L.L. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
J.S. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
When my girls were 1 year old, they didn't really notice that one present was for both girls. In fact, the parents might appreciate it because the house starts to get really crowded when you get two of everything! :~) by the time they are 3 years old, you'll probably want to start buying them individual gifts though. That's when the concept of sharing starts to become a real issue.
V.H. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
How about going green and getting them each a tree to plant in the yard - they can watch it grow as they grow and it will offset their carbon footprint. Find an appropriate book to go with it then they can learn about saving the planet! A gift that should last a lifetime and beyond...from small saplings mighty oaks grow. NB As they get older please get them separate gifts. I have twins and I always give 2 gifts if they go to a party - one from each child and even though they share a birthday they should each feel unique and not have to share everything else....
A.A. answers from Grand Rapids on September 25, 2009
I have twin boys and I think either way they will be fine. Their attention span for opening gifts at that age is limited, and we ended up opening most of the gifts in the end. A great gift that my twins LOVED was a wagon (I think Little Tykes) that has two seats, one forward facing and one rear-facing. It's very durable and they can face each other while we go for walks...also great for zoo visits and trick-or-treating! =)
M.F. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
I think as long as the gift is something they can share like a little table and chair set, or a train table, something they can use at the same time, then one nice gift is perfectly appropriate.
You could even get that one nice gift and then get each a book or outfit...something small just to give 'em each one thing of their own.
They will probably have plenty to open anyway...unless you are the only person invited to this party! LOL
Check Toys R Us for deals. I found a doll house for my girls there for $80 this summer...it's normally $180. Couldn't believe it! You have to go to the actual store though. On-line prices usually vary from in-store.
I purchased a $30 painting easle from Walmart by. Has dry erase on one side and chalk board on the other, came with magnet letters and numbers as well. Maybe you could get each of them their own and then a small paint set or box of chalk. Not sure how their parents would feel about it but they would love it!!! My girls each have one (one was a gift) and they are always playing with the chalk board. I use the paint sparingly!
You have some great suggestions here so hopefully at least one will help!
Good luck and have fun at the party!
L.A. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
Either choice is appropriate. My thought is that one year old's are hardly aware of what a birthday is. I hardly think you should break the bank on something the children will not remember. I think for that age group, $10 no more than $20 each is more than enough to spend for a gift. At that age clothing is a great gift. Little People toys by Fisher Price is a nice gift for them to share as well. As for a zoo pass for the year and swimming lesson idea---too much in my opinion. Gift cards are always nice and so are books. Ooo, you can make a gift bag with books and two small stuffed animals and call them "reading buddies" so when the parents have reading time, they can pull out their reading buddies to listen to the story with them. This may encourage a love for reading. Board books are best at that age. They are very durable.
N.W. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
But seriously... ask Mom for suggestions and sizes. I always tell people PJs... you can always use them and they are easier than clothes (it doesn't matter if you don't like them... the kids just wear them to bed).
I used to get everyone the pottery barn animal hodded bath towels with their childs name on the back for a 1st b-day present... the largest towel (not the infant size)... everyone loves them and they last forever. They are about 40$ each.
J.L. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
I like the idea of the zoo pass for a year that the family can enjoy. If you prefer doing toys/books for a gift, I would buy smaller gifts so they each have their own. You can buy pretty nice gifts with the budget you have set.
H.B. answers from Grand Rapids on September 23, 2009
That's a big budget for a 1 year old, u can get 1 each and 1 for both and 1 for the mom....swimming lessons?
K.M. answers from Detroit on September 24, 2009
depends what you get I went to a twin part and they recieved a tricickle the mom had to go out and buy another tricickle because they wouldn'[t share because the girl opened it and she though it was hers. The other thing these are boy and girl twins. what kind same girls and boys or one of each? If its one of each I would buy the same if its there the same buy one large thing they can share. To be safe buy them outfits with like maybe a magnetic number toy from leap frog for one and the abc's for the other.good luck