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Birthday Gift Ideas for 1 Year Old Twins

My niece and nephew are turning one this week and I want to get them something special. You'd think having twins myself I'd have some ideas, but I just don't remember that age very well (life was a little crazy back then). Any ideas would be appreciated!

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I love to give books for gifts. My niece loves them. Since the twins are 1 you can include a stuffed animal with it or one that goes along with the theme of the book. Write a little personal note on the inside cover and date it. It's great to see years down the road.

Hope this helped

I have three year old twins and on their first birthday the best gift they got was savings bonds. They don't know the difference at that age and toys and clothes are usually of abundance from others, so it is something that downt he road they can use and mom and dad will appreciate too!! Just a thought!

K., you could bring a camera to the party and take photos of the event. Put the photos in an album (actually 2 identical albums)and give to the parents for their twins one day. I've done this for a few birthday parties, decorating small photo albums from the drugstore. The parents seemed to really appreciate it. When the kids grow up, there will be a fond reminder of a happy day.

L.
San Francisco
Mom of Sterling, 7, and Chloe, 4

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Fisher Price makes a great toy that's a ball popper....kids from 8 months to 13 years old love it when they come to our house. Otherwise.....push cars if they are perfecting walking.

I purchased my 1yr old nephew a cute sandbox from Costco. It cost around $150. I thought that was special. The parents loved it. Kids of all ages play in it.

Hi K., when my twin nieces turned one we gave them a treasure chest type box with a very simple latch, filled with mardi gras beads of many colors. What fun they had layering them on themselves, eachother, and everyone else, and playing treasure!
S.

I think most kids these days are overly blessed with more toys than they can play with and more clothes than they can wear. I've really gotten overwhelmed with just one toddler and all the birthday/xmas gifts he receives and now when I go to b-day parties for kids, I write them a check and in the memo, I write "for savings/college".
Of course the parents can cash it and give it to the kids for shopping if they want but the idea is that they hopefully do have some sort of savings fund (regardless of what it's for b/c I know college is not for everyone!) and they can add to it for a brighter future instead of giving toys/clothes that will get weeded out in the next year or two.
JMO!

Hi K.,

My twin girls LOVED their tunnels and pop-up tent. The tunnels connected to the tent. They could play with it outside when the weather was nice and inside when the weather was not so nice. We could also take it to Grandma's easily cause it folded up nicely and quickly. This was great for them cause it kept them busy for HOURS and it encouraged them to crawl. Crawling helps with development! I think it was Playskool brand. Good luck! N. :o)

Your best resource is their mother. She knows what they like and dislike, what they would love to have and you won't make the mistake of getting the same thing mom and dad are giving them.

Dr B.

I love giving bubble machines. They have them at Target and are around $10. Then, get a big container of bubble soap and they are entertained for hours. I've given this gift to so many friends and they always tell me that it is a big hit!
I hope this helps.
T.

A gift certificate for an "Adventure" to ....
anywhere.
Fairyland
beach
park
the snow
The pictures you take would be priceless and far better then "stuff". Kids need quality time with others.

I love to give books for gifts. My niece loves them. Since the twins are 1 you can include a stuffed animal with it or one that goes along with the theme of the book. Write a little personal note on the inside cover and date it. It's great to see years down the road.

Hope this helped

Hi K. V,

I have twin nephews and loved buying them gifts when they turned one. My sister said clothes were always the best and I would maybe make it a little fun since you're dealing with a boy and a girl where they're matching opposite colors w/similar print or styles. I know this isn't that 'special' but maybe you could include a gift certificate to a photo studio where they could where the outfits.

K. C.

Hi K.,
I am a mom of boy/girl twins that just turned 2 last month :) I tried to think of their favorite gifts they received last year (trust me even though it was only a year ago it's a big blur to me too)

*Gift card to The Picture People (good idea because they can get their 1 year pictures taken)
*Melissa & Doug rocking horse which they still LOVE to this day. they have them here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2374099
*They also got a wagon that seats two and it was so much fun for them to be taken out for walks. They would sit across from one another and giggle and laugh and play. It was so cute to watch them. Step 2 has some neat ones: http://www.step2.com/category.cfm?subcategory_id=1032

There were many other toys that they got and it was a bit overwhelming but we put 1/2 of them away and brought them out about 5 or 6 months later. Good luck in finding the perfect gift.

just a week ago my daughter turned one. Anyways for the twins if you like you can buy this his or hers photo frame that comes with the clay pink,blue or green and have their hand prints after the cake cutting to mark it as 1year old.It is a great gift for years to come.You can also make photo books at kodak or apple to present them. You can add pictures from the day they were born till turning one. That photo book will keep for ever and it certainly look nice. We did that and everybody enjoys looking at my daughters own printed book with her name embellished in Gold

K., you could bring a camera to the party and take photos of the event. Put the photos in an album (actually 2 identical albums)and give to the parents for their twins one day. I've done this for a few birthday parties, decorating small photo albums from the drugstore. The parents seemed to really appreciate it. When the kids grow up, there will be a fond reminder of a happy day.

L.
San Francisco
Mom of Sterling, 7, and Chloe, 4

My friend got her 11 month old this SUPER cool music set...it was a big drum full of other musical instruments like cymbals, marachas, horn, flute and more. All kid sized of course. She said Toys R Us. I want it now for my 3 year old!

Hi K.,

Wow, you survived the first year! Great job (and not always easy).We gave our boy/girl twins those very dense, bright-colored foam "bite-proof" blocks for their first birthday. They used them until age 8, so they were a great investment! Later on they made them into steps and car tracks. Enjoy!

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I have three year old twins and on their first birthday the best gift they got was savings bonds. They don't know the difference at that age and toys and clothes are usually of abundance from others, so it is something that downt he road they can use and mom and dad will appreciate too!! Just a thought!

Hi K., I have a 15 month old and for her 1st birthday we bought her the bounce and spin zebra from fisher price she loves it. It keeps her entertained for hours as well as her father and I. Every time she gets on it her eyes light up and she laughts and giggles I definately recommend this toy for a one year old.

Hi,
My daughter is turning one in a week and I know she has just recently gotten really interested in motion- so one of those little cars they can push and walk behind might be really fun. Also, she is into taking off lids on stuff and taking out the contents and (sometimes) putting it back in. We also have this "music cube" that has a different instrument button on each side that both her and her sister have loved. The buttons are big and easy to push. If the kids are more cerebral, they might like a puzzle- my daughter has just started trying to put the pieces back into those seperate piece puzzles. Best,

My daughter is turning one in a couple of weeks. She loves little cars to ride on. It would be cute to get them matching cars. She also loves books, blocks, toy cell phones, remote controls etc. My friend also gives $50 savings bonds to kids for their birthday- which is a smart idea.

newborn cabbage patch dolls.. they have them in boy and girl. i think all boys should have a doll.. :) i still have my 12 year olds that was so neat. they dont' make that one anymore but it rattles inside.. specifically for babies. it's a unique gift and for twins.. i think it would be extra special.. i think anything hand made is nice too.. or blankets with their names. i'm sure they have more toys then they could imagine. :) just some ideas. :)

could also give mom a gift certificate for pictures.. nice one year pictures are always nice

Hi K.,

I would recommend books! My daughter (two in a few weeks) loves books and has since she was a baby. She has several books from different family members and we read the inscriptions from the family members before we read the story. Now, she asks for "Goodnight Moon, the one from Mommy" or "Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel, from Grandpa Bill". If you want to do more than a book, add a toy that corresponds to the story. My daughter loves holding her plush Curious George while we read her Curious George books. If you do give books, don't forget to write inside the book, who it is for, the occasion and who it is from. It makes the books instant keepsakes.

If you don't want to go the book route, you can always get them a special toy. At one, my daughter loved Melissa and Doug's "Put and Peek Birdhouse", soft cloth birds and a birdhouse with a roof that opens and a window to peek in at the little birds. She spent tons of time putting the birds in and taking them out and playing peek-a-boo with them through the window. It was a huge hit. We really like the Melissa and Doug brand as all of their toys are well-made, non-toxic, lead free, etc.

Good luck finding the perfect gift.

N.

For all my niece and nephew's first birthday I made them a special birthday plate. You can go to Petroglyph's in Roseville and I know there is a place in Folsom. You can paint a piece of pottery (plate, bowl, whatever) and they fire it for you. They turn out beautiful and its a great keepsake for them to use for every birthday.

On my son's first birthday he received the Laugh & Learn: Baby Grand Piano by Fisher Price. He loves it and still plays with it all the time. (He turned 2 last November). And there are enough things on it so more then one child can play with it.

What about a personalized book. There are many web sites where you can order books that the mail characters are the children you love. Here are a couple of sites to check out; www.mychildbook.com, www.iseeme.com, www.booksforme.com, there are many more. just do a goggle search under personalized children books.

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